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Spring on the SouthSide 2020

September 19 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Prepare your taste buds for a Chili Challenge like no other at the SouthSide Arts District’s Spring on the SouthSide Community Festival & Chili Cook-Off. Entering our 25th year on Saturday, April 18th we are welcoming over 20 competing chilies to contend for the Title of People’s Choice Best Chili and the Celebrity Judge’s Top Choice! Don’t forget to stop by Cops ‘n’ Kids Celebration of Reading at Northampton Community College and Homebase Skateshop’s HOT PEPPER eating contest – where only the strong survive! Join us on the SouthSide’s Greenway as we say goodbye to Old Man Winter and hello to Spring!



Festival Schedule:

11am – 3pm – Cops ‘N’ Kids Celebration of Reading
Cops ‘N’ Kids 13th Annual Celebration of Reading and the Arts & Sciences

What: Free entertainment, free books, free food, crafts, science experiments and more!

Where: Northampton Community College Fowler Family SouthSide Center at 511 E. Third Street

11am – 5pm – Greenway & Downtown Happenings

What: Live Music on the Greenway Main Stage, and throughout the Downtown, as well as free arts & crafts and lawn games for kids on the Greenway

Where: Third & Fourth Street Shops & Restaurants, The Greenway between New & Adams Streets

12pm – 4pm – Chili Cook Off

Chili Tastings will be stationed throughout the shops and restaurants of 3rd and 4th Streets! Pick up your passport at the registration booth located on the Greenway between Adams & New Streets.

What: Enjoy 10-20 tastings and vote for your favorite chili. Enjoy live music, sidewalk sales, live art demonstrations, vendors on the Greenway, and FREE crafts for the kids!

Participating Restaurants & Shops include:

  1. The Comfort Suites / 120 W. 3rd St
  2. Tally Ho Tavern / 205 W. 4th St
  3. The Bayou at A List Salon / 128 W. 4th St
  4. Tulum / 17 W. Morton St
  5. Roasted / 22 W. 4th St
  6. EZMoney / 20 W. 4th St
  7. Your CBD Store / 14 W. 4th St
  8. Sotto Santi / 10 W. 4th St
  9. La Lupita / 4 W. 4th St
  10. Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub / 4 E. 4th St
  11. Break Away Farms at Rise Above Salon / 333 S. New St
  12. ZEST bar+grille / On the Greenway
  13. Danielle’s Cafeteria / On the Greenway
  14. Edible Arrangements / 11 E. 3rd St
  15. Santoro’s at Domaci / 21 E. 3rd St
  16. Color Me Mine / 25 E. 3rd St
  17. The Bookstore Speakeasy / 336 Adams St
  18. Puerto Rican Beneficial Society / 205 E. 3rd St
  19. The Colony Meadery / 211 E. 3rd St
  20. SouthSide 313 Bar & Grille / 313 E. 3rd St
  21. Dinky’s Ice Cream Parlor / 312 E. 3rd St
  22. Café the Lodge / 427 E. 4th St (back patio off the Greenway)
  23. El Jefe’s Taqueria / 506 E. 3rdSt
  24. Social Still / 530 E. 3rd St
  25. ZIME at NCC Fowler Center Lobby / 511 E. 3rdSt
*Note Chili participants are subject to change

4pm – 5pm – Hot Pepper Eating Contest & Winner Announcements

Only the strong survive at Homebase Skate Shop’s HOT Pepper Eating Contest. Watch local heroes dive into the depths of spicy peppers, and see a new champion be crowned! Then stay for the announcement of our People’s Choice & Judge’s Choice Chili Winners!



September 19
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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