Chili Coming in Hot in 2021

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One of Virginia City’s most popular annual events, Chili on the Comstock and Craft Beer Tour, returns to the historic mining town, May 22-23. The 38th annual event offers attendees tasty chili samples from award-winning cooks and refreshing beer samples with the Craft Beer Tour. Tickets are limited and are on sale now. Purchase tickets here.

For 2021, organizers have put in place major modifications to accommodate current guidelines. This year’s Chili on the Comstock and Craft Beer Tour has participants sampling chili and craft brews from various merchants and booths spread out in zones around Virginia City giving visitors the chance to discover more of the historic mining town than ever before. Ticket options give attendees the option of sampling from 12 chili booths including professional and local chefs, 12 craft beer samples, or a combination of the two.

Each Chili Sampling Only ticket gives purchasers access to 12 cooks, four in each of the three chili zones. If that’s not enough chili for one day, additional packages can be purchased onsite. The Craft Beer Tour gives ticket holders the chance to sample craft beers in each of the chili zones, plus more at some participating saloons and bars. The Chili & Craft Beer Sampling Combo gives ticket holders the best value with 12 chili samples and 12 craft beer samples to match.


  • Chili Sampling Only (12 samples): $25
  • Craft Beer Sampling Tour Only (must be 21+): $30
  • Chili & Craft Beer Sampling Combo: $45

Tickets are valid for either day, May 22 or May 23, and are limited in order to ensure safety guidelines are followed.

Check-in begins at 10 a.m. and the sampling tour ends at 4 p.m. For a list of lodging options in Virginia City, visit online.

All visitors and residents are required to adhere to current State of Nevada and Storey County guidelines to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. This includes wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and washing hands. Virginia City and its businesses have put in place extra precautions and measures to adhere to all current guidelines, however, these activities are subject to change based on the current environment.

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