5 Events You Can’t Miss at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH

When you visit our corner of Northeastern Ohio, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Formed with the mission to “Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a football fan’s dream. You can tour the museum in Canton, OH, or attend one of the amazing events the organization hosts each year!

In addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, our area offers a variety of other amazing things to do. Request a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide for information about the best shopping, dining, outdoor activities, and historic sites in the area!

Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon | April 30, 2017

For the last few years, one of the most popular spring events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, has been the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon.  If you love to run and have thought about trying the challenge of a marathon, this is a great opportunity to do just that! The marathon weekend starts with a kick-off party the Friday night before the race. Then, on Saturday, compete in the Boston Marathon qualifying race. Runners have the option to run a full or half marathon.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival

If there is one major event of the year you don’t want to miss, that event is the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. This weeklong event is a one-of-a-kind celebration that offers the Canton, OH, community and visitors an incredible array of summer activities to attend. Each year hundreds of thousands of people (around 700,000!) flood the area to attend this fantastic event, which is dedicated to celebrating the induction of the class of new class of Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees.

The celebration also encourages support for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum, and simply provides a fantastic community-centered event to bring people together. During the Enshrinement Festival, there are dozens of great events to attend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. Here are just a few of them:

The Balloon Classic & Fireworks | July 28-30, 2017

One of the most spectacular Enshrinement events is the spectacular Balloon Classic & Fireworks. Over 60 awesome sport, commercial, and special shape hot air balloons take to the sky for an amazing display. Friday night boasts a dazzling hot air balloon Night Glow, while Saturday evening caps off with a fantastic fireworks extravaganza. In addition, the Balloon Classic provides dozens of food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment, and mobile tours for attendees to enjoy.

The Fashion Show Luncheon | August 4, 2017

Who says football and fashion can’t mix? The annual Fashion Show and Luncheon is another popular event during the Enshrinement Festival. Widely considered Ohio’s largest fashion show, this event treats guests to a delectable lunch before they watch as the hottest fashions provided by local and regional stores come down the runway.

The Canton Repository Grand Parade | August 5, 2017

The first Canton Repository Grand Parade was held in 1963. Since then, it has become one of the largest of the 18 Enshrinement Festival events to celebrate the induction of the newest Class of Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The parade brings more than 200,000 spectators to Cleveland Avenue in Canton, OH. If you join then, you’ll watch many returning Hall of Famers pass by in the parade, plus giant helium balloons, dozens of marching and military bands, floats, antique vehicles, animals, and more!  

The Concert for Legends | August 6, 2017

Cap off the Enshrinement week celebrations with an amazing Concert for Legends at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. While we’re staying tuned to find out who will headline the event this year, we know from past performers (like Tim McGraw and Aerosmith) that it will be someone great!

Visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, and Stay with Us!

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon and Enshrinement Festival events will be here before you know it! Each of them promises an action-packed time you don’t want to miss. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during all of the fun, consider Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast in Dellroy, OH. We are close to it all, but offer a scenic place to recover from a full day of activity.

Our inn is an easy 30-40 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. We’re located on serene Atwood Lake, which offers a peaceful and relaxing retreat for you call “home” after a full day enjoying the Pro Football Hall of Fame events. Browse our guest rooms and make your reservations today to ensure you can enjoy these celebrations and everything else our beautiful area has to offer!

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