2016 Events

Thursday - May 5

Queen Pageant
  The Queen Pageant will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Canton Palace Theatre!     Applications are now  available and must be submitted by March 7, 2016. CLICK HERE to access the 2016 Queen Pageant Applicaion.    SAVE THE DATE: There will be a Queen Pageant informational meeting on February 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the …
7:00 p.m.
Canton Palace Theatre
Queen Pageant FAQ

Sunday - July 24

Community Parade
COMMUNITY PARADE IS FUN FOR ALL! Who doesn’t love a parade? On Sunday, July 24 thousands of citizens will enjoy an afternoon in the heart of downtown Canton with family and friends for lots of fanfare and fun!  More than 100 diverse parade units including community youth groups, marching bands, the walking flag, antique vehicles, specialty units and a giant helium…
2:30 p.m.
Downtown Canton
Community Parade FAQ

Friday, Saturday and Sunday - July 29, 30, & 31

Balloon Classic
Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks
The 2016 Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music F est will take place on Friday, July 29, 30, & 31.   There will be dozens of food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment, mobile tours, and children’s activities at both the Balloon Classic and Jackson-Belden Music Fest areas. The Canton Regional and Jackson-Belden Chambers of Commerce continue to collaborate to create a…
4:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday - July 29, 30, & 31
Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College
Balloon Classic
Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks FAQ

Thursday - August 4

First Ball
This one-of-a-kind event was held on Thursday, August 4, at 10:00 a.m., featuring a three-mile long human chain of area youngsters stretching from the Frank T. Bow Building in downtown Canton (201 2nd Street S.W.) where the NFL was founded in 1920, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. More than 1,400 area youths between the ages of 6 and 17 participatee in this exciting event!  Kids…
10:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
First Ball FAQ
Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner
Make plans to attend the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner on Thursday, August 4! Guests will witness the Class of 2016 Enshrinees receive their jackets, one of three iconic symbols of induction -- the other two being the bronze bust and the ring. The evening will begin with a cocktail party and dinner prior to the crowd offering warm…
5:00 p.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner FAQ

Friday - August 5

Gold Jacket Photo Op
Fans had the special opportunity to witness a gathering of the game's immortals for a one-of-a-kind photo on the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 . The public was invited to this free event, and encouraged to capture the moment and share their pictures on social media with the hashtag #PFHOF16.
9:30 a.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Fashion Show Luncheon
Plan to attend the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon on Friday, August 5!   Guests will enjoy a delectable lunch, followed by a show featuring fashions from casual to dressy and everything in between. The season’s hottest fashions will be provided by local and regional stores, and will showcase both male and female models. …
11:30 a.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Fashion Show Luncheon FAQ
Concert for Legends
The 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival will featured more legends than ever before. TIM MCGRAW ,  will be performing at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's  Concert for Legends on Friday, August 5.     
8:00 p.m.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Saturday - August 6

Grand Parade
2016 Grand Parade More than 200,000 spectators will join us on Cleveland Avenue to welcome the Class of 2016 Enshrinees and many returning Gold Jackets. Specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats and marching bands will dazzle the crowd! Contact Erin Adcock, Event Manager, at 330.458.2053 or erina@cantonchamber.org for more information. Click here to apply…
8:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
Grand Parade FAQ
Fanatics Authentic Autograph Session Presented By Panini (Hall of Famers)
Fans will be able to preserve their football memories with autographs from Hall of Fame legends as they returned to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities. Favorite Hall of Famers will be on hand to sign football memorabilia.  
12:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Returning Hall of Famers Autograph Session Presented by Panini
Fans will be able to preserve their football memories with autographs from Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities. Multiple autograph sessions are held on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus. For participants and times in, visit ProFootballHOF.com .
12:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party
If you think tailgating along with a Hall of Famer, great music, great food, drinks and beer sounds like your kind of party, then look no further.  This exclusive tailgate party on Hall of Fame grounds provided entertainment before the Class of 2016 Enshrinement Ceremony. 
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party FAQ
Enshrinement Ceremony
The focus of the entire celebration is the emotional Enshrinement Ceremony where the newest Hall of Fame members, the Class of 2016, take their rightful place among pro football's elite.  At Tom Benson Hall of Fame Field on Saturday, August 6, fans will witness the induction of the Class of 2016.
7:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium
Enshrinement Ceremony FAQ

