BWL Chili Cookoff - Saturday, June 2 from 4-9pm

From the Lansing Board of Water and Light: The 17th annual BWL Chili Cook-off takes center stage on Saturday, June 2, promising to heat up the evening with spicy delicacies and live music.

As in the past, a chili-cook-off ticket transports patrons to a veritable "river of chili" -- more than 1,500 gallons were served last year.

Contestants will compete for best chili braggin' rights, and patrons can sample dozens of lip-smacking, tongue-teasing chili recipes from local restaurants, businesses and organizations.

The best part is, proceeds go to supporting three great, local non-profits: Impression 5 Science Center/Adopt a River, HOPE Scholarship Connections Program and the Sparrow Foundation.

This year's chili cook-off theme is "Rocking with the 80s", a tribute to the 1980s.

Chili Cook-off details: When: Saturday, June 2, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Lansing's Louis Adado Riverfront Park (along the Grand River between  Shiawassee and Saginaw Streets). Admission: $8 for adults.