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Canton Texas and First Monday Trade Days

Mural in downtown Canton, Texas ... Established 1850 ... home of the famous First Monday Trade Days

The City of Canton, the county seat of Van Zandt County, is located about 60 miles east of Dallas and 40 miles west of Tyler. Canton is the home of the famous First Monday Trade Days.

Today's permanent population is about 4,229 residents according to the 2020 Census. Five exits from I-20 serve Canton, with Exit 527, Texas Highway 19 (Trade Days Boulevard), being the most popular for First Monday visitors and shoppers.

Canton is a Texas Main Street City, a National Main Street City, and a National Preserve America City. The historic downtown district features unique shops, restaurants, galleries and shopping open year-round, not just on First Monday flea market weekends.

Canton, Texas, home of First Monday Trade Days

First Monday Trade Days

First Monday is considered the largest free flea market in the United States, and is held on Thursday - Sunday preceding the first Monday of each month.

Up to 100,000 visitors can shop there in a given weekend.

This popular flea market is open one weekend a month and provides spaces for 5,000 vendors located on hundreds of acres.

It has become known by shoppers from all across Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma as THE place to buy home decor, furnishings, antiques, clothing, crafts, jewelry, gifts, and collectibles.

And it is a favorite of vendors, dealers, craftsmen and artists alike as the perfect venue to market their wares.

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Scenes Around First Monday Trade Days

The Village ... at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas The Creekside Shops at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas
Plenty of exciting finds at the outdoor booths at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas Sculputure of original traders at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas
Antique Alley at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas The Main Gate at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas

Distances to First Monday Trade Days from Nearby Texas Cities

Distances to First Monday Trade Days from Nearby Texas Cities

Dallas to Canton - 61 miles, 1:02 travel time

Arlington - 81 miles, 1:29 travel time

Plano - 68 miles, 1:40 travel time

Ft. Worth - 92 miles, 1:38 travel time

Houston to Canton - 210 miles, 3:55 travel time

San Antonio - 295 miles, 5:14 travel time

Austin - 217 miles, 4:00 travel time

Abilene - 240 miles, 4:10 travel time

Waco - 116 miles, 2:15 travel time

Texarkana - 144 miles, 2:30 travel time

Shreveport - 131 miles, 2:18 travel time


Driving Directions from Tyler to Canton for First Monday Trade Days

Map showing the two main routes to reach First Monday Trade Days when traveling from Tyler to Canton

There are two main routes to reach First Monday Trade Days when traveling from Tyler to Canton.

Texas Highway 64: is the shortest and most direct route, however it is a two-lane road. It is about 38 miles from downtown Tyler, and takes about 45 minutes.

U.S. 69 & I-20: An alternative four-lane route is to take U.S. Highway 69 north from Tyler up to Interstate Highway I-20, and proceed west on I-20 to Canton Exit 527. This route is about 41 miles, and typically takes about 52 minutes.


Driving from the Dallas Area to Canton

The main route to reach First Monday Trade Days when traveling from Dallas or other Metroplex cities is via Interstate I-20. Driving time from downtown Dallas is about one hour.

Exit from I-20 at one of two exits:

  • Exit 523 - Highway 64: If you didn't stop at Bucee's at I-20 & US-80, there is a fairly new Duke's Travel Plaza at this exit, offering gasoline, rest rooms and places to eat. Follow Highway 64 east to downtown Canton, and turn left onto Highway 19 (Trade Days Boulevard).
  • Exit 527 - Highway 19: This is the primary exit for Canton; at the top of the ramp, turn right onto Highway 19 (Trade Days Boulevard). The main areas of First Monday will be on your right.

Map showing driving directions from Dallas - Fort Worth to Canton First Monday Trade Days

Duke's Travel Plaza on I-20 in Canton, Texas
Duke's Travel Plaza

Dine-In restaurants, fast food, grab & go deli, clean bathrooms, hot showers, gift shop, electric car charging stations, dog park, and gasoline.

