August 30 through September 5
Stark County Fair
Head to the Stark County Fairgrounds for the 167th annual Stark County Fair. Admission is $6 at the gate, and children younger than 3 get in free. Rides are not included with gate admission. All-day wristbands and single-ride tickets are available for purchase at the ride area.
September 1-3, 5
77th annual Labor Day Flea Market
The 77th annual Labor Day Flea Market will be huge. The big weekend kicks off Thursday, and runs Friday, Saturday and Monday. Typically, there are more than 1,000 outdoor vendors and around 30,000 customers. Mark your calendars so you won’t miss out on all of the bargains and fun. Wear good walking shoes. The flea market is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 1, 2 and 3 and from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 5.
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Jackson Township Farmers’ Market
Jackson Township will be buzzing again with farmers’ market vendors this summer. The Jackson Township Parks will be hosting a weekly Farmers’ Market on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. through October 6. North Park is on Fulton Drive NW across from Jackson High School. The market will provide a place for local growers to sell fresh and healthy foods and to bring neighbors together in the Jackson Community.
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events and always a few surprises for adults and children. It is primarily a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, stores and restaurants. First Friday begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the full-out event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for September is Downtown for Dogs. The First Friday family movie playing the Canton Palace Theatre is “Beethoven.” It’s free and starts at 7:30 p.m.
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas
See Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $29.95 and have an additional $3 facility charge.
Do the Mu!
Kick off football season and celebrate the exhibit, Paul Brown and the Tiger Swing Band, with tiger and music paper cutting at the Massillon Museum from noon to 2 p.m. No reservations are required, and the event is free and open to the public.
Food Truck Fest
Head to the Dennison Depot Railroad Museum and enjoy a multitude of food trucks, live entertainment, beer garden and activities that take place on the lower level of Schoenbrunn. The event will benefit three museums.
September 3, 4
First annual Antique & Artisan Show
Head to Fieldcrest Estate for the first annual Antique & Artisan Show. For more information, call 330-966-2222.
September 3, 10, 17, 24
Canton Farmers’ Market
The Canton Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday morning, rain or shine, June 18 through October 1 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the former Timken High School administrative building parking lot at the corner of Fourth Street and McKinley Avenue NW. The market has a lot more to offer than just fresh, local produce. Its vendors offer baked goods, artisan breads, cheese, eggs, meat, jams and honey, fresh flowers and more. There’s also live music, local artists, health checks, pet day, organic gardening tips and cooking demonstrations. Come join your friends and neighbors, and maybe even make some new ones at the market.
Summer Serenades at Petros Lake Park
Serenades in the Park is a free, family-friendly series of brass, woodwind and string ensembles performing all over Stark County. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite picnic food, games and a blanket or chair and enjoy the setting and music. Preconcert activities are coordinated by the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Stark County Park District staff and begin at 5:30 p.m. See the full orchestra perform at Petros Lake Park at 6:30 p.m.
AC/DC’s Rock or Bust World Tour
AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust” World Tour previously scheduled at Quicken Loans Arena for March 26 has been rescheduled for September 6 at 8 p.m. AC/DC has played to more than four million fans on this tour, and the current line-up of Angus Young, Cliff Williams, Stevie Young, Chris Slade and Axl Rose is set to continue its global trek with a return, for the final leg, to the USA. Tickets start at $75 with a $3 facility fee.
Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-In
Gervasi will host a weekly car cruise-in this summer on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a fun, casual evening at Gervasi Vineyard with the whole family. Showcase your car or stroll among them. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, live music and more. Admission is free, and feel free to grab a bite at one of the three restaurants on the property. Prizes are given at 7:30 p.m.
Blue Star Memorial Marker dedication
The Blue Star Memorial Marker dedication will honor all members, past, present and future of the armed forces of the U.S.A. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Glamorgan Castle grounds in Alliance. The event is sponsored by the Town and Country Gardeners of Alliance.
Canton Kickoff Weekend
Celebrate the kickoff to the NFL football season with food, cold beverages, entertainment, art and tailgate fun for all right here in the “Hall of Fame City.” The event will take place Thursday, September 8 through Saturday, September 10 to coincide with the kickoff to the NFL season. It’s all happening along Market Avenue N from Second to Fifth streets, in the parking area on the corner of Fourth and Cleveland Avenue, as well as the 4th Street Arts District.
Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown
This is exciting news for country fans as Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown are coming to Blossom Music Center at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $64.
Murder Mystery Train—”High Stakes Hotel”
The Grand Hotel is the newest destination on the Las Vegas Strip. CEO Brut Stone was about to announce a $10 million profit in its first year of business, but was a no-show at the gala celebration. Someone must have known about his deathly allergy to penicillin. Was it Dr. Ben Gaye or perhaps Chef D. Jour? Care to place a bet? Everyone will get a chance to solve the crime and interact with professional actors, and each guest who correctly solves the mystery is awarded the Super Sleuth Certificate. Tickets are $50 per person. Advanced registration is required. Your ticket includes a boxed dinner, train ride and performance. A cash bar also will be available to guests 21 and older. Tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable upon purchase. The train takes out of Akron Northside Station at 7 p.m.
