PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

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
6
Sat
2019
Italian Pinball Open @ Double Pinball
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day
Italian Pinball Open @ Double Pinball | Assago | Lombardia | Italy

The greatest event in Italy for professional pinball players ! The Third Edition of the Italian Pinball Open is ready to welcome you nearby Milan at DoublePinball, the Italian headquarter for pinball.

Qualification:

Head to head match play
Max 15 rounds – 4 groups (A,B,C,D) (Round Robin)
Best 20 players advance to final rounds (1st of each group get 1 bye)
Finals Format (20 players):

PAPA Style Match Play with groups based on qualification ranking
1st round : 4 groups of 4 players (top 3 advance to second round) (3 games – score 7,5,3,1)
2nd round : 4 groups of 4 players (top 2 advance to semifinal) (3 games – score 7,5,3,1)
Semifinal : head to head (best of 3 games)
Final : 4 players – 1 game

What you can find in this fantastic pinball week-end ?

– 1 Main Tournament IFPA approved
– Italian Stage of ECS (European Championship Series)
– 1 Pin-Golf Tournament IFPA approved
– Free-play area always available

The event is realized thanks to the collaboration between IFPA Italia and DoublePinball.

 

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.

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

Friday 3.5.2019 – Sunday 5.5.2019
Over 50 pinball machines in free play and over 50 pinball machines in the tournament

Friday 3.5.2019 14:00 – 23:00
Qualification for the German Championship and Classic Tournament, Free Game

Saturday 4.5.2019 10:00 – 23:00
First and Main Round German Championship, Classic Tournament Qualification, Free Play

Sunday 5.5.2019 10:00 – approx. 16:00 o’clock
Final German championship, elimination and final class tournament, children’s tournament at noon, free play

Registration for the GPO starts from the end of February.

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
4
Sat
2019
Play Expo Manchester @ Manchester Central Exhibition Complex
May 4 – May 5 all-day
Play Expo Manchester @ Manchester Central Exhibition Complex | England | United Kingdom

Play Expo returns to Manchester but at a new time and in a new location, featuring the Northern Lights Pinball Show with around 60 pinballs, competitions, prize raffles and much more.

The UK’s favourite arcade, indie and retro games show will return in 2019! Close to 1000 consoles, handhelds, computers, arcades, pinballs and PCs all running the very best in classic and modern video games and all free to play!

Organised by experienced video game events specialists Replay Events the show will be full with features, exhibitors and more gaming mayhem than Manchester has ever seen.

Jam packed with everything you love about gaming and popular culture, the show has something for everyone.

Zapcon VII @ Mesa Convention Center
May 4 – May 5 all-day
Zapcon VII @ Mesa Convention Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

A weekend-long classic arcade and pinball party, with all of the games set to free play!

Saturday pass: $30
Sunday pass: $20
Weekend pass: $40
Kids’ Saturday pass: $15
Kids’ Sunday pass: $10
Kids’ Weekend pass: $20

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
24
Fri
2019
15th Polish Pinball Championships & PSF Cup 2019 @ JJP Flipper Club
May 24 – May 26 all-day
15th Polish Pinball Championships & PSF Cup 2019 @ JJP Flipper Club | Bytom | śląskie | Poland

The annual Polish Pinball Championship combines with the PSF Cup at this three-day event at the JJP Flipper Club in Bytom.

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.

Horrorhouse Fest @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – May 26 @ 9:00 pm
Horrorhouse Fest @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

Now in our seventh year, Horrorhouse Fest has found a home in it’s latest incarnation, now partnered with Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown to bring you the scariest and craziest gaming experience around. Combining the thrills of a spookhouse and an arcade tournament, Horrorhouse Fest is quite simply something we call a “Hauntcade”!

