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
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
Online vendor & parade applications now available Apply
Chicagoland Popcorn Area Food VendorApply
2017 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Terms & Conditions and Pricing
2016 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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