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ROOTS: Pin-a-Go-Go hereby pays homage to our first leaders Walt, Jerry and Spud who back in 1988 organized "Pinathon" (our predecessor) in Roseville, CA.  We recently found old flyers that indicate 1997, not 1996 (like we previously thought) was the year this show moved to Dixon to be renamed "Pin-a-Go-Go".

To find out more about the morph, click on "HISTORY" to the left.

 

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Don't miss the 21st Annual



Friday, May 19, 1pm to 11pm

Saturday, May 20, 10am to Midnight

Sunday, May 21, 9am to 5pm


The Pin-a-Go-Go Pinball Show & Swap Meet

  • 200+ pinball machines on FREE PLAY (w/admission) - no quarters needed!
  • Pinball parts, memorabilia and games for sale
  • Take home a pinball machine - drawings on Saturday & Sunday
  • FUN Adult & Kids Tournaments (great for 1st timers)

  • Big Silent Auction on Saturday
  • Outdoor Gameroom Flea Market & Swap Meet on Saturday
  • Silverball "Church" - less-crowded early hours on Sunday
  • Sunday Pinball School - get your game on!
  • PINBALL CLINIC on Sunday afternoon, see schedule at the show.
  • SUNDAY enjoy the All British Motor Vehicle Show right next door!
  • Food Court menu hosted by the Dixon Rotary and Dixon Teen Center
  • RV parking on the premises at PaGG ViLLaGE
  • Special nearby hotel room rates, see the FAQ page!

  • This year you can order parts from Bay Area Amusements online and then have them delivered to the show! Just use the PaGG option on their shipping page at checkout.

  • Great fun for the whole family!
  • Show me past year’s photos of Pin-a-Go-Go!

  • Flippin' Friday Kick-Off Dinner

    Join a group of pinthusiasts on May 19 to kick-off the 21st annual Pin-a-Go-Go with dinner a few blocks down the street. Don and Ellen Highley of Don's Custom Service are your hosts and if everything goes as planned the event will be attended by special guests Jolly Backer of American Pinball (Houdini), "Dirty Donny" Gilles artist of Stern's Metallica, Aerosmith and Can Crusher and if we have a stroke of luck "Jersey Jack" Guarnieri's plane will be on time and he will be there to tell us about their new game Dialed-In! And of course this event will include presentation of the 8th annual FREE PLAY AWARD! YOU are invited to share in the fun!

    This year come help fondly remember Steve Charland (Sys80nut) at this special "spirited" dinner and celebration honoring his generosity to the pinball community.

    Limited dinner menu will be served in a private room at Bud's Pub & Grill to 50 lucky people. Party begins about 5:30 with no-host bar festivities. Shortly after 6pm, food will be served. Tickets in advance are $30 (includes tax & tip) and your letter with check must be postmarked by May 5th. Price will be $35 cash at the restaurant, first come, first serve, if space allows. This will be a fun event! For ticket info, click "Contact" above and write us a note.



    Special Sunday Events


    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 Court: Smell something cooking? The Dixon Teen Center and Dixon Rotary will be offering chicken sandwiches, sirloin burgers, hot dogs, freshly baked cookies, 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 Pin-a-Go-Go this year! 


    Location

    The red marker on the map above shows the free parking lot - just park and walk across the street to the show.

    Pin-a-Go-Go is located "in the middle of everywhere" as we are only 28 miles from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and about an hour away from the beautiful city of San Francisco. Six Flags is 36 miles away, you are near the picturesque Napa Valley or in another direction - California's Gold Country - and Dixon is a short distance from Old Sacramento, home to the famous California State Railroad Museum. Speaking of museums, the Pacific Pinball Museum is about 60 miles close as well! Ever seen Lake Tahoe in the Spring? Just a little over 2 hours away. Jelly Belly Factory Tours are close -- only a half hour away -- and right next door is Budweiser who also has free (hicup) brewery tours!. Pin-a-Go-Go is surrounded by lots of places to see and things to do!

    Show me a map to get to Dixon!
    Click here to see where the show is on the fairgrounds.

    Want to help at the show? Please sign up to volunteer at our signup page

    Want to know more about the history behind Pin-a-Go-Go?  Check out this: 
    "There is a HISTORY to this show... PIN-A-GO-GO"
     written by Dave Buchanan which appeared in the 100th issue (October, 2003) of PinGame Journal.

    Wondering what Pin-a-Go-Go is like? Take a look at this fabulous
    360° Tour of Pin-a-Go-Go 2009
     
    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!