Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
Saturday, September 8, 2018
7 AM to 6:30 PM
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.
PRESENTED BY: CHICAGOLAND POPCORN
IT’S A WRAP!
We hope you enjoyed the 2017 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival! Check out these videos!
2017 PARADE WINNERS
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!
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
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
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