June 27-August 15
Summer Adventure Camp
Wednesdays from June to August 15, ages 7 to 12 are welcome to come to Beech Creek Gardens for 2018 Adventure Camp. The camp fosters teamwork and mutual respect for one another. Children also enjoy traditional summer day camp activities such as games, arts, crafts, skits, silly songs and special guests. The camp is $270 for all 10 Wednesdays or $30 per day for members and $320 for all 10 Wednesdays or $35 per day for nonmembers. For more information, call 330-829-7050.

June 28-30, July 2
Independence Day at Hartville MarketPlace
The big weekend kicks off at Hartville MarketPlace on June 28 and runs June 29 and 30, is closed July 1 and wraps up July 2. There are typically more than 1,000 outdoor vendors and about 30,000 customers. Mark your calendars so you won’t miss out on all of the bargains and fun. hartvillemarketplace.com

Through July 22
African Menagerie—The Inquisition
In a spring family-oriented exhibit, the Canton Museum of Art will present the “panoramic adventure” African Menagerie. This touring exhibit will let audiences discover and explore the plight of African wildlife species. cantonart.org

Through July 22
Ministers of the Kingdom: Brian R. Williams
The subjects of Williams’ drawings are ambassadors sent here from the animal kingdom to illustrate the ways in which animals and people share a common existence. Williams draws inspiration from nature, history, animals, ghost stories, folklore and old-fashioned photography. He likens his drawings to Aesop’s Fables, where animal characters exist in a man-made environment to illustrate the ways that people and animals are similar but also to create unusual, humorous, and surreal drawings. See this exhibit on view at the Canton Museum of Art. cantonart.org

Through Sept. 19
Songwriters’ workshop
Anyone 14 and older interested in songwriting is invited to join local Massillon musician and songwriter Bryan Stahl for a collaborative series of workshops. If you sing, play guitar or piano, have a melody or lyrics, feel free to join. These free workshops are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Massillon Museum on the first and third Wednesday of each month through September. A songwriter showcase performance will be held in October. For more information, contact Bryan Stahl at 330-607-4999 or info@bryanstahl.com. massillonmuseum.org

Through October 21
Under Cover: Highlights from the Hat Collection
Head to the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum for the Under Cover: Highlights from the Hat Collection. This exhibition, guest curated by curatorial volunteer Kathy Fleeher, features the museum’s vast collection of 20th century hats. It will explore millinery design elements, such as flowers and feathers, as well as iconic hat styles such as the cloche, pillbox and many more. The exhibit will be on view through October 21. mckinleymuseum.org

July 1
Pitbull will bring the party to the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium stage at 8 p.m. The Pitbull concert is the first in a series of premier events that will take place at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Tickets start at $39.50. Contact Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com for more details. profootballhof.com

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6
2018 Summer Kids Movie Series
The Canton Palace Theatre and the Canton Professional Educators’ Association (CPEA) present the movie series Summer Kids Movies. The movies will begin at 1 p.m., with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $1, and group reservations are available by calling 330-454-8172. All tickets are sold at the door the day of the movie showing. The schedule includes “Early Man” on July 2, “The Smurfs: Lost Village” on July 9, “Emoji Movie” on July 16, “Kung Fu Panda 3” on July 23, “Elf” on July 30 and “Wonder” on August 6. cantonpalacetheatre.org 

July 3
A Monumental Fourth!
Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks on the grounds of the McKinley National Memorial from 8 to 10:30 p.m. mckinleymuseum.org

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Open mic night
Open mic night gives local talented people the chance to come out and play in front of a fabulous crowd in the coffee shop environment at Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co. in downtown Canton. Bring yourself, friends, neighbors and instruments on Tuesday nights for a good time. The sign-up sheet goes out at 7:30 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m. Each performer gets to play three songs. Open mic night ends at 11 p.m. Check the site for more information. muggswigz.com


