Do you Hella ❤ Pinball?

So do we! And we love meeting other pinheads. That's why we run monthly pinball tournaments at Hi-Life Pizza in beautiful downtown Oakland, and maintain this list of upcoming pinball events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Bay Area Pinball Calendar

The event listings below are accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, sometimes event details change after they've been announced, so always check the links provided for the most up to date information about each event.

Know of a pinball event that should be on here? Send us a message at hellaheartpinball@gmail.com.

Upcoming Pinball Tournaments

Thursday, February 16th: My So-Called 90s Pinball Tournament (San Francisco)

Weekly Thursday night group match play tournament. $5 entry, cash prizes to top three players plus many bonus prizes from The Myriad's merchants. No WPPRs. The Myriad, 2175 Market St.

Thursday, February 23rd: My So-Called 90s Pinball Tournament (San Francisco)

Weekly Thursday night group match play tournament. $5 entry, cash prizes to top three players plus many bonus prizes from The Myriad's merchants. No WPPRs. The Myriad, 2175 Market St.

Thursday, March 2nd: My So-Called 90s Pinball Tournament (San Francisco)

Weekly Thursday night group match play tournament. $5 entry, cash prizes to top three players plus many bonus prizes from The Myriad's merchants. No WPPRs. The Myriad, 2175 Market St.

Thursday, March 9th, 7:00pm: Knockout AIDS (Oakland)

Charity tournament for all skill levels. Entry fee is $20 donation to San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Pre-registration available. Format is three strikes knockout. No WPPRs. Five10 Pizza, 400 15th Street

Thursday, March 9th: My So-Called 90s Pinball Tournament (San Francisco)

Weekly Thursday night group match play tournament. $5 entry, cash prizes to top three players plus many bonus prizes from The Myriad's merchants. No WPPRs. The Myriad, 2175 Market St.

Thursday, March 16th: My So-Called 90s Pinball Tournament (San Francisco)

Weekly Thursday night group match play tournament. $5 entry, cash prizes to top three players plus many bonus prizes from The Myriad's merchants. No WPPRs. The Myriad, 2175 Market St.

Sunday, March 19th: Aerosmith Launch Party (San Francisco)

Launch party tournament to welcome the newest Stern pinball machine, Aerosmith. Format TBD. WPPRs. Gestalt, 3159 16th Street

Monday, March 20th, 7:30pm: Alama Drafthouse Mondays Tournament Series #1 (San Francisco)

Three-tournament series with playoffs on Monday, May 1st. Details TBD, but formats will include pin-golf and pinbowling. WPPRs. Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission Street.

Thursday, March 23rd: My So-Called 90s Pinball Tournament (San Francisco)

Weekly Thursday night group match play tournament. $5 entry, cash prizes to top three players plus many bonus prizes from The Myriad's merchants. No WPPRs. The Myriad, 2175 Market St.

Sunday, March 26th: March Multiplay Madness (San Francisco)

Seattle import format: Multiplay. WPPRs. Free Gold Watch, 1767 Waller Street

Thursday, March 30th: My So-Called 90s Pinball Tournament (San Francisco)

Weekly Thursday night group match play tournament. $5 entry, cash prizes to top three players plus many bonus prizes from The Myriad's merchants. No WPPRs. The Myriad, 2175 Market St.

Monday, April 3rd, 7:30pm: Alama Drafthouse Mondays Tournament Series #2 (San Francisco)

Three-tournament series with playoffs on Monday, May 1st. Details TBD, but formats will include pin-golf and pinbowling. WPPRs. Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission Street.

Wednesday, April 12th, 7:30pm: Hella Heart Five10 Pinball (Oakland)

Three strike knockout tournament for all skill levels. $5 entry, cash prizes to top 3 plus best novice player. WPPRs. Five10 Pizza, 400 15th Street

Monday, April 17th, 7:30pm: Alama Drafthouse Mondays Tournament Series #3 (San Francisco)

Three-tournament series with playoffs on Monday, May 1st. Details TBD, but formats will include pin-golf and pinbowling. WPPRs. Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission Street.

Wednesday, May 17th, 7:30pm: Hella Heart Five10 Pinball (Oakland)

Three strike knockout tournament for all skill levels. $5 entry, cash prizes to top 3 plus best novice player. WPPRs. Five10 Pizza, 400 15th Street

Selfie Leagues

These events allow you to enjoy the fun of competition while playing on your own schedule.

Selfie leagues designate a certain set of machines as tournament games on a weekly or monthly basis, you go play them at your convenience, recording your scores. Players' scores on each machine are then ranked against those of everyone else who played and assigned points based on finishing position. At the end of the month or season, the top players will be invited to battle it out in person at a playoffs tournament.

We currently have two selfie leagues in the Bay Area.

Oakland Pinball Warriors

Various locations in Oakland.

San Francisco Super Selfie League

Various locations around San Francisco.

Pinball Leagues

Joining a pinball league is a fantastic way to get to know other pinball enthusiasts. There are eight pinball leagues in Northern California. If one of the leagues below interests you, visit their website for more information about membership eligibility and meeting dates.

Bay Area Pinball Association (BAPA)

Two seasons per year, meets on Thursdays. Locations vary, but most meetings are held in the South Bay.

Bay Bridge Pinball

Team pinball league. Teams of 6 to 10 players battle one another on Tuesday nights at various locations in Oakland and San Francisco.

Belles & Chimes

A women-only league that meets in downtown Oakland. Two seasons per year, meetings on every other Monday evening.

Capitol Corridor Pinball League (CCPL)

Three branches, each with bi-weekly meetings along the 80-corridor in Northern California. East branch meets in Prarie City, Lodi branch meets in Lodi, and Old Sac branch meets at Fanny Ann's Saloon in Old Sacramento.

East Bay Pinball League (EBP)

Four seasons per year, meets on Thursdays at Phoenix Games in Concord.

Gentleperson's Pinball Society

A friendly, low-stress pinball league with a specific focus on novice and beginning players. Meets on Wednesday evenings in downtown Oakland.

Mission Pinball Club

A beginner-focused league aimed at teaching IFPA/PAPA rules to novice players. Meets on Tuesdays at Gestalt in San Francisco.

Monterey Flipper Pinball

Meets every Monday at Angelina's Pizzeria in Salinas.

Prohibition Pinball

Open league that meets Wednesday nights at Buzzworks in San Francisco.

San Francisco Pinball Department (SFPD)

Two seasons per year, meets on Wednesdays at Free Gold Watch in San Francisco.

Solano Pinball League (SPL)

Three seasons per year. Meets in Vacaville and Fairfield on alternate Wednesdays.

Where to Play?

Looking for machines on location near you? Check out the Bay Area Pinball Map for crowd-sourced listing of machines throughout the Bay Area.