7:00AM - 6:30PM


PRESENTED BY 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.

Main Stage Headliner

2018 Pre-Festival Activities

August 25 Cutest Baby Contest, Contest Information
September 4 Lunch catered by Semento’s Napoli Cafe
  Dinner catered by Hilltop Neighborhood House/Duffy’s Place
  Hot Wheels “Race of Champions” Registration-5pm; Race-6pm
  Cutest Baby Finals – 6:30pm
September 5 Lunch catered by Pesto’s Italian Restaurant
  Dinner catered by Valparaiso Band Parents Association
  Live Music by VHS Varsity Singers and VHS Concert Band
September 6 Lunch catered by Scooter’s BBQ
  Dinner catered by Valparaiso Kiwanis Club
September 7 Lunch catered by Kelsey’s Steak House
  Dinner catered by NWI School Nutrition Association
Lunch Menu Dinner Menu


2018 Parade Line Up Alphabetical

2018 Parade Line Up Numerical

Parade Line Up Street Map 2018

Lineup Regal Parking Lot 2018


2018 Festival Day – Schedule of Events

Festival Day Schedule

Festival Map

September 8  
7:00am Booths & Ultimate Poppin’ Play Zone Open
7:30am Popcorn Panic 5M Run, 5K Run/Walk – Hosted by Valpo Parks
8:45am Lit’l Kernel Puff Race – Hosted by Valpo Parks
10:00am Chicagoland Popcorn Parade Sponsored by Centier Bank
11:00am Beer Garden Open, Central Park Plaza, Benefits Valparaiso Events & Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club
11:00am Chicagoland Popcorn Area Open, William E. Urschel Pavilion with food and beverage options
12:00pm Main Stage Entertainment
  Stop.Drop.Rewind – 12-1:15pm
  Anchors – 1:30-2:30pm
  S. Joel Norman – 3-4:30pm
  Soul Asylum – 5-6:30pm
12:00pm Michigan Street Music Stage
  Garage Bands from Front Porch – 12-2:50pm
  Smoking Suits – 3-3:50pm
  Cognitive Blue – 4-4:50pm
  Johnny James – 5-6pm
6:30pm Festival Closes

2018 Poster Contest Winners