Lenexa Chili Challenge 
Old Town Lenexa
Pflumm & Santa Fe Trail Drive
Lenexa, Kansas 66215

Friday: 6-10 PM     Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
October 13-14, 2023
Fireworks Friday at 8 PM

Lenexa Chili Challenge Map

Great Lenexa Barbeque Battle

Lenexa Chili Challenge - Lenexa, Kansas
Lenexa Chili Challenge
Lenexa Chili Challenge - Lenexa, Kansas

The 36th Annual Lenexa Chili Challenge will be held Friday & Saturday, October 13-14, 2023 in Lenexa's Old Town. Several streets near the intersection of Pflumm and Santa Fe Trail Drive will be blocked off and there will be booths with around 200 teams competing for best chili, salsa and hot wings. Friday night is mainly a party, with live music on a stage, music at many team's booths and fireworks. For the most part, samples are not given out on Friday, but a few teams will take pity on you and there will be some food & drink for sale.

Saturday is the big opportunity to sample lots of different dishes! You are given a plastic spoon as you enter the event space and many of the contestants offer small samples of their competition chili, salsa and wings. The Challenge includes a Kids Kornbread Contest (12 and under) and some booths will offer cornbread samples. With so many teams, it doesn't take long to be totally full.

There is no charge for attending the Chili Challenge or for the samples. Most booths have tip buckets, with the money going to charity. 

Live music on the Lenexa Chili Challenge stage
In 2023 "Platinum Express" will perform from 7-10 PM on Friday, Oct. 16 with a break at 8 PM for fireworks
and from 11 AM - 2 PM on Saturday.

Chili Challenge booths in front of the Old Town businesses


Children sampling chili

Corn bread muffins


Grilling chicken wings

Burlington Northern Santa Fe train at the Lenexa Chili Challenge
The Chili Challenge is held on both sides of the railroad tracks.

Lenexa Chili Challenge Map - Lenexa, Kansas
Lenexa Chili Challenge Map

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