Lions Club After 5

Lions Club After 5

Beginning in April, the Canton Lions Club will host “Canton after 5:00” at the Trolio Hotel on the square.  The second Tuesday of each month, April, May, June and August, the Lions Club will host a guest presenter along with light refreshments beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Our downtown merchants will offer extended hours and specials for your shopping enjoyment.

The series will feature;

  • April 9 - David Rich, owner of Rich Grain Distillery.  Mr. Rich will showcase signature cocktails and a tasting of his locally distilled bourbons.  Cost $15

  • May 14 - Sherry LaCour and Wanda Baldwin will present butterfly gardening.  Those attending will have the opportunity to engage in a plant swap. Cost $10

  • June 11 - Braley Reed with the Madison County Library will help us utilize the enriching tools of social media to advance our businesses, connect with friends and family, sell unwanted items, and enhance our lives while enabling security features to keep us safe. Cost $10

  • August 13 - Erin Noble and Jane Foster will kick-off football season with a tailgate setting for refreshments.  Tailgating recipes will be shared with those attending. Cost $10

Tickets for these events may be purchased by calling the Canton Tourism office (601-859-1307), at, or at the door.  Tickets are $15 for the first event and $10 for the remaining features with all profits going toward the Lions Club cleanup projects around town.  

The Lions of Canton appreciate the support and help of the Canton Tourism Office, Johnny Stewart and local merchants to make these events possible.  We sincerely hope our community will come and experience our downtown square through a social setting designed purely for the fun of being together with neighbors and friends.  

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2019 Young Filmmaker's Workshop

2019 Young Filmmaker's Workshop

This year we have again partnered with the Madison County Library here in Canton to put on the Canton Young Film Makers Camp! The library has put into place great new state of the art equipment as well as a new sound booth. With all the new additions we were able to partner with them for the equipment and instructors this year and we were able to get the cost of the camp down so more kids will be able to participate and experience the fun and exciting time your child has at film camp. We will keep the same format as in years past but will add a few new and exciting elements to the camp! Parents will pick up and drop off campers at the Canton Library every day for camp. Stay tuned for more announcements to come!

Ages 8 - 12: July 8th – July 12th 2019

Monday-Thursday 9 am – 4 pm Friday 9 am to 12 pm
Premiere on Saturday, July 13, 2019
Price $150

Ages 13 – 18: July 15th – July 19th 2019

Monday – Thursday 9 am – 4 pm Friday 9 am to 12 pm.                                       
Premiere on Saturday, July 20, 2019
Price $150

(Lunch, snacks, and materials included)


Please send a check and application to guarantee enrollment to:

P.O. BOX 53
CANTON, MS 39046

For more information, please contact the Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau and Film Office at (601) 859-1307 or (800) 844-3369.

Easter 2019

Easter 2019

Shop, Hunt, & Save Easter Promo

Dates- Saturday April 13 10-4

Friday April 19 10-5

Saturday April 20 10-4

Each participating store has plastic eggs filled with candy, discounts, and door prizes! Each customer gets an egg with a purchase at any of our participating stores. Who knows what's inside! There will silver and golden with Downtown Canton Gift Cards to merchants inside. $25 and $50

Also, on the 20th, There will also be 300 candy-filled eggs hidden around the square for the children who come out that day for bunny pics or with parents to shop!

Have Easter pictures taken at the Rose Garden, featuring live bunnies! (Saturdays only)
Pictures will be printed on-site.

Please contact Jana at 601-859-1307 for more information.
Don't miss this special Easter event!


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Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race

Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Race

Featuring over 25 balloons, a fireworks extravaganza, colorful balloons of all shapes and sizes, entertainment, concessions, and lots of fun. You’re guaranteed a good time as you experience the mirage of colors decorating the summer sky. Our Independence Day heritage is highlighted by fun family activities that will treat the family to an old-fashioned weekend of togetherness. There is a vast array of competitive events for pilots to test their balloon savvy in pursuit of valuable cash prizes. There is also the ever popular Balloon Glows at sunset to delight children and adults of all ages. Come watch the balloons flicker and dance in the evening twilight.


2019 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest

July 4th - July 7th

If you would like to become a balloon crew member for the 2019 Balloon Fest complete Form and Waiver below.

2019 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Crew Member Form

2019 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Crew Member Waiver


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or food vendor for the 2019 Balloon Fest complete forms below. 

2019 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Sponsor Form

For more information contact the Canton Tourism Office at 601-859-1307.

