Canton Texas and First Monday Trade Days

Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton
Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton

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 5,000 residents. Five exits from I-20 serve Canton, with Exit 527, TX Highway 19, 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.

First Monday Trade Days

A shopping extravaganza Canton First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas

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 6,000 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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Shopping at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas
Shopping 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

There are 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 procede 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


First Monday Trade Days Flea Market Dates for 2020

The following Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday market dates for Canton First Monday Trade Days have been set for 2020:


For current, up-to-date information on opening dates, we encourage you to contact the official owners and operators of First Monday Trade Days.

Click here for the official First Monday Trade Days website


Market Month Dates
January January 2-5, 2020
February January 30 - February 2, 2020
March February 27 - March 1, 2020
June May 28-31, 2020
July July 2-5, 2020
August July 30 - August 2, 2020
September September 3-6, 2020
October October 1-4, 2020
November October 29 - November 1, 2020
December December 3-6, 2020

Other Attractions and Things to Do in Canton Texas

There are a variety of attractions and things to do in Canton after flea market shopping at First Monday Trade Days.

Other popular Canton area attractions include Zip the USA, home of the longest zip lines in Texas. And just to the west of Canton on I-20 is Splash Kingdom Water Park, a great place for family fun.

And the Canton Autumn Stroll Festival is held each October in downtown Canto

The Texas Rose Horse Park is only a few miles east of Canton, on Highway 110, just off I-20 at Exit 548.

Canton also holds The Van Zandt County Fair and Rodeo and an Annual Bluegrass Festival, which takes place in August. Canton has also been the host community for the United States Equestrian Drill Championship, which showcases top color guard and mounted drill teams from throughout the country.

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We shop in Canton not only during First Monday flea market weekends, but at other times as well, frequenting the shops around the square downtown.

And the Paul Michael Company is a regular stop we make when shopping for home furnishings, any day of the year in Canton!

For golfing enthusiasts, located nearby Canton are the Twin Lakes Golf Course and Garden Valley Golf Resort, as well as the Van Zandt Country Club.

East of Canton on FM 279 is the small, historic community of Ben Wheeler, known as the home of the Feral Hog Festival in the fall.

A few miles further east is the community of Edom, 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.

Canton Hotels and Motels

Best Western Inn in Canton, Texas

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 accomodations:

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, Staybridge Suites and other popular brand names.

Canton Area Bed and Breakfasts

Several B&B properties are located in the Canton area. We have no affiliation with any property, but provide the following reviews at TripAdvisor to give you a starting point for selecting your B&B accomodations:

Canton Links and Resources

Van Zandt County

City of Canton

Canton Chamber of Commerce

Canton Visitor's Bureau

Canton Main Street

Canton Economic Development

Canton First Monday Trade Days Entrance

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