PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Jan
11
Fri
2019
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball
Jan 11 – Jan 13 all-day
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

The INDISC Pinball Festival is a three day pinball arcade party with more fun than you can imagine!

Not only do we have 500+ pinball machines and video games all on FREE PLAY, we’re hosting the first Stern Pinball Pro Circuit event of the year, It Never Drains in Southern California — which also happens to be one of the largest open pinball tournaments in the world.

Come battle the best players from all over for pinball supremacy, or simply enjoy the plethora of video games and pinball machines the Museum of Pinball has to offer.

Jan
15
Tue
2019
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre
Jan 15 – Jan 17 all-day
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre | England | United Kingdom

The annual UK amusement and coin-op trade show is bacckk at ExCel London in the Docclands area of the capital.

Often a launchpad for various companies’ new releases, expect a presence from Stern Pinball on the Electrocoin stand, Jersey Jack and Chiccago Gaming on the Pinball Heaven stand, and some surprise pinball-related products.

Feb
8
Fri
2019
European Championship Series Finals @ Bulls & Balls
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day
European Championship Series Finals @ Bulls & Balls | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

Details of tournament format and other tournaments to be confirmed.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball
Mar 15 @ 2:30 pm – Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm
Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

Arcade Expo returns at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, CA with over 1,100 pinball and arcade machines on free play.

Also the opportunity for open-air gaming day and night in the starcade, Kong Off , a silent auction and a swap meet on Saturday.

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse | Veenendaal | Utrecht | Netherlands

Featuring the main Dutch Pinball Masters tournament, a Classics tournament, a Team tournament and a 4-Strikes Knockout tournament.  Maximum prize money of €1,000 for the winner of the DPM and €500 for the Classics winner.

Held at the Dutch Pinball Association (NFV) Clubhouse in Veenendaal, there are also free play practice machines and a cafe/bar on-site.

Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
Mar
26
Tue
2019
Amusement Expo @ Las Vegas Convention Center,
Mar 26 – Mar 28 all-day
Amusement Expo @ Las Vegas Convention Center, | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

The annual sprint amusement and coin-op trade show returns to Las Vegas in 2019. Conferences begin on Tuesday 26th, with the show starting a day later and running into Thursday.

There is usually an IFPA tournament held at the same time, and entry to the tournament gives free entry to the trade show too.

Mar
29
Fri
2019
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Mar 29 – Mar 31 all-day
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

Note the new location for this show at the Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center in Grayslake.

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Ohio Pinball Show @ Emidio & Sons Expo Center
Apr 4 – Apr 6 all-day
Ohio Pinball Show @ Emidio & Sons Expo Center | Cuyahoga Falls | Ohio | United States

The Ohio Pinball Show will be four fun-filled days of pinball machines, arcade games, toys, and all things classic gaming! There will be over 120 pinball machines and classic arcade games on Free Play for you to enjoy with your paid admission.

Some games may be available for purchase at the show.

The show will also be hosting an IFPA-backed pinball tournament, which is a great, friendly competition that is open to novice and advanced players alike.

Show times:

Thursday, April 4, 2019: 4pm -12pm
Friday, April 5, 2019: 10am – 12pm
Saturday, April 6, 2019: 10am – 6pm

Apr
12
Fri
2019
MIdwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Apr 12 – Apr 14 all-day
MIdwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States

The Midwest Gaming Classic is a trade show featuring 100,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and air hockey, and that’s just the start!

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about celebrating gaming, trying new things, learning about the gaming hobby, about meeting others who share the love of gaming, and having fun doing it!

No matter if you have one console and a handful of games or thousands of games in every room of your house, you’ll find something to celebrate with us!

Note: Same new venue as last year.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Flip-Expo @ Salle Serge Reggiani
Apr 13 – Apr 14 all-day
Flip-Expo @ Salle Serge Reggiani | Le Tréport | Normandie | France

Two halls of pinball fun – one for vendors, one for free play and tournament games. Only €4 entry to both (free for accompanied children under 12-years-old).

Open 10am-7pm on Saturday, 10am-6pm on Sunday.

Catering on-site, plus a supermarket next door. See last year’s report here

Apr
25
Thu
2019
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

We are showcasing Pinball Machines, Arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your gameroom including neon signs, gas pumps, and more.

2:00 PM Thursday – 10:00 PM Thursday.
1:00 PM Friday – 10:00 PM Friday.
9:00 AM Saturday – 6:00 PM Saturday.

Adults $15.00 per day
Kids 5-13 $8.00 per day
Kids 4 and under Free

Apr
26
Fri
2019
PU-Battle @ Pinball Universe
Apr 26 – Apr 27 all-day
PU-Battle @ Pinball Universe | Bünde | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

PU-Battle is a exciting tournament held at the Pinball Universe store and showroom in Bünde, Germany. We are very proud of the top conditioned games and are sure you will greatly enjoy playing them.

