PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Apr
19
Thu
2018
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 19 – Apr 21 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
21
Sat
2018
Flip-Expo @ Salle Serge Reggiani
Apr 21 – Apr 22 all-day
Apr
27
Fri
2018
German Pinball Open @ Jensens Lagerhaus
Apr 27 – Apr 29 all-day
May
4
Fri
2018
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
May 4 – May 6 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 4 – May 5 all-day
PinFest @ The Allentown Fairgrounds | Allentown | Pennsylvania | United States

Thursday May 4th (setup only for vendors and free play) 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Friday May 5th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday May 6th From 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

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′. As Vendors sign on we will update the site
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.

May
18
Fri
2018
NYC Pinball Championships @ Skyline Hotel
May 18 – May 20 all-day
NYC Pinball Championships @ Skyline Hotel | New York | New York | United States

The tournaments will include International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA)-sanctioned Open, Classics, and Womens’ tournaments, as well as a B Division contest for players ranked outside of the top 2,000 by the IFPA.

With the championships taking place on the 9th floor penthouse ballroom of the Skyline Hotel, players and spectators will enjoy stunning views of the midtown Manhattan skyline while taking part in an event showcasing competitive pinball at its highest level. Players will compete for a wide range of cash and prizes on diverse banks of pinball machines provided by some of the area’s top retailers, operators, private collectors, and pinball machine manufacturers.

Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 18 – May 20 all-day
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds | Lodi | California | United States

A new central California show held in Lodi.

May
19
Sat
2018
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria
May 19 – May 20 all-day
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria | Madrid | Comunidad de Madrid | Spain

The tenth edition of the Madrid pinball tournament.

Modern and Classic tournaments.

Preferential hotel rates being negotiated.

May
25
Fri
2018
Polish Pinball Championship & PSF Cup @ JJP Flipper Club
May 25 – May 27 all-day
Polish Pinball Championship & PSF Cup @ JJP Flipper Club | Bytom | śląskie | Poland

Four tournaments in one weekend.

Main Tournament, Classics, Pin-Golf & Manufacturers Division.

Main tournament on Saturday 26th May, Classics on Friday and Saturday, Pin-Golf on Sunday and Manufacturers Division from Friday to Sunday.  All tournaments award WPPR points.

Jun
2
Sat
2018
Flippermania 2018 with David Thiel @ Pinball Universe
Jun 2 – Jun 3 all-day
Flippermania 2018 with David Thiel @ Pinball Universe | Bünde | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

This is the 3rd “Non Tournament Pinball Event” in Germany hosting a star guest, with lots of time and seminars with the guest.

It will be a journal of David through his career to create the perfect pinball (and video) sounds. Starting in the early ’80s with Gottlieb, later Data East (Laser War, Time Machine and many more) til these days (Dialed In!, Alien …) and David is currently working on Pirates.

The event is hosted at Pinball Universe which gives the guest a lot of opportunities to see and play the latest industry games, as well as playing classics in the company’s game room.

The entrance fee of €35 covers all the travelling costs of the guest, the real costs of the location, and a joined buffet dinner on Saturday.

Jun
8
Fri
2018
Southern-Fried Gaming Expo @ Marriott Renaissance Waverly
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Southern-Fried Gaming Expo @ Marriott Renaissance Waverly | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo features more than 250 arcade, pinball and console machines, the fourth annual Southern-Fried Pinball Tournament, tabletop gaming, a vendor expo, exciting programs and guest speakers, movie screenings, and other special events.

Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown & Gameroom Expo @ Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown & Gameroom Expo @ Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows | Lone Tree | Colorado | United States

Experience the sights, sounds, and excitement of hands-on games. Play hundreds of games for fun, or compete in pinball and arcade tournaments for all ages and skill levels with trophies, cash or prizes. Meetups with special pinball and arcade gamer celebrity guests from industry and across this amazing community.