Located at I-20 Exit 523 (Highway 64) ... Duke's Travel Plaza

First Monday Trade Days Flea Market Dates for 2024

The upcoming Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday market dates for Canton First Monday Trade Days have been set for 2024:

Canton First Monday Trade Days market calendar for 2024
Market Month
January December 28, 2023 - December 31, 2023
February February 1-4, 2024
March February 29 - March 3, 2024
April March 28-31, 2024
May May 2-5, 2024
June May 30 - June 2, 2024
July June 27-30, 2024
August August 1-4, 2024
September August 29 - September 1, 2024
October October 3-6, 2024
November October 31 - November 3, 2024
December November 28 - December 1, 2024


Canton Hotels and Motels

Hotels, motels and other lodging located in Canton, Texas ... read reviews and make reservations at TripAdvisor
Hotels and lodging in Canton Texas and near First Monday Trade Days

Several hotel and motel properties are located in Canton. We have no affiliation with any property, but provide the following reviews at TripAdvisor to give you a starting point for selecting your lodging accommodations:

Lodging in Nearby Tyler

Hotels and lodging in nearby Tyler Texas ... click for details and hotel maps

Many visitors to First Monday also choose the wide variety and greater number of hotels and motels available in nearby Tyler which offers hotel properties such as Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn, Holiday Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Staybridge Suites and other popular brand names.



Van Zandt County Court House in Canton, Texas
Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton

Canton Links and Resources

More Scenes Around Canton

Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Plaza in Canton, Texas
Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Plaza

Visitor Information Center and The Plaza Museum in downtown Canton, Texas
Canton Visitor Information Center

Other Attractions, Events and Things to Do in/near Canton Texas

There are a variety of attractions and things to do in and around Canton, all month long, and throughout the year!

Attractions & Things to Do in Canton
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  • Canton Autumn Stroll Festival - held each October in downtown Canton. It's known for great food, live music, a sanctioned BBQ contest, fantastic vendors, fun kid’s events, and games. Visitors love the fashion show, local group presentations, and more, all on the beautiful downtown square.
  • Canton Balloon Fest - two day annual event in July at the First Monday Grounds, hosted by the Canton Visitor Bureau. The festival has grown and now includes vendors of all kinds, great food, and art vendors showing off their works. Family fun activities are abundant, with bounce houses, car shows and the very popular 5K glow run on Friday night. Each year the festival highlights great East Texas Music with non-stop music all weekend.
  • Van Zandt County Fair and Rodeo - late March and early April. Livestock show, fair pageant, agriscience fair, horticulture events, arts & crafts show, rodeo and more!
  • Splash Kingdom Water Park - Just to the west of Canton on I-20, a great place for family fun, especially on those hot Texas days!
  • Yesterland Farm - Familes always enjoy visits year-round to this fun venue, at 15410 I-20. Events include BunnyPalooza, Fall Festival, Spooktacular Nights and Christmas Carnival.
  • Shopping the quaint shops and boutiques around the downtown Canton square, year-round.
  • Canton Visitor Information Center and The Canton Plaza Museum downtown at 119 North Buffalo
  • Downtown Farmer's Market - Every Saturday April - October
  • Mill Creek Reservoir - 410 Arnold Paul Road - This lake includes bass, crappie, bream, catfish and once a year Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks a small pond connected to the larger lake with trout. There is also a boat ramp to launch from.
  • Old City Lake - 987 Old Kaufman Road - Pier and bank fishing, swimming (no lifeguard on duty), picnic areas, playground, lighted tennis and volleyball courts, baseball and soccer fields.
  • Buffalo Creek Motorcross Park
  • Heritage Park Outdoor Museum - Founded in 1976 as a bicentennial ongoing project, Edgewood Heritage Park encompasses fourteen restored and furnished structures representing rural life in 1900 Van Zandt County.
  • Blackwell House Museum - Step Inside Canton's oldest home and learn a bit of local history at this house, built in 1880 Dy H.R. and Nannie Jane Bartlett Blackwell. Open by appointment, at 314 First Monday Lane.
  • Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Plaza - honoring the men and women of the county who served our country. Two replica aircraft and other military equipment stand outside of a plaza of red bricks. some of which includes the names of service members. At the center is a statue that stands atop a five-sided platform that honors each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Located at 1200 South Trade Days Boulevard.
  • Van Zandt Country Club - For golfing enthusiasts, along with the Twin Lakes Golf Course and Garden Valley Golf Resort
  • Ben Wheeler - East of Canton on FM 279 is this small, historic community known as the home of the Feral Hog Festival in the fall

The famous pink hog bus on parade in downtown Ben Wheeler, Texas
The famous pink hog bus on parade in downtown Ben Wheeler, Texas

  • Edom - A few miles further east, at the intersection of FM 279 and FM 314. It's a lovely small community of restaurants, art galleries, shops, farms, retreats, B&Bs and more. Edom is also the home to spring and fall art shows well known in all of Texas.