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Once a month this quaint, peaceful, East Texas Main Street City of 3,581 becomes the seventh largest city in Texas when up to 400,000 shoppers visit World Famous First Monday Trade Days – the oldest, largest, continuously operating outdoor market in the United States, only 60 miles east of Dallas on Interstate Highway 20.

Despite its name, First Monday isn’t held on the first Monday of the month.  Shopping days are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday preceding the first Monday of every month, rain or shine, holiday or not with shopping areas that cover almost 400 acres and space for 7,000 vendors in five locations around the city. 

Merchandise ranges from new home furnishings and furniture, clothing, jewelry, candles, handbags and shoes, electronics, iron works and outdoor decor, plants, tools, great food concessions and more, to antiques, collectables, quilts, intricate crafts, folk and fine art, woodworking and live animals and pets of all types and sizes. 

People say that if you can’t find it in Canton, it probably doesn’t exist! 

Make Plans Now!

Those that want to experience First Monday Trade Days should plan for several days. Lodging is plentiful with six motels and over forty-five bed and breakfast inns within the city limits but be sure to book as far in advance as possible because all lodging fills up during the market days.   

But Canton is much more than the four-days-a-month shopping extravaganza. As the county seat of Van Zandt County and a Texas Main Street City, the town bustles with shopping, services, events and activity all the time. Canton has dozens of restaurants, two shopping centers, one of the newest resorts in Texas, an awesome waterpark, the longest zip-line course in Texas, two golf courses, two fishing lakes, multiple parks and walking trails, over 2,000 RV sites, historical sites, a museum, a 19th century town square with unique shops and restaurants, and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

We’ll be happy to help you plan your visit or answer any questions you might have about visiting Canton.    

Come to Canton, Texas and see why it really is “World Famous”!

Contact Info

Download the Official First Monday Trade Days App! This app will help you guide your way through the crowd and to the treasures that you have been searching for. To download to your apple device click here!

To download to your Android device click here



Check out the Canton First Monday Brochure!

(Published by Curtis Courtney of Morning Star Publishing House. Not for resale.)


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