Canton Christmas Festival

Canton Christmas Festival


November 23 - December 23, 2018

Canton’s Christmas festival creates memories with new attraction

Once again, more than 200,000 twinkling white lights will sparkle and light up the city’s Historic Courthouse Square, bringing the magic and nostalgia of the holidays, along with thousands of visitors, to Canton. We are proud to announce our new title sponsor Trustmark Bank.

Back this year is the interactive Christmas Village, giving children the opportunity to make reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer to eat on Christmas Eve. Frosty will be near his igloo handing out marshmallows to roast by his fire, and Santa’s elves will pass out magical classes that make the Christmas lights in Canton come to life in special shapes!  The interactive Christmas Village is designed to allow children to take home their memories from the Canton Christmas festival while creating special memories with the characters.

To take full advantage of the festival’s breathtaking night-time views, festival hours will be 5-9 p.m. Nov. 23-25. Activities will start back up for nightly festival fun Nov. 30 - Dec. 23. From 5 to 9.

 Throughout the month, several merchants around the Square will have extended holiday hours and will offer a respite from the hectic, big-box-store experience. Shoppers can stroll the sidewalks and enjoy the season, immersed in lights and holiday music, as they pop into gift shops, vintage stores and boutiques for unique items, special sales and samples.

 Light and character parades, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturday nights throughout the festival’s run, enhance the family fun with a chance to meet favorite princesses, superheroes and more.

 The city’s animation museums, which were completely redecorated for the 2018 holiday season, will be open from 5-9 p.m. The historical museum features replicas of past merchants on Canton’s Historic Square; the other museum will delight youngsters with themed Christmas trees, including animation penguin figures enjoying a winter day around the park!

 Additional festival highlights include: Sip ’n’ Cider 5-9 p.m. December 14: Mrs. Claus’ Story Time, 6-9 p.m., horse and buggy rides, trolley rides and miniature  train and fire truck rides around the Square, an old-fashioned carousel,  as well as photos with Santa nightly throughout the festival.  Be sure to check out the newest ride, the sky race located on the courthouse square grounds.

For more information, visit

**Note: On Friday, December 7th, 2018, there will be no Horse and Buggy, Train, Fire Truck or Trolley.



Ticket Prices

Carousel $2

Cars $2

Fire Truck $3

Train $3

Trolley $3

Animation Museum $2

Interactive Christmas Village $5

Horse & Buggy $5

Sky Race Ride $2

Canton Flea Market Arts and Crafts Show

Canton Flea Market Arts and Crafts Show

Canton Flea Market Brochure (.pdf)

Download the Application (.pdf)

Driving directions from select cities across the South

We invite you to visit Canton for one of the South’s original & finest arts & crafts shows!

"Top Twenty Event in the Southeast," Southeast Tourism Society "Outstanding Promotional Event in the State of Mississippi," Mississippi Downtown Development Association "Best of the Best of Mississippi," Mississippi Magazine "Top 100 Event," American Bus Association.

The famous Canton Flea Market attracts artisans nationally to showcase handcrafted items such as pottery, jewelry, and unique arts & crafts. This bi-annual event attracts over 1,100 superior artists and craftsmen to within walking distance of the downtown area. Handmade arts and crafts are located on the Courthouse grounds and the adjacent Union and Center Streets. Additional crafts exhibits are on the church properties on Peace Street, at the Old Jail Museum behind City Hall and on two blocks of East Fulton Street.

Outstanding artists and craftsmen display their work on the beautiful grounds of the historic Madison County Courthouse and throughout the surrounding area.

Take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities at the Flea Market as well as Canton’s surrounding merchants. The Canton Flea Market features: 

Antique & Gift Square of Mississippi
Quality fine art at below gallery prices
Antiques & unique handcrafted arts
Convenient parking throughout the city

The bi-annual Canton Flea Market Arts & Crafts Show, a one-day show, is held on the second Thursday of May and October. It is a litter free event.

Exhibits are by invitation only. To participate in the Canton Flea Market Arts & Crafts Show, please contact the Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau and request an application. Along with your completed application, you are required to send in photographs of your art or craft. All items must be handmade, or partially handmade, by the vendor. If selected to participate, you will be contacted by a Sponsor who has chosen your application.

All spaces are 10' X 12' in size and are $140 per space. This cost covers the $80.00 fee for the City of Canton sales permit and the Sponsor's $60.00 rental fee.

Applications, hotel listings and hospitality facilities are available through the Canton Tourism Office 601-859-1307 or 800-844-3369.

Email for additional information.