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.

2018 Poster Contest Winners

2018 Schedule of Events

August 25 Cutest Baby Contest
September 4 Lunch catered by Semento’s Napoli Cafe
  Dinner catered by Hilltop Neighborhood House/Duffy’s Place
September 5 Lunch catered by Pesto’s Italian Restaurant
  Dinner catered by Valparaiso Band Parents Association
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
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
12:15pm Main Stage Entertainment
12:00pm Michigan Street Music Stage
6:30pm Festival Closes