Canton Light Festival

See Downtown Canton in a Whole New Light

Illumination is an outdoor visual experience spanning multiple downtown destinations.  You control the pace, and each person’s journey is unique. Start at the Cultural Center for the Arts, where lightmapping by OBLSK coats the venue in light.  Continue to visit all eight Illumination locations.  Check-in at each location on the path with the Illumination Pass and you're entered to win a getaway to Gervasi Vineyard, Canton's premier winery and resort.



6:00 TO 9:00 PM


START YOUR EXPERIENCE at the Cultural Center for the Arts.  Then, continue when and where you choose, to take in each of the eight light installations and projections throughout downtown Canton.

Illumination Path Mobile Pass



1001 Market Ave. N

Cultural Center for the Arts Drive Thru for Illumination Canton Light Festival

Cultural Center for the Arts

Light Mapping

OBLSK, a team of artists, inventors, and designers generates the projection mapping and immersive art experience at the Cultural Center for the Arts. Eve Warnock, Pelham Johnston, Alexi Alexaieff, Ryan D. McKee, Marque Reavley, and Aidan Seine make up the OBLSK team creating this spectacular light display.


Drive-thru to view the light projection experience outside on the main entrance.  Follow the sign to pull into the drive-thru experience, entering the drive from Market Ave.  The last show begins at 8:45 PM.


Additional experiences are inside the Cultural Center for the Arts including video mapping inside the Great Court by Stark County artist Megan Wanderer, an immersive light show inside Cable Recital Hall by OBLSK, and Genius Lab "touchless" family-friendly activity stations by ArtsinStark. Inside activities at the Cultural Center for the Arts close at 8:00 PM.


All activities at the Cultural Center for the Arts are free.  Social distancing and masks are required.


Vincent Lighting

215 Tuscarawas St. W

Skating at at Hall of Fame City Ice Rink Illumination

Hall of Fame City Ice Rink

Light Display

See the lights dance across the ice as you skate in downtown Canton at the outdoor Hall of Fame City Ice Rink.  Skate rentals and light refreshments are available on site.  The ice rink is painted in light for Illumination in January and February, the amazing work of the experienced team at Vincent Lighting Systems. 

$2 admission to skate and $2 skate rentals.  Skate times on Fridays and Saturdays, from 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM, weather permitting.


Pro Football Hall of Fame

300 Market Ave. N

Centennial Plaza at Night Lights with Illumination

Centennial Plaza

Light Show

See this high tech, architectural wonder will come to life for one of the first times during Illumination with a stellar light show and music presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The latest addition to the downtown Canton landscape is a tribute built in celebration of the city's role as a pillar of the National Football League's founding over 100 years ago in Canton.

The free 5-minute light show begins at 6 PM and runs every quarter-hour.



Jake Mensinger

534 Cleveland Ave. NW

Jake Mensinger 3D installation outside Arrowhead Vintage Handmade Goods

Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods

3D Installation

The 3D installation beside Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods brings an unexpected element, along with a fun and novel experience.  

Artist, Jake Mensinger, uses 3D illustration skills earned at the Columbus College of Art and Design to create a three-dimensional artwork that is out of this world.


Chrystal Shofroth

331 Cleveland Ave. NW



Window Display

Chrystal Shofroth, a multidisciplinary artist, curator, event coordinator, innovator, and activist, strives to create art and make the arts accessible to underrepresented communities, giving artists from all backgrounds a platform to exhibit their work.  Chrystal's VR video experience will be featured in Buzzbin's window, displayed on handpainted blacklight art pillars.  Watch the augmented reality experience as Chrystal paints the world in VR.

There's a full line-up of live music scheduled at Buzzbin and a 2D blacklight art exhibition “BlackLit Music”, featuring work by several talented northeast Ohio artists.

The Illumination window display is visible from the exterior at Buzzbin. Age 21+ inside.



Michele Waalkes

537 Cleveland Ave. NW

Michele Waalkes at Julz

Julz by Alan Rodriguez

Light Sculptures

During Illumination, light sculptures created by Michele Waalkes are inside the glass window storefront at Julz by Alan Rodriguez.  

Waalkes enjoys creating three-dimensional artwork by incorporating wood, metal, fabric, and lighting into her sculptures.

Shop at Julz during the day, open daily at 10 AM Tuesday-Saturday, and see the windows glowing in the night during Illumination.



