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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Entertainment

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 3pm, 1pm Friday, and 1pm 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

Old Skool, Knight After Knight, Sneaky Pete and The Players Open the 2022 Main Stage

The Main Stage Opening Acts at the 2022 Marion Popcorn Festival are now set. Sponsored by Buckeye Community School, Old Skool is performing Thursday September 8th before the appearance by Katmandu -The Premier Bob Seger Tribute Band. On Friday, September 9th is Knight After Knight, opening for multi-platinum Country artists Parmalee. And on Saturday September 10th is Sneaky Pete and The Players, opening for rock legend Lita Ford. All opening performances begin at 6:00 PM, followed by Opening Ceremonies Sponsor Recognition and the headline artists at 8:30.

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Elton John Experience at Marion Palace Theatre

The Elton Experience by Tommy Lee Thompson will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Marion Palace Theatre. This is a free General Admission event, due to the generosity of Fahey Bank and Aqua Ohio.

Tommy Lee Thompson started the Elton John Experience in Put In Bay Ohio in 2011 and has been entertaining audiences across the country with the show, opening for such acts as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Marshall Tucker, Foghat, Humble Pie, and Sawyer Brown. The Elton John Experience brings to life the essence of Elton John’s music and mannerism like no one else can.

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Local Artists Sought for MOFAS POPFEST Art Show

MOFAS 2022 POPFEST ART SHOW is a juried fine art competition held at the Brickyard, 135 South Main Street in Marion, on September 8th, 9th & 10th, 2022.

The entry fee is $10/piece for members of MOFAS and $20/piece for non-members with a limit of four pieces per artist.

Original work in all media is acceptable. All work will be judged by a panel of experts. Entry categories are:

Painting–Works created with fluid media in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc.;
Drawing–Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, crayon, or, ink mediums, markers or washes applied by pen or brush;
Photography— Photographic prints; Sculpture–Three dimensional in any medium;
Mixed Media–Pieces that incorporate more than one type of physical material/medium to produce, including fiber art.

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Festival Events

Sep
8
Thu
all-day Fine Arts Competition, Show, and...
Fine Arts Competition, Show, and...
Sep 8 – Sep 10 all-day
Fine Arts Competition, Show, and Sale @ The Brickyard | Marion | Ohio | United States
MOFAS 2022 POPFEST ART SHOW is a juried fine art competition held at the Brickyard, 135 South Main Street in Marion, on September 8th, 9th & 10th, 2022. The entry fee is $10/piece for members[...]
2:00 pm The Elton Experience by Tommy Le...
The Elton Experience by Tommy Le...
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Elton Experience by Tommy Lee Thompson @ Marion Palace Theatre
The Elton Experience by Tommy Lee Thompson will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Marion Palace Theatre. This is a free General Admission event, due to the generosity of[...]
5:00 pm Bike Night
Bike Night
Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bike Night
Do you ride? Join us for our annual Thursday Bike Night Party on September 8, 2022. Bike Night will feature Old Skool and KatMandu, Bob Seger Tribute Band on the Festival’s Main Stage. All types[...]
6:00 pm Old Skool
Old Skool
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Old Skool @ Main Stage - City Parking Lot
Originating in Cleveland in 2013, Old Skool has earned the reputation of being one of the tightest, most fun, high energy acts ever witnessed in the region. Included in Scene’s “Best of Cleveland” (Best Cover[...]
6:00 pm Popcorn Festival Parade
Popcorn Festival Parade
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Marion Popcorn Festival Parade takes place each year on Thursday evening of the festival starting at 6:00 p.m. Click here for more details!
8:30 pm KatMandu, a Bob Seger Tribute Band
KatMandu, a Bob Seger Tribute Band
Sep 8 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
KatMandu, a Bob Seger Tribute Band @ Main Stage - City Parking Lot
The members of KatMandu, a Bob Seger Tribute Band, have been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have[...]
Sep
9
Fri
6:00 pm Knight After Knight
Knight After Knight
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Knight After Knight is a talented Marion-based musical group headed by Tamela Knight and Larry Knight. Tamela was named “2016 Female Vocalist of the Year” and the “2016 Most Promising Female Entertainer of the Year”[...]
8:30 pm Parmalee
Parmalee
Sep 9 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Parmalee @ Main Stage - City Parking Lot
2016 ACM “New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year” nominee Parmalee is one of Country music’s most successful acts: the Platinum-selling band of brothers is one of only four groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive[...]
Sep
10
Sat
12:00 pm Cornhole Tournament
Cornhole Tournament
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cornhole Tournament @ Center Street Beer Garden | Marion | Ohio | United States
The 2022 Marion Popcorn Festival Cornhole Tournament is Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the Center Street Beer Garden. Check-in begins at 9:00 am and the tossing starts at 12:00 noon. Registration is $40 per team[...]
6:00 pm Sneaky Pete & the Players
Sneaky Pete & the Players
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sneaky Pete & the Players @ Main Stage - City Parking Lot | Marion | Ohio | United States
Sneaky Pete and The Players is a high-energy 5-piece cover band comprised of seasoned musicians playing rock hits form the ‘70s to today. They play extensively in the Marion area and will also be rocking[...]
8:30 pm Lita Ford
Lita Ford
Sep 10 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Lita Ford @ Main Stage - City Parking Lot
Lita Ford’s career began in 1975 as a founding member and guitarist of the groundbreaking all female group the Runaways. The groups hard rock / punk edge spawned hits like “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of[...]