Marion Chili Cook-Off

It’s the 36th Annual Chili Cook-Off!

Join us in Downtown Marion for our 36th Annual Chili Cook-Off!!

Chili Competition, LIVE Music, & so much more!!

Event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8th from 3pm – 10pm in Downtown Marion, Va.

Live Music

Music starts at 3pm with “The Swizzle Sticks” band. At 5pm, local favorites “The Davidson’s Blue Moon Band” takes the Main Stage. And wrapping up the evening, “The Soul Men Blues Brothers Tribute” kicks off at 7. Downtown eateries will offer outside dining and beer gardens, food trucks will provide a food court, and community booths will line Main Street.

“It’s the perfect time of the year,” added Heath. “With the autumn foliage reaching peak viewing season, a bit of chill in the air, it’s a great time to enjoy some chili and live music on Main Street. Best of all, admission is free! Bring a lawn chair and five bucks for a wristband to taste all the chili samples and enjoy!”

Don’t forget to stop by our event tent on the day of the event to purchase your chili bracelet to try our local chili’s. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite chili too!

You can also dine at one of our local food trucks, or our Downtown restaurants and eateries, & beer gardens.

To register for the Chili Competition, or setup as vendor or Food Truck please email us at

Bring your lawn chairs and empty tummy!

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