2017 Events

Thursday - May 4

Queen Pageant
  THANK YOU TO ALL 2017 QUEEN PAGEANT CONTESTANTS Our 2017 Queen Pageant application is now closed, but we want to thank all those who will be participating this year.  We will be busy scheduling interviews, rehearsals, and all the details that enters into making this pageant successful. Contestants will be judged on personality, poise, beauty, communication skills,…
7:00 p.m.
Canton Palace Theatre
Queen Pageant FAQ

Sunday - July 23

Community Parade
Community Parade Who doesn't love a parade? On Sunday, July 23 thousands of citizens will enjoy an afternoon in the heart of dowtown 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 balloon participate in this…
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Downtown Canton
Community Parade FAQ

Friday, Saturday and Sunday - July 28, 29, & 30

Balloon Classic & Fireworks
Pilots click here to complete your 2017 Pilot Application!  The 2017 Balloon Classic & Fireworks  will be held on Friday, July 28, 29, & 30.   There will be dozens of food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment, mobile tours, and children’s activities.  The Night Glow will take place on Friday evening and the fantastic FIREWORKS…
4:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday - July 28, 29, & 30
Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College
Balloon Classic & Fireworks FAQ

Thursday - August 3

First Play
First Play will be  Thursday, August 3, 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 participated in this exciting event!  Kids tossed an…
10:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
First Play FAQ
Class of 2017 Autograph Session
Please check www.profootballhof.com for pricing and on-sale dates.    
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center
Class of 2017 Autograph Session FAQ
Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party
We got 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 were on hand for meet and greet opportunities.  Fans got 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
Hall of Fame Game
Unlike other NFL games, the Hall of Fame Game is played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a historic high school stadium in Canton, Ohio. Come cheer on the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Dallas Cowboys! If you’ve never experienced seeing an NFL game up this close, you won’t want to miss out. Tickets go on sale March 31st.   
8:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Field at Tom Benson Stadium
Hall of Fame Game FAQ

Friday - August 4

Gold Jacket Photo Op
Fans will have the special opportunity to witness a gathering of the game's immortals to celebrate excellence at this photo opp on the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 . The public is invited to this free event, and encouraged to capture the moment and share their pictures on social media with the hashtag #PFHOF17.
9:30 a.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Fashion Show Luncheon
At the 2017 event, guests will enjoy delicious wine, lunch and a decadent  dessert, followed by a show featuring fashions from casual to dressy and everything in between. The season’s hottest fashions were provided by local and regional stores, and showcased both male and female models.  QUESTIONS OR NEED FURTHER INFO -- Contact Event Manager…
11:30 a.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Fashion Show Luncheon FAQ
Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner
Congrats to the Class of 2017 Enshrinees - Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Kurt Warner! Guests at the 2017 event will witness the Class of 2017 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…
5:00 p.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner FAQ

Saturday - August 5

The Canton Repository Grand Parade
The Canton Repository Grand Parade More than 200,000 spectators will join us on Cleveland Avenue to welcome the Class of 2017 Enshrinees and many returning Gold Jackets. Specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats and marching bands will dazzle the crowd! Please Contact Erin Adcock, Event Manager, at 330.458.2053 or erina@cantonchamber.org for more…
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Downtown Canton
The Canton Repository Grand Parade FAQ
Fanatics Authentic Autograph Session Presented By Panini
Gold Jackets and current players were on hand to sign football memorabilia. Check back for more details in regards to 2017.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 P.M.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Returning Hall of Famers Autograph Session Presented by Panini
Gold Jackets were on hand to sign football memorabilia. Please check back for a list of 2017 participants and times. 
12:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party
If you were thinking about tailgating along with a Gold Jacket, great music, great food, drinks and beer sounds like your kind of party, then look no further.  This exclusive tailgate party was held on Hall of Fame grounds and provided entertainment before the Class of 2017 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 2017, will be taken to their rightful place among pro football's elite.  At Tom Benson Hall of Fame Field on Saturday, August 5, fans will witness the induction of the Class of 2017: Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor,…
7:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Field at Tom Benson Stadium
Enshrinement Ceremony FAQ

Sunday - August 6

Enshrinees' Roundtable
Congrats to the Class of 2017 Enshrinees - Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Kurt Warner! The 2017 event will be an unscripted, up-close-and-personal format where the Enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers.   Once you attend this fan favorite, you'll never want to miss it again! QUESTIONS OR…
12:30 p.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Enshrinees' Roundtable FAQ
Concert for Legends
The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival will feature more legends than ever before. Stay tuned for an announcement on who will be performing at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's  Concert for Legends on Sunday, August 6.    
8:00 p.m.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Monday - August 7

Drum Corps International Competition
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*********************************************************************************************** TOUR OF CHAMPIONS - MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017 2017 PERFORMING CORPS   (Listed in alphabetical order.) Bluecoats  - Canton, OH Boston Crusaders - Boston, ,MA   The Cadets  - Allentown, PA Carolina Crown - Ft. Mill, SC The Cavaliers - Rosemont, IL…
7:30 p.m.
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Drum Corps International Competition FAQ

All Outdoor Enshrinement Festival Events

Photo Contest
2016 Winners:  Doug Froelich of North Canton  won the coveted $250 "Best of Show" in the 28th annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest for his shot at the Balloon Classic / Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks. Froelich also earned two $100 first place prizes: one for this photo at Balloon Classic / Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks…
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.

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