Ron Copeland

227 2nd St. NW

Light Boxes by Ron Copeland at Historic Onesto Lofts

Visit Canton

Lightbox Assemblage

The windows of the Visit Canton Downtown Welcome Center will be aglow with the stacked sculptural assemblage of lightboxes, created by Ron Copeland.  

Copeland, a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist, uses disregarded materials as the canvases of his printed, painted, and sculptural works, re-purposing scrap and overstock from a number of stores, galleries, sign shops, and print companies, as well as the Warhol, Akron and Cleveland Art Museums.



Nick Nonno

324 Cleveland Ave. NW

Nick Nonno Wall Projection at Vital Arts Gallery

Vital Arts

Sculpture and Light Projection

A sculpture inside the front window at Vital Arts gallery is painted in realtime using light projection choreographed to music.


With a Bachelor of Science degree in music technology from Kent State University, Nick Nonno is passionate about sound design and incorporates original sounds and compositions into his vibrant works of art.


Visible from the sidewalk exterior of Vital Arts, or step inside to see and hear the piece come alive.



Sargent, Hassam, Chase and more

1001 Market Ave. N

Image Drifting with the Tide 1884 by Ralph Curtis credit Private Collection co Keny Galleries

Canton Museum of Art

Dancing in the Light: Masterworks from the Age of American Impressionism

Several works rarely seen in public, from major artists and held in private collections, will be featured in this exhibition at the Canton Museum of Art.  Dancing in the Light: Masterworks from the Age of American Impressionism features paintings and works on paper borrowed from private collections and museum collections and pieces from the CMA’s own collection.

Start your afternoon with a timed-entry admission to the Canton Museum of Art, then continue exploring the Illumination exhibits throughout the arts district and outdoor refreshment area in downtown Canton.  

Canton Museum of Art Admission: Adults $8, Seniors & Students $6, Children 12 and Under Free, and Military Veterans Free.



Light Fare

Enjoy cuisine that illuminates the taste buds at these local restaurants offering special discounts on the Illumination Pass mobile passport. Choose from a delicious variety of dining options close to the Illumination displays.

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Special: 15% Off Dining Bill

r benders

Special: 10% Off Food Purchase (Dine-in Only).

Fromage Logo

Special: "Taste The Light" Grazing Box grab-n-go snack and Prosecco.

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Special: Buy 2 Gourmet Grassfed Burgers, Get 1 Free Small Bar Bite Or Milkshake

Grapes in a Glass Logo

Special: 1/2 Priced Bruschetta Or Jumbo Pretzel With $10+ Beverage Order


Special: Flight Of Three 3-oz Beer Tasters For $3.00

CVB Square Tri FB

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Map & Parking

Street parking is free in downtown Canton after 4 PM and on weekends.  Parking is also available in public lots and decks, including the Onesto Parking Deck at 300 Cleveland Ave. NW.



Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Illumination art installations?

There are 8 official Illumination art locations. The projections and installations are on view at the Cultural Center for the Arts, Centennial Plaza, Hall of Fame City Ice Rink, Visit Canton window front, Vital Arts window front, Buzzbin window front, Julz window front, and outside of Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods.

Additional downtown businesses are participating with their own window décor. See light-themed decorations in the storefronts throughout downtown Canton. 


When are the Illumination art installations on display?

The 8 official Illumination art locations are on view January through February, every Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Activities and displays inside the Cultural Center for the Arts are also available each Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Other special happenings and events can be found listed at


How much do tickets cost?

This is not a ticketed event. All Illumination art installations, displays, and activities inside the Cultural Center for the Arts are free and open to the public.


What is the Illumination Pass?

The Illumination Pass is a mobile passport for your smartphone that lists and maps the 8 official Illumination art locations.  The pass also lists and maps nearby businesses, including restaurants, shops, and attractions that have extended special deals and discounts during the January-February Illumination promotional period.


How do I get the Illumination Pass?

At click on “Get Yours”. Complete the form to sign-up. The pass is delivered via a link in text and email. Click on the link to open the pass on your smartphone.  

When you visit each Illumination art installation click the “Check-in” button and allow the pass to confirm your geolocation for check-in. When you visit participating nearby businesses, to redeem the discount or special offer present the pass at checkout and click on “Redeem”. 


What precautions are in place regarding COVID-19?

The 8 official Illumination locations are accessible to view from public spaces outside. Park and walk or drive past each display. Social distancing and masks are required inside the Cultural Center for the Arts viewing areas and activity stations. All participating businesses are individually responsible for following state and local operating requirements.

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