OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off
Street Fair Attractions
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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 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 Tour Company. Trolleys run continuously, so no one will miss any of the fun!
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.
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!
Experience the fun of recent Street Fairs with these cool videos! View Street Fair Videos
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.
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...