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The 38th NGRC opens in Sonoma & Marin counties with 
3 days of fun in Wine Country: Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2 

Layouts and Clinics
Dozens of layouts throughout the greater SF Bay Area, with a wide variety of clinics and workshops led by some of the very best
First Class Accommodations​
Relax at a five-star hotel, take in a special Fourth of July fireworks presentation, and enjoy all that the Bay Area has to offer
Live Steam
Get ready for the National Summer Steamup in nearby Lodi with a fair amount of our own steam
Exhibit and Vendor Hall
Come see the latest and greatest in a 45,000+ square foot facility​
that offers special discounts and more, including surprises we can’t talk about yet
Great Food​
From the BBQ at Roaring Camp to the LGB Ice Cream Social to the Accucraft Closing Banquet and everything in between, we’ve got it
Make Friends for Life
With over 1,000 attendees, greet old friends and meet new ones from around the United States, Canada, and around the world


For the sixth time, the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (BAGRS) welcomes you to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the 38th Annual National Garden Railway Convention. Almost 300 members strong, BAGRS is working hard to offer you an unprecedented array of activities, from a multitude of layouts to visit, incredible dining and food opportunities, including a return to the always-popular Roaring Camp BBQ, a variety of clinics and workshops, ”meet and greet” opportunities, and even a Fourth of July fireworks show.

We also offer up all that makes the Bay Area one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Oh, and we can’t say anything yet, but we also have a surprise or two in the works. 

NGRC 2023 will be held once again at the Santa Clara Convention Center but with a revamped floor plan that will make getting around much easier. Garden railway layout tours are planned for every day of the convention, including in the North Bay and possibly in areas timed to occur before the National Summer Steamup. Next door is our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara..

To attend NGRC 2023, including the garden railway layout tours, you must register for the convention here online or in person during the convention. We have secured an array of rooms at the host hotel at the same rate as in 2016. You may book accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara at the special convention rate here.