Festivals and Events for Chile Lovers

2012 Chili Cook-Off
2012 chili cook-off, Stone Mountain, GA

Do you really love chile peppers and spicy foods? If you're in the mood for a little travel, there's a number of events to attend.

Festivals included are dedicated to hot sauces, spicy foods, or simply celebrating chiles. We intentionally didn't include chili cook-offs as there's just too many that they'd drown out the more dedicated chile festivals.

If we've missed an event, be sure to let us know. Also, if you're looking for an excuse to enjoy a few chiles with friends at home and have a mini-festival, there are plenty of year-round holidays that can be celebrated anywhere.

2019 Calendar of Events

Irving, TX
January 25-27th
The Chile Pepper Institute in Las Cruces, NM
February 4-5th
Albuquerque, NM
March 1-3rd
Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY
April 13-14th
Pinellas Park, FL
April 27-28th
Sinking Spring, PA
May 25-26th
Austin, TX
August 25th (usually the 3rd or 4th Sunday in August)
Hatch, NM
2 day event over Labor Day weekend
Bowers, PA
Sept. 6-7th
Auburn, CA
Sept. 14th
Easton, PA
September 21st (appears to be the 3rd Saturday in September)
Union Avenue Historic District, Pueblo, CO
Sept. 20-22nd
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY
September 28th (usually a Saturday in late September)
St. Augustine, FL
weekend of the first Saturday in October
Scottsdale, AZ
October 12-13th (typically 2nd or 3rd weekend in October)

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