Valparaiso Events

It’s better in Valparaiso


About Us

Valparaiso Events is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the vitality of Valparaiso by creating a proud, vibrant, and thriving community through creation and promotion of numerous festivals & events. With over 80 days of events on the calendar each year there is something for everyone to love.

Valparaiso Events Mission

To enhance the Valparaiso Community through downtown initiatives including lively festivals and unique events.




Jennifer Peek

  • What is your favorite VE Event?
  •  The Popcorn Festival remains one of my favorite events because it reaches so many people and the number of volunteers that come together behind the scenes is awe-inspiring! 
  • What do you love about what you do?
  •  When I speak to someone new to the community that is attending one of our events for the very first time and they are so excited by what we do and what our community has to offer. The energy and pride is contagious. Its my absolute favorite experience. 


Kara Kozlowski

  • What is your favorite VE Event?
  •  I love all of our events, but the Valpo Brewfest is a personal favorite of mine. I’m a self proclaimed foodie, so anytime you combine exciting drinks, awesome food, and the opportunity to meet new people who share that same passion- I am all in! Valpo Brewfest draws so many visitors to Valparaiso from all over the country it is such a great way to showcase our city. 
  • What do you love about what you do?
  •  Being somewhat new to Valparaiso myself, I can relate to those who are still trying to figure out all that our city has to offer. I love meeting people at one of our events or even while out to dinner, and introducing them to one of our free and family friendly events. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that makes it our mission to enhance the community we live in. 


Tina St. Aubin

  • What is your favorite VE Event?
  •  It’s hard to name just one favorite. All of our events share a common theme, they allow friends and family gather and have fun. It’s a great sight! 
  • What do you love about what you do?
  •  I love Valparaiso and the people I get to work alongside and see along the way. To watch our work come together for the enjoyment of many far surpasses anything I could have imagined. 


Michelle Michaels

  • What is your favorite VE Event?
  •  Having attended the Popcorn Fest since I was a child, that has to be my favorite since it brings together all ages in the community and now after working with all the volunteers this year, it makes it more of an incredible experience! 
  • What do you love about what you do?
  •  I love being at the events and watching the people enjoy themselves after our staff has put in the time and effort to make the event the best it can be. It’s inspiring and helps us think of how to make the next event an even more wonderful experience for the community. 

Board of directors


Larry Mosher

Valparaiso University

Vice Chair

Brad White

National Tire and Battery


Chris Campbell

Centier Bank


Kathy Neary

Root Strategy LLC

Ed Dykes

Dykes Funeral Home

JeriPat Gabbert

Indiana University Northwest

Lori Simon

Mayor’s Office – City of Valparaiso

Chris Marolf

Old World Market

Jim Jorgensen

Hoepner, Wagner & Evans Law Offices

Michael Lipp

Michael Lipp & Associates

Jeanette Binder

Martin Binder Jeweler

Susan Brychell

Purdue University North Central

Don Rapley

Ozinga Ready Mix

Cathy Brown

Valpo Velvet

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