Traditionally our event has been a one night affair, but now that we’ll be at the showdown all weekend in our own “Conference Room of Death”, we have expanded to 2 sessions. One on Saturday, May 25th 2019 starting at 7pm and one on Sunday, May 26th starting at 5pm. Expect a mini thrill ride full of unique and rare games, actors who play the parts of characters from the games, and a super fun and hilarious tournament style adventure, where the players will be distracted by sights and sounds aplenty while trying to figure out how to get a high score on each machine at the same time!

Prizes will be amazing, as in the past we have given away everything from a full upright arcade machine, video games from the past and present, Dungeons and Dragons manuals, consoles and plenty of swag from our sponsors. What will be the grand prize this year? Just you wait… it will be worth every scream encountered!

IMPORTANT: You must purchase a corresponding admission ticket to the show (Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown) in order to participate in that day’s tournaments. The tournament entry does NOT include admission to the show.

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
15
Sat
2019
STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association
Jun 15 – Jun 16 all-day
STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association | Biar | Valencian Community | Spain

This year the STR-Pinball tournament will be held on June 15 and 16 at the facilities of the Pinball Biar Association.

Registration will open on April 22 at 12:00. Send an e-mail to pinboleandoporelmundo@gmail.com.

There is a limit of 54 participants.  This year we will eat at our headquarters – we will give more information about it later.

The price is €65, which includes food.

The tournament is included in the IFPA Spanish Series.  Also includes the new STR-Pinball game, Tokyo Perfect Drift.

Jun
19
Wed
2019
IFPA Pinball Olympics @ Bulls & Balls Fulda
Jun 19 – Jun 23 all-day
IFPA Pinball Olympics @ Bulls & Balls Fulda | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

We will play the IFPA Pinball Olympics 2019 in Fulda. Four-and-a-half days of “playing competitive pinball”.

What do we plan?

  • 100+ players
  • more than 60 pinball machines from all epoches (EE to the latest Sterns/JJP)
  • up to 11 tournaments (10 registered for WPPR points) – Team Tournament – Swiss Mode – Group Matchplay – EPC Mode – Pingolf – Classics (various versions) – Best of 5 – and more
  • a location from another dimension 😀 https://www.facebook.com/BullsandBalls/
  • nice food and very tasteful alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks for very moderate prices
  • a nice goodybag with pinball stuff and a digital LED nameplate (already personified with name, event and so on, looks like a DMD)
  • many more……………………………… stay tuned
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.

 

Jul
19
Fri
2019
UK Pinball Open & Classic @ Flip Out London
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day
UK Pinball Open & Classic @ Flip Out London | England | United Kingdom

The UK’s two premier tournaments will be held on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July, 2019 at the country’s largest pinball club, Flip Out London in Croydon. Not only that, we are arranging two additional days of tournaments on the Wednesday and Thursday to produce a full five days of competitive pinball in the UK’s capital.

– The first tournament will be held at Chief Coffee in Chiswick on Wednesday 17th July.

The fun starts at Flip Out London on Thursday 18th July, where tyou will find around fifty pinballs.

– Then on Thursday 18th July Flip Out London will host a tournament run by London Pinball which will run alongside the regular weekly Flip Out London League for a busy night of pinball fun.
– Friday 19th July is the start of qualifying for the UK Pinball Open – the IFPA European Championship Series qualifying tournament – and the UK Pinball Classic. Qualifying will be in groups, with the first groups playing Friday evening.
– The majority of the groups will play their qualifying in both tournaments on Saturday 20th July, after which the full list of qualifiers will be announced.

– Those qualifiers will then compete in the play-offs on Sunday 21st July, while an additional tournament will be run at Flip Out London for those who didn’t qualify or choose not to take part in the play-offs.

There will be trophies for all tournaments, with cash prizes for the top players in the UK Pinball Open and Classic. The exact cash prizes depend on player numbers, but last year we gave away more than £1,300 (€1,520/$1,730) and paid out down to 16th places in both tournaments, so there’s plenty to play for.

