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Valparaiso Events is accepting vendor proposals for 2014 festivals

VALPARAISO – Valparaiso Events is currently accepting proposals for local vendors to serve food at four of their upcoming 2014 festivals. These events include the Summer Jam Music & Food Festival on Saturday, June 21, Valparaiso Wine Festival on Saturday, July 19, Valparaiso Popcorn Fest…

March 20, 2014 12:21 pm

Central Park Plaza Market to open with new hours

VALPARAISO – The Central Park Plaza Market has quickly become a favorite weekly stop among residents and visitors seeking fresh produce, handmade items and locally grown ingredients. The 2014 season will kick off Tuesday, June 3 and will be held EVERY Tuesday through September 30 from 11am-6…

February 21, 2014 10:29 am
Holiday Spirit Kicks Off in Downtown Valparaiso

Holiday Spirit Kicks Off in Downtown Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | The Annual Holly Days event hosted by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) will bring the sights and sounds of the season to downtown Valparaiso on Friday, December 6 from 5-7pm. The Michiana Ice Carvers will construct a winter scene in Central Park Plaza while liv…

November 21, 2013 4:55 pm Photos

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Area Teams and Coaches Celebrate Successes at 2nd Annual Tailgate Event!

Area Teams and Coaches Celebrate Successes at 2nd Annual Tailgate Event!

VALPARAISO – The Bears and Packers Teams were not the only ones with fans in the crowd at The Great Downtown Tailgate hosted by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) on November 4. Local teams participated by providing concessions, performing at halftime and even took the stage …

November 21, 2013 2:30 pm
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival awards Grand Prize to Methodist Hospital Foundation

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival awards Grand Prize to Methodist Hospital Foundation

The “Methodist Belle” was the grand prize winning float at the 2013 Valparaiso Popcorn Festival’s Orville Redenbacher Parade created by the Methodist Hospital Foundation.

October 03, 2013 10:13 am
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival awards Grand Prize to Methodist Hospital Foundation

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival awards Grand Prize to Methodist Hospital Foundation

VALPARAISO – The Orville Redenbacher Parade kicked off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the 35th Annual Popcorn Festival in downtown Valparaiso. The festival, brought to you by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events, included the two-hour parade and over 80 entries. This yea…

October 03, 2013 10:11 am

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival announces Cutest Baby Contest preliminaries in August

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is seeking contestants for the Cutest Baby Contest as part of the 35th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival. Winning babies, along with their parents, will ride in the Popcorn Festival Parade on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Cutest…

July 25, 2013 12:45 pm
Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult

July 24, 2013 8:14 pm
Food is Part of the Fun at All Day Music Festival Featuring Blue Oyster Cult

Food is Part of the Fun at All Day Music Festival Featuring Blue Oyster Cult

VALPARAISO – The Summer Jam Music & Food Festival on Saturday, July 27 will include three live bands: Josh Holmes from 3:15-4:45pm, M & R Rush from 5:15-6:30pm and Blue Oyster Cult from 7-8:30pm. The event, presented by M & S Collision, will run from 2-9pm and tickets are current…

July 24, 2013 8:12 pm
Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult

July 02, 2013 3:43 pm
Meet Blue Oyster Cult at the Summer Jam Music & Food Festival

Meet Blue Oyster Cult at the Summer Jam Music & Food Festival

VALPARAISO | Blue Oyster Cult fans could win a chance to get up close with the band at the Summer Jam Music Festival brought to you by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events. This concert, presented by M & S Collision, is slated for Saturday, July 27 from 2-9 pm and will feature Jos…

July 02, 2013 3:42 pm
The Summer Rhapsody Music Festival Brings Live Outdoor Entertainment!

The Summer Rhapsody Music Festival Brings Live Outdoor Entertainment!

