Canton First Friday

First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District in Canton, Ohio, 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 @ 5:30, followed by the full-out event downtown from 6-10 p.m. Rain or shine. First Friday happens every month – year ’round!

Canton First Friday is presented by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District and ArtsinStark, brought to you by Kempthorn Motors.

Upcoming First Fridays

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Participate in Canton First Friday!

Would you like to participate in Canton First Friday? Whether you are a food vendor, or a band looking to play, this page can help you. Please read through the following information to get acclimated with how we do things.

We do not allow any direct selling, e.g. Pampered Chef, Jamberry, Thirty One, etc. Only handmade products and art. There are no corporate appearance opportunities or month-to-month sponsorships.

Artist, nonprofit, and food vendor booths are only available May-October. There are no indoor spots available and no group will be given permission for space November-April.

To apply for artist, food, musician and nonprofit placement at our events, click the appropriate button below.