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When is First Friday?

First Friday is held the first Friday of each month, January through December, from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

You can view the upcoming month’s dates and themes here.

What if there is inclement weather?

First Friday is held rain or shine!

Safety at the event is our number one priority—in case of emergency weather and in the interest of safety for both our partners and guests, we may cancel an event.

Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for the latest updates on each event.

Where is First Friday?

First Friday is held downtown Canton in what has been designated as the “Historic District” and area that encompasses all of the active businesses and galleries downtown.  At the heart of the event is our new Centennial Plaza.

You can view a map of the event and its participants here.

Where can I park? How much does parking cost?

Downtown Canton has plentiful parking! With over 700 metered parking spaces and a great deal of free on-street parking spaces for visitors to the city.

REMEMBER: On-street parking at meters is always FREE after 4 p.m. on weekdays and and all-day weekends!

There are also a variety of parking decks and surface lots in the area. These are independently operated and pricing and hours can vary.

For more information on the City of Canton’s parking policies, please click here.

What will I see during First Friday?

The hallmarks of our event are Great Food, Cool Art, and Live Music and you’ll experience plenty of all three.

Depending on the monthly theme of the event (and the season) other activities will also be underway.

First Fridays that are held from May to October also feature outdoor vendors and food trucks.

Check out our map for a snapshot of what’s coming to this month’s First Friday. And make sure to like our Facebook Page and sign-up for our monthly email blast to get all the latest details for each event.

Is the event family-friendly?

Absolutely! Our events are officially held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and are family-friendly.

After 9:30 p.m., we suggest taking the kiddos home as you’ll find plenty of nightlife and grown-up fun at a variety of bars and restaurants.

Note: Each participant business is responsible for the content of their establishment and some content may not be suitable for small children. Please use your discretion.

Are there any COVID-19 policies in place during the event?

We are observing all local, state and federal regulations regarding COVID-19. Currently, masks are not required to attend First Friday, but we ask that you avoid attending if you are feeling ill or have been exposted to COVID.

Note: Individual business participants may have their own policies regarding COVID that you will need to adhere to in order to visit them.

How much is admission?

First Friday is FREE to attend and there is no official entrance or admission policy.

Any purchases you make during the event through local businesses are entirely up to you—but we appreciate you supporting our small businesses!

Can I setup a booth and sell items or food during the event?

Yes! We offer the opportunity for temporary vendors to setup and sell during our events from May to October. You can find all the vendor rules and apply for this opportunity.

Can I have alcohol outside during the event?

Yes! The Canton Arts District is inside the Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) and most downtown businesses who sell beer, wine and alcohol at their establishments are participating in the program.


Days of Operation: Seven days a week

Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am, daily

Boundaries: 6th Street N. (north edge), McKinley Ave. (west edge), 4th Street S. (south edge) and Walnut Ave. (east edge). Patrons may walk freely within the DORA boundaries. Signage designates the entrances and exits of the DORA.

Official Cup: A specifically designated and marked 16 oz. plastic cup is the only cup permitted in the refreshment area.


Is the event pet-friendly?

Yes! Our event is pet friendly! Many businesses will even permit animals inside. Check with individual businesses for more information.

Please note: No animals are allowed in Centennial Plaza, with exception to service animals.

Service animals are always welcome at the event.

Where can I see a full list of participants?

Check out this month’s map located on our main landing page for all of the details. (Please note participation is subject to change!)


I have questions or comments about First Friday ... who can I contact?

Please contact Jonathan Becker, event coordinator, with any questions or feedback about the event at


Get in touch with comments and feedback on First Friday by using the form at right or the contact info below. Have a question? Check out our FAQs page here.

401-954-1768jbecker@cantonsid.org400 Market Ave N, Suite 400, 44702
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