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.
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! Chili tasting begins at 11am.
Peruse handmade items from local and regional artists and crafters in this special section. We hope you enjoy shopping for their handcrafted and unique items along with their entertaining art demonstrations!
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)
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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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...
A BIG Thank You to all the 2016 Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off sponsors and parking lot owners who help make the Street Fair possible!