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Finding the "Pin Fest":

The Golden State Pinball Festival is located at the Lodi Grape Festival Fairgrounds in Lodi, California:

413 E. Lockeford Street
Lodi, California 95240

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ROOTS: We hereby pay homage to Walt, Jerry and Spud who back in 1988 organized "Pinathon" in Roseville, CA, the first pinball show we know of in Northern California. Join us at the Lodi show in 2019 as the Northern California Pinball Association presents the "Golden State Pinball Festival." Come out and support youth charities and help make this Northern California's Favorite Pinball Festival!

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Big time fun in the Golden State:

  • A full PINBALL NEWS report on the 2018 show is here.

  • Hundreds of pinball machines on FREE PLAY (w/admission) - no quarters needed. Indoor show space has grown to 3 buildings!
  • Pinball parts, memorabilia and games for sale
  • Take home a pinball machine - drawings on Saturday & Sunday
  • Fun Adult & Kids Tournaments (great for 1st timers)
  • Flippin' Friday Kick-Off Party 6pm Friday (more info below)
  • Big Silent Auction on Saturday
  • Covered Outdoor Gameroom Flea Market & Swap Meet on Saturday
  • Introducing:
  • Workshops, Speakers, Pinlebrities and 'how-to', see more info
  • PLAYFIELD GLASS! Pre-orders are now closed for playfield glass from Marco. Check at their booth upon arrival at the festival for the latest availability information.
  • Pinball machine and board repair by Rob Anthony on site!
  • WOW is cookin' up tempting meals and snacks with covered outdoor seating. Beer and wine will also be served.
  • RV parking on the premises at Camp Silverball
  • Check out hotel info on our FAQ page 
  • Family member tired of pinball? ZINFEST Wine Festival! A wine-tasting event on Sat. May 18. Buses leave from our parking lot.
  • Great fun for the whole family! TONS OF PINBALL!

Friday Evening:

Each year the Steve Charland Spirit Award goes to a "Pinbassador" who has shared knowledge, goodwill and pinball passion to bolster our hobby to newcomers and Pinthusiasts alike. Join us!
Tune in here closer to showtime to find out about the 2019 party.

2019: Mark your calendar now!

Friday, May 17, 1pm to 11pm

Saturday, May 18, 10am to Midnight

Sunday, May 19,  9am to 5pm


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 on the premises. 
Parking is free, please see map below.
Guests subject to change without notice.

Proceeds from this event...

Our 8th annual show! This annual event is presented by the Northern California Pinball Association (NCPA), a non-profit organization. The festival is strongly supported by pinball enthusiasts from all over Northern California and helps local youth charities. 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! See letter acknowledging receipt of funds here.

This year, proceeds from the festival will go to the World Of Wonders Science Museum in downtown Lodi, CA:

All told, over 100k has been raised by NCPA for the Dixon Teen Center (DTC). We have also helped benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Vacaville and 4-H. Come see a pinball machine we donated to the World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi, our latest benefactor!


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!

ZINFEST: It's a wine festival on Saturday, May 19. Find out more on their website.

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!

is nothing to sneeze at since there are over 80 wineries and lots of outdoor activities abound! Downtown Lodi has some great restaurants and don't miss the original A&W Root Beer Restaurant right down the street from the show! And don't dare miss the World of Wonders Science Museum just minutes from the show. The WOW is check full of exhibits and other things for the whole family. The Pinball Fest is surrounded by lots of places to see and things to do!

WOW is cooking' up something special! This year our benefactor will be providing food service with some tempting meals you'll come back for! Snacks and other goodies will also be available. 4 out of 5 doctors agree that to excel in hand/eye coordination, frequent refueling is strongly advised! Tables outdoors in sun or shade are provided--so plan to have a meal or a snack at "Gold State" this year!