Unforgettable Mystery Book Club

July 5
Meet at the North Canton Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Sworn to Silence” by Linda Castillo. ncantonlibrary.com

July 6
First Friday
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events. It begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for July is Chalk the Walk. The free First Friday family movie at the Canton Palace Theatre is “My Neighbor Totoro.” It begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. cantonartsdistrict.com

July 7
Friends of the Stark County District Library Book Sale
Book sales held by The Friends of the Library include gently used books, CDs, DVDs and other materials donated by the community or no longer needed at the library. The book sale will be at the Stark County District Main Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. scdlmainfol.org

July 7
Come adopt your new best friend at the Louisville Public Library. The library is celebrating cats everywhere by finding homes for them thanks to the Stark County Humane Society. The cats will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. louisvillelibrary.org

July 7
Do the Mu!
Do the Mu! is the first Saturday of every month. Drop in at the Massillon Museum any time between noon and 2 p.m. for a different art and history workshop taught by local artists or museum staff. No registration is required, and it’s free for all ages. massillonmuseum.org

July 7
Medieval Fair
Presented by the Marche of Alderford branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, come learn all about the middle ages from what people ate, how they fought and what they wore. This is happening at the North Canton Public Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Most events will be held in the green space past the parking lot next to the school. The event will happen rain or shine. ncantonlibrary.com


Oscar Movie Weekend

July 7, 8
The Canton Palace Theatre will celebrate 2018 Oscar-winning films during Oscar Movie Weekend. See “The Shape of Water” at 7:30 p.m. July and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” at 7:30 p.m. July 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission is $5, and tickets are available at the door. cantonpalacetheatre.org

July 9, 11, 13
Painting Summer Day Camp
Classes will include instruction in acrylic and watercolor paints. Complete several projects while exploring techniques, various art materials and your imaginations to create whimsical, colorful and fun art. This camp is for ages 8 to 18 at Pegasus Farm from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $50 per person. pegasusfarm.org

July 9-13
Equestrian Vaulting
This sport combines dance and gymnastics performed on the back of a moving horse. Children 6 to 18 can participate in this at Pegasus Farm for $175 each. The summer camp is from 9 a.m. to noon each day. pegasusfarm.org

July 10
Flights & Bites
Gervasi Vineyard’s wine steward will lead guests through three wines paired with three appetizer bites at The Bistro. Flights & Bites sessions are at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m. The cost is $16 per person per session. gervasivineyard.com

July 11, 18, 25
GV Cruise-In
Showcase your automobile or stroll among the cars at the weekly GV Cruise-In, Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. through September at Gervasi Vineyard. gervasivineyard.com

July 12
Summer Serenades—Deer Creek Reservoir
Serenades in the Park, a free, family-friendly, series of brass, woodwind and string ensembles, is performing all over Stark County. Bring picnic food, games and a blanket or chair and enjoy the music. Pre-concert activities are offered before each performance. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at Deer Creek Reservoir. cantonsymphony.org

July 12
Fitness Bike Ride 9.0
Take a fun 9-mile ride along the Middlebranch Trail from Martindale Park, at the 4000 block of Martindale Road NE, Canton. Learn proper trail etiquette and enjoy the scenery along the way. This is for ages 12 and older. The bike ride starts at 6:30 p.m. starkparks.com

July 12-14
50th annual Olde Canal Days Festival
Enjoy the 50th annual Olde Canal Days Festival with rides all day long, live entertainment in the evening on July 13 and 14, a grand parade, fireworks and more. Check the site for complete details. discovercanalfultonevents.com

July 13-15
The Secret Garden Tour
The Secret Garden Tour is Canton Garden Center’s major fundraiser. Tours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tickets, sold during tour days, are $20. For more information, call the Canton Garden Center at 330-455-6172 or Linda Lawrence at 330-499-2959. cantongardencenter.com

