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, September 22 - Sunday, September 25th: Emily Wants Your WPPRs (San Francisco)

Three days of best game qualifying across the machines at Gestalt, Standard Deviant, Free Gold Watch, and Buzzworks, followed by playoffs on Sunday, September 25th, time TBA. WPPRs.

Tuesday, October 4th, 7:30pm: Tuesday Night Pinball (Oakland)

Three strikes knockout format. $5 entry. WPPRs. Five10 Pizza, 400 15th Street.

Tuesday, October 11th, 7:30pm: Tuesday Night Pinball (Oakland)

Three strikes knockout format. $5 entry. WPPRs. Five10 Pizza, 400 15th Street.

Tuesday, October 18th, 7:30pm: Tuesday Night Pinball (Oakland)

Three strikes knockout format. $5 entry. WPPRs. Five10 Pizza, 400 15th Street.

Saturday, October 22nd, 1:00pm: One RAD little tourney (San Jose)

Format is group match play with 7-5-3-1 scoring and playoffs for the top 8. WPPRs. Silver Creek Spotsplex, 800 Embedded Way

Saturday, October 22nd, 5:00pm: Phil's Dirty 30 Pinball tourney (Monterey)

Three strike knockout format. $10 entry fee. WPPRs. Carbone's Bar, 214 Lighthouse Avenue

Saturday, October 22nd, 1:00pm: Scarlet City Pinball Tournament (Emeryville)

Casual tournament, format TBA. Wear a costume! $5 entry, no WPPRs. Scarlet City Espresso Bar, 3960 Adeline Street.

Play When You Want Tournaments

Sometimes referred to as a "superleague" or a "selfie tournament," these events allow you to enjoy the fun of competition while playing on your own schedule.

These events 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 four of these play-when-you-want events in the Bay Area.

East Bay Pinball Super League

Monthly league at Phoenix Games in Concord.

Free Gold Watch Super League

Monthly league at Free Gold Watch in San Francisco.

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.

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.