A large free-play area and additional hosting will complete the perfect pinball weekend.

– Online registration required.

– Deadline for registration: February 14, 2019.

– Best (IFPA rank December 31, 2018) 80 registered players will participate.

Registered players ranked 81-120 have got the possibility to join and spend their time in a big freeplay area with several fun tournaments (without WPPR points).

May
3
Fri
2019
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk
May 3 – May 5 all-day
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk | München | Bayern | Germany

The third major pinball event in Munich since those in 2003 & 2006.

More details coming soon.

Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
May 3 – May 5 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1950s “woodrails” to the latest games from Stern pinball. Every decade, manufacturer and game type is represented at the museum. There are many rare and hard to find games set up and ready to play. All machines are free play, so one entrance ticket allows unlimited play for the day. There’s something for every pinball fan here (we are the one of the largest dedicated pinball facility in North America.) But unlike other pinball museum type facilities, we are here every day working on our machines, making sure they play perfect! Arguably this makes us the best working/restored pinball collection in North America.

Tickets for the showcase will be available in advance only. We want to ensure that all attendees have the absolute best possible experience and have plenty of room to mingle and experience and play the pinball machines. To do this we have a limited number of tickets available for each day. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more tickets will be issued. Hence generally speaking there will not be tickets available at the door.

PinFest @ The Allentown Fairgrounds
May 3 – May 4 all-day
PinFest @ The Allentown Fairgrounds | Allentown | Pennsylvania | United States

Pinfest will take place at the Agri-plex Expo Center of the Allentown Fair Grounds. The indoor and outdoor flea market is also planned for this year.

Show schedule for this event will be:
– Thursday May 3rd (setup only for vendors and free play) 1:00pm to 9:00pm
– Friday May 4th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
– Saturday May 5th From 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Fees for participation are as followed:
– General Admission per day is $20 for adults 12 and older
– Children under 12 are $10 and under 5 are free

Free Play Space available for pinball machines is approximately 250 units.  Indoor vendor space is approximately 10’x 10’. Indoor Flea Market space is approximately space is 20’x 15′.

Free play participants gain free access with a qualifying machine that’s admitted for the show per day. Please review specific rules as defined by show management

An on-location snack bar that will provide a typical selection. Several specialty shops to browse and sit down dinning available within the fair grounds main section.

lodging is available and discounts for this event may apply. We are inquiring and will provide details as they become available.

Free parking

Events may be added if planned

 

May
17
Fri
2019
Czech Pinball Open @ Terra Technica
May 17 – May 19 all-day
Czech Pinball Open @ Terra Technica | Znojmo | Czechia

The first ever Czech Pinball Open will be held at the Terra Technica museum in Kleinhaugsdorf, just across the Austrian border.

Around 200 pinballs and more than 600 jukeboxes are set up at Terra Technica, while a large shopping mall is next door.

More details of the tournament will be available soon.

Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 17 – May 19 all-day
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds | Lodi | California | United States

This is the second year of the central California show from the Northern California Pinball Association, being held in Lodi near Sacramento.

Along with all the games, the Pinball University (Pin-U) will hold talks designed to improve your pinball skills, from repairing to playing to learning how games are designed and the state of the pinball market today.

There is also a Pin-Golf tournament designed for all skill levels to enjoy.

See our comprehensive report from the 2018 show here.

May
18
Sat
2019
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria
May 18 – May 19 all-day
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria | Madrid | Comunidad de Madrid | Spain

The eleventh edition of the Madrid pinball tournament.

Modern and Classic tournaments.

Preferential hotel rates being negotiated.

May
25
Sat
2019
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 25 – May 27 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

It is like the comicon for pinball, retro console, classic arcade video! Gameroom exhibitors of all types of games, parts, and collectibles are under one roof at this once-a-year festival for you to play, buy and sell. If they are a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here.

Play all the games you want with admission. Interested in honing your pinball play and improving gaming skills? Want the industry low-down and to be an insider on innovations? We have that covered. Take a break from playing to join meetups and seminars hosted by industry insiders and celebrity guests — designers, modders, programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs galore.

Note: New location and new dates.

May
31
Fri
2019
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

Around 400 pinball and video games fill the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center’s hall along with multiple tournaments and a wide variety of vendors, while seminars take place in the lobby outside.

See our reports from the past few years in the Shows section for a good overview.

Note that the 2019 dates are a week earlier in the year than in the past couple of years, avoiding clashes with other US shows.

Jun
7
Fri
2019
IFPA 16 @ Double Pinball
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day
IFPA 16 @ Double Pinball | Assago | Lombardia | Italy

The sixteenth edition of the IFPA World Championship will take place from 7th to 9th June 2019, for the first time ever in Italy.