VALPARAISO | The Summer Rhapsody Music Festival will fill Central Park Plaza with live entertainment at a series of concerts brought to you by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE). The event is presented by Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute and kicks off on June 19 at 7pm wi…

June 04, 2013 3:40 pm
Voting begins for Valparaiso Popcorn Festival in 20 Top Community Celebrations Contest

Voting begins for Valparaiso Popcorn Festival in 20 Top Community Celebrations Contest

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival brought to you by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) has been selected as one of the 20 top Community Celebrations in the Johnsonville Best of Us Contest. Voting begins May 23, and continues through June 14. “This is an exciting op…

May 29, 2013 5:23 pm
Central Park Plaza opening day

Central Park Plaza opening day

Kids will enjoy free balloon art as part of Central Park Plaza Market’s opening day activities!

May 22, 2013 10:32 am
Central Park Plaza Market celebrates opening day on June 1

Central Park Plaza Market celebrates opening day on June 1

VALPARAISO | The Central Park Plaza Market brought to you by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) will open on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8am for the season and the day will include a grand opening celebration from 10am-1pm. During that time families will enjoy special festiviti…

May 22, 2013 10:09 am
Bison Financial serves the community at the Summer Outdoor Movies!

Bison Financial serves the community at the Summer Outdoor Movies!

Paul Kuzemka of Bison Financial (far right) presents a check to staff and board members of the VCFE Office and Valparaiso City Administrator, Bill Oeding, in support of the Outdoor Summer Movies.

May 16, 2013 6:49 pm
Bison Financial serves the community at the Summer Outdoor Movies!

Bison Financial serves the community at the Summer Outdoor Movies!

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is excited to have Bison Financial as the presenting partner for the Outdoor Summer Movies Series again this year. Along with their financial support, Bison will once again provide free hot dogs to attendees at each of the movie…

May 16, 2013 6:47 pm
Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult

May 03, 2013 12:48 pm
Blue Oyster Cult tickets on sale Monday for Summer Jam Music & Food Festival

Blue Oyster Cult tickets on sale Monday for Summer Jam Music & Food Festival

VALPARAISO | Blue Oyster Cult will kick off the first annual Summer Jam & Music Festival hosted by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE). This music and food festival will be the first of its kind to come to downtown Valparaiso slated for July 27 from 2 to 9pm in Central Par…

May 03, 2013 12:46 pm
35th Annual Popcorn Festival poster contest winner announced

35th Annual Popcorn Festival poster contest winner announced

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is pleased to announce the winner of the 35th Annual Popcorn Festival Poster Contest! April Burford is a lifelong Northwest Indiana resident and Valparaiso University Alumni with a background in graphic design. “When I design an…

May 02, 2013 7:23 pm
Valparaiso Wine Festival

Valparaiso Wine Festival

April 10, 2013 5:04 pm
Valparaiso Wine Festival Tickets on Sale April 15

Valparaiso Wine Festival Tickets on Sale April 15

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Wine Festival is the newest event brought to you by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) in collaboration with Triangle/Trail Inn Liquors. This one day event, presented by 1st Source Bank, will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 4-7pm (3pm VIP) in …

April 10, 2013 5:01 pm

5th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Poster Design Contest

PORTER COUNTY | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is looking for artists to showcase their talents. Artists will have the opportunity to compete and have their artwork featured as the focus of the 35th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival’s marketing campaign. The winning entr…

January 30, 2013 11:09 am

Tailgate event invites football fans to live Notre Dame vs. Miami telecast

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is inviting football fans to enjoy a new downtown event scheduled for the first Saturday in October. The Great Downtown Tailgate will feature a live telecast of the Notre Dame vs. Miami (FL) game on the big screen in Central Par…

September 25, 2012 3:54 pm
Methodist Hospital float wins grand prize in the Popcorn Festival Parade

Methodist Hospital float wins grand prize in the Popcorn Festival Parade

VALPARAISO | The Orville Redenbacher Parade kicked off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 as part of the 34rd Annual Popcorn Festival in downtown Valparaiso. The two-hour parade included over 80 parade entries and featured amazing floats made mostly of popcorn. Each float was built by…

September 21, 2012 10:35 am
Bison Financial

Bison Financial

Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas along with VCFE Board Members, Lori Good and Tony Shivley, showed their appreciation for the continued community support of Bison Financial as Amos McKinnon of Bison Financial presented a check to Tina St. Aubin, Executive Director of VCFE, for the Valpo Brewfest.