Sunday - August 7

Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable
Make plans to attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable on Sunday, August 7! Guests will enjoy lunch, followed by a center stage roundtable presentation featuring the Class of 2016 Enshrinees.  The event will be emceed by a sportscaster of national acclaim in an unscripted, up-close-and-personal format where the Enshrinees share…
12:30 p.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable FAQ
Special Autograph Session
SPECIAL AUTOGRAPH SESSION Each year, Gold Jakcet Hall of Famers return for the festivities, including a special autograpoh session for fans on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus!   Stay tuned for news about the 2016 event!    
3:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Special Autograph Session FAQ
Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party
We get the party started before the big game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with tailgating in style on Hall of Fame grounds with an all-inclusive package featuring traditional tailgate food and beverages.  Returning Hall of Famers will be on hand for meet and greet opportunities.  Fans will get pumped up for the big game with jock jams and an NFL/Hall of Fame Game souvenir.
5:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party FAQ
NFL/Hall of Fame Game
Unlike other NFL games, the NFL/Hall of Fame Game is played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a historic high school stadium in Canton, Ohio. If you’ve never experienced seeing an NFL game up this close, you won’t want to miss out on getting your tickets for 2016 – there isn’t a bad seat in the house!
8:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium
NFL/Hall of Fame Game FAQ

Monday - August 8

Drum Corps International Competition
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Join us om Monday, August 8th for the 2016 Drum Corps International Tour of Champions, presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.  The Tour of Champions event series is an exciting live entertainment format featuring top World Clas corps.  Spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member…
7:30 p.m.
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Drum Corps International Competition FAQ

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - September 8, 9, & 10

Canton Kickoff Celebration
Celebrate the kickoff to the NFL football season with food, cold beverages, entertainment, art and tailgate fun for all right here in the "Hall of Fame City!"  The event will take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, September 8, 9, and 10 to coincide with the kickoff to the NFL season.  Stay tuned for more information. For questions please contact event manager,…
11:00 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - September 8, 9, & 10
Downtown Canton
Canton Kickoff Celebration FAQ

Sunday - September 11

Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5K National Championship
THANK YOU The weather was perfect for our GOLD JACKET 5K COMMUNITY RACE AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP , September 13, 2015. We were so happy to see many friends from the former Pigskin Run, and were delighted to make many new ones.   Waiting at the Finish Line was Canton's own 1996 Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket (Hall of Famer), Dan Dierdorf, giving a high five…
8:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5K National Championship FAQ

All Outdoor Enshrinement Festival Events

Photo Contest
Professional photographer Deb Penland of North Canton  won the coveted $250 "Best of Show" in the 27th annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest for her shot of the night glow at the Balloon Classic / Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks. Penland also earned two $100 first place prizes for her photos of the Drum Corps International Competition and…
Various All Outdoor Enshrinement Festival Events
Outdoor Events
Photo Contest FAQ

The greater Canton/Stark County community is proud to host the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Join approximately 700,000 people at a wide variety of diverse events as they celebrate the induction of football heroes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame located in Canton, Ohio!   A dedicated staff, team of more than 4,500 volunteers, and generous sponsors give the support necessary to plan and stage these action-packed festivities.

***Audio, video, photographic, and/or any other devices used for reproducing images and sounds of said events are prohibited without express consent of the Festival in the way of media credential or other specific authorization.  Credentials are offered to the media for the sole purpose of reporting the events and depicting the same through written, audio, video, photographic media.  All secondary, non-editorial, or commercial use of video, audio, photographic recordings, or other materials obtained through the use of media credentials is expressly prohibited.

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