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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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.
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First in a two part series, with playoffs for top 8 qualifiers on Wednesday, December 21st. Format is group match play with 7-5-3-1 scoring. $10 entry. Free Gold Watch, 1767 Waller Street.
Format TBA. Entry fee is a gift-wrapped present worth at least $10. No WPPRs. Scarlet City Espresso Bar, 3960 Adeline Street
Second in a two part series, with playoffs for top 8 qualifiers on Wednesday, December 21st. Format is group match play with 7-5-3-1 scoring. $10 entry. Free Gold Watch, 1767 Waller Street.
Group match play format, details TBD. Gestalt Haus, 3159 16th Street.
9 hole objective based pingolf, followed by playoffs for the top 4 players. Open to all. Free for participants at San Francisco City Champ, $10 for everybody else. Free Gold Watch, 1767 Waller Street.
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.
Monthly league at Phoenix Games in Concord.
Monthly league at Free Gold Watch in San Francisco.
Various locations in Oakland.
Various locations around San Francisco.
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.
Two seasons per year, meets on Thursdays. Locations vary, but most meetings are held in the South Bay.
A women-only league that meets in downtown Oakland. Two seasons per year, meetings on every other Monday evening.
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.
Four seasons per year, meets on Thursdays at Phoenix Games in Concord.
A friendly, low-stress pinball league with a specific focus on novice and beginning players. Meets on Wednesday evenings in downtown Oakland.
A beginner-focused league aimed at teaching IFPA/PAPA rules to novice players. Meets on Tuesdays at Gestalt in San Francisco.
Meets every Monday at Angelina's Pizzeria in Salinas.
Open league that meets Wednesday nights at Buzzworks in San Francisco.
Two seasons per year, meets on Wednesdays at Free Gold Watch in San Francisco.
Three seasons per year. Meets in Vacaville and Fairfield on alternate Wednesdays.
Looking for machines on location near you? Check out the Bay Area Pinball Map for crowd-sourced listing of machines throughout the Bay Area.