September 05, 2012 11:53 am
Bison Financial shows continued support of localfFestivals & events

Bison Financial shows continued support of localfFestivals & events

VALPARAISO – Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) hosts over 80 days of events in downtown Valparaiso each year. The non-profit organization relies heavily on the support of businesses to continue to grow and increase the number of events they offer as part of their annual cale…

September 05, 2012 11:49 am

Food vendor proposals accepted for The Great Downtown Tailgate

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is currently accepting proposals for two local vendors to serve food at The 1st Annual Great Downtown Tailgate Event to be held on Oct. 6 in Central Park Plaza. Event times are 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Proposals are due no later tha…

August 30, 2012 10:06 am

Popcorn Festival brings a week of community focused lunch and dinner options

VALPARAISO | The week leading up to the 34th Annual Popcorn Festival, hosted by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) will be filled with pre-event activities and daily lunch and dinner options under the Orville Redenbacher Tent. The tent which will be set up on Lafayette Street…

August 23, 2012 3:30 pm

Rusted Root to Headline the Main Stage at the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) 34th Annual Popcorn Festival will take place on Saturday, September 8 in downtown Valparaiso. The event begins at 7 a.m. and includes arts and craft booths, kids play place, two stages with live music, 5K walk/run, food vendors,…

August 22, 2012 3:56 pm
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Seeking Cutest Baby Contestants

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Seeking Cutest Baby Contestants

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is seeking contestants for the Cutest Baby Contest as part of the 34rd Annual Popcorn Festival. Winning babies, along with their parents, will ride in the Popcorn Festival Parade on Saturday, September 8, 2012. Cutest Baby Preli…

July 31, 2012 3:46 pm

Putting the Family Back in Movie Night

VALPARAISO | The City of Valparaiso’s free family movie nights have become an extremely popular way for families to spend Tuesday nights in June and July. “We’ve had record attendance in recent weeks and we’re delighted to see families out enjoying an evening out together,” said Tina St. Aub…

July 17, 2012 3:57 pm

NSA Girls Fast Pitch World Series opening ceremonies held in downtown Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | On  July 23, Valparaiso will welcome the NSA Girls Fast Pitch World Series to Northwest Indiana. The 3000 athletes, ages 8-18, will participate in the softball tournament in various locations throughout Lake, LaPorte and Porter Counties. The group is working with the Indiana Sou…

July 17, 2012 3:46 pm

The Summer Rhapsody Music Festival offers ticketed seating for Aug. 18 concert

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) is offering Ticketed Seating at The Summer Rhapsody Music Festival Concert on Saturday, August 18. Conductor, Miguel E. Rosario-Vega, has another exciting evening planned that will highlight music selections from some of Hollywo…

July 11, 2012 3:10 pm

Outdoor Movies to kick off Summer in the Park

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) will host the Summer Outdoor Movie Series beginning June 12 at dusk in Central Park Plaza and will continue every Tuesday through July 31. The free movies are brought to you by VCFE with the support of the Valparaiso Department …

May 31, 2012 8:52 am
Bison Financial joins community at Summer Outdoor Movies!

Bison Financial joins community at Summer Outdoor Movies!

