Rocket Boys & Chili Night

ChiliNight in Beckley

Chili Night in Beckley

If you could only pick one day to spend in Beckley, WV this fall we suggest that this Saturday, October 1st be that day! The action begins at 8am and doesn’t end until the music stops playing, the rides stop turning and all the chili has been eaten.

Rocket Boys Festival:

The gates open on this annual event at 8am.  There will be food, crafts, specialty vendors, discounted Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine tours, and much more.

Ready to race?

Register between 8 and 9:30 am for the race of your choice!

  • Rocket Run 5K/10K
  • Active Southern WV Kids Fun Run
  • Space Race – Costumed Fun Run for all ages

Watch rockets launch, see the Youth Museum’s Planetarium, and visit Writer’s Row where you can meet Homer Hickam.

See schedule

Chili Night

Beckley’s 26th annual Chili Night will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1st along the streets of uptown Beckley.  The event will feature 40 chili participants, along with 30+ other booths, and a variety of entertainment.

The $5 admission includes five sample tickets and a voting coin. Other vendors will be on hand offering drinks, other food and items.

Four ticket booths will be located along Neville & Main Streets during the event on Saturday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 7 p.m. as chili supplies go fast!

In addition to tasting chili recipes, you can enjoy a variety of musical entertainment at several stages. Myers Amusements will offer carnival rides in the lot by the Beckley Intermodal Gateway on Leslie C. Gates Place.

Please do not bring pets, skateboards or coolers to the event.

Chili Night – October 1st Entertainment Schedule:

Main Street Stage

  • 5:00 pm – Matt Mullins / Stuart Hill
  • 6:00 pm – Krista Hughes Band
  • 7:00 pm – Black Garlic

Word Park gazebo:   

  • 5:15 pm – Robbie Carrico with Back Alley Band;
  • 7:00 pm – The Parachute Brigade

Beckley Intermodal Gateway Plaza

  • 6:15 – Peyton Alexis & Alan Kinsler
  • 8:00 – DJ Kinsler – music & dancing

Other Activities:

  • Parking Lot on Leslie C. Gates Place beside B.I.G.: 4-10 pm – Myers Amusements carnival rides
  • WVU Tech plaza on Neville Street: Kids Zone
  • The Raleigh Theatre – October Sky movie at 7:15 pm
  • Beckley Underground:  Fun & games at Brown Dog Bottom;
  • 8 pm – Music at Sir Walter’s TBA ($5 cover)




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