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Vendors / Business Owners

Thank you for your interest in being a vendor at ArtsInStark First Fridays for 2023!

Please review the following vendor information before submitting your application.


First Friday, held the first Friday of every month, is a walkable celebration of the arts, incorporating galleries, shopping and dining in Downtown Canton, alongside lively entertainment at the Centennial Plaza

Dates: Held on the First Friday of each month from 5 to 9 PM. (May through October)

Location: Downtown Canton Historic District (map and set up map will be provided)

NOTE: Even if you have participated in the past, you must complete an application for the current year.


  • Acceptance notice will be sent via email with approved dates and specifics. Invoices will be automatically generated and email back to the vendor upon payment through the First Friday website
  • Please note: acceptance of an application is subject to approval by The Downtown Canton Partnership. If an application is denied the fee paid will be refunded.
  • Special needs, contact the First Friday Event coordinator at

Vendor Fees are as follows:

  • Artist/ Creator/ Jewelry/ Candles / Floral/ Etc.- $75
  • Packaged Foods/ Baked Goods- $75
  • Food or Beverage Truck/ Trailor/ Tent- $125
  •  Non-Profit- No Charge. Must provide a family friendly activity.
  • Commercial/ Business- $125


  • All spaces are 10ft x10ft.
  • Vendors must provide their own tents, tables, chairs, and display and stay within their allotted space.
  • Tents are mandatory – NO exceptions.
  • 25 lb. weights per tent leg required by Canton City Fire Department.
  • Electricity is available on a limited basis and not guaranteed. If needed, request below.
  • Vendor accepts all risks associated with the use of the vendor space.


  • Vendors must comply with all applicable State and Canton City Health Department rules and regulations. (330-489-3231 or
  • A copy of your mobile food license must be provided with your application and be sent to Canton City Health Department.
  • NO ELECTRIC will be available for food vendors. Generators are required.
  • Proper fire extinguishers, tested and in working order, are required.


  • Vendor must obtain, at its own expense, any licenses or permits and insurances which are required for the operation of its trade or business.
  • Vendor must agree to collect and pay all required taxes and sales taxes.
  • Event is rain or shine. No transfer of payments. No refunds.


  • Non-Profit vendors are required to provide an engaging activity that promotes an accepting and affirming message to all those attending First Friday.
  • There will be opportunities for your organization to participate in set-up and clean-up
  • Due to large interest and in fairness to all parties, non-profit organizations may be limited to a maximum of 3 events.
  • An activity may also be assigned to you if needed; contact for more information


For additional information/questions, please email

Vendor Application

Upon submission of the form please mail a check for the proper amount associated with your vendor type and the number of First Fridays you are registering for.  The check should be made out to: Downtown Canton Special Improvements District

And Mailed to:

Downtown Canton Improvement District

400 Market Ave N, Suite 400

Canton, Ohio 44709

Your registration will be completed upon receipt of payment and you will then be notified that you are registered for the Fridays you are interested in.

For registrants where no payment is required, you will be notified within a week of submission of your registration form.


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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