The Grog’s sixth annual Chili Cook-off will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. in the restaurant’s parking lot, 13 Middle St., Newburyport.
The afternoon will feature the People’s Choice Chili Competition, with chili from restaurants including 17 State Street Cafe, Abraham’s Bagels, Carry Out Cafe, David’s Tavern, Eat Cake!, Grog, Loretta, Michael’s Harborside, Port City Sandwich, The Port Tavern, Starboard Galley and Ten Center Street.
New this year is a Craft Beer Fest & Tasting, with brews from Berkshire Brewing, Cape Ann Brewing, Ipswich Ale, Newburyport Brewing, RiverWalk Brewing and Smuttynose. Rockspring Music and Artty Raynes will provide live music.
Tickets are $10 each for chili sampling or $20 each for chili and five beer tastings. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.
The event is a fundraiser for Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury, Pettengill House in Salisbury and Community Services of Newburyport. Donations of canned and dry goods will be accepted.
Helping out a sister city
The Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance is hosting its annual African dinner dance on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 25 Low St., Newburyport.
The event will support projects in Bura, Kenya, which has been connected with the Newburyport area for the past 21 years as part of the Sister Cities program.
In addition to a buffet with a variety of African food, the evening will feature a dance with African and American music, an African crafts bazaar and a live auction.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and free for children under 12, with a maximum price of $50 per family.
For more information, call 978-388-3230.
Celebrate Halloween a little early
Join the Historical Society of Old Newbury for an eerie evening at the Oak Hill Cemetery tomorrow.
The annual Halloween Haunting runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and includes card and palm readers, a spooky hayride through the cemetery, and a Celebrity Apple Bobbing Contest.