Downtown Canton Events 2015

The Downtown Canton Events schedule is getting shaken up this year, starting with Vintage Canton in May, a fabulous lineup for Canton Blues Fest in June, along with a new event in September! Be sure to mark your calendars as some events have changed season. You don’t want to miss out on these great events!

Vintage Canton – *NEW DATE* May 21
Many of you are used to tasting wine and small bites of delicious food in the fall at Vintage Canton! This year, the event will take place on Thursday, May 21, from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. along Central Plaza North in downtown Canton. Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown event, offering center city charm alongside live music, cuisine from local restaurants, and of course, quality wines. The popular Beer Garden will return with a diverse offering of craft beers too!

Canton Blues Fest – June 12 & 13
bluesThe headliners for the Canton Blues Festival have been announced! This free outdoor blues festival will take place on Market Square in downtown Canton on Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, with headliners taking the stage nightly at 8:30 p.m.

Opening act Jimmy Thackery will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and then headlining artist Tommy Castro and the Painkillers will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Biscuit Miller will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and then Albert Castiglia will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The jam-packed lineup features 17 unique blues acts, with live music running daily from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the new “Back Porch” location!

Friday
Dan Holt – 4:00 pm
John Sutton & Luther Trammell – 6:00 pm
Cody J. Martin – 8:00 pm

Saturday
Jon Mosey – 2:00 pm
Matt Basso – 4:00 pm
Travis Black – 6:00 pm
Tim Milligan – 8:00 pm

Canton Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, June 20 through October 17
The market runs every Saturday morning, rain or shine from 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. The market has a lot more to offer than just fresh, local produce. There is live music, local artists, health checks from our sponsor Aultman Health Foundation, pet day, organic gardening tips and cooking demonstrations. Come join your friends and neighbors, and maybe even make some new ones at the market.

Taste of Canton – No event in 2015
Taste of Canton, which is usually held in May, will be on hiatus this year.

Canton Kickoff Celebration *NEW EVENT* – September 10-12
Due to the changes related to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, there will be an addition of a three-day event in downtown Canton this September 10, 11, and 12, which will coincide with the first game of the NFL season on that Thursday. Stay tuned for more information to come!

Light Up Downtown – December 3
The whole family will be enchanted as you take a magical journey with Christopher Pop-In-Kins, Santa’s Official Children’s Elf, as he pops in again this year during Light Up Downtown on the main stage on Market Square with Christopher poppin’ up at Light Up Downtown – there’s sure to be fun croppin’ up around every corner.

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family & friends, and traveling near and far with her fiancé! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pit-bulls!

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Runners, Take your Mark!

The list of races being held in the Canton area grows each year, and running season has arrived! If you’re a runner, you should be excited to participate in everything from 2-Mile and 5K races, to Marathons, and Adventure Races for adults and kids alike!

Funny Bunny Run
April 11 – Stark Parks Sippo Lake
marathon startEnjoy a 4-Mile run around Sippo Lake and surrounding neighborhoods, hopefully spotting blossoms and wildlife babies!

Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5k
April 25 – Pro Football Hall of Fame
Race in the first event of the NEW Gold Jacket 5k Series which travels to multiple NFL Cities before returning to Canton on September 13th!

Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon
April 26 – Pro Football Hall of Fame

Be a part of the greatest race around! Register for the Marathon, Half Marathon, or a Team Relay to experience this legendary race around Canton!

Sweat Now, Wine Later Adventure Race
May 2 – Martindale Park to Gervasi Vineyard
Kayak the first portion of this race along the Middlebranch Trail – and find yourself running the last mile towards the wine at Gervasi Vineyard!

The Blitz Kids Obstacle Race
May 16 – Clay’s Park Resort
Have your kids been begging to join your adult adventure races? Now they have one of their own! Children 9-17 can run the 2-mile race alone or with a parent!

Boots on the Ground Adventure Trail Race
June 13 – Historic Canal Fulton
Take your pick between a 5K or a 5-Mile! Enjoy Historic Downtown Canal Fulton, areas of the Towpath and Canal while supporting Veterans Organizations. Enjoy a little party with food, music, and military displays after you cross the finish line!

38th Annual North Canton YMCA 4th of July Race
July 4 – North Canton YMCA
Celebrate Independence Day with an energizing run, and stick around for the presentation of runners’ awards and the Ron Russell Perseverance Award, dancing in the streets, and North Canton’s July 4th Parade.

Warrior Dash
August 8 – Clay’s Park Resort
Rugged terrain, muddy trails, obstacles on land and water! You know what the Warrior Dash is all about! Follow it up with a turkey leg, a beer, and a shower!

Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5k Series National Championship
September 13 – Downtown Canton
The race series will have traveled to Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, and Buffalo, and it returns to Canton with the winners of each race compete for the Championship! Join in the fun!

Zombie Mud Run
Fall 2015 – Details TBD

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family & friends, and traveling near and far with her fiancé! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pit-bulls!

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International IFAF Senior World Championships in Canton!

Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, and the United States will participate in the fifth International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship being held in Canton, Ohio from July 9-18! Eight national teams comprised of men age 20 and older will compete during four rounds of play to earn the gold medal. The United States is the two-time defending champion!

usa football squareAll games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Round robin matchups are July 9, 12 and 15 with consolation games and the medal round on Saturday, July 18. U.S. assistant coaches, players, groupings and game times will be announced at a later date.

As the sport’s national governing body, USA Football assembles America’s national teams for international competition and will serve as tournament host. Dan Hawkins, former head coach at Boise State and Colorado, will lead the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team.

Hawkins was 53-11 at Boise State from 2001-05, winning four consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles. His teams compiled a 31-game WAC winning streak, the longest in conference history. His five seasons at Colorado (2006-10) included a win over No. 3 Oklahoma in 2007, the same year he led the Buffaloes to the Independence Bowl. Prior to Boise State, Hawkins coached Willamette University in Salem, Ore., to a 40-12-1 record from 1993-97, earning two conference titles and a 1997 NAIA championship game berth. Currently serving as a college football analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Hawkins also was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2013.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be selected to lead the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team,” said Hawkins, whose son Cody Hawkins started at quarterback for the 2011 U.S. Men’s National Team and was named to the IFAF 2011 all-tournament team. “I am excited about being part of the program. Representing our country and USA Football while further strengthening our game internationally is a unique and special opportunity.”

The IFAF Senior World Championship has been held every four years since 1999. The United States defeated Canada, 50-7, in Vienna, Austria, for the 2011 gold medal. The U.S. beat Japan, 23-20, in double overtime in Kawasaki, Japan, to win the 2007 tournament, the first that included Team USA. Prior to the United States’ participation, Japan earned gold medals at the first two IFAF Senior World Championships played in Palermo, Italy (1999), and Frankfurt, Germany (2003).

IFAF is working with 78 countries spanning six continents that possess national federations dedicated to American football. Among the world’s fastest-growing international federations of sport, IFAF has grown from 21 member nations in 2006.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted IFAF provisional IOC recognition in December 2013. A vote on football becoming an Olympic sport could take place as early as 2017. If approved, football would join the Summer Olympics lineup in 2024 at a host city yet to be determined.

About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the U.S., advancing coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics. Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball.

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family & friends, and traveling near and far with her fiancé! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pit-bulls!

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