Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is excited to announce the 22nd Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival held at Ghirardelli Square benefiting the nonprofit Project Open Hand. Join us September 9th & 10th from 12pm-5pm to experience Chocolate School, Live Culinary Demonstrations, Ice Cream Eating Contests, Chocolate Tasting, and the popular Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion!
Chocolate Tasting Ticket include 15 samples of your choice from vendors on Beach St. or the Culinary Plaza.
Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion features wineries, breweries and spirits!
Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion Ticket (valid one day only; either Saturday OR Sunday) includes 15 samples from vendors on Beach St. or the Culinary Plaza and 12 samples inside the Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion.
Please print out your Eventbrite ticket voucher* and proceed to the ticket booth (at the corner of Beach St. and Larkin St.) to check in.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. However, ticket sales will close between 3:30-4:00pm the day of the event. This may change due to capacity limits and is at the Festival organizers' discretion. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance and arriving no later than 3:00pm to assure enough time to use the entire tasting ticket.
In compliance with San Francisco regulations, all alcohol vendors must stop pouring 30 minutes before the end of the event. Must be 21 or older with a ticket to enter the Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion. Guests under 21 years of age are not permitted in the Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion. Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion tickets CANNOT be shared.
This will be a rain or shine event.
NO REFUNDS. 100% profits go to Project Open Hand.
*Eventbrite charges a processing fee for all tickets purchased online.
How do the tasting tickets work?
A Chocolate Tasting Ticket is good for 15 tasting samples from the sampling vendors along Beach St. or the Culinary Plaza. Valid all weekend, Chocolate Tasting Tickets are $20 online and will be $30 at the door.
A Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion Ticket includes a Chocolate Tasting Ticket and is good for 27 total samples - 12 tasting samples in the Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion featuring beer, wine, and spirits and 15 tasting samples from the sampling vendors along Beach St. or the Culinary Plaza. Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion tickets are valid for one day only. Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion tickets are discounted to $50 when purchased online and $60 at the door for either day.
Attendees must present a tasting ticket to the sampling vendor in order to redeem a tasting sample.
I bought my tickets online. Now what?
After buying tickets online, a confirmation email will be sent to the purchaser with ticket voucher(s) attached. Once at the event, present the ticket voucher(s) at the ticket booth to exchange for tasting ticket(s).
Are tickets required for children?
We recommend young children share a Chocolate Tasting Ticket (15 chocolate tastings) with their parent/guardian. Keep in mind that guests in our Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion must be aged 21 or older.
I bought tickets but can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
We are unable to grant refunds as the event is 100% in benefit of local nonprofit, Project Open Hand. However, printed ticket vouchers are transferrable.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Guests who purchase tickets to the Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion must present ID to verify age. All guests in our Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion must be 21 or older. Children will not be allowed to accompany parents/guardians.
Is my online ticket voucher transferrable?
Yes, ticket vouchers can be transferred. Keep in mind that guests in our Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion must be aged 21 or older.
Is there an entry or admission fee?
No, the event itself is free meaning all are welcome to visit Ghirardelli Square, take in the beautiful views of the Bay or enjoy the chef demonstrations on the culinary stage. Tasting tickets are required in order to sample from the vendors on-site.
Are pets welcome?
Yes! Pets on leashes are welcome throughout the event but due to capacity limitations are not allowed in the Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Pavilion.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is limited throughout San Francisco. Carpooling, public transportation, and ride share is highly encouraged. If driving to the event, there is a parking garage at Ghirardelli Square as well as others in the vicinity.