Live music, carnival games, skateboarding competitions, old friends, a Ferris wheel and lots of hot peppers … does that ring a bell?
The Malibu Chili Cook-Off and Carnival returns this fall for a four-day event that runs from Friday, September 3 through Monday, September 6, 2021. The annual event takes place every year over the Labor Day weekend in the Chili Cook-Off Lot, located at the corner of Stuart Ranch Road and Civic Center Way. This will be the first year that the cooking and carnival will last four days.
The event, which for its first 36 years was sponsored by the Malibu Kiwanis Club, has been hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu since 2017. Last year it was forced to be canceled due to the pandemic.
“We are delighted to be able to resume this event… it is an anticipated event this year for obvious reasons and we are just delighted to be able to host it,” said Kasey Earnest, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu. a Malibu Planning Commission hearing on Monday, July 19.
The commission voted, 3-2, to grant a permit for the event to run on its new four-day schedule. There was one point of contention – the parking and carpooling conflicts – that dragged out the hearing, the Commissioners and at least one member of the public showing obvious frustration. Commissioner John Mazza suggested a mandatory shuttle. When no one supported the motion, Mazza said when guests were killed at the event, another commissioner, David Weil, had to pay for their funeral.