Valparaiso, IN 46383
A Great Community Doesn't Just Happen...
It takes vision with focus. It takes a plan backed by strategic thinking and it takes the dedication of dynamic community leaders to create the momentum to celebrate Valparaiso's wide open spaces and innovative places. Valparaiso Events is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting and strengthening our community through numerous diverse festivals and events that enhance the lives of our residents and encourage the vitality of our community. Annual Downtown Valparaiso Events Include: Winter Dazzle, Outdoor Summer Movies, Central Park Plaza Market, Taste of Downtown, Summer Rhapsody Music Festival, Popcorn Fest, Valpo Brewfest, Harvest Festival, Fall Concerts and Holly Days.
Stay Connected with VCFE and Be a Part of It All!
Eat Up, Wine Down
First Thursday of EVERY Month, 5 to 10 PM
$5 Specials at Valpo Dining Restaurants the First Thursday of EVERY Month. A taste of downtown's finest restaurants offered on the first Thursday of every month! Join us at Bon Femme, Bistro 157, and Don Quixote!
Central Park Plaza Market
Tuesdays, 11am to 6pm, June 3 to September 30, 2014
Great Seasonal Products!
Visit the market weekly to shop for fresh local produce, handmade products, and beautiful plants and flowers. The Market is located at Central Park Plaza.
Outdoor Movies in Central Park Plaza
Family Movies: Tuesdays, June 10 - July 1, 2014.
Classic Movies: Thursdays, July 17th & August 14th, 2014 at dusk
Watch your favorite movies under the stars at Central Park Plaza. Movies start at dusk. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Brought to you by Valparaiso Events with the support of the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation.
Summer Rhapsody Music Festival
Select Dates: 2014 dates and information coming soon!
From classical to jazz, Summer Rhapsody Music Festival is a feast of the sounds and senses for music lovers of all ages. Bring your picnic, blanket, and chairs and relax with this summer concert series. Admission is free.
Valparaiso Wine Festival
Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Central Park Plaza from 4-7pm (3pm VIP)
Enjoy friends, wine, and a summer afternoon in the park!
- Sample over 80 wines
- Live Entertainment
- Limited tickets available
- Food available for purchase
- Must be 21 to Enter with valid ID
- All tickets are presale
Become a Valparaiso Events Member!
By supporting the festivals and events in our city you will be making a difference in our community and in the quality of life for Valparaiso's individuals and families. Valparaiso Events members also enjoy discounts, specials and promotions that have been created especially for Valparaiso Events members.
Business Memberships: Two levels to choose from with great benefits!
Individual Memberships: Two levels to choose from with fun incentives!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Celebrating its 36th year and named the "Best Festival of the Region" by The Times readers, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. Over 250 arts & crafts booths, 30 food booths, kids' games, the 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.
Pre-Event Week Activities Include:
- Daily Lunch (11am-1pm) and Dinner (5-7pm) under the Orville Redenbacher Tent located in Central Park Plaza hosted by different local charities and businesses each day
- Cutest Baby Finals
- Hot Wheel "Race of Champions"
- Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1 to 5 p.m. (12-1pm VIP)
Sample over 125 different styles of beers from America’s best craft brewers and vote for your favorite Indiana craft beer as we award the coveted HOOSIER BREW award to the top vote recipient. Valpo Brewfest is a celebration of the great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. Cheers to Ya!
All attendees receive a sampling glass.
- Samples from over 125 brews
- Great eats available for purchase
- Live music
- Vote for Indiana's best beer
- Home brewer demonstrations
- Limited to 3200 attendees
* Tickets go on sale May 1, 2014 at noon. Visit ValpoBrewfest.com to purchase tickets and for more information. Hosted by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events
The Great Downtown Tailgate
Admission is free. Bring your tailgating supplies, coolers, blankets and chairs (no grills) and enjoy a live telecast in the park! Meet friends and cheer on your favorite team! Support local teams and clubs selling your favorite football snacks in the park!
Fall Harvest Festival
October 17, 2014, 4 to 6 p.m.
Wear your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door in Valparaiso's downtown to get some tasty treats from our restaurants and retailers.
Visit Central Park Plaza for treats and fun in the park. Leonardo and the Makin Waves Band will perform on the Porter Health Amphitheater stage from 4-6 p.m. Free Hayrides provided by the Valparaiso Parks Department!
Friday December 5, 2014, 5 to 7 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Valparaiso!
Central Park Plaza comes alive with holiday musical performances on the Porter Health Amphitheater Stage. Michiana Ice Carvers prepare a Giant Ice Sculpture. The Holiday Village Market features special holiday vendors. Free rides on the holiday train take guests on the streets around Central Park Plaza. Visit the Live Nativity that will host live animals too! Don't miss the Holly and JJ Jolly Show in front of the Memorial Opera House and Porter County Museum as the prelude to Santa's arrival.
Listen to the sidewalk carolers and stroll through downtown to the stores and restaurants for treats and specials.
Don't forget to visit Santa at the Porter County Museum!
Partner with Valparaiso Events!
Reach the Community, Market Your Business, Partner with Pride
As a partner of Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events, you'll have the opportunity to make a difference in the community while showcasing your business. Talk to Valparaiso Events today about partnership opportunities and how you can be a Part of It!