Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

9:00AM - 6:30PM


Nation's first Popcorn Parade

Over 250 arts & crafts booth (view)

45 food booths (view)

Two live music stages

Five mile popcorn panic run

Wednesday, Jan. 08

Applications for 2020 Festival Released

Interested in being a vendor or parade entry at the 2020 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival?  Click here to begin!

Friday, Sep. 11

Central Park Plaza

Food Truck Rally, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring 10 fantastic food trucks.

Hot Wheels Race of Champions at 5:00 p.m. Bring your Hot Wheels or purchase one on site and enter to win. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. ($1 per car) with the race to follow.

Entertainment 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Porter Health Amphitheater.

Saturday, Sep. 12

Festival Day

Booths Open at 9:00 a.m.

Valpo Parks Popcorn Panic 5M Run Start, 7:20 a.m.

Valpo Parks 5K Run/Walk Start, 7:30 a.m.

Valpo Parks Lit’l Kernel Puff Race, 8:45 a.m.

Popcorn Parade, 10:00 a.m.

Beer Garden Open, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Free Musical Entertainment at the Michigan Street Musical Stage and Festival Main Stage, noon to 6:30 p.m.



The Main Stage

Coming Soon!

2018 Parade Winners

42 Years of Tradition

This long-standing community tradition will return in 2019 for its 42nd 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.

2019 Parade Winners:

Grand Prize: InHealth/ United Way of Porter County
Second Place: Grandma and Grandpa Built a Float
Third Place: All Star Athletics Cheer
Special Recognition: Northwest Indiana NOW
Honorable Mention: Roller Girls
Best Little Kernel: Girl Scouts
Best New Float: Terry’s Discount Windows & More, LLC

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