July 13-15
Anime Fest
Head to the Canton Palace Theatre for Anime Fest, featuring anime films, vendors, a cosplay contest, a Pokemon tournament and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. July 13, 11 a.m. July 14 and noon July 15. cantonpalacetheatre.org


720 Market: A City Affair

July 14
Head to St. Paul’s Church in North Canton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to peruse the unique and curated, special event open-air market. It’s a fresh opportunity to shop local, support local businesses and experience a local venue in a new way. It showcases local makers, bakers, brewers, growers and more along with community nonprofits, live local music and food vendors. 720market.com

July 14
Summer Fun Fest
Enjoy this free family-friendly festival with a car show, petting zoo, pony rides, 3-on-3 basketball, inflatable games, bounce houses, music, live mascots and characters, and giveaways. Food truck fare will be available for purchase. It’s all happening at First Christian Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. firstchristian.com

July 19
Vintner’s Dinner
Head to Maize Valley for a Vintner’s Dinner paired with Maize Valley wines. Meals are $50 per guest and must be paid in advance. maizevalley.com

July 20
24th annual Island Party and Pig Roast
Head to the Massillon Museum for the 24th annual Island Party and Pig Roast. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public. The party is from 6 to 11 p.m. See Page 24 for more information. massillonmuseum.org

July 20-22
Movie Musical Weekend
Enjoy the sights and sounds of “Moulin Rouge!” “The Greatest Showman” and “Singin’ in the Rain” at the Canton Palace Theatre. All movies will play at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $5 for each movie, and tickets are available at the door. cantonpalacetheatre.org

July 21
Hartville Makers Market
Find unique vintage wares, handmade goods and other one-of-a-kind pieces at Hartville MarketPlace. Enjoy live music and food trucks while you shop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. hartvillemarketplace.com

July 21
Downtown Canton Flea
Head to downtown Canton along Court Avenue NW from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Downtown Canton Flea. Awaiting you are more than 75 vendors offering art, crafts, antiques, handmade goods and more. downtowncantonflea.com

July 21
Warrior Dash
Clay’s Park is proud to host the annual Warrior Dash and is excited to welcome competitors and festival attendees from across the country. The dash consists of 12 muddy obstacles on a 3.2-mile course. Recruit your friends and come to Clay’s Park for a day of mud, sweat and beers. Check the site for ticket information. clayspark.com

July 21
Cannoli Caper Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
The cast of Stardust Dinner Theatre will take you on board the St. Helena III Canal Boat for an entertaining ride down the canal. Dinner will be catered from one of Canal Fulton’s favorite restaurants. Tickets are $37 including dinner, performance and ride. The event is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. cityofcanalfulton-oh.gov


Outdoor Movie Night

July 21
Watch “Moana” on the big screen at Sippo Lake Park Exploration Gateway with activities before the movie. Activities will start at 7 p.m., and the movie will start around 9 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Perry Sippo Friends of the Library and the Stark County District Library Perry Sippo branch. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be shown inside. Don’t forget to bring your blankets or chairs to watch this movie under the stars. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. starkparks.com

July 22
Bellissimo Fine Art and Fine Craft Show
Don’t miss the eighth annual Bellissimo Fine Art and Fine Craft Show from noon to 5 p.m. at Gervasi Vineyard. Enjoy an afternoon stroll where more than 50 artists and artisans will display their work for sale. This event is free to the public. gervasivineyard.com

July 22-August 6
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
Celebrate the Class of 2018 enshrinees at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Enjoy a community parade, balloon classic, autograph sessions with Gold Jackets, the Hall of Fame game, the Enshrinement Ceremony and more. Check the site for a full schedule and more information on each event. profootballhoffestival.com

July 23, 25, 27 and August 6, 8, 11
Pottery and Ceramics
Create fun and functional items with clay and ceramic pieces. Items will include kiln-fired mugs, clay sculptures and mosaic pieces using nontoxic and environmentally friendly materials. This class is for ages 8 to 18 and will be held at Pegasus Farm from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day. The cost is $50 per person. pegasusfarm.org

