About the Festival

About the Marion Popcorn Festival
The Marion Popcorn Festival in downtown Marion, Ohio, is the largest popcorn festival in the world annually attracting crowds in excess of 250,000.
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About the Marion Popcorn Festival
From national acts on the Main Stage to regional and local talent on the Showcase and Poppin' Party Stages, the Festival offers tons of free entertainment.
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Rides & Ticket Info

About the Marion Popcorn Festival
Rides open Thursday at 1pm, 12-noon Friday, and 12-noon Saturday, and run through the close of the festival each night.
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Popcorn Parade

About the Marion Popcorn Festival
The Popcorn Festival Parade is the place to be as thousands gather to watch one of the area's largest parades wind through downtown Marion.
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Recent News

Online Auction Fundraiser

We’re holding a big online auction with lots of fun and unique items, services, and experiences for people everywhere to bid on and win. Everything happens November 5th, 6th, and 7th and you just might get a sneak peek at some of the 2021 entertainment on the final day. CLICK HERE to visit the auction site, browse over 40 items, and get ready to place your bids.

As you know, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Marion Popcorn Festival. We’re working to turn this year’s negative into a huge positive for 2021 and working further in advance on the planning and fundraising so the 40th Marion Popcorn Festival can be the best one yet.

And it isn’t just about the Popcorn Festival. We recognize other businesses and organizations are feeling the impact of COVID-19, too. With the festival being downtown, we thought it was the right decision to share a portion of the proceeds with some organizations in the area – Downtown Marion Inc & Main Street Reimagined.

This is a chance for you to help support 3 organizations AND the city of Marion all at once. Please spread the word and happy bidding!

Statement on 2020 Festival

To our Visitors, Sponsors, Vendors and Friends:

After careful thought and deliberation, The Board of Trustees of the Marion Popcorn Festival announces the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 festival, originally scheduled for September 10, 11, and 12 in Downtown Marion, Ohio.

For 39 consecutive years, Downtown Marion has welcomed the Marion Popcorn Festival the weekend after Labor Day. We have seen hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Marion, Ohio for the world’s largest Popcorn Festival and enjoy all of their favorite food, crafts, rides and FREE National Headline Entertainment.

In planning a completely safe event for visitors and volunteers while complying with all the restrictions of crowd size and social distancing, safety with food and beverage, the possibility of not having rides, and national entertainers rethinking their tours, we have determined that the challenges of holding the 2020 festival with this high degree of uncertainty is just beyond our abilities this year.

Realize that this has been the most trying issue we have had as leaders of this festival. Thank you to our volunteers who work tirelessly year after year to bring a safe, enjoyable festival to all of us. We also thank our city and county government officials and our many food vendors and corporate sponsors for their support over the years.

We will be back next year to present an epic celebration for our entire community. The 40th Marion Popcorn Festival is now scheduled for the first weekend after Labor Day in 2021.

Mark your calendars, as we will see all of you September 9th through 11th, 2021 on the streets of Downtown Marion.

Thank You for a Great 2019

Thanks to everyone involved for making the 2019 Marion Popcorn Festival such a great event. With perfect weather, solid entertainment, and thousands of attendees, it was a lot of fun for people of all ages. We’re already working on the next edition (our 40th!) and can’t wait to see you back in Downtown Marion September 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2020.

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Festival Events

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