OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival on June 25, 2016!

The 37th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival will offer attendees eclectic fun in the sun for all ages. Join more than 70,000 visitors from 10am to 8pm on Saturday, June 25, 2016, for tasty festival nosh, art, beachfront entertainment, shopping, and more. Entry to the Street Fair is free! The Chili Competition will feature more than two dozen tastings from amateur entrants competing for the titles of Hottest Chili, Judges' Award, and Grand Prize: People's Choice Award. Attendees of all ages can take part in creating the annual Street Fair Community Mural.

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

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2016 Ocean Beach Street Fair Artwork by David Linton

About this year's Street Fair design

The 37th Annual Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off artwork that will appear on our event t-shirts and promotional materials is based on an original watercolor painting by late Ocean Beach artist David Linton, who passed away in early 2015. Well known for his depictions of the Ocean Beach Pier and other scenery in the OB/Point Loma area, David worked in oils, watercolor, acrylics, pen and ink, and pastels. In his own words:

I guess it all started when I was twelve years old and I was drawing and learning about color and using the walls and ceiling of my bedroom as a surface to paint on, my mother took one look at it and said get your coat on we are going to Sears Department Stores where she purchased my first painting set with canvases to paint on. So began a new world for me and my mother was happyshe had an artist for a son who was painting on canvas and not the walls. Growing up as an artist was not easy; you were given this talent but there was no instruction book to help guide you through this path of your life. --David Linton

We are grateful to David's wife Carol for granting permission to share David's work through this year's Street Fair design. Learn more about David Linton.



Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival


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

Rock & Roll San Diego

Rock & Roll San Diego returns for the 37th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off to reprise their experiential music area. Channel your inner rock star and learn how to play a song in just 15 minutes!

Five Stages of Continuous Music

There will be five stages of nonstop music throughout the day. Music genres include acoustic, rock, blues, alternative, Americana, and more. The audiences will be entertained by musicians from everywhere - including right here in our own backyard. Be sure to come by and enjoy the music at the festival.

Chili Cook-Off

Chili Cook-Off

The Chili Cook-Off competition is held in the grassy area between Newport Avenue and the Pacific. Show off your 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 your vote alongside the judges!

Artists Alley

Artists Alley

We hope you enjoyed shopping for our 2015 Artists Alley artists' handcrafted and unique items along with their entertaining art demonstrations at the 2015 Street Fair! Details about our 2016 Artists Alley artists are coming soon!

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

Beachside 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 is right next to the main stage with live music from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also, there will be a Bloody Mary contest, the Hodad's Burger Eating contest, and the Chili Cook-Off winners announcement. Both beer and mixed drinks will be available. Bloody Mary Competition (Photo by Troy Orem)

Community Mural

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 $10. 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 your bike or taking a trolley to the 2016 OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival. We plan to 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.  They'll be running continuously so you won't miss any of the fun! Trolleys Avoid the hassle of parking and ride to the festival for free! Park near Robb Field or on Sea World Drive (at Pacific Highway) from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Trolleys run every 1/2 hour on the 1/2 hour from Robb Field and every hour from Sea World Dr. 

Wonderland Fun Zone

Wonderland Fun Zone

Named after the first amusement park in Ocean Beach, the Wonderland Fun Zone at the 37th Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair will be tons of fun for the whole family! We'll have with a 20-foot slide, OB Express Train Ride for the little ones, Zip Line, Zorb balls, Hop 'n Rock, laser tag, kids' games, and more! Wonderland is located in the parking lot adjacent to US Bank near the corner of Newport Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

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