Valparaiso Events

2013-06-19T00:00:00Z 2013-06-19T22:01:10Z Valparaiso EventsHeather Augustyn
June 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Central Park Plaza Market

Tuesdays and Saturdays

June 1st through October 29th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit the market weekly to shop for fresh local produce, handmade products and beautiful plants and flowers. The Market is located at the Central Park Plaza.

Eat Up Wine Down

1st Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. restaurants will open their doors and offer guests five of their most “famous” drinks and/or dishes...for a cost of only $5 per selection. Enjoy tastes from Bistro 157, Bon Femme Café, Don Quijote, Margarita's, Tommy B's (formerly Paparazzi), Pikk’s Tavern, The Silver Spoon, and Valley.

Valparaiso Wine Festival

Saturday, June 15th Central Park Plaza – Downtown Valparaiso from 4 to 7 p.m. (3 p.m. VIP)

VIP $50, General Admission $35, Designated Driver $15. Enjoy friends, wine, and a summer afternoon in the park. Sample over 80 wines with live entertainment by Freek Johnson and food available for purchase.

Summer Jam

Saturday, July 27th from 2 to 9 p.m.

Central Park Plaza – Downtown Valparaiso:

The first annual Summer Jam Music & Food Festival features three live bands and headliner Blue Oyster Cult. Enjoy an afternoon in the park with three live bands, food available for purchase and beer tent. Reserved seating is $30 with only 300 available, and general admission is $10 in the lawn area, bring your blankets.

Popcorn Festival

September 7, 2013 (always the Saturday after Labor Day)

Celebrating its 35th year and named the "Best Festival of the Region" by The Times readers for 15 years, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer family-fun activities for all ages. Over 200 arts and crafts booths, 30 food booths, kids’ games, the five-mile Popcorn Panic, and the nation’s First Popcorn Parade are only the beginning of the excitement of this incredible festival. Headlining entertainment this year from the Gin Blossoms.

Valpo Brewfest

Saturday, September 28th 1 to 5 p.m. (12-1 p.m. VIP)

Sample over 125 different styles of beers from America’s best craft brewers. Valpo Brewfest is a celebration of the great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. 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 2250 Attendees

* Tickets go on sale June 1, 2013 at noon. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information. Hosted by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events

Fall Harvest Festival

Friday, October 25, 4 to 6 p.m.

Check out the “spooktacular” events planned for this special day including the Downtown Trick or Treat and free hayrides provided by the Valparaiso Parks Department. All in Central Park.

Holly Days

Friday, December 6th from 5 to 7 p.m.

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Valparaiso as 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, listen to the sidewalk carolers, and stroll through downtown to the stores and restaurants for treats and specials.


Outdoor Movies

Tuesdays, June 11th through July 30th at dusk

Watch your favorite movies under the stars at Central Park Plaza. Movies start at dusk. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.

2013 Movie Schedule

Rise of the Guardians – 06/11/13

Here Comes the Boom – 06/18/13

Hotel Transylvania – 06/25/13

Beetlejuice – 07/02/13

Madagascar 3 – 07/09/13

Men in Black 3 – 07/16/13

Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax – 07/23/13

Jack the Giant Slayer – 7/30/13


Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

Downtown Valparaiso’s Porter Health Amphitheatre in Central Park Plaza

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.


June 19 – Valparaiso Community/University Concert Band, 7 p.m.

June 21 – Summer Rhapsody Festival Orchestra, 8 p.m. led by Miguel E. Rosario-Vega, Artistic

Director and Conductor.

July 10 – Valparaiso Community/University Concert Band, 7 p.m

July 17 – Middle of the Road Band, 7:30 p.m.

July 24 – Middle School Band, 7 p.m.

August 8 – Chicago Rat Pack, 7:30 p.m.

August 16 – Spazmatics, 7:30 p.m.

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