PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Feb
4
Fri
2022
Starfighters Pinball Festival @ Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
Feb 4 – Feb 6 all-day
Starfighters Pinball Festival @ Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West | Mesa | Arizona | United States

Join us for the 1st Annual Starfighters Pinball Festival or SPF benefiting local Arizona charities.  SPF will feature 150+ pinball machines, oodles of classic video games, pinball machine raffles, vendors, free kids tournaments, women’s classic pinball tournament, game room goodies, and more in a 20,000 square foot space at the Sheraton Wrigleyville West!

Experience Arizona’s largest public pinball exhibition set to free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend in a stunning resort with amazing amenities that include dining and adult beverages.

SPF will also host a world-class IFPA sanctioned pinball tournament with thousands of dollars in prizes. This inaugural tournament is limited to only 108 players. Open registration is coming soon.

Mar
11
Fri
2022
Louisville Arcade Expo @ Triple Crown Pavilion
Mar 11 – Mar 13 all-day
Louisville Arcade Expo @ Triple Crown Pavilion | Jeffersontown | Kentucky | United States

The 11th Annual Louisville Arcade Expo is back in 2022 for 3 days of retro gaming goodness.

Featuring 100s of pinball and arcade games – including favorites such as Pinbot, Addams Family, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-man, Galaga, Street Fighter II and many more.

New pinball machines on freeplay such as Godzilla and Led Zepplin from Stern Pinball, Guns and Roses from Jersey Jack Pinball, and Hot Wheels from American Pinball!

Celebrate 30 years of retro console rivalries between Nintendo and Sega. Take a stroll down memory lane and enjoy playing classic consoles like Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, Playstation and Nintendo Wii.

Visit our vendor area where you can buy classic systems and games, pixel art, anime toys and rare collectables.

Mar
15
Tue
2022
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

The 2022 Amusement Expo International is the annual event for the coin-op and revenue-generating amusement, music and family entertainment industry.

AAMA (American Amusement Machine Association) and AMOA (Amusement & Music Operators Association) have teamed up as co-sponsors to develop a 3-day program that brings new technologies, networking possibilities, and and information education all under one roof.

The format will begin with a full day of education sessions beginning on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. These compelling educational sessions will address timely topics and provide useful information for all who attend. Two full days of exhibit time will follow on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17, 2022.

In the last years, the Amusement Expo International has co-located with the NBVA (National Bulk & Vending Association) and the Laser Tag Convention.

Mar
25
Fri
2022
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 25 – Mar 27 all-day
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites | Frisco | Texas | United States

After the cancellation of the 2020 & 2021 Texas Pinball Festivals, the show will return on the weekend of March 25 – 27, 2022.

More details will be posted soon.

Apr
7
Thu
2022
Pinbrew Fest @ Metroplex Expo Center
Apr 7 – Apr 9 all-day
Pinbrew Fest @ Metroplex Expo Center | Girard | Ohio | United States

PinBrew is a three-day fun filled event with the emphasis on pinball. Come join us at the show and for the price of the ticket you will be able to enjoy a full day or all three days playing over 100 pinball machines new and old. We will have a selection of arcade games there that you may have played in younger days as well. Our show combines the fun of games with great craft beers and local foods. Each day we will have different breweries set up giving you the opportunity to try a variety of their best brews.

We will be enjoying different foods from some of the region’s best Food trucks. Everything from barbecue to pierogis. Also, some of the areas best coffee will be represented there by Stonefruit Coffee Company.

And for you serious pinheads we will have vendors displaying some of the newest pinball machines, Mods and parts. There will be games there for sale that you can take home from the show. And plenty of tournaments for all you serious pinball wizards.

Apr
21
Thu
2022
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 21 – Apr 23 all-day
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

NOTE: These are the rescheduled dates for the show originally planned for 2nd-4th September, 2021.

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

Come out and join us for our 21st year!

Apr
29
Fri
2022
Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Apr 29 – May 1 all-day
Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States

The Midwest Gaming Classic is a 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!

Join thousands of gamers in Milwaukee for an event you’ll never forget!

