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

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Dirt Road Cadillac will be our feature band on Saturday night July 6th

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Dirt Road Cadillac will be our feature band on Saturday night July 6th

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 form below. 

2019 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Sponsor Form

If you are interested in becoming a Craft Vendor for the 2019 Balloon Fest complete form below. 

2019 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest Craft Vendor Form

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

On Friday, July 5, there will be a Steak & BBQ Competition. The steak competition is a sanctioned event that only the judges will be sampling the food. To register for the Steak Competition, click “Register Here” below.


New Balloon Fest event whets appetites in Canton

Canton launches a new event this year on July 5, whetting appetites and boosting the regional appeal for the Fourth of July and Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest weekend.

An SCA-sanctioned steak cookoff on the historic Canton Square combines cooking sport with live music, beer, kids’ fun, hot air balloons, shopping and small town charm, 6-9 p.m. on July 5. That puts it right in-between the Celebrate America Balloon Glow in Ridgeland July 4 and the Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest events July 6 at the Canton Multipurpose Center.

“When you think Fourth of July, you think grilling outdoors,” says Canton Tourism executive director Jana Padgett. “In my mind, it’s got to work!”

The aroma of sizzling meats and smoky goodness work their own magic. “If somebody’s grilling something, I’m hungry already,” says Van Waites, event organizer. Anyone can enter, from backyard grill masters to catering pros, and vie for cash prizes and bragging rights on steaks and wings.

This is Canton’s first competition sanctioned by the Texas-based Steak Cookoff Association, which is projected hold more than 300 contests worldwide this year. An SCA representative runs the steak cookoff and the promoter provides the steaks, with a first place payout of $1,000 for the steak cookoff winner, and prizes up to fifth place.

Event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Southern Outdoors Unlimited and its mission to introduce children with disabilities to the outdoors.

The new street party in Canton will celebrate all forms of outdoor cooking. Barbecue aficionados and more are expected, with tasty samples as they compete for the People’s Choice Award, determined by public voting. A $10 wristband buys the way for food sampling, one drink ticket and a vote. Food truck vendors will be onsite, too, to round out the offerings and hard rocking country music from the band TRADEMARK will keep the party hopping.

On July 6, the fun starts early with the Ballon Chase Bike Ride and Competition Flight at the multipurpose center, then kicks into high gear that evening with the festival and fireworks after dark. Good Samaritan’s $5,000 Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser is an annual highlight. “We want folks to know that they can have a great time, and yet make a difference for our community,” says Good Samaritan executive director Kathy Clem.

Here’s the rundown of July 4 weekend events:

Thursday, July 4: Celebrate America Balloon Glow at Northpark Mall in Ridgeland, with country artist Phil Vassar, opening act Burnam Road, and fireworks, 6-10 p.m. It’s free.

Friday, July 5: Steak cookoff and barbecue competition on the Canton Square, music from TRADEMARK, kids’ activities and more, 6-9 p.m. It’s free ($10 wristband for food samples). Register for the SCA-sanctioned steak cookoff at steakcookoffs.com.

Saturday, July 6: Activities at the Canton Multipurpose Center include 7 a.m. Balloon Chase Bike Ride and Competition Flight; 6-9:30 p.m. Balloon Festival; 6:30 p.m. Balloon Chase Run/Walk and Kids One Mile Run; 7:30 p.m. Balloon Glow and band Dirt Road Cadillac; 8 p.m. Good Samaritan’s $5,000 Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser; 9:15 p.m. fireworks. It’s free (register for bike ride, run and fundraiser at ballooncanton.com or onsite).

TRADEMARK entertains at a new Canton event July 5.

TRADEMARK entertains at a new Canton event July 5.

Canton Christmas Festival

Canton Christmas Festival


November 29 - December 23, 2019

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. 29 - Dec. 1. Activities will start back up for nightly festival fun Dec. 6 - 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 2019 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 13: 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.



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 jana@cantontourism.com for additional information.