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ROOTS: We hereby pay homage to our first leaders Walt, Jerry and Spud who back in 1988 organized "Pinathon" in Roseville, CA.  1997 was the year this show moved to Dixon to be renamed "Pin-a-Go-Go". Then in 2012 the Northern California Pinball Association took the show over and it grew by leaps and bounds...so much so another location was found and the show was aptly renamed. Join us in 2018 in Lodi for the "Golden State Pinball Festival," sure to become Northern California's Favorite Pinball Show!

 

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We are packin' it up and movin' to Lodi!



Friday, May 18, 1pm to 11pm

Saturday, May 19, 10am to Midnight

Sunday, May 20, 9am to 5pm


The Golden State Pinball Festival:

  • Show me past year’s photos of the festival!






  • Admission

    3-day Pass - BEST DEAL $50, 13 & under $25
    Friday or Sunday $20, 13 & under $10
    Saturday $30, 13 & under $15
    Weekend pass (sold on Saturday only) $45, 13 & under $20
    Active Military with ID half price.

    Note that there is an ATM machine adjacent to the entrance. 
    Parking is free, please see map below.
    Guests subject to change without notice.

    Proceeds from this event...

    This annual event is presented by the Northern California Pinball Association, a non-profit organization. The show has long been supported by pinball enthusiasts from all over Northern California and benefits local youth charities.  At the 2016 show over $30,000 was raised and donated to charity. See the Dixon Teen Center (DTC) website to learn more about last year's recipient.
    Many people bring their pinball machines to share, the organizers and volunteers are not paid to put on the show, we spread pinball joy and everyone benefits!

    Click here to see a thank you letter from past benefactors.
     



    Food Service: Smell something cooking? We will be offering an array of sandwiches, chips, snacks, ice cold soda/bottled water and other goodies! 4 out of 5 doctors agree that to excel in hand/eye coordination, frequent refueling is strongly advised! Tables are provided nearby--so plan to have a meal or a snack at the Pin Fest this year! 


    Location



    The Golden State Pinball Festival is located "in the middle of everywhere" as we are only 45 miles from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), about 30 minutes south of Sacramento, 90 minutes east of San Francisco, close to the sunny shores of Santa Cruz and the snowy slopes of Lake Tahoe. We really are in the middle of it all! Six Flags is just 60 miles away, California's Gold Country is practically next door - and Lodi is a short distance from Old Sacramento, home to the famous California State Railroad Museum. Speaking of museums, the Pacific Pinball Museum is about 65 miles close as well! Ever seen Lake Tahoe in the Spring? Just 1-1/2 hrs away! Lodi is nothing to sneeze at since there are over 80 wineries and lots of outdoor activities abound! The Pin Fest is surrounded by lots of places to see and things to do!

    Want to help at the show? Please drop us a note to volunteer on our "contact us" page

    Wondering what a pinball show looks like? Take a look at this fabulous
    360° Tour of a room of our show in 2017
     
    photographed and constructed by Steve Tsubota.


    Past Shows:


    Above: Thanks Gene X Hwang for these far out groovy photos! (2014 show).




Above: Ty Humphrey's very cool video of 2014's Seven Spirits!


Above, Will White's awesome video of the 2013 show.

Below is an mp3 of an interview with Steve Ritchie, Rick Bartlett and Steve Charland at the 2014 show from the great people at www.thepinballpodcast.com:

See a cool video cooked up by Bbrothersblog.com.

See Jack Guarnieri of Jersey Jack Pinball say hello from Pin-a-Go-Go!