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Valparaiso Popcorn Festival


Saturday, September 8, 2018

7 AM to 6:30 PM

Downtown Valparaiso

This long-standing community tradition will return in 2018 for its 40th year! The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages.

Over 250 arts & crafts booths, 35 food booths, kids’ games, five-mile Popcorn Panic, two live music stages and the nation’s first Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of the excitement of this incredible festival.



We hope you enjoyed the 2017 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival! Check out these videos!


In Health and The United Way of Porter County kept their title of GRAND PRIZE WINNER!

2nd Place:  Vale Park Animal Hospital

3rd Place:  Trinity Lutheran Church

Special Recognition:  Grandma & Grandpa Build a Float

Best Little Kernel:  Valparaiso Girl Scouts

Best New Float:  PACT of Porter County – Recovery Connection

2017 Popcorn Festival Brochure – Find Shuttle Information, Full Schedule, and more!

Music Stages

Main Stage Headliner:  BoDeans at 5:00 pm


Known for their chart topping songs like “Fadeaway”, “Only Love” and “Dreams” the band is sure to deliver high energy performance for eager fans. BoDeans are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their breakthrough album – Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. BoDeans will take the stage as the finale of the day long entertainment that begins at noon in Central Park Plaza at the Porter Health Amphitheater.

All Popcorn Festival concerts are free to the public! No tickets necessary!

Popcorn Festival Day Activities

7:00 am – 6:30 pm:  Craft, Food and Fine Arts Booths Open

7:00 am – 6:30 pm: Ultimate Poppin’ Play Zone Open:Obstacle Course, Bungee, Inflatable Challenges

7:30 am:  Popcorn Panic 5M Run and 5K Run/Walk (hosted by Valpo Parks)

8:45 am: Lit’l Kernel Puff Race (hosted by Valpo Parks)

10:00 am: Chicagoland Popcorn Parade

11:00 am – 6:30pm: Beer Garden Open

11:00 am – 6:30pm: Chicagoland Popcorn Area Open

12:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Main Stage Live Entertainment

12:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Second Stage Live Entertainment



Popcorn Festival Pre-Event Activities

Cutest Baby Preliminaries: Saturday, August 26, 9:00 am-11:00 am at the Indiana Beverage Activity Center.

Cutest Baby Finals: Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 pm.

Chicagoland Popcorn Area Open: Tuesday, September 5 – Friday, September 8 at the William E. Urschel Pavilion

DAILY LUNCH:  11:00 am-1:00 pm    LUNCH MENUS

DAILY DINNER: Times vary, approximately 4:30-7:00 pm    DINNER MENUS

2017 Popcorn Vendor & Parade Information

Click “Apply” for VENDOR application   Apply

Click “Apply” for  PARADE application   Apply

2017 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Terms & Conditions / Pricing Information

Arts & Crafts / Non-Craft / Fine Arts Vendors

Commercial Vendor

Food Vendor

Parade Participant

Parade Float Building Helpful Tips and Tricks


 2017 Popcorn Poster Contest

The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival has been a prominent community event since 1979 bringing 60,000 visitors to enjoy Valparaiso. Part of this event is the Popcorn Festival Poster Contest, which is now in its 9th year!  Thank you to all the artists that submitted work and to all of those that voted to decide the People’s Choice Award.

2017 Poster Contest Winners

First Place

People’s Choice Award
















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