September 9-November 11
BrittFit Stroller Cardio
Get ready for session #2 of BrittFit Stroller Cardio at Belden Village Mall this fall. The class will last 10 weeks again. Classes will be from September 9 through November 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. before the mall opens. Anyone who wants to register for anywhere between 5 and 10 weeks can again email BrittFit1@gmail.com. The cost is still $10 per class, and payment in full must be received for your preferred number of weeks.
Spirits of the Palace Ghost Investigation
Head to the Canton Palace Theatre at 10:30 p.m. for an investigation into the world of the paranormal. Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is $40 per person. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For tickets, call the box office at 330-454-8172, purchase online or in person at 605 Market Avenue N.
Every year, the Constitution Day Committee celebrates our freedoms in Louisville with a three-day festival and a week full of events. The tentative schedule includes food vendors, a craft show, mechanical rides, music, a car show, pet parade, concerts, a queen’s pageant, breakfast, kids event, a banquet, a parade and more. Check the site for more dates and times of events.
The Addams Family Dinner Cruise
Enjoy dinner and Act 1 of The Addams Family along the banks of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Travel down the canal to Lock 4, aboard the historic St. Helena III for Act 2. Dinner will be catered from one of Canal Fulton’s favorite restaurants. Call 330-854-6835 for menu details or to purchase tickets. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5K National Championship
The Gold Jacket 5K Community Race
and National Championship will be held in downtown Canton. Check the site closer to race day to see who the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket Hall of Famer will be giving a high-five congratulations for a job well done to the runners. Each participant will receive a huge ring medal after crossing the finish line. Registration is $35, and the race starts at 10 a.m.
Bob Meister Special Needs Derby 2016
Stark Parks and the Berkley Fishing Team will hold its annual Bob Meister Special Needs Derby from 10 a.m. to noon. This fishing derby is exclusively for individuals ages 4 to 18. The derby will take place on the accessible Sherban Fishing Pier and the shoreline at Sippo Lake in Canton. Reservations are required at StarkParks.com or by calling 330-409-8096. Anyone who has received a fishing pole from Berkley in the past is asked to please bring it to the derby.
September 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
44th annual Yankee Peddler Festival
The 44th annual Yankee Peddler Festival will be held at Clay’s Park in Canal Fulton from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Step back in time 200 years and visit pioneer America. Master artists and crafters assemble rustic shops. Sample food from colonial days. Tickets are $10 for adults ages 12 to 59, $9 for seniors, $3 for children 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and younger.
Bring your lunch and join the discussion. The Canton Symphony Orchestra provides coffee and light desserts. This event is at noon at the Zimmermann Symphony Center’s Foundation Hall. The topic for this event is Classical Passion Reborn with Erik Mann, executive director at the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society.
Stark County Recovery Week
Held during national Recovery Month, Stark County mental health and addiction service providers and community organizations are celebrating clients who have or are in the process of getting themselves on the road to recovery. Check the site for more information on individual events, including an open house, luncheons, a leadership breakfast, picnic and remembrance walk.
The Women’s Fund annual Gathering—Celebrating 10 Years
Join the women philanthropists of The Women’s Fund Endowment of Stark Community Foundation as they celebrate 10 years of helping women and children throughout Stark County. You will be inspired as the six nonprofit organizations that received The Women’s Fund 2016 grants share the effects their programs have had on our community this year. There will be a social gathering at 11:30 a.m., lunch and a program at noon at Ninety One Wood Fired Oven on Fulton Drive in Canton. For reservations ($22 per person), call Stark Community Foundation at 330-454-3426.
Summer Garden Tea, Unique Boutique & Garden Tours
This fundraiser for The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center transforms Historic Hoover Banquet Hall into an elegant Tea Room. Seating is limited, and advanced paid registration required. The event begins at noon. For more information, please contact Ann Haines, operations coordinator, at 330-244-4667 or
Fine Arts UnCorked—A Painting Experience
Head to the Canton Museum of Art from 6 to 8 p.m. to enjoy refreshments while you create your own artistic masterpiece. The program will be presented by Erica Emerson, education manager at the Canton Museum of Art.
The 720 Market
The 720 Market is a series of outdoor, pop-up makers and growers markets happening in North Canton throughout the summer. It will be featuring makers, growers, bakers, artists, collectors, upcyclers, nonprofit organizations, food trucks, music and more. It will happen rain or shine. The market will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Waterside Centre properties at S Main Street and Waterside Drive in North Canton.
The Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum presents a daylong symposium on William McKinley from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include a continental breakfast and lunch. The cost is $45 per person ($40 for members). Reservations are required. Please call Chris at 330-455-7043 to make your reservation.
ArtFest, sponsored by the University of Mount Union and the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce, annually features original works by area artists. The event features artwork that is on display and for sale. The 52nd annual ArtFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. around the Campus Lakes of Mount Union.
