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 95 days of events on the calendar each year there is something for everyone to love.

Valparaiso Events Mission

Valparaiso Events is a non-profit organization which hosts, in collaboration with community partners, a series of festivals and events to enhance the quality of life for the Valparaiso community and our visitors.




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 Nikolski

  • What is your favorite VE Event?
  •  I love all of our events, but the Valparaiso Market is a personal favorite of mine. I’m a self proclaimed foodie and I love the idea of supporting local businesses, and the Valparaiso Market offers just that! Our Market delivers fresh, local produce and other handcrafted goods sold by hardworking farmers and passionate artisans right here in our own backyard.
  • The Valparaiso Market draws so many visitors to Valparaiso from surrounding areas that it is such a great way to showcase our city as well as meet people with the same passion. 
  • 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. Valparaiso Events brings people together. I love meeting new families at 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


Brad White

Molly Maid

Vice Chair

Don Rapley

Ozinga Ready Mix


Chris Campbell

Centier Bank


Aaron Ingram

Valuation Services

Ed Dykes

Dykes Funeral Home

JeriPat Gabbert

Indiana University Northwest

Lori Simon

Mayor’s Office – City of Valparaiso

Jim Jorgensen

Hoepner, Wagner & Evans Law Offices

Michael Lipp

Michael Lipp & Associates

Jeanette Binder

Martin Binder Jeweler

Cathy Brown

Valpo Velvet

Abby Huseman


George Djurovic

Main + Lincoln

Doug Mogck

Northwestern Mutual

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