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This map shows the Malibu Chili Cookoff event space and parking options. Submitted image/City of Malibu
Scott Steepleton, Editor
10:19 am PDT July 11, 2021

Cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus lockdown, the Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Carnival is returning Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6.

According to a permit request from host-benefactor Boys and Girls Club of Malibu, the event kicked off nearly 40 years ago and was held at the site where Legacy Park is located.

In 2010, it moved to a parcel at 23575 Civic Center Way, which is now owned by the city of Malibu.

The four-day event will include “a carnival with amusement rides, a chili cook-off competition, live music entertainment, and various booths that will be occupied by merchandise, food and public service groups.”

A new activity this year is a private fundraising concert for up to 400 guests at the site 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 2. This gathering will feature live music, food and beverages, and auction items.

Regular carnival hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 6.

Parking for the Labor Day weekend event will be offered at nearby sites.

The cookoff is expected to draw about 8,000 people on opening day, 5,000 the other days. (These figures are based on 2019 attendance of 5,567 on day one, and 6,925, 3,494 and 2,809 the remaining days, respectively.)

About 100 volunteers are expected, with a maximum of 100 on site at any one time.

Vendors will erect temporary tents, booths and canopies and up to 20 booths will be placed by the Boys and Girls Club for community groups free of charge. “These community groups will be allowed to sell a variety of items to earn funds for their organizations.”

Admission is $15 for everyone 6 and older.

Organizers say the carnival will include up to 24 rides and games, 10 to 15 of which are described as “large rides.” Beer and wine will be sold at booths located at the northeast area of the property and will be fenced off for guests 21 and over only. Alcohol service will cease one hour prior to close.

Amplified sound on the event stage is being requested for 5 to 9 p.m. for the fundraising event, 4 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 3, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5. Amplified music or entertainment is not permitted on closing day.

The proposal will be taken up by the Malibu Planning Commission on July 19.