Amos McKinnon of Bison Financial was welcomed by Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and County Treasurer, Mike Bucko, as a new business who has already become active in the community. Bison presented a check to members of the Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events Office in support of the Summ…

May 17, 2012 3:06 pm
Bison Financial joins community at Summer Outdoor Movies

Bison Financial joins community at Summer Outdoor Movies

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events along with the Valparaiso Parks Department are excited to be joined by Bison Financial this year as the presenting partner of the Summer Outdoor Movies. Approximately 400 people attend each of the free outdoor movie nights that will ki…

May 17, 2012 3:02 pm
Downtown Market

Downtown Market

LE Gardens fills their tent with fresh vegetables and plants at the 2011 Central Park Plaza Market in downtown Valparaiso.

May 17, 2012 2:47 pm
Downtown Market Open June through October!

Downtown Market Open June through October!

VALPARAISO | The Central Park Plaza Market will open on June 2 and will be open every Tuesday and Saturday through October from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees will enjoy handmade items, farm fresh produce, beautiful plants and flowers, artisan breads, local honey and much more. Valparaiso Commun…

May 17, 2012 2:44 pm

The Taste of Downtown Celebrates Food, Music and Fun!

VALPARAISO | The Valpo Dining Group will fill downtown with live music and fantastic food on June 2 from 12 to 9 p.m. Enjoy the beer garden and local cuisine throughout the day in Central Park Plaza from eight downtown restaurants including: Bistro 157, Bon Femme Café, Don Quijote, Margarita…

May 15, 2012 2:29 pm
Winner Selected for 34th Annual Popcorn Festival Poster Contest!

Winner Selected for 34th Annual Popcorn Festival Poster Contest!

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) held a contest last month for local artists to create the poster for the 34th Annual Popcorn Festival. Valparaiso resident, Melissa Washburn, was selected as the winner of this year's contest. Melissa's poster was inspired by ta…

May 03, 2012 9:58 am
Melissa Washburn

Melissa Washburn

Melissa Washburn is winner of 34th Annual Popcorn Festival Poster Contest.

May 03, 2012 10:01 am

Downtown summer events accepting food vendor proposals

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events is currently accepting proposals for local vendors to serve food at three of their upcoming festivals. Events include the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival on Saturday, June 16 and Aug. 18, Valparaiso Popcorn Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8…

April 18, 2012 11:59 am

Winter Dazzle event brings family fun to downtown Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events (VCFE) is kicking off the year with a weekend event that features a live ice carving competition and miniature ice golf! Winter Dazzle will be held Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 25 from noon until 4 p.m. at Central Park Plaza i…

February 13, 2012 11:47 am

Valparaiso Downtown Deals Card available to VCFE Members

VALPARAISO | Individuals and businesses, who become members of Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (VCFE) each year, do so to show their support of community events and downtown initiatives. VCFE brought 72 days of events to downtown Valparaiso last year and has plans to surpass that…

January 24, 2012 4:54 pm

Ice carvers, train rides and live music to kick off holidays in downtown Valparaiso

VALPARAISO | Downtown Valparaiso will come to life with the lights and sounds of the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5-7 p.m. as part of the annual Holly Days event. Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events will host numerous activities in Central Park Plaza including live ice carvi…

November 15, 2011 3:26 pm
Turtle Island Quartet brings Jazz Fusion and Hendrix-Inspired String Performance to Valpo

Turtle Island Quartet brings Jazz Fusion and Hendrix-Inspired String Performance to Valpo

VALPARAISO - Two-Time Grammy Award Winners, Turtle Island Quartet, will appear in Valparaiso on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. to dazzle multi- genre music fans as they fuse a vast array of musical styles and pay homage to legendary singer and songwriter Jimi Hendrix. This all string quartet is th…

November 01, 2011 9:44 am
American Legion Float wins Grand Prize in Popcorn Fest Parade

American Legion Float wins Grand Prize in Popcorn Fest Parade

VALPARAISO | The Orville Redenbacher Parade kicked off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10 as part of the 33rd Annual Popcorn Festival in downtown Valparaiso.

September 27, 2011 3:14 pm
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