Stilt walkers, jugglers and masked revelers in a parade down Court Avenue. A sax player or guitarist on a street corner, sending soulful music into the night sky. Open-air Shakespeare and other theatrics. Nonchain restaurants jammed with customers, grooving to live jazz and blues.

Vendors offering jewelry and other handmades. Art galleries brimming with bold canvases and lively conversation. Teens dancing to a rowdy rock band in the blocked-off street.

Sidewalks filled with happy people looking for the next vibrant diversion.

Downtown Canton was never like this — until a free, funky, family- friendly arts party called First Friday (find it online at was launched last July. Head downtown the first Friday of each month, from 6 to 10 p.m. or thereabouts, and check out the surprising scene.

Wear comfortable shoes.

About The Author

Dan Kane

Dan Kane is the entertainment editor for The Repository’s Ticket magazine, for which he writes about theater, movies, rock ‘n’ roll, art, classical music, dance, restaurants, festivals and everything else that’s going on. Growing up in Wooster, he always thought of Canton as “the big city.”

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