2021 Festival Details

The 27th Annual Chile & Frijoles Festival is being planned in full force! After a year of downsized events, we are happy to announce we are planning at full scale. The event features live entertainment, street vendors, cooking competitions, and chilies, chilies, chilies! Held downtown along Union Avenue, the festival draws Pueblo residents as well as people from across the state and around the nation.

Featured Events

→ The Jalapeno Eating Contest
→ The Chihuahua Parade
→ Live Food Demonstrations
→ Farmer's Market and Chile Roasting

The Details

All you need to know before joining us for an epic weekend dedicated to all things chile in Pueblo, CO!


Historic Downtown Pueblo
September 24th-26th, 2021
Friday 3:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday 10:00am - 12:00am
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm


→ The $5 gate admission


Patrons will be able to place an order online with your favorite participating farm stand and have your order ready curbside for convenience. More details to come.


FREE Parking Garages
S. Main St Parking Garage
Grand & City Center Dr

Daily Shuttle Pickup & Dropoff
Midtown Parking Lot

Pay to Park
Main Street Parking Garage - $10.00 per Day

Handicap Parking
Professional Bull Riders Parking Lot, back entrance off Victoria St


Conceal Carry accepted with Colorado credentials, no out of state.
Open Carry is forbidden.


Dogs are allowed at the event; they must be on a leash.

Chili & Salsa Showdown 

The festival will heat things up with the Chile & Salsa Showdown. The food competition will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center.

Commercial Competition

Saturday, September 25th at the Pueblo Convention Center
Winners of each category for the commercial entries will receive $500 along with bragging rights.

Non-commercial Competition

Sunday, September 26th at the Pueblo Convention Center
Entries will be awarded prizes for the top three places; first place will receive $100, second place will receive $50 and third place will receive $25.

Both commercial and non-commercial have three categories that will be judged including the best red chili, green chili and salsa. For more information please contact the Chamber at 719.542.1704.


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