2015 Events

Thursday - May 7

Queen Pageant
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    A queen and 5 court members will be crowned on May 7, 2015, at the Canton Palace Theatre.    Contestants will be judged based on personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community. The 2015 Queen and Court, will represent the community at all 2015 Enshrinement Festival activities and serve throughout the…
7:00 p.m.
Canton Palace Theatre
Queen Pageant FAQ

Sunday - July 26

Community Parade
COMMUNITY PARADE IS FUN FOR ALL! Who doesn’t love a parade? On Sunday, July 26 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 31, August 1 and 2

Balloon Classic
Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks
BALLOONS WILL FLY THE CANTON SKIES! DATE CHANGE: JULY 31, AUGUST 1 & 2 Hot Air Balloon Pilots: Please click here to access the 2015 Pilot Application! For a paper application please call event manager, Andrea Hartman, at 330-458-2054. The 2015 Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Music F est will take place starting on Friday thru Sunday morning, July 31 -…
4:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday - July 31, August 1 and 2
Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College
Balloon Classic
Jackson-Belden Music Fest & Fireworks FAQ

Monday - August 3

Drum Corps International Competition
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Join us on Monday, August 3rd for the 2015 DCI 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 Class corps.  Spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show…
7:30 p.m.
Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
Drum Corps International Competition FAQ

Thursday - August 6

First Play 2015
This one-of-a-kind event, will be held on Thursday, August 6, 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 are expected to participate in this exciting…
10:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
First Play 2015 FAQ
Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner
NEW DATE:  THURSDAY , AUGUST 6, 2015 Congrats to the Class of 2015 Enshrinees -- Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf!  Be there in person THURSDAY , AUGUST 6 , 2015, to witness the Class of 2015 Enshrinees receive their jackets, one of three iconic symbols of induction -- the other two being…
5:00 p.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner FAQ
Thursday Night Reception at the Hall of Fame
Fans can enjoy an exclusive event on the grounds of the Hall of Fame prior to the Gold Jacket Ceremony.  Reception includes dinner, beer and wine.  Then guests have an exclusive after-hours access to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a self-guided tour of the museum during a special televised broadcast of the Enshrinees Gold Jacket Presentation. 
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Thursday, August 6, 2015
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Thursday Night Reception at the Hall of Fame FAQ

Friday - August 7

Hall of Famer Photo Op
Fans can 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 7 . The public is invited to this free event, and encouraged to capture the moment and share their pictures on social media with the hashtag #PFHOF15.
9:30 a.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Fashion Show Luncheon
The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon will be held on Friday, August 7 and is guaranteed to provide a high level of fashion and fun to 3,000  attendees!  Guests will enjoy a delectable lunch, followed by a show featuring fashions running the gamut from casual to dressy and everything in between. Many of the season’s…
11:30 a.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Fashion Show Luncheon FAQ
Concert for Legends
The 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival will feature more legends than ever before. AEROSMITH, rock's greatest live act, will perform at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's first-ever Concert for Legends on Friday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ET.  Concert for Legends tickets go on sale Saturday March 21 at 10:00 a.m. EDT and may be…
8:00 p.m.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

