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. We are excited to announce this year's Balloon Festival will feature special shape balloon all the way from England, Tall Steve the penguin!

Tall Steve the Penguin!


2018 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest

June 28th - June 30th

Click here to view the 2018 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Schedule

If you would like to become a balloon crew member for the 2018 Balloon Fest complete Form and Waiver below.

2018 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Crew Member Form

2018 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Crew Member Waiver


If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or food vendor for the 2018 Balloon Fest complete forms below. 

2018 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Sponsor Form

2018 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Food Vendor Application 

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

Thanks To Our Sponsors

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Allison's Wells School of Arts & Crafts

Allison's Wells School of Arts & Crafts


The Allison’s Wells School of Arts & Crafts is a non-profit educational organization, located in the downtown “Historic District”, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Canton, Mississippi, 20 miles north of the capital, Jackson, just off Interstate 55. The School is the rebirth of the historic Allison’s Wells Resort and Art Colony which existed from 1879 to 1963 when destroyed by fire. The School is based upon the teaching ideas that began with the old art colony combined with the new and exciting ones.

The purpose of the Allison’s Wells School of Arts & Crafts is:
To open new horizons
To awaken new interests and aspirations
To create an awareness of one’s capacity to grow
To provide life-long adventures in learning that are joyful and enlivening
To inspire enlightened citizenship that builds a satisfying community life

A vital part of this school is the Allison's Wells Artists & Craftsmen. Their mission is to develop a climate of artistic expression through enrichment, education and preservation of heritage while fostering a platform for artists and craftsmen to share their talents with the community.

Upcoming Events:


Ages 8-12: July 9th-July 12th, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ages 13-18: July 16th-July 20th, 2018

Canton Young Filmmaker's Workshop - "Junior"
Description / Application

The Allison Wells School of Arts and Crafts is a program under the Canton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. For more information, please contact:

Allison's Wells School of Arts and Crafts, Inc.
P.O. Box 53
Canton, MS 39046
(601) 859-1307

Allison's Wells Artists & Craftsmen

2nd Annual Upstairs Downtown Event

2nd Annual Upstairs Downtown Event

Tickets are on sale now!

Thursday, Nov 1st at 4 PM- 8 PM

The Canton Garden Club in conjunction with Canton Tourism invite you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to tour some spectacular upstairs spaces in the Canton downtown area and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and music. 

$15.00 advance tickets
$20.00 day of event
Click here to buy tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-upstairs-downtown-event-tickets-50185759959 

Call 601-859-1307 for more information!

Second Saturday

Second Saturday

Join us for our Second Saturday every month!!

Event Time: 10AM - 4PM

And don't forget to stop by the Welcome Center to purchase your 2nd Saturday bag full of discounts & gift certificates! You can bring your bag to any 2nd Saturday for 10% off at any participating store!

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 www.CantonTourism.com

**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 logan@cantontourism.com for additional information.