Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

7:00AM - 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

Thursday, Sep. 05

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.

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Friday, Sep. 06

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, Sep. 07

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.

2019 Festival Brochure

Parade Entrants:  Use the links below for lineup information.

2019 Parade Line Up Numerical

Parade Line Up Street Map 2019

Parade Lineup Regal Parking Lot A 2019

The Main Stage

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

Max “the Mighty Max” Weinberg. A bundle of drive, neurosis and wily suburban street smarts, and source of great humor, Max found a place where Bernard Purdie, Buddy Rich and Keith Moon intersected and made it his own. The soul of dedication and commitment, each night in the midst of the continuous hurricane our sets are designed to be, the sheer physical pressure of three hours of nonstop, steamrolling rock music lies upon his shoulders more heavily than anyone else’s. Onstage, Max goes beyond listening to what I’m saying, signaling; he “hears” what I’m thinking, feeling. He anticipates my thoughts as they come rolling full bore toward the drum riser. It’s a near telepathy that comes from years of playing and living together. It’s a real-world miracle and it’s why people love musicians. They show us how deeply we can experience one another’s minds and hearts, and how perfectly we can work in congress. With Max at my back, the questions are answered before they’re asked. – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

2018 Parade Winners

41 Years of Tradition

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

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