Chili Bowl 2018

Sunday, September 16
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Chili Bowl is Studio Arts Boulder's annual street party!
Chili Bowl celebrates community, the studio arts, great food, music, drinks, and our neighborhood!

🌶️ Each year, restaurants throw down in the annual chili cook-off, competing for the title of Best Chili.

🌶️ Local musicians play sets on the Chili Bowl Stage and break dancers get down.

🌶️ Artists and arts organizations host live demonstrations of their practices and offer fun, hands-on art-making activities for kids and adults.

🌶️ Art booths offer hand-made art for sale and the Pottery Lab opens its doors to our largest annual pottery sale.

🌶️ Plus, you can get your face painted, hop into the VW bus for a photo shoot, watch stilt walkers, fill your beer steins with brews from local breweries, and try your hand at fun outdoor games.

Chili Bowl is a fun party for people of all ages and we can't wait to see you all in September!


Want to become a sponsor?


Chili Bowl attracts over 1,200 people each year and reaches thousands more in Boulder via our marketing as  well as the promotion by all the artists, restaurants, and vendors. It's a great way to highlight your company and your support of local arts, food, culture, and fun! Email to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.




All proceeds from Chili Bowl benefit Studio Arts Boulder's outreach initiatives. These include our weekly class with Youth Services Initiative, which serves youth living in low-income housing, our Friday Afternoon Class serving adults with mild-traumatic brain injuries, our partnership program with Attention Homes for homeless youth and youth in crisis, our programs with the "I Have a Dream" Foundation for youth at risk of dropping out, and our partnership with the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence serving survivors of domestic abuse. Read more about these programs here: Outreach.


Thank you for a great
Chili Bowl 2017!

Best Overall Chili: West End Tavern
People's Choice: Dagabi Cucina


* West End Tavern, Dagabi Cucina, Mateo, Leaf Vegetarian, Sancho's, Oskar Blues: Cyclhops, Foolish Craig's, and The Corner for providing delicious chili
* Takapenga, Felonius Smith Trio, The Winstons, Hugh Manatee, and The Goonies for the killer tunes
* Open Studios, Ambrosia Glass, Flatiron Press, and the Dairy Arts Center for the beautiful artwork and fun activities
* Innisfree for the snacks and books, and Boulder Ice Cream for the ice cream and sorbet
* Lefthand Brewery for the cold brews
* ShutterBus for the great photo booth and pictures
* Rocky Mountain Clay for donating clay and hosting great demos
* Block 1750 for the awesome break dancing
* Our Chili judges: From the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board: Marty Gorce, Tyler Romero, and Valerie Yates; City Council members Mary Young, Sam Weaver, and Aaron Brockett; and Boulder Fire Chief Michael Calderazzo
* City Council Candidates

And, in case you missed it, here is the Daily Camera article, published before the event:
Chili Peppers & Pottery



Highlights from Chili Bowl 2017

Photographs courtesy of Adam & Finn Palazzari and Michael McCrea


The Line Up at Chili Bowl 2017


Chili Cook-Off

Chefs from local restaurants throw down to compete for the title of Best Chili!

Purchase a souvenir ceramic chili bowl for $20 and get five tastings of chili. Additional samples are $1 each. Taste them all. Then cast your vote to pick who goes home with the title!

2017 restaurants include:
The Corner
The West End Tavern (2016 People's Choice)
Dagabi Cucina (2016 Best Chili)
Sancho's Authentic Mexican Restaurant
Foolish Craig's
Leaf Vegetarian
Oskar Blues: Cyclhops

Pottery Sale

Our largest annual Pottery Sale takes place all weekend
inside the Pottery Lab building at 1010 Aurora Avenue

Stop by to see our amazing selection of handcrafted pottery made by Studio Arts Boulder students, staff, and board members.

A historic Boulder event, the Pottery Sale draws shoppers from all over the Front Range who want gorgeous works of art and specialty gifts at a fraction of gallery and retail prices. Be sure to shop early and often to get the best pieces!



Live Music

Get your groove on in front of the Chili Bowl stage as local musicians get down with family friendly music all afternoon. Or, you know, if you're Dakko, jump up on stage and jam with your own handmade shakers!

2017 Musicians include:

12:00pm - Kutandara Center's TAKAPENGA

1:00pm - Felonius Smith Trio

2:00pm - The Winstons

3:00pm - Hugh Manatee

4:00pm - The Goonies

Studio Art Demos & Sales

Unlike painters, who can work solo anywhere, studio artists need large studios that hold specialized equipment like printing presses, kilns, forges, looms, etc. These art forms offer unique opportunities for collaboration, which is why Studio Arts Boulder focuses solely on the "studio arts" - because they facilitate community art education.

Chili Bowl showcases local studio art organizations each year. Watch professional demonstrations and purchase artwork from professional artists at each of our studio art partner booths. Ask questions. Then sign up for a class or workshop. You'll get hooked!

2017 Studio Art booths:

The Dairy Arts Center
Flatiron Press
Ambrosia Glass Art
Open Studios 


Hands-on Activities

Kids and adults are invited to get your hands dirty! Try out various art-making activities offered throughout Chili Bowl by Studio Arts Boulder and all of our art vendors.

2017 activities include:
Clay hand-building
Paper crafts
and more!

And more...

Beer - Enjoy a locally-crafted brew from Left Hand Brewing Company to quench the heat between each tasting of chili.

Ice Cream - Rinse off your chili bowl and spoon at our complementary water station then head over to buy a scoop of ice cream from Boulder Ice Cream

Water - Stop by the information booth any time to grab a free cup of Eldorado Natural Spring Water for a quick refresh.

Snacks - Our friends at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe host a booth with a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and other snacks.

The ShutterBus  - Capture memories from Chili Bowl by popping into the original vintage ShutterBus photo booth.


Preparations for Chili Bowl 2017

The Throw-a-Thon -- We did it!
544 chili tasting bowls and 114 beer steins!

Students, staff, friends, and family all came together in May for a marathon wheel-throwing party (aka "throw-a-thon"). Our challenge was to make 500 chili bowls and 100 beer steins. We met our goal again and had a ton of fun doing it! The Daily Camera even stopped by to mark the occasion- you can see their photos HERE.





Chili Bowl 2016

Over 1,000 people attended our first-ever street party!
Check out the fun we had in 2016 HERE.