Canton First Monday Trade Days in Canton TexasCanton is the county seat of Van Zandt County, about 60 miles east of Dallas, on Interstate 20. At last count Canton had a population of 3,292.

The population of Canton soars on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the first Monday of each month, due to First Monday Trade Days, with more than 300,000 arriving in Canton for a First Monday weekend. Canton's First Monday Trade Days is the biggest flea market in the world.

First Monday Trade Days, is not the only event to take place in Canton. The Van Zandt County Fair and Rodeo takes place in April. In August the annual Free State Bluegrass & Classic Country Music Festival is held in the Canton Civic Center.

Canton has the water park in East Texas, with Splash Kingdom Family Waterpark.

James S. Hogg was the Canton District Attorney before he became the governor of Texas in 1890, becoming well known for naming his daughter Ima. 

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow stayed briefly in Canton during their crime spree.

The notorious bank robbers did not rob any Canton bank.

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There are plenty of places to stay in the Canton area, with 77 Bed & Breakfast, Cottage and Cabin options, 18 Mountain Lodging locations, 1 Campground, 15 Camping and RV parks and 22 Hotels and Motels.

Among the Mountain Lodging is Bonnie's Hideout, Buffalo Girl Hotel, Cabins on the Mountain, Big Easy B & B and Mountain Ridge Bed & Bath. The Long Branch Hotel is located right on the First Monday Grounds. Also, Blue Bonnet Bayou Inn, Moonshine Inn and Moonshine Mansion.

If you are looking for a cheap place to stay in Canton to maximize the amount of money you have to spend at the First Monday Trade Days, you will find a Motel 6, Best Western Canton Inn, Days Inn of Canton, Super 8 Canton Motel and Comfort Inn & Suites.

Canton Motel is a popular non-chain motel option.

Canton Square Bed & Breakfast is located on Canton town square, a block from First Monday Trade Days. Bunny Hollow Inn & Retreat, with 5 unique rooms, is across the street from First Monday. Broken Wheel Vineyard is a B & B about 8 miles north of Canton. 3 Springs Bed & Breakfast has a fish pond and hot tub. At the Azalea House you will get free Wi-Fi. Backwoods Getaway is a private luxury cabin. The Best Li'l Red Barn in Texas sleeps 8, or more. The Cabins at Cherry Creek are near Cedar Creek Lake, 4th largest lake in Texas. Canton Country B & B is close to the First Monday Trade Grounds. At Dog Springs B & B you can also get lunch and dinner. Inn the Works is a retreat, lodge, bunkhouse, B & B two miles from the Trade Day Grounds.

There are many places to park your RV in the Canton area, among them are Canton I 20 RV Park, Canton Marketplace RV Park, Canton Trade Center RV Park, Canton Civic Center RV Park, Mill Creek Ranch Resort and Old Mill RV Park.


You will find several fast food chains in Canton, Whataburger, Burger King, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Subway, Sonic Drive-In, Pizza Hut and Church's Chicken.

There are several non-chain local restaurants in Canton, including Sisters Old Mill Creek Cafe, Susies Tea Room On The Square and Two Senoritas. You will find a lot of Mexican restaurants in Canton. One is Robles' Mexican Restaurant. Many locals think Jewel's Restaurant has the best Mexican food in the Canton area. Ranchero Restaurant is another Mexican food option, along with Parrila Tacos and Ochoa's Cafe and Fajitas Tacos and Juanita's Mexican Restaurant and Miss Susie's Mexican Restaurant.

At Meatheads on the Mountain you can have all the catfish you can eat.

Savannah Winery & Bistro is located on the First Monday Trade Day Grounds, where you can get burgers, salads, steaks, chicken, meatloaf, pork chops, shrimp, cheese platters and other goodies to go with your wine.

For a local burger joint that gets good reviews go to Dairy Palace Restaurant. Val's Italian Restaurant is the best Italian restaurant in Canton. It is also the only Italian Restaurant in town.

You can probably guess what is on the menu at Backwoods Bar-B-Que. You will find more barbecue at Rod's Barbecue Shack. At Baker's Ribs you will find some down home Texas-Style Barbecue.

There are buffets in Canton. The Panda Chinese Buffet is one. Chen's Buffet is another Chinese Buffet. Rick's Fish & More Buffet is not a Chinese Buffet. Papadales Grill & Cantina has Texas Style Bar-Que in Buffet mode.

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