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention Center
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

Featuring over 400 pinball and arcade games from the 1950s to the newest games!
-5 pinball tournaments!
-Over a dozen satellite pinball tournaments leading up to the show where you can win prizes, weekend passes, and tournament entries!
-The Northwest Show draws over 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-Tons of raffle items, prizes and merch! Win a pinball or arcade game each day the show!
-Dozens of one of a kind homebrew games, whitewoods, prototypes, rare games and the debut of newest games from pinball and arcade manufacturers!
-Nice modern air conditioned convention center with 2 hotels within a block of the venue, situated near bars, restaurants and in a town with a dozen microbreweries, many within walking distance!

Jun
23
Sat
2018
Italian Pinball Open @ QLASH House
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day
Italian Pinball Open @ QLASH House | Villorba | Italy
The tournament includes a Main Tournament inserted in the official Ifpa calendar and therefore valid for the Wppr ranking, but is also included in the calendar of the ICS 2018 National Circuit, constituting the fourth and the most important stage in terms of points and it will also be the Italian event for the Ecs European circuit (In these two cases, only the Main Tournament will be taken into account), constituting the only Italian stage of the circuit.
ITALIAN PINBALL OPEN (MAIN) – Tournament Format
MAIN TOURNAMENT
Start: Saturday, June, the 23rd 2018 End: Sunday, June, the 24th 2018
Max: 64 players
Subscription start from 1st April 2018
Together with the Italian Pinball Championship – IPO, there will also be an eSports tournament (“Hearthstone” invitational tournament with 8/16 participants) to also involve the public of professional players from both sports. But in addition to this, a tournament will also be played, that can bring these two worlds together and involve both of them: it is a challenge to Virtual Pinball, played on tablet stations, which is giving away an interesting prize for the winner, namely a brand new tablet!
Jun
28
Thu
2018
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Jun 28 – Jul 1 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.

Note: a fourth day (Sunday) has now been added to the dates as a winding-down day.

Jul
6
Fri
2018
East-Anglian Pinball Show (Swavesey) @ The White Horse
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day
East-Anglian Pinball Show (Swavesey) @ The White Horse | Swavesey | England | United Kingdom
Every year there is a good mix of games for regular players to enjoy and to tempt those who may be new to pinball into finding out what pinball is all about.
 
The event has also become the home of the UK Cup competition and occassionally other rather interesting competitions designed with fun in mind!
 
All are welcome to enter and play for the UK Pinball Cup and other competitions are suited to all ability levels and are open to all comers.
Jul
26
Thu
2018
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Jul 26 – Jul 29 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.

Jul
29
Sun
2018
Wayne Neyen’s 100th Birthday
Jul 29 all-day
Wayne Neyen's 100th Birthday @ Mountain Home | Arkansas | United States

Legendary Gottlieb game designer Wayne Neyens, celebrates his 100th birthday in his home town of Mountain Home.

Birthday cards (especially funny ones) can be sent to:

313 Leatherwood Circle, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653, USA
Aug
10
Fri
2018
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA
Aug 10 – Aug 11 all-day
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

New local show for upstate New York featuring about 75 games and a flea market.

$10 per day, children 6 & under are free. The show proceeds will be donated to charity.

Sep
7
Fri
2018
Vancouver FlipOut Expo @ Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day
Sep
13
Thu
2018
Pinball Palooza @ To Be Announced
Sep 13 – Sep 16 all-day
Pinball Palooza @ To Be Announced | Schaumburg | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo co-organiser Rob Berk new show in Schaumburg promises seminars, tournaments, vendors, free-play games, and much more.

Exact location and show details to be announced.

Oct
12
Fri
2018
Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds
Oct 12 – Oct 14 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
17
Wed
2018
34th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 17 – Oct 21 all-day
34th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

NOTE: DATES AND LOCATION ARE NOT YET CONFIRMED – DON’T BOOK ANYTHING YET.

Stern Pinball factory tour, seminars, banquet, tournaments, vendors, large games room, exhibits and much more.

Nov
9
Fri
2018
Chicagoland Show @ Pheasant Run Resort
Nov 9 all-day
Mar
22
Fri
2019
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
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