Festivals & Events for Chile Pepper Lovers

2012 Chili Cook-Off
Our booth at the 2012 chili cook-off at Stone Mountain, GA

Do you really love chile peppers and spicy foods? If you're up for a little travel, there are a number of festivals and events to attend.

The festivals included below are dedicated to hot sauces, spicy foods, or simply celebrating chiles. We intentionally didn't include chili cook-offs as there are far too many that they'd crowd 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.


2022 Calendar of Events

Due to COVID-19, many of the 2020 festivals were canceled. While some were reinstated in 2021, many were not – and many have yet to announce plans for 2022 (shown as tbd below). The dates below reflect what has currently been announced for 2022 – or a guess for when it's likely to occur, if reinstated. We'll continue to monitor festival websites and will update this list as new information is made available.

Las Cruces Convention Center – Las Cruces, NM
January 31st - February 1st
Albuquerque, NM
March 4-6th
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick – Scottsdale, AZ
April 9-10th
Pinellas Park, FL
April 9-10th
Brooklyn Expo Center – Brooklyn, NY
tbd (usually in mid-April)
Strausstown, PA
June 4-5th
Hatch, NM
tbd (usually a 2 day event over Labor Day weekend)
William Delong Park – Bowers, PA
September 9-10th
Austin, TX
September 11th
Largo Event Center – Largo, FL
tbd (usually in 2nd week of September)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY
tbd (usually a Saturday or Sunday in mid-late September)
Gold Country Fairgrounds – Auburn, CA
tbd (usually in mid-September)
Union Avenue Historic District – Pueblo, CO
September 23-25th
Easton, PA
September 24th
Market Hall – Dallas, TX
September 30th - October 2nd
Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival
Phoenix, AZ
tbd (their old website is no longer functional, we will keep looking for new info)
St. Augustine, FL
tbd (usually the weekend of the first Saturday in October)

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