Canton 3rd Thursday Square Party

Canton 3rd Thursday Square Party


Canton's 3rd Thursday Square Party is held each third Thursday starting in the month of April and continues through the month of September! It's a great family friendly event that locals and visitors of all ages can enjoy great food, live music and shopping around the Canton's Historic Square for a fun-filled night! Check out our calendar of events so you can stay up to date throughout the year!

Canton Christmas Festival

Canton Christmas Festival


November 24 - December 23, 2017

Canton, the "City of Lights," comes alive each holiday season with attractions and events for young and old alike. From the Victorian Festival to old-fashioned carousel rides, you’ll find something to tickle your holiday fancy, no matter what your preference!

A special annual attraction that always proves to be a joyous experience is the Canton Animation Museums. This treasure chest of Christmas delights began with just 22 antique window decorations and a vision to create a holiday fantasy which would highlight the area’s rich history, diverse present, and promising future. The Museums include several life-size animated figures that beckon holiday fun-seekers to a world of fact and fairy tales. From historical representations of life in Canton throughout the 20th century to whimsical scenes depicting favorite children’s stories, the Museums’ displays are artfully handcrafted and a delight to behold.

The festivities in Canton all take place around the Historic Courthouse Square, decorated with over 200,000 glittering lights. Canton’s Square is honored as a National Register Landmark and, to date, more than $20 million has been reinvested into the preservation and continuation of this unique hub of activity. Visitors from all 50 states and from many foreign countries have come to take part in Canton’s famous holiday festivities on the Square. The festival received honorable mention from the Arts & Entertainment Network's 2003 contest, "Best Small Town Christmas Spirit."

In addition to the Canton Animation Museums and the glittering decorations of the Square, Canton offers holiday visitors many other attractions including the Merchant’s Open House Weekend, Carousel on the Square, Trolley Ride around the Square, Old Jail Museum, Log Cabin Behind the Old Jail, The Railroad Museum, and a light and character parade.

While in Canton, visitors are urged to take the time to tour the Canton Movie Museums, home to sets and memorabilia from "A Time to Kill," "My Dog Skip," "The Ponder Heart," "O Brother Where Art Thou," "The Rising Place," and more. Next door to the Canton Movie Museum, visit the Canton Multicultural Center, a tribute to struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans throughout the history of Canton.


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:

June 5-9
Children's Art Camp
Description / Application

June 13-16
Canton Young Filmmaker's Workshop - "Junior"
Description / Application

June 19-23
Canton Young Filmmaker's Workshop - "Young"
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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

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
Live plants
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.

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.

2017 Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Festival Schedule of Events

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

Thanks To Our 2017 Sponsors