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In 2012, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company will celebrate its 160th year anniversary.

Proudly manufactured in California since 1852, Ghirardelli Chocolate is America's longest continuously operating chocolate manufacturer. Help us to celebrate by indulging in one of our premium chocolate products or visiting a Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop today!


May 11, 2012
Stockton, CA
Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary LogoJoin us on Friday, May 11th for Ghirardelli Chocolate Day at the Stockton Ports stadium!
Indulge in sweet Ghirardelli Chocolate door gifts and in-game giveaways. Click here to receive an exclusive discount for the May 11th game, enter promo code CHOCOLATE.
May 15 - July 31, 2012
Nationwide
Enter for your chance to WIN the Ghirardelli Chocolate San Francisco Getaway!
Win a trip for two to the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival in San Francisco, California. One Grand Prize winner and a guest will win roundtrip airfare to San Francisco, hotel accommodations, two tickets to the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, a sunset cruise, and a basket full of Ghirardelli chocolate! Open to residents of the Continental United States, excluding NY, FL, & RI. Click here for more information.
May 18 - June 30, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Uncorked LogoGhirardelli Chocolate is proud to partner with California Academy of Sciences!
Enter for your chance to win a Behind-the-Scenes Tour for four to the California Academy of Sciences and a Ghirardelli Chocolate Gift Basket ($555 value)

Visit the Academy's newest exhibit Earthquake: Life on a Dynamic Planet
Delve into the science of earthquakes in this new exhibit and planetarium show. Experience a high-magnitude jolt in an earthquake simulator, and discover how shifting tectonic plates move continents, build mountains and create the landscape in which life evolves.

Friday, May 25th: California Academy of Sciences Earthquake Premiere Party
Join us at the California Academy of Sciences on May 25th for the Earthquake Premiere Party! Enjoy your favorite chocolate and be the first to see the exhibit and planetarium show. Click here for more information.

Thursday, May 31st 6-10pm: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
Enjoy live music, creatures, cocktails plus Ghirardelli Chocolate at an 80's Quake party! Visit the Ghirardelli Chocolate booth and enjoy a sweet treat. Sign up for the Earthquake Sundae-eating competition or watch as contestants battle each other and their own stomachs. Competitors are sure to make this experience memorable, and delicious! Click here for more information.

