7:00AM - 6:30PM


  This long-standing community tradition will return in 2019 for its 41st 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 Main Stage Headliner:

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

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Interested in being in the parade?  Click here to apply.


Thursday, Sept. 5 in the William E. Urschel Pavilion

  • Lunch catered by Pesto’s Italian Restaurant, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Dinner catered by Semento’s Napoli Café 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., hosted by Valparaiso Band, Choir & Orchestra Parents Association in support of the Valparaiso High School Music Program. Entertainment will include the Valparaiso High School Band, Orchestra, and Varsity Singers. Tickets are $11 pre-sale and $12 at the door, available in person at Valparaiso Events, 150 W Lincolnway Suite 1006.


Friday, Sept. 6 at Central Park Plaza

  • Lunch catered by Kelsey’s Steakhouse, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • An all-new Dinner feature: Food Truck Rally, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. featuring 10 fantastic food trucks, including Cheesy Food Truck, Coco Bangos, Cookout on Wheels, Da Portable Rican, Designer Desserts, Ding Ding Chicken Wing, King of the Road, Sizzle Box, The Tamale Spaceship, and Valpo Velvet.
  • 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. featuring Mike & Joe at the Porter Health Amphitheater.

Saturday, Sept. 7 Festival Day

  • Booths Open at 7:00 a.m.
  • Valpo Parks Popcorn Panic 5M Run Start, 7:30 a.m.
  • Valpo Parks 5K Run/Walk Start, 7:45 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.

Event Sponsors

Porter Regional Hospital