OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off | Ocean Beach San Diego CA

OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

The 40th Annual

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival offers attendees eclectic fun in the sun for all ages. More than 70,000 visitors will attend the Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off from 10am to 8pm on Saturday, June 22, 2019, for tasty festival nosh, art, beachfront entertainment, shopping, and more. Entry to the Street Fair is always free! The Chili Competition featured tastings from amateur entrants competing for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges' Award, and Grand Prize: People's Choice Award.

Vendor Applications (2019)

If you have questions about any of our applications, please contact Ocean Beach MainStreet Association at 619-224-4906 or info@oceanbeachsandiego.com. Thank you!

  • Merchandise Vendors
  • Food Vendors
  • Corporate Vendors

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Artists Alley (2019)

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Band Submissions (2019)

Email bio, photo and sound clip to info@oceanbeachsandiego.com. We accept submissions Jan.1, 2019 to March 31, 2019.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities (2019)

Interested in being a sponsor, please contact Brown Marketing Strategies at tarol@browncando.com.

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Volunteers (2019)

Click here to complete the volunteer application.


Chili Cookers (2019)

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Congratulations to the 2018 Winning Chili Teams!

A huge thank you to all the participants - without you, we could not put on the Annual Ocean Beach Fireworks Show!

Amateur Division:

  • Judges 1st place: Dean Aldridge of Messy Dean's 3-Chunk Chili
  • Judges 2nd place: Dillon Baker of Culture Brewery
  • People's Choice 1st Place: Messy Dean's 3-Chunk Chili
  • People's Choice 2nd Place: Jetty Chili
  • People's Choice 3rd Place: Hangover Cure Chili Crew


Restaurant Division:

  • Judges 1st Place: Raglan Public House
  • Judges 2nd Place: Pizza Port
  • People's Choice 1st Place: Wonderland


Best Costumes & Booth Decoration: Sunset Clipps - Jason Bullard

Hottest Chili Award: Wesley Slack - Bacon or Bust


Attendees of all ages took part in creating the annual Street Fair Community Mural. Click here to see photos from 2018



Check out more details about all the great features of our signature annual event below!

And, thank you again for coming to Ocean Beach for a fun day of activites, vendors, art, live music and chili!!!


Street Fair Attractions

San Diego Street Fair Band Schedule

Four Stages of Continuous Music

There will be four stages of nonstop music throughout the day at the Annual OB Street Fair. Music genres will include acoustic, rock, blues, alternative, Americana, and more. The audiences will be entertained by musicians from everywhere - including right here in our own backyard. Check out some of the great bands that will be playing this year! We will be adding more band bios and photos as we receive them.

Ocean Beach San Diego Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cook-Off - 11:00 AM

The Chili Cook-Off competition is held in the grassy area between Newport Avenue and the Pacific. Competitors will show off their chili cooking chops by competing for great prizes... not to mention the satisfaction of winning! Is eating (rather than cooking) delicious chili more your speed? Put your tastebuds to the test and cast a vote alongside the judges! Chili tasting begins at 11am.

Artists Alley at OCean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

Artists Alley

Peruse handmade items from local and regional artists and crafters in this special section. Enjoy shopping for artists' handcrafted and unique items along with their entertaining art demonstrations! Read more to see our 2019 Artists Alley vendors, and keep checking back as we continue to add vendors!

Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival Beer Garden

Beachside Beer Garden

The Beachside Beer Garden will be rockin' all day for guests 21+ looking to enjoy an ice cold brew with an ocean view. It will be right next to the main stage with live music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also, we'll have the Hodad's Burger Eating contest, and the Chili Cook-Off winners announcement. Both beer and mixed drinks will be available.

Rock & Roll San Diego at Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off

Rock & Roll San Diego

Rock & Roll San Diego will return for the Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off to reprise their experiential music booth. Channel your inner rock star and learn how to play a song in just 15 minutes!

Community Murals of Ocean Beach San Diego

Community Mural

Join in the fun and paint a square of the mural. Children and adults of all ages are welcome in creating these masterpieces! The squares sell out very quickly, so come early to buy your space. Squares are $20. You will receive a palette of paint along with your square.

Ride the Trolley for FREE

FREE Trolley & Bike Valet

Ride to the festival for free! Go green and avoid the hassle of parking by riding a bike or taking a trolley to the Annual OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival. We will offer a free bike valet, courtesy of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, as well as five free trolleys from our friends at Old Town Trolley. Trolleys run continuously, so no one will miss any of the fun!

Kids Wonderland Fun Zone

Kids Fun Zone

The Kids Fun Zone at the Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair will be tons of fun for the whole family! The Kids Fun Zone is located in the parking lot adjacent to US Bank near the corner of Newport Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

Photos from past OB Street Fairs

Photos from Past OB Street Fairs

The Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival has been an OB tradition since the late 70s. Click to check out Photos from past Street Fairs!

Videos of the Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Videos of the Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Experience the fun of recent Street Fairs with these cool videos! View Street Fair Videos

Official T-Shirts & Merchandise

Eager for this year's new t-shirt design? Looking to purchase a shirt from one of the previous Street Fair & Chili Cook-Offs? Look no further! Click Here to View All Merchandise.    

History of the OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

History of the OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival

In 1984, Ocean Beach had its first Chili Cook-off Festival with Mike Akey, current board of directors member of the OB MainStreet Association, as its founder. Back in the 1970s, Mike and his father Angie Scaramuzzo were chili enthusiasts and often traveled to chili cook-offs in the likes of Las Vegas, Balboa Island, Cabo San Lucas, and Guadalajara, just to mention a few. Mike’s dad once went to the world competition in Rosemond, California (a ghost town), to compete with his “Scaramuch Chili.” Angie also founded the Lake Havasu City Chili Cook-Off which is still going on today. Mike thought about starting a cook-off in OB and made the decision to do so in 1984...

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