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Wharf Fest Chowder Competition & Street Fair

  • Fisherman's Wharf 431/2 The Embarcadero SF, CA, 94133 United States (map)

Wharf Fest Chowder Competition & Street Fair

Street Fair 11AM-5PM
Chowder Competition 12PM-3PM (Recommended to arrive at 12PM)

Event Address: Pier 43, San Francisco, CA 94133

Location Description:
Wharf Fest takes place at the intersection of Jefferson and Taylor streets, at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf crab wheel sign, and on two blocks of Little Embarcadero street, between Taylor Street and Powell Street. The festival overlooks the San Francisco Bay, the Pier 43 promenade, and Alcatraz Island. 

Event Description: 

Wharf Fest returns to San Francisco’s iconic waterfront neighborhood. For the fourth year in a row, Fisherman’s Wharf invites Bay Area locals to come enjoy the neighborhood after the crowds of visitors have subsided but before the fabulous fall weather fades away. Festival goers will enjoy a street fair, art vendors and a variety of free activities. At the most delicious part of the day, the Chowder Competition, 10 different Wharf restaurants will battle it out for the title of the Best Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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More Information:

Wharf Fest, San Francisco’s favorite free waterfront festival, comes back for the fifth year in a row on October 20, 2018. The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is throwing the ultimate festival to celebrate San Francisco’s historic waterfront district. Bay Area locals are invited to visit the district after the tourist season has ended and before San Francisco’s fabulous fall climate fades away. This year’s festival will include, for the sixth year, the popular Chowder Competition. Festival goers can visit approximately 50 booths of fine arts and crafts, beverage sampling, and more. Fisherman’s Wharf loves embracing their whacky side and will be hosting a number of free Wharf-centric activities. The festival takes place along the waterfront on the "Little" Embarcadero , between Taylor Street and Powell Street. The festival overlooks the San Francisco Bay, the Pier 43 promenade, and Alcatraz Island. 

At Wharf Fest’s Chowder Competition, restaurants of Fisherman’s Wharf, California’s chowder capital, will battle it out for the title of Best Chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf. The 2017 winners were Cioppino's, for the Judges’ Choice award, and Fog Harbor Fish House, for the Peoples’ Choice award. 

Wharf Fest is hosted by the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District and produced by Steven Restivo Event Services. 

To become a Wharf Fest sponsor, click here! To have a booth at Wharf Fest click here!


Q: What do I get for buying a Chowder Competition ticket?
A: Your Chowder Competition ticket will include individual tasting tickets for each restaurant. There are typically 10-12 restaurants that compete. There will be one ticket for each restaurant and a bonus ticket that can be used at any chowder booth.  Each ticket will give you a 2 oz. sample of chowder. Some restaurants will offer a bonus chowder flavor for your the tasting ticket. With one Chowder Competition ticket, you can likely expect to receive approximately 14 2oz. chowder samples. 28 oz is equivalent to a very large bowl of chowder and will likely be enough for your lunch. You will also receive a ballot to cast your vote for the Best Chowder at Fisherman's Wharf.

Q: How will I know who won?
A: The winning chowder restaurants will be announced via our social media pages Twitter,  @theWharfSF,  and on our Facebook page

Q: Can the ticket be split between two people?
A: Yes. You can distribute your tickets to whoever you like. They do not all need to be used by the same person. But only one ballot will be given. 

Q: Can I bring my children or other guests who will not be eating chowder?
A: Yes, the Chowder Competition tasting is not gated off to the rest of the street fair, so tickets are not required to attend. Tickets are only required at the chowder booths for tasting and for casting ballots on the "People's Choice Winner."

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes, the entire festival is outdoors, so dogs are allowed. 

Q: What if it rains?
A: This event is rain or shine. Chowder Competition tasting tickets will not be refunded based on weather conditions. 


The Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District (, a nonprofit organization, was founded in November of 2005 by the business and property owners of the San Francisco neighborhood. The district is funded through an annual assessment for 15 years from the property owners. The purpose of the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District is to preserve and enhance its vast San Francisco waterfront landscape and multi-cultural heritage, while integrating modern efficiencies to enrich the experience of visitors from both near and far.

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