Welcome to the Golden State Pinball Festival!
The fun never stops at the Golden State Pinball Festival with events planned all weekend to occupy your time between games while resting your flippin’ fingers. With either a day pass or weekend pass, you will have access to 100’s of pinball machines set to free play. Come browse our vendors for parts, memorabilia, and even new machines. Enjoy a bite to eat along with a locally brewed beverage. Browse our silent auction offerings or enter to win a free pinball machine. See our Events page for all the details!
May 19-21, 2023
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The Golden State Pinball Festival is required to follow all local and state guidelines related to COVID-19. As of April 2022, attending the festival will not require you to show any form of proof of vaccination or negative COVID test, but as in all things COVID-related, guidelines are subject to change. Any changes will be posted here before the show. Masking for certain groups is recommended but not required. Masking guidelines can be found here. We strongly recommend you follow these guidelines to ensure your health and safety.
2023 Show Art!
After a wee bit of teasing on the socials, the Golden State Pinball Festival is excited to unveil our official 2023 show poster.
We are extremely proud to have Jon Chad creating this beautiful art for our 2023 show. Be sure to check out his amazing book “Pinball – a Graphic History of the Silver Ball” which is a must own for any Pinhead! http://www.jonchad.com
We are busy getting ramped up and looking forward to seeing all of you in just a few short months!
Thank you to our 2022 show sponsors!
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!
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.
Proceeds benefit the World Of Wonders Science Museum. Learn about energy, electricity, magnetism, optics, and more at the World of Wonders (WOW) Science Museum in historic downtown Lodi, California, where hands-on exhibits stimulate discovery for all ages. The WOW is an engaging, educational, and inspirational science destination where both children and adults can learn about the world around them!
We are a 100% volunteer supported show!
We can’t do the show without the hard-working load-in and load-out crews, so you all will be treated like royalty and receive a free pass!