About Canton

Van Zandt's County Seat

Canton, Texas is the retail hub for Van Zandt County ( population: 55,000+ ) and home to one of the top tourist attractions in the state – First Monday Trade Days. Located in the I20 Corridor just an hour east of Dallas, Canton offers small-town living with big-city amenities. A revitalized downtown serves as the heart of an engaged community offering an exceptional school district and outdoor recreation that includes lakes, trails, golf courses, and entertainment options making Canton a wonderful place to live.

First Monday Trade Days

Millions of visitors enjoy the shopping adventure of a lifetime during this one of a kind market. First Monday, Canton began more than a century ago and has grown to become the largest outdoor vendor and flea market in the world. This epic event takes place each month on the 4 days preceding the first Monday of the month. Spread across over 450 acres, the event is home to makers, pickers, creators, and thrifters who come together to sell items ranging from antiques, fashion, home furnishings, and more. It’s often been said, if you can’t find it at First Monday Trade Days, it can’t be found.”  Check out our First Monday website!

Canton Main Street Program

Canton entered the Texas Main Street Program in 2001 and has achieved recognition from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its efforts at revitalization. As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Canton Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Check out our Main Street website!

Visit Canton

Obviously Canton is known far and wide as the home of First Monday Trade Days, however, there is so much to do in Canton all year long. Canton has a large hot air balloon festival as well as a Half Marathon and MANY other events happening almost every weekend. From honky tonks to fishing tournaments you are sure to find something to do in Canton. Check out our website for a complete list of festivals, attractions, shopping and more. Check out our Visitors Bureau website!

Certified Retirement Community

The GO TEXAN stamp of approval ensures each certified community has demonstrated through its application that it can meet the living, employment/volunteer, health, entertainment, education and safety needs of its citizens and visitors - all the things that make Texas a great place to retire.

Walking Capital of Texas

The average person attending First Monday walks at least a mile and a half while browsing the 350-acre grounds... [learn more]

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