Shake! art unleashed
Stroll around the Pegasus fountain at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center for the Arts and explore artwork created by furry, pint-sized Pollocks. There will be top-shelf beverages, hors d’oeuvres and live and silent auctions. While the art was being created, photographer David Baio captured each session, creating a second work of art just as unique as the dogs themselves. The event will serve to promote pet adoption and highlight Stark County dog rescues, as well as the Arts District and ArtsinStark. Purchase tickets online for $65 or $475 for a table of eight.
2016 Wizards’ Gathering
Head to Fieldcrest Estate to enjoy the wonderful world of wizardry. For more information, call 330-966-2222.
SingStark happens the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Canton Brewing Company Speakeasy. There is a $5 cover charge. There are no auditions and no commitments. Just come as you are and sing along.
Fall Arts & Crafts Festival
The annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival will have handmade goods, food and crafts. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hartville MarketPlace and Flea Market. For more information, contact customer service at 330-877-9860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hall of Fame City Comic Con
Head to the Canton Memorial Civic Center’s McKinley Room from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the first Hall of Fame City Comic Con. There will be comics, toys, artists, cosplay and more. Presale tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and free for children younger than 5. Regular price tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Visit the site to order tickets.
Ranger for a Day 2016
Stark Parks will hold its annual Ranger for a Day event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the north entrance of Sippo Lake Park/Exploration Gateway in Canton. All junior rangers will search for clues along the detective trail, receive a badge, make a ranger vest, collect stickers for each clue they solve on the trail, try on real ballistic vests and climb inside the ranger vehicles. A demonstration by the K-9 Ranger dog, Gunnar, will be held at 2 p.m. Stations will be set up for fingerprinting by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, and demonstrations will be held by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Division of Watercraft. Junior rangers also will have a chance to win their own plush dog K-9 ranger companion through a raffle. All proceeds will go to the youth Explorer Program. Tickets are $1. Food and snacks will be available for sale. For more information, call Stark Parks at 330-409-8096.
September 24, 25
“Spirit of America”
Recognize veterans and current members of our nation’s armed forces, when A Chorus for a Cause and The Harmony Ringers combine to present “Spirit of America.” This musical tribute will benefit the SAM Center (Serving Area Military—Veterans & Widows). Programs are scheduled for 7 p.m. September 24 at Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton and at 3 p.m. September 25 at Community Christian Church in North Canton. Tickets are $15 and are available online, from any chorus member or at the door. A minimum of $5 from each ticket purchased will be donated to the SAM Center.
2016 Mutt Strut
The Stark County Humane Society Board of Directors proudly bring you the 2016 Mutt Strut. This year’s event will be hosted at the Stark County Fairgrounds. Registration opens at noon, and the walk will begin at 2 p.m. This event is a casual walk for dogs and their families. Registration is $12 per dog. There will be a pet contest following the walk: Owner/Pet Resemblance (no costume), Best Pet Costume, Howlin’ at the Moon, Waggiest Tail, Wackiest Pet Talent and Best Owner/Pet Costuming. Contests are awarded by audience appreciation, and a basket will be given to those with the most audience support.
Enjoy a great breakfast and look around MAPS Museum. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children and includes admission to the museum. There will be a speaker every half hour. The breakfast is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fifth annual Grape Harvest Festival
Head to Gervasi Vineyard from noon to 5 p.m. for a fun filled day. Gervasi will be awash in fall colors and Italian flavors for its fifth annual Grape Harvest Festival. This event is to benefit United Way of Greater Stark County, which seeks to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways by mobilizing thousands of people around a common goal: advancing the common good by focusing on education, family and financial stability and health and basic needs. More details will be available closer to the event. Many activities require cash only for participation, and Gervasi does not have an ATM on property.
Most delicious book club ever
Every month, the Louisville Library sets a food theme and suggests cookbooks that match the theme. Take a cookbook home, try a recipe, and bring your culinary creation to a potluck on the fourth Monday of every month. September’s theme is pizza. The potluck will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library.
MassMu Brown Bag Lunch
Head to the Massillon Museum for a Brown Bag Lunch with David Harding. He will speak about the “History of Comics” from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. This event is free, and no reservations are required. There are free cookies and coffee. You can bring your lunch or purchase one at the lobby cafe, Anderson’s in the City.
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical
The Tony Awards meets Whose Line Is It Anyway? in Broadway’s Next H!T Musical. Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised, and it’s all funny. The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made-up, hit-song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical—complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore. See it at 7:30 p.m. at Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $30.
September 30, October 1
The Little C Music Festival
The Little C Music Festival is a unique music festival experience. Enjoy two days of amazing live music, a celebration of Canton’s music community hosted by Hey Monea. The festival features performances by more than a dozen national and local recording artists, gourmet food trucks, as well as some special collaborations and surprises. A two-day pass is $59.99, and tickets for Friday only are $19.99 and Saturday only are $39.99. From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 1, free performances will be held outside on Fourth Street, with music, food vendors and activities. There will be VIP seating and VIP experiences for ticket holders during this time. Performances both evenings will be held at the newly renovated Buzzbin Art & Music Shop.