Visit calacademy.org to learn more about any of the upcoming events at California Academy of Sciences.
May 19, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Uncorked Logo7th Annual Uncorked! Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square
Enjoy live music, wine seminars, chef demonstrations and Ghirardelli Chocolate samples at this epicurean event to benefit the Save the Bay organization. Tickets must be purchased to participate in wine tasting but the event itself is free for all to enjoy. Hours are from 1 to 6 pm. Click here for more information.
May 26 & 27, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary LogoA Tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge presented by Ghirardelli Chocolate
Visit Ghirardelli Square for a special exhibit in celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary. For two days only, take a self guided historical walking tour exploring the history of the Golden Gate Bridge! Also on exhibit will be a four foot long Golden Gate Bridge carved from Ghirardelli Chocolate! On Saturday, the first 750 participants will receive a FREE solid Ghirardelli Chocolate Golden Gate Bridge. On Sunday, the first 750 participants will receive a FREE single-scoop World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae courtesy of Ghirardelli Chocolate*. All participants must check-in at the arched lighted sign at Larkin St. *While supplies last. No gifts will be distributed at store.
June 1 - August 31, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Red & White Fleet LogoGhirardelli Chocolate Company and Red & White Fleet Cruises
Celebrate Summer with a ride on a San Francisco Bay cruise from Red & White Fleet Cruises while rewarding yourself with the rich, decadent taste of Ghirardelli Chocolate. Enter online for a chance to WIN Red & White Fleet Cruise tickets. More information coming soon.
June 3, 2012
Monterey, CA
9th Annual Cannery Row Block Party
The summer season kicks off with the annual Cannery Row Block Party! A lively family favorite that includes Ghirardelli Chocolate samples, continuous live music, live animals, balloon artist, stilt walker and more! This is one party you won't want to miss! Hours are from 11 am to 5 pm. Click here for more information.
June 9, 2012
Monterey, CA
36th Annual Monterey Wine Festival and West Coast Chowder Competition
The 36th Annual Monterey Wine Festival will celebrate another exciting line-up and a plethora of traditional favorites from the past. Wine and food lovers will savor the best in white wines, chowders and, of course, Ghirardelli Chocolate! For the 3rd year, the West Coast Chowder Competition will join the festival on Saturday and guests will be able to sample and savor the Best of the Best with local restaurants competing for the coveted Copper Pot Award and cash prizes. Guests. Click here for general admission tickets and more information. Click here for general admission tickets and more information.
July 21, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Ghirardelli Chocolate Cruise with the SS Jeremiah O'Brien
Join us on the Ghirardelli Chocolate Cruise with SS Jeremiah O'Brien on July 21st! Celebrating Ghirardelli Chocolate's 160th anniversary as San Francisco's premier chocolate company, the day will feature a special "Chocolate School" presentation conducted by Ghirardelli's head chocolate maker Steve Genzoli. Your ticket also includes a continental breakfast, a boxed lunch served on the main deck at noon, beverages, live music and a tour of the engine room as seen in the blockbuster hit "Titanic". LIMITED TIME OFFER: Order your tickets before March 1, 2012 and pay only $99 (Regularly $125 for adults)! Click here for tickets and more information.
July 28, 2012
Monterey, CA
15th Annual Race Night on the Row
When motorcyclists roll into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in July, more than 5,000 riders show off their bikes at Race Night on the Row. While there admiring the pristine race bikes from around the world, stop by the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop for a FREE chocolate sample. Click here for more information.
Sept, 2012
Monterey, CA
Cherry's Jubilee Annual Show n' Shine
Cannery Row is the home of September's Cherry's Jubilee, when gleaming classic cars line the street and samples from Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop delight all in attendance. Click here for more information.
Sept 8 & 9, 2012
San Francisco, CA
17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Uncorked Logo Join us for the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival on September 8th & 9th. The event is full of opportunities to taste chocolate from San Francisco's premier chocolate manufacturer, Ghirardelli Chocolate, along with other delectable chocolate inspired creations. Learn about how chocolate is made when Ghirardelli's head chocolate maker Steve Genzoli presents "Chocolate School" and participate in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Ice Cream Eating Contest! Proceeds to benefit Project Open Hand. Visit back for more details.
Oct 14, 2012
San Francisco, CA
2012 Nike Women's Marathon
Join 20,000 women as they race together through the streets of San Francisco to raise funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ghirardelli will again host the Chocolate Mile on course and offer sweet treats at the Expotique in Union Square. Click here to register or for more information.
Oct, 2012
Chicago, IL
2012 Chicagoween at Franken Plaza
Witches, vampires, princesses and cartoon characters are just some of the visitors you'll see invade Daley Plaza as costumed children celebrate free Halloween fun during Franken Plaza. Ghirardelli will again participate with chocolate samples, coupons, and fun activities for all. Click here for more information.
Oct, 2012
San Diego, CA
Haunted Hotel
The Haunted Hotel is packed full of spine tingling, heart pounding effects that are so real they will keep you screaming. But don't be scared, there will be a sweet treat from Ghirardelli waiting for you when you make it out. Redeem your Haunted Hotel ticket for a discount at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate in the Gaslamp Quarter. Click here for more information.
Nov 4, 2012
San Diego, CA
Fall Back Festival
Join Ghirardelli as we say good bye to BBQs and say hello to cozy coats, soothing cocoa, and a cool breeze at the Union Bank Fall Back Festival. This FREE children's historical street faire is in the heart of downtown's Gaslamp Quarter. For more information, visit www.gaslampquarter.org or www.mcfarlanepromotions.com
Nov 9-11, 2012
Orlando, FL
Festival of the Masters
Each year Ghirardelli participates in this vibrant, open-air art festival held each Fall in the Downtown Disney area. Come for the fun activities and stay for a World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae from the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. For more information, visit the Downtown Disney website.
Nov, 2012
Monterey, CA
Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary Logo2012 Big Sur Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo
More information to come. Click here for registration information.
Nov 23, 2012
Monterey, CA
18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
The day after Thanksgiving, head down to Steinbeck Plaza beginning at 6:00 pm for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and holiday festivities. Click here for more information.
Nov 23, 2012
San Francisco, CA
47th Annual Ghirardelli Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
Ghirardelli Chocolate will serve hot chocolate to keep you warm during this free event that includes live entertainment for the entire family and culminates with the lighting of the tree. Festivities begin at 5:30 pm. For more information, visit the Ghirardelli Square website.
Nov 2012 - Jan 2013
San Francisco, CA
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
Skate into the holidays in San Francisco's number one shopping destination, Union Square! Sponsored in part by Ghirardelli Chocolate. For more information, visit the Union Square website.
Ongoing
Monterey, CA
Monterey Bay Aquarium Member Events
Ghirardelli rewards Monterey Bay Aquarium members throughout the year by participating at a number of events such as the Halloween Dance Party, Holiday Event and Sale, and New Years' Eve Party and Sleepover. Don't miss the opportunity to treat yourself to premium Ghirardelli Chocolate and ice cream while learning about the delicate ecosystem within our oceans. For more information, visit www.MontereyBayAquarium.org.

Planning a trip to a Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop or one of our Outlets? Look for special promotions and offers at one of our following partners:

Personality Hotels Hotel guests will receive 10% off any chocolate purchase at all San Francisco Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop locations. Simply flash your room key to redeem in stores. Exclusive Offer: Click here for special Ghirardelli Chocolate packages available only at Personality Hotels.
Shedd Aquarium Pick up an exclusive coupon during your next visit to Shedd Aquarium and visit our Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop in Chicago to receive $1 off any sundae or 10% off any chocolate purchase.
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