Apr
30
Sat
2022
Zapcon @ Mesa Convention Center
Apr 30 – May 1 all-day
Zapcon @ Mesa Convention Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

It’s a weekend-long classic arcade and pinball party, with all of the games set to free play!

May
13
Fri
2022
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 13 – May 15 all-day
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds | Lodi | California | United States

This is the fourth year of the central California show from the Northern California Pinball Association (although only the third show as the 2020 & 2021 shows were cancelled), 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.

Jun
3
Fri
2022
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 13th year and it’s one of the biggest and smoothest running shows in the world!
-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!
-Top national and local vendors and sponsors!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-World record high score attempts!
-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
Thu
2022
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Jun 23 – Jun 26 all-day
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center | Sturbridge | Massachusetts | United States

Note: Pintastic returns to its customary June dates in 2022 following 2021’s delayed show held in November.

Pintastic is the family-friendly pinball and game room show that’s centrally located in the six New England states. It has hundreds of games set on free play, tournaments, seminars, an exhibition hall full of vendors offering fun stuff for your game room, and entertainment for kids. While pinball is the most prominent type of game, there will be arcade and console video games, and always some surprises.

Jul
15
Fri
2022
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 15 – Jul 17 all-day
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo (SFGE) is a 3-day fan convention focused exclusively on gaming.

The Expo is held July 15th-17th at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Atlanta, GA, and boasts over 300 full-sized arcade games, pinball machines and console systems, along with tabletop gaming, vendors, special guest speakers, a film fest, wrestling, tournaments and more!

SFGE is a family-friendly event that will be fun for all ages.

Hotel rooms available through the website. Book early as these usually sell out.

Jul
21
Thu
2022
Edmonton Pinball & Classic Arcade Expo (Yegpin) @ Millennium Place
Jul 21 – Jul 24 all-day
Edmonton Pinball & Classic Arcade Expo (Yegpin) @ Millennium Place | Sherwood Park | Alberta | Canada

Our 5th anniversary, expanded to 26000 sq. ft. of gaming making this biggest show ever!
Day and weekend passes available on four event days.
One admission fee per day to play all games in free play area; ~200 pinball machines and ~50 classic arcades
The newest pinball machines on display and for sale
4 IFPA sanctioned pinball tournaments, cash prizes and custom trophies
All ages fun filled day of gaming for the entire family
Additional events such as YEGPIN After Dark, Best in Show Awards, and Silent Auction

Oct
19
Wed
2022
38th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Oct 19 – Oct 22 all-day
38th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel | Schaumburg | Illinois | United States

For 2022 the longest-running pinball show continues at its new home at the Renaissance Convention Center & Hotel in the city of Schaumburg.

Schaumburg is much nearer Chicago O’Hare airport than the previous location at the Westin in Wheeling, while the main show hall has expanded to 70,000 sq ft, almost three times the size of the main vendor hall at the Westin.  There are also dedicated seminar rooms and multiple meeting spaces in hotel and attached Convention Center.

Nov
11
Fri
2022
Houston Arcade Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase
Nov 11 – Nov 13 all-day
Houston Arcade Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase | Houston | Texas | United States

20th Anniversary Arcade Party BASH!!!

BRING A GAME and you will get in free for the weekend.

If you’ve never been to the Houston show, it’s one hell of a fun weekend we promise you won’t forget – or maybe you will, because it’s THAT much fun! So come on down to Houston and let us show everyone some Texan hospitality where you’ll meet some great local collectors and make new friends along the way!

Fri:12pm-2am
Sat:10am-2am
Sun 10am-2pm

 

 

Nov
14
Mon
2022
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center
Nov 14 – Nov 18 all-day
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center | Orlando | Florida | United States

Conference from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th, trade show from Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th.

IAAPA Expo is the one-stop destination for leisure and attractions industry professionals, including operators, suppliers, investors, and developers from.

  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Integrated Hotels and Resorts
  • Water Parks
  • Attractions
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Historic/Cultural/Tourist Attractions
  • Museums and Science Centers
  • Zoos and Aquariums
  • and More!
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