Saturday May 19, 2018 & Sunday May 20, 2018

10 am to 5 pm


Just 40 minutes from downtown Atlanta, Canton offers the charm of a historic river town with a view of the North Georgia mountains. The festival is located in Canton’s newly revitalized historic downtown district.

The annual Canton Festival of the Arts features:

  • Artist's Market has a wide variety of exhibitors from the state and the surrounding areas. 
  • Serenity Gardens celebrates the art of living well. If you are interested in gardening, sustainability, incorporating nature into your life and all things green, this is the place for you
  • Tempting food concessions and a wine and beer garden
  • Literary Celebration is where readers and writers gather to share their love of the written word.  Throughout the weekend authors participate in panel discussions about their work and sign books.
  • The Interactive Children's Experience offers hands on art activities for children, including mural painting, photography, drawing, dance, drama and so much more
  • Live entertainment on the Main Stage
  • 40 Minutes from Atlanta
  • 25 minutes from Alpharetta or Marietta
  • Free Parking
  • Quick Links to Vendor Applications


    For pictures and videos of last year's festival, please visit the Canton Festival of the Arts Facebook Page.  

      The Artist's Market 

      The popular Artist's Market will once again be the centerpiece of Canton Festival of the Arts for 2017. Held in Canton's historic Downtown on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, from 10am-5pm, this annual event will offer visitors the rare opportunity to savor the works of some of the most talented artists and craftspeople from across the South and beyond.  This year the Artist Market will include exhibitors whose fine art mediums include oil, watercolor, fine blown glass, elegant and whimsical jewelry, decorative and functional pottery,sculpture and hand turned wood, among others. 

      Artist Application 2018

      For information about the Artist's Market please contact 770-704-6244 or email

      Serenity Gardens

      Once again this year, Canton Festival of the Arts will feature a “Serenity Garden” area.  Eight years ago, Serenity Gardens was envisioned as an area to expand the sensory experience of the Festival.  The Garden has developed into a learning opportunity for the whole family. It encompasses the art of gardening, and healthy living.

      The Cherokee Arts Council, with a generous donation from Red Bud Nursery, is proud to present local growers, master gardeners, garden clubs, beekeepers and green thumb enthusiast to The Canton Festival of the Arts! The proceeds from Serenity Gardens continue to promote the Arts in Cherokee County with their many events including Camp Imagine for the children. Serenity Gardens will feature handmade products including fine soaps, lotions, salts, and items for your home, garden, pets and wild birds.

      A renowned local beekeeper will have his bee hives on display. See bees up close, smell the honey as it is collected from the hives and hear how bees are used in the treatment of ailments from Multiple Sclerosis and Arthritis.

      Merrilily Gardens, a perennial favorite at The Festival, and also a Cherokee County business, will exhibit for sale her locally grown hybrid day lilies, hostas, phlox, astibe and ferns along with her incomparable homemade jams,jellies and salsas to titillate the taste buds.  New this year is her green, pickled, cocktail tomatoes and hot,crunchy pickled okra.

      The southeast's highest quality producer of fresh culinary herbs, specialty greens, award-winning herb infused oils and olive oils is Sweetwater Growers. Our herbs and specialty greens are grown hydroponically on our family farm located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in beautiful Cherokee County, Georgia.


      Tempting Food & Wine and Beer Garden 

      After shopping in the Artist Market, soaking up stories from your favorite authors, planning your flower garden with our master gardeners and watching your children experiment in a new art form, you'll want some time to relax. Try out any one of the carefully chosen food offerings and maybe a glass of wine or a beer. You can even listen to some very talented local performing artists while you take a moment or two to rest before you shop some more.



      Literary Celebration

      The Literary Celebration is a highlight of the Canton Festival of the Arts where readers and writers gather to share their love of the written word.  Throughout the weekend authors participate in panel discussions about their work and sign books.  There is representation from all genres of adult fiction and nonfiction as well as juvenile and young adult literature.  Over the years the Literary Celebration has hosted NYT bestselling authors as well as local independently published writers.  The Literary Celebration is an opportunity for readers of all ages to connect with writers in a casual and festive atmosphere. 




      The Main Stage will feature bands and other entertainment. After a long day of wandering, shopping, learning and playing, sit down and enjoy a show!



      The Children's Experience... Hands on Art Activities for Children 

      Our new Children's Experience will allow children of all ages to truly taste the wonderment of creating art.   



      All funds raised at the festival benefit the Cherokee County Arts Center.

      The Arts Center goal is to enrich the lives of area residents by promoting, developing, and coordinating excellence in the arts. Funding from the festival allows the Arts Center to host a wide variety of arts programming including classes and youth art camps.  Email:


      To Festival:  take Exit 19 to downtown Canton. The Canton Festival of the Arts is located south of the town square at Brown Park, 223 E. Marietta Street, next door to the Police station and City Hall. 



      From I-575, take Exit 19 to downtown Canton. The Arts Center is just north of the town square and adjacent to the Cherokee County Court House. Parking is available in the lot just in front of the building.