Massillon Museum’s 30th Annual Island Party Is July 12!

Massillon Museum’s 30th Annual Island Party Is July 12!



The Massillon Museum’s annual Island Party on Friday, July 12, will be a Caribbean- and Hawaiian-inspired evening under the stars in the heart of downtown Massillon. The family-friendly evening will be free and open to everyone. No reservations are necessary. The Island Party is the Museum’s thank you to the community for its continuing support.


The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Food and beverage service will begin at 6:00 p.m. and guests can enjoy reggae music and entertainment from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Rudy Turkal will emcee the show, which carries on rain or shine.


Carlos Jones + will perform on the Island Party stage on Duncan Plaza next to the Museum from 7:15 to 8:15 pm and 9:00 to 10:00 pm. The band delivers soulful roots reggae with lyrics that concentrate on a message of peace and harmony within the human race and the environment. The group creates a festival-like atmosphere everywhere they play, drawing crowds spanning all ages and backgrounds. The music is uplifting, including many original songs and an array of Bob Marley, Culture, and other recognizable covers. Voted “the Best Reggae/Ska Band” in Northeast Ohio by the Scene Magazine readers’ poll, Carlos Jones has appeared onstage with The Wailers and Ziggy Marley. 
The Jackson High School Steel Drum Band will perform from 6:00 to 6:45 pm. Divine Harmony Performance Art will organize bubbles on the lawn from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, circulate among the crowd on tall stilts from 6:45 to 7:30 pm, and present fire manipulation and hula dancing from 8:15 to 9:00 pm. Museum galleries will remain open until 7:00 pm.
The event will span the Museum’s lawn, Duncan Plaza, and First Street SE. There are two entrances to the party—one on Lincoln Way East near the corner of Lincoln Way and First Street Southeast and the second in Duncan Plaza near the municipal parking lot. 
Free parking is available on side streets; in city lots accessed from First Street NW, Second Street SE, and Erie Street N; the city parking deck on Erie Street S, and the St. George Greek Orthodox and St. John’s UCC parking lots (south of the party).  
Drivers who want to drop off guests at an additional accessible entrance may enter First Street from Tremont, drop off passengers, and turn onto Charles Avenue to find parking in city lots and the parking deck. A map of parking options is available on the Museum’s website:  New wayfinding signs will help direct guests to parking.


Food trucks—Big Deal Whitfield, A Moveable Feast Food Truck, and Kona Ice—will offer chips and salsa, jerk chicken, lobster rolls, Hawaiian poke bowl, smoked pulled pork, arroz con pollo, fruit salad, crab rangoon nachos, and other island favorites for sale, beginning at 6:00 pm. Greatness Cafe in the Museum lobby will be open until 9:00.   


The cash bar will offer beer including Jamaican Red Stripe and the local Paradigm Shift Island Juice, frozen margaritas, wine, and soft drinks. Buehler’s and Aqua Ohio will provide complementary water.
Cash and credit cards will be accepted for beverages, memberships, and party merchandise. No outside food, beverages, or coolers may be brought into the party. 


Picnic tables will be scattered throughout the party area and permanent seating is available in Duncan Plaza, but guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.  


Admission will be free and open to the public. Tropical souvenirs, leis, and colorful 2024 Island Party t-shirts designed by Israel Katrina Art will be available for sale. 


In collaboration with a Stark Parks initiative, the Island Party has been designated a tobacco-free event.


Hula hoops and limbo lines will challenge all ages. Children’s activities will be fun and free, but parents must remain in the children’s activity area with their children. The event will carry on, rain or shine. 


Since 1995, the Island Party has been a Massillon Museum tradition—an annual “thank you” to the community for its continuing support. Each year, 2,000 to 3,000 or more area residents share the fun!


The City of Massillon provides in-kind support for the party. MassMu receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, ArtsinStark, and the citizens of Massillon, as well as marketing support from Visit Canton. This event is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. More than 100 volunteers make the Island Party possible each year.


The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. For more information, call 330.833.4061 or visit



Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111 
Margy Vogt, Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525
Carlos Jones

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