Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
Saturday, September 9
7 AM to 6:30 PM
This long-standing community tradition returns for its 39th 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
South Shore CVA Main Stage
Central Park Plaza at the Porter Health Amphitheater
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.
Popcorn Festival Day Activities
7:00 am – 6:30 pm: Craft, Food and Fine Arts Booths Open
7:30 am: Popcorn Panic 5M Run and 5K Walk (hosted by Valpo Parks)
7:00 am – 6:30 pm: Kids Poppin’ and Play Place, Inflatables & Games
8:45 am: Lit’l Kernel Puff Race (hosted by Valpo Parks)
10:00 am: Chicagoland Popcorn Parade
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. Information and Registration Form: 2017 Cutest baby contest info_entry form.
Chicagoland Popcorn Area Open: Tuesday, September 5 – Friday, September 8 at the William E. Urschel Pavilion
Daily Lunch: 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Daily Dinner: Times vary, approximately 4:30-7:00 pm
Popcorn Vendor Information
Click “Apply” for VENDOR application Apply
Popcorn Parade Participant Information
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
2016 PARADE WINNERS
Prompt Ambulance Service and The United Way of Porter County claimed the title of GRAND PRIZE WINNER!
2nd Place: Crosspointe Christian Church
3rd Place: Grandma & Grandpa Built a Float
Special Recognition: Vale Park Animal Hospital
Best Little Kernel: Valpo & Washington Township Girl Scouts
Best New Float: Trinity Lutheran Church
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