Canton, Ohio 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!

There will be no outdoor vendors, but lots of businesses are still open for you to walk around and explore!

Visit our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Canton First Friday is presented by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District and ArtsinStark.


Even though we couldn't have in-person chalk the walk this year, we would like to do a digital competition! So here are the rules, we want you to chalk your own walk/driveway. Take a photo of yourself with your art. Submit your photos to by Thursday, August 6 at 12pm. Make sure to include the artist's name and age. Your entry will be uploaded to a folder and voting will open Friday, August 7. The photo with the most likes, comments, and shares will be the winner! There will be an 18+ winner and an under 18 winner. The 18+ winner will win $100 cash. The 18 and under winner will win $50 cash. Good luck!

Please check the Canton First Friday Facebook page for the latest details.

Just Imagine Art Gallery (201 6th St. NW) Join us for a summer end sale featuring pottery pieces up to 75% off! Can't make it in? Shop our collection online at

Boomdyada (332 4th St NW) Make-n-Take Marimo Terrarium eco-system pens and bottles $10.

Cantonology (306 4th St. NW) Stop by for a sidewalk sale, lots of new products, new poster prints and a take-home free kids’ craft kit. Plus, a 20% off sale on selected items.

Canton Palace Theatre (parking lot at 306 Market Ave. N) hosts double the fun for First Friday! Join us at the Canton Palace Theatre parking lot for the drive in movie “The Game Plan” starting at dark (roughly 9pm), or celebrate with us virtually by viewing the short silent film “One Wild Ride” on the Palace Facebook page at 7:30pm.

The Hub Art Factory The Parts to the Whole exhibit explores the process of art-making by focusing on the raw material 'parts' of the medium which the artists combine to create the 'whole' of the finished works. It offers the chance to see the raw materials next to the finished work, helping viewers to appreciate the artists' inspiration, hard work, and skill used in the creation of the final pieces. The exhibit features artwork by Liz Maugans, Jenniffer Omaitz , Jacques Jackson, and Stephen Tornero.

Strung by Shawna (221 5th St NW) - Stop in this First Friday for our String Art Store Closing Sale! Our business has moved completely online and I'll be moving the kitting operations back into my home. As such we will be getting rid of fixtures, IKEA dining room table, restaurant-quality chairs (16), vintage furniture pieces, vintage locker baskets, made string artboards, new/used yarn skeins, felt balls, wool felt, merchandise boxes and a mix of knick-knacks used in the store and craft shows.

Print & Press Shop & Studios (429 4th Street NW) is happy to be open for a socially-distanced First Friday from 5-8 p.m.! Come and see all the new goods we've been working on during the quarantine! Shop 25% off all tees, tanks and other apparel from Little Chicago Clothing Co. Shop cards, handmade candles, jewelry and gifts from more than 30 midwest makers.

Kendall & Blue Boutique will be open for First Friday. There will be a gift with purchase over $50.

Grapes in a Glass (575 Market ave N) Still serving great wines, cocktails and beer! All new appetizers along with live music...Mark Loy 7-10 pm. Indoor and outdoor seating available as well as call ahead seating option!

Upcoming Events

    Virtual Film Screening – Lives Well Lived

    Rooftop Patio Party at The Metropolitan Centre - August 5, 2020

    Sporcle Live with Mellina! - August 6, 2020