July 24
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
All Brown Bag Lunch presentations are free and run from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. There are complimentary cookies and coffee for guests. No reservations are needed. Because of museum construction, the lunch will be at the Massillon Salvation Army at 315 Sixth Street NE. massillonmuseum.org

July 24
Summer Serenades—Fry Family Park
Serenades in the Park, a free, family-friendly, series of brass, woodwind, and string ensembles, is performing all over Stark County. Bring picnic food, games and a blanket or chair and enjoy the music. Pre-concert activities are offered before each performance. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. at Fry Family Park. cantonsymphony.org

July 25
Foo Fighters
See the Foo Fighters live in concert at Blossom Music Center at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $74. clevelandamphitheater.com

July 27-29
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic & Fireworks
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic & Fireworks annually attracts balloonists from throughout the United States. Enjoy Night Glow on July 27, a fireworks display July 28 and musical entertainment both July 27 and 28 on the campuses of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College. Check the site for lift-off times and more information. profootballhoffestival.com

July 27-29
80s Movie Weekend
Catch classic 80s hits at the Canton Palace Theatre. All movies start at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $5 per movie. See “Stand by Me” on July 27, “Die Hard” on July 28 and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” on July 29. cantonpalacetheatre.org

July 27-August 12
2018 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival
Honoring Alliance as the Carnation City, the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival is a 15-plus day festival filled with parades, food and fun throughout the city. A princess tea party, a trail run and a movie at Silver Park will help kick off this year’s festival, followed by an outdoor three-day Rib Fest outside of Carnation Mall. Check the site for more details, including information about the grand parade and the crowning of the Carnation Queen. carnationfestival.com


Up, Up & Away 5K

July 28
Register for the second annual Up, Up & Away 5K. Bring your family and start your morning at 8 a.m. at the Kent State University at Stark campus for a 5K looping course while being surrounded by the excitement of the potential for hot air balloons to launch and fly over the campus. This race is part of the Ohio Challenge Series. There will be prizes, and the top three male and top three female runners each will receive two 10,000-mile travel vouchers from Spirit Airlines. Post race party activities include food, inflatables for the kids and concludes with a donut eating contest by Mary Ann Donuts. The cost ranges from $30 to $40 depending on when you register. profootballhoffestival.com

July 28
Spirits & Spirits Cruise
Join “Haunted Stark” author and paranormal researcher Sherri Brake for an evening canal boat cruise blending spirits and spirits. Hear of the dark history in Stark County as you venture to Lock 4 on this one-hour evening cruise. After returning to the point of departure, walk with Sherri to Canal Spirits, Canal Fulton’s only distillery, and sample spirits made locally. Free appetizers also will be available. Arrive at 7:30 p.m. The boat will depart at 8 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $45 per person, and reservations are required. cityofcanalfulton-oh.gov

July 30
Tea with the Curator–The Ida McKinley Dress Project
The Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is currently engaged in the largest textile conservation project in the organization’s history. Twenty of Ida McKinley’s gowns have been identified as good candidates for conservation treatment to stabilize them for display. This program will explore Mrs. McKinley’s style, using the museum’s collection of archival photographs and her dresses, as well as a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the conservation process. The program is from 10 a.m. to noon, is $15 and includes tea, coffee and breakfast sweets. Reservations are required. For more information, call 330-455-7043. mckinleymuseum.org

July 31
Tales in Thyme: Outdoor Storytelling
This outdoor stories series is presented by area librarians who bring interactive stories to life with puppets, storyboards and audience participation. It lasts approximately 30 minutes with light refreshments after. Admission is free. The event will take place at 10 a.m. at Walsh University’s Hoover Historical Center. For more information, call 330-490-7435. walsh.edu/hoover-historical-center

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