Saturday - August 8

TimkenSteel Grand Parade
2015 Grand Parade More than 200,000 spectators are expected to join us on Cleveland Avenue to welcome the Class of 2015 Enshrinees - Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, the family of Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf - and many returning Hall of Famers. Specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats and marching bands will dazzle…
8:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
TimkenSteel Grand Parade FAQ
Fanatics Authentic Autograph Session Presented By Panini (Hall of Famers)
In 2014, fans preserved their football memories with autographs from Hall of Fame legends as they returned to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities. Favorite Hall of Famers were on hand to sign football memorabilia.  STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ON THE 2015 EVENT!
12:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Returning Hall of Famers Autograph Session Presented by Panini
In 2015, preserve your 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, visit ProFootballHOF.com.
12:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Legends Club VIP Enshrinement Tailgate Party
Just hours before the Enshrinement Ceremony, you can join four members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the game's elite fans inside the Legends Club. Your VIP ticket gets you inside access for pictures, autographs and an amazing array of food, desserts, soft drinks and a full bar.
4:00 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 provides entertainment before the Class of 2015 Enshrinement Ceremony.  More details will be available as the date draws nearer.
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enshrinement Celebration Fan Party FAQ
Enshrinement Ceremony
The focus of the entire celebration will be the emotional Enshrinement Ceremony where the newest Hall of Fame members, the Class of 2015, tale their rightful place among pro football's elite.  Join us at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Field on Saturday, August 8 to witness the induction of JEROME BETTIS, TIM BROWN, CHARLES HALEY, BILL POLIAN, JUNIOR SEAU, WILL SHIELDS, MICK TINGELHOFF, and…
7:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium
Enshrinement Ceremony FAQ

Sunday - August 9

Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable
Congrats to the Class of 2015 Enshrinees -- Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf!  Guaranteed to be a football fan's fantasy! On Sunday, August 9, 2015, an enthusiastic crowd of football fans will enjoy lunch, followed by a center stage roundtable presentation featuring the members of the Class of 2015…
12:30 p.m.
Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center
Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable FAQ
Special Autograph Session
SPECIAL AUTOGRAPH SESSION In 2014, a special autograph session, presented by Panini, featured Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, and Aeneas Williams from the Class of 2014.  The special autograph session took place from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. EDT in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center.  STAY TUNED FOR NEWS ABOUT THE 2015 EVENT!  …
3:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Special Autograph Session FAQ
Legends Club VIP NFL/Hall of Fame Tailgate Party
The 2015 NFL preseason will kick off with the ultimate tailgate party inside the Legends Club.  Ticket holders are able to go behind the velvet rope, where they will be joined by Pro Football Hall of Famers, while enjoying an unrivaled spread of food, desserts, soft drinks and a full bar - all while the DJ keeps the party going with the hottest music.
5:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party
Get the party started before the big game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Tailgate 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.  Get pumped up for the big game with jock jams and an NFL/Hall of Fame Game souvenir. Click here for…
5:00 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Fan Appreciation Tailgate Party FAQ
NFL/Hall of Fame Game
To kick-off of the 2015 season, the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers will square off in the 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…
8:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium
NFL/Hall of Fame Game FAQ

All Outdoor Enshrinement Festival Events

Photo Contest
2014 ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS: Professional photographer Dennis Valentine of Louisville  won the coveted $250 "Best of Show" in the 26th annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest for his shot of the Ultimate Fan Association in the TimkenSteel Grand Parade. Valentine also earned a $100 first place prize for his photo. The winning photos will be…
Various All Outdoor Enshrinement Festival Events
Outdoor Events
Photo Contest FAQ

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - September 10, 11, & 12

Canton Kickoff Celebration
Join us as we celebrate the kickoff to the NFL football season on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday September 10, 11, and 12 in Downtown Canton. There will be a variety of food, cold beverages, entertainment, art, and tailgate fun for all ages to enjoy right here in the "Hall of Fame City"! Saturday evening will conclude the event with a wonderful fireworks display. And the fun continues…
11:00 a.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - September 10, 11, & 12
Downtown Canton
Canton Kickoff Celebration FAQ

Sunday - September 13

Pro Football Hall of Fame 5K Gold Jacket Series National Championship
NEW IN 2015! We are happy to share with you a wonderful opportunity that will take place Sunday, September 13, 2015 .  Our traditional Pigskin Run will be ending, and we will be transferring our energies to join forces with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon to collectively present the 5K Gold Jacket Series National Championship.   The 5K Gold Jacket Series will…
8:00 a.m.
Downtown Canton
Pro Football Hall of Fame 5K Gold Jacket Series National Championship 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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