The event will be hosted in the Double Pinball showroom, in Assago, just outside Milan.

In the same week of the event and in the days before the Ifpa World Cup Italy and Double Pinball will organize a series of introductory tournament that will anticipate the maximum competition. For a week of sports pinball.

Note: Entry is restricted to the top players in each country and is by invitation only.

Jun
27
Thu
2019
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Jun 27 – Jun 30 all-day
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center | Sturbridge | Massachusetts | United States

This expo is 30,000 square feet of fun for the whole family. The kids can have never-ending excitement with a caricature artist, face painting, friendly clowns, balloon animals, yo yo and juggling show. The adults can bring out their inner child with over 200 pinball machines set on free play, all while enjoying an ice-cold craft beer.

Well over 170 pinball machines set on free play! The mix is different each year, thanks to the dedicated hobbyists, operators, and game vendors who bring games to show off. Expect pinball machines that span a wide time range, and some non-pinball arcade games as well!

Our headlining tournament, the Silverball Rumble, run by the Sanctum takes place in the back of the vendor hall. It’s an IFPA-endorsed event with unlimited PAPA-style qualifying. Entries are $10 each and qualifying begins at Noon on Friday. The top 24 get into elimination rounds to qualify for cash prizes (top 8) and trophies (top 3).

In the same tournament area, there will be a side tournament for charity, played on the new Total Nuclear Annihilation game. The player who has the most reactors by Saturday closing time will get half the accumulated entry fees; the other half goes to the Andrea Ritz Clinics in Paraguay. (Ties broken by conventional point score.)

Our Pingolf tournament run by Southern N.H. Pinball will be a more casual event, where you will be able to come and go starting Thursday evening. This tournament will take place in the Executive Room (the old VIP room across from the Seminar Theater), starting at 6:00 PM each day. Each night is a separate tournament. The room  will be open Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday, including late hours.  A small entry fee will be charged to build prize money. We encourage players of any skill level to try it out.

Jul
12
Fri
2019
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 12 – Jul 14 all-day
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

Same location as the previous three years but dates have changed from usual mid-June due to hotel scheduling conflicts.

Hotel rooms available for $129 per night.  Book early as these usually sell out.

Online registration is now open, but only for full three-day passes at the time of writing.

 

Aug
1
Thu
2019
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Featuring the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship with over $100,000 in total prizes and more than 700 pinball and arcade machines.

The World’s largest pinball tournament with close to 800 competitors.

Aug
23
Fri
2019
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 23 – Aug 25 all-day
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel | England | United Kingdom

The UK’s national pinball show returns for a second year to the familiar surroundings of the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel.

More than 100 machines are expected, with more details on special announcements nearer the time

VIP-only sessions are held on Friday and Saturday evenings, and a tournament is also planned.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day
Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds | Dixon | California | United States

This annual event has long been supported by pinball enthusiasts from all over Northern California and helps local youth charities. Many people bring their pinball machines to share, the organizers and volunteers are not paid to put on the show, we spread pinball joy and everyone benefits!

 

Oct
16
Wed
2019
35th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 16 – Oct 20 all-day
35th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore for the 35th anniversary in 2019, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, seminars, tournaments, vendors, large games rooms, exhibits and much more.

Note:  Normally only the tournaments continue into Sunday.  Pinball Expo vendor, games and seminar halls are all expected to close Saturday night.

Nov
15
Fri
2019
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 15 – Nov 17 all-day
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

The public is cordially invited to attend the largest antique show of its kind! Curious about what the Chicagoland Show has in store for you? Check out our ticketing options, and join us at this one-of-a-kind event!

 

Houston Arcade & Pinball Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase
Nov 15 – Nov 16 all-day
Houston Arcade & Pinball Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase | Houston | Texas | United States

There will be over 300 classic and current coin-op pinball machines, video arcade games, penny arcades, and console video games ready for attendees to play on free play or buy them for their home.

There will be tournaments, events, music and workshops to keep the young and young-at-heart entertained.

 

 

May
23
Sat
2020
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 23 – May 25 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

It is like the comicon for pinball, retro console, classic arcade video! Gameroom exhibitors of all types of games, parts, and collectibles are under one roof at this once-a-year festival for you to play, buy and sell. If they are a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here.

Play all the games you want with admission. Interested in honing your pinball play and improving gaming skills? Want the industry low-down and to be an insider on innovations? We have that covered. Take a break from playing to join meetups and seminars hosted by industry insiders and celebrity guests – designers, modders, programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs galore.

Note: Same location and Memorial Day weekend dates as last year.

Jul
9
Thu
2020
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Jul 9 – Jul 12 all-day
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Featuring the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship with over $100,000 in total prizes and more than 700 pinball and arcade machines.

The World’s largest pinball tournament with close to 800 competitors.

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