Nation's first Popcorn Parade
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
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
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