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 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