Ocean Beach Street Fair: 2023 In-Depth Guide

With its lively music, diverse culinary offerings, captivating art, and lively atmosphere, the OB Street Fair has become a highlight of the summer season in San Diego. Embrace the vibrant energy and make unforgettable memories at the annual Ocean Beach Street Fair!

Every summer, the colorful seaside community of Ocean Beach or OB comes alive with the awaited Ocean Beach Street Fair. This event loved by locals and visitors alike is back for this year’s celebration, featuring an array of vendors, cook-offs, presentations, exhibits, and live entertainment.

Ready to have a blast while in San Diego? Follow along as we unveil all the secrets and wonders of Ocean Beach Street Fair.

Ocean Beach Street Fair Tickets

The Ocean Beach Street Fair is free and open to the public.

Other San Diego Attractions

San Diego's beauty lies not only in its renowned coastline and year-round perfect weather but also in the diverse range of attractions it offers.

Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, a history buff, or a foodie, America's Finest City has something to captivate everyone. Explore the city after the OB Street Fair Chili Cook Off Festival to make the most of your visit.

Some of the fun places to visit include the following.

Ocean Beach Street Fair Highlights

OB Chili CookOff

The Ocean Beach Chili Cook Off competition is a can’t-miss! This highly anticipated event brings together home cooks, local chefs, and chili enthusiasts for a day filled with delicious comfort food and community fun. Sign up here if you want to show off your cooking skills and win the $300 prize money, plus enjoy bragging rights.

If eating delicious chili-infused dishes is more of your thing, then you can still join the fun by participating in the tasting event, where you’ll cast a vote together with the judges. The event gives the Hottest Chili Judges Award, and the Grand Prize.

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Head to the event area located between Newport Avenue and the Pacific to experience the Chili CookOff Ocean Beach. The tastingand chili judging start from 11 AM to 1:30 PM.

OB Dirty Birds Wing Eating Contest

Attention, wing lovers! It’s time to get ready for a finger-licking, sauce-smearing competition that will put your appetite and competitive spirit to the test. Sign up here if you believe you’re meant to be the next OB Dirty Birds Wing Eating Contest champion. The proceeds will go to the OBMA’s Friends of OB Clean & Safe Program.

Beachside Beer Garden & Hodad’s Burger Eating Contest

Sip an ice cold brew and soak in the ocean view when you make your way to the Beachside Beer Garden. On that, you’ll get to watch Hodad’s Burger Eating Contest held on the MainStage. See the reigning champion defend his title and compete against 9 other contestants. The contest runs from 4:30- 5 PM.

Three Stages of Continuous Music

Three stages vibrate with energetic sounds of talented musicians and bands from various genres. From foot-stomping rock to soulful country music, the air at Ocean Beach Park comes alive with lively sounds.

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2023 Ocean Beach Concerts 

Main Stage

  • 11 AM - 12 Noon: Zeptune
  • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Half Hour Late
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Shakedown String Band
  • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Electric Waste Band
  • 5 PM - 6 PM: Russell Ramo and The B Sections
  • 6:30 PM – 8 PM: SM Familia

92107 Stage

  • 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM: Amanda Cogan
  • 12 Noon - 1 PM: Jefferson Jay and the Diggers - Folk Rock
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: True Stories
  • 3 PM – 4 PM: Falling Doves
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Seawall Prophet
  • 6 PM - 7 PM: Suede Radio

Artists Alley Stage

  • 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM: Travis Oliver - Bluegrass
  • 12 Noon – 1 PM: Tecolote Canyon
  • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: All Fired Up
  • 3 PM – 4 PM: Dave Gilbert Band
  • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM: The Resinators
  • 6 PM – 7 PM: Jeff Berkley and The Banned

Artists Alley

The fair features a vast collection of artisan and vendor booths, where you can browse and shop an assortment of unique arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other local products. Support the local and small shops and find one-of-a-kind treasures when you drop by the Artists Alley.

Community Mural

Channel your inner artist and be a part of something beautiful by joining the Community Mural at the Ocean Beach Fair. There’s no need to bring your paint and brushes as they will provide all the materials. Make sure to come early as the “squares” or the spot sell out quickly. Each square cost $20.

Seaside Family Fun Zone

Come with your children as there will be plenty of entertainment options tailored to younger guests, including the Seaside Family Fun Zone. From inflatables to crafts, there's no shortage of activities to keep the youngsters engaged and smiling throughout the event.

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Plus, there will be a live performance dedicated to kids and music lessons from Rock & Roll San Diego and Paper Moon Music.

Ocean Beach Street Fair Parking and Details

Enjoy free parking at the Sun Runner Parking Lot. Guests are entitled to the free bike valet at the intersection of Bacon Street and New Port Avenue as well.

Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Date

The OB Fair happens on June 24, 2023, from 10 AM to 8 PM.

Ocean Beach Street Fair Chili Cook-Off Venue

Located at 4800-5000 Newport Avenue San Diego, CA 92107.

Experience Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Mark your calendars for the 43rd Ocean Beach Festival & Chili Cook-Off. This highly awaited event will once again ignite the streets of Ocean Beach with a perfect blend of culinary delights, activities, live performances, and spirit.

While at it, extend your visit to a San Diego vacation with our package.


June 24, 2023
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