2016 Events

Thursday - May 5

Queen Pageant
  Congratulations to the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Fesitval Queen and Court! Contestants were judged on personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. The 2016 Queen and Court will represent the community at all 2016 Enshrinement Festival activities and serve throughout the summer as goodwill ambassadors and…
7:00 p.m.
Canton Palace Theatre
Queen Pageant FAQ

Sunday - July 24

Community Parade
Community Parade Mother Nature wasn’t on our team this year, and when a severe storm rolled in just before the scheduled kickoff of the Community Parade, event leadership and City safety forces gathered to monitor the situation.  After careful review of the facts, it was agreed that the only responsible decision was to cancel the parade.  While staff, volunteers,…
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 was held on Friday, July 29, 30, & 31.   There  were 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 were proud to continue the…
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 Play
First Play will be 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 will participate in this exciting event!  Kids…
10:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
First Play FAQ
Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner
Congrats to the Class of 2016 Enshrinees - Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, and Dick Stanfel! Guests at the 2016 event witnessed 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 began with a…
5:00 p.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner FAQ

Friday - August 5

Gold Jacket Photo Op
Fans 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 5 . The public is 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
At the 2016 event, guests enjoyed delicious wine, lunch and a decadent chocolate dessert, followed by a show featuring 200 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…
12:00 p.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.  Click here for ticket information.    
8:00 p.m.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Saturday - August 6

The Canton Repository Grand Parade
The Canton Repository Grand Parade More than 200,000 spectators joined 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 dazzled the crowd! Please Contact Erin Adcock, Event Manager, at 330.458.2053 or erina@cantonchamber.org for more information.…
8:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
The Canton Repository Grand Parade FAQ
Fanatics Authentic Autograph Session Presented By Panini
Gold Jackets and current players will be on hand to sign football memorabilia. To purchase tickets, please visit www.fanaticsauthenticshows.com/shows/pro-football-hall-fame-august-6 .
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 P.M.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Returning Hall of Famers Autograph Session Presented by Panini
Gold Jacets will be on hand to sign football memorabilia. For a list of participants and times, please visit ProFootballHOF.com in July. Presale tickets for this events are not available. 
12:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party
If you think 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 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 Tom Benson Stadium
Enshrinement Ceremony FAQ

Sunday - August 7

Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable
Congrats to the Class of 2016 Enshrinees - Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, and Dick Stanfel! The 2016 event was emceed by Steve Wyche of the NFL Network in an unscripted, up-close-and-personal format where the Enshrinees shared stories and memories of their careers. O nce you attend this fan favorite, you'll…
12:30 p.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable FAQ
Class of 2016 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 2016 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, limited tickets may still be available for  2016 for the Indianapolis Colts vs. Green Bay Packers – there isn’t a bad seat in the…
8:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Field at Tom Benson Stadium
NFL/Hall of Fame Game FAQ

Monday - August 8

Drum Corps International Competition
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The Tour of Champions event series consists of exciting live entertainment  featuring the following top World Class corps.  Spectators at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on August 8th had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show and intermission entertainment and more! 1st Place: Bluecoats - Canton, OH…
7:30 p.m.
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Drum Corps International Competition FAQ

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

Canton Kickoff Celebration
We celebrated the kickoff to the NFL football season with food, cold beverages, entertainment, and tailgate fun for all right here in the "Hall of Fame City!"  The event took place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, September 8, 9, and 10 to coincide with the kickoff to the NFL season. There were activities all three days for all age ranges. Thank you to all of our sponsors, vendors, and…
11:00 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - September 8, 9, & 10
Downtown Canton
Canton Kickoff Celebration FAQ

Saturday - September 10

Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5K National Championship
During the Canton Kickoff Celebration, held on September 8, 9, and 10, we hope you will join us at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5K National Championship, Saturday, September 10 . You can run, walk, or jog through the rich history of Professional Football. All finishers will receive a great event shirt and a new finisher medaland an inangual gold ring medal.  Get your…
10:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold Jacket 5K National Championship FAQ

All Outdoor Enshrinement Festival Events

Photo Contest
Download the 2016 Photo Contest Brochure     2015 Winners:  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…
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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