4th of July Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off

Next date: Tuesday, July 04, 2023 | 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM

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The City of Palo Alto Recreation Division invites you to our 4th of July Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off. Located at Mitchell Park on Monday, July 4th, from 11am - 3pm. Enjoy live music , food trucks, and games/activities for kids. Bring your own chairs, picnic mats, and reusable water bottles.


Calling All Chili Teams

Chili lovers...Pull out your best recipe and get ready to compete in the heated competition of the City of Palo Alto's Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off on the 4th of July! Sign up today! All Teams will receive a $250 stipend for participation

Chili Cook-Off Team Deposit

There is NO FEE to enter! However, we do require a $250 check deposit that will be returned provided your booth is left in good condition and all decorations have been removed. Please make checks payable to "City of Palo Alto." Cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the event, forfeit the deposit. Please submit / drop off check to: Sharon Eva at Lucie Stern Community Center - 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 

Chili Cook-Off Divisions

Open Division: The open division is for anyone that wants to share their amazing cooking to the community (families/friends encouraged!).

Corporate Division: The corporate division is for any business, non-profit, community or service organization, or other formal organization. 

Chili Cook-Off Awards

Best Spirit Award - $250 cash

Best Decorated Booth - $500 cash

Best Overall Chili 

  • 1st Place - $1000 cash
  • 2nd Place - $750 cash
  • 3rd Place - $350 cash

People's Choice Award - $750 cash


  • Tuesday, July 04, 2023 | 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM


Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA, 94303, View Map

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