Jul
27
Sat
2019
California Extreme @ Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day
California Extreme @ Hyatt Regency Santa Clara | Santa Clara | California | United States

California Extreme is the “Classic Arcade Games Show”. It’s an annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. All games on display are set for free play, so leave your quarters in the ash tray in your car. You won’t need ’em.

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
9
Fri
2019
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA
Aug 9 – Aug 10 all-day
Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show @ Saratoga Regional YMCA | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

The show will feature approximately 50 pinball machines & arcade games from the past and present, all set on free play.  For one admission price, you are welcome to stay all day and play as much as you like for no additional cost. Many of the games available to play will also be for sale.

The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball & arcade games and parts for sale, as well as a beginner-friendly pinball tournament.

There will also be a special exhibit featuring film memorabilia, including various original costumes and props from:

  • Once Upon a Time
  • Stargate Universe
  • Ender’s Game
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Electric Dreams
  • And more!
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.

Sep
13
Fri
2019
Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Salamanca @ IBB Hotel Recoletos Coco Salamanca
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day
Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Salamanca @ IBB Hotel Recoletos Coco Salamanca | Salamanca | Castilla y León | Spain

This is the Spanish 2019 ECS qualifying tournament.

Details of 2019 event coming soon, but dates are confirmed.

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Vancouver FlipOut Expo @ Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
Oct 3 – Oct 6 all-day
Vancouver FlipOut Expo @ Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre | Vancouver | British Columbia | Canada

Our first annual Vancouver FlipOut Pinball Expo, held in September of 2016 was a fantastic success: Old school arcade classics and the latest cutting edge pinball technology; a local autistic pinball prodigy, competitive and amateur tournaments, the world’s largest pinball machine, and much more.

2017 proved to be an even bigger success and prompted our move to a larger venue for 2018!

Hundreds of visitors attend our three-day expo in Downtown Vancouver with over 100 pinball & arcade machines set to free play, guest speakers, vendors and tournaments for all ages and skills.

Oct
5
Sat
2019
Belgian Open Pinball @ 't Bau-huis
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
Belgian Open Pinball @ 't Bau-huis | Sint-Niklaas | Vlaanderen | Belgium

After a year away, the Belgian Open Pinball (BOP) returns to ‘t Bau-huis in Sint-Niklaas.

The usual mix of Open, Classic and side tournaments is expected, but check the website for more details.

Oct
6
Sun
2019
Part of the Machine: Rock and Pinball @ Joseph Brant Museum
Oct 6 2019 – Jan 12 2020 all-day
Part of the Machine: Rock and Pinball @ Joseph Brant Museum | Burlington | Ontario | Canada

Our first special exhibition in the Showcase Gallery at the Joseph Brant Museum, is the Canadian premiere of Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

The interactive exhibition features rock-themed, playable pinball machines alongside merchandise and artifacts related to artists and bands.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
European Pinball Championship 2019 @ Marketenderiet
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day
European Pinball Championship 2019 @ Marketenderiet | København | Denmark

The tournament weekend, in short, is comprised of two tournaments, the European Pinball Championship, and running alongside, the ever popular
Danish Pinball Open, back for its 14th iteration.

Furthermore there will also be the traditional National Team Tournament, where each country can enter a selection of their finest players, to compete for national glory and honour.

Finally, as we had at last years DPO, there will be a second chance consolation tournament on Sunday, for everyone that has had the misfortune of being knocked out of both the EPC and DPO.

The price for participation is 55€ + 5€ handling fee, totalling 60€ in all.

The formats:

EPC: Qualification on 10 player selected machines from a large bank, leading into head to head final rounds, ending in a 4 man grand final on
Sunday.

DPO: Qualification on 8 player selected machines from a large bank, leading into 4 man group final rounds, ending in a 4 man grand final on
Sunday.

National championship: Format still not finalized.

Second chance: Format still not finalized.

The schedule:

* Friday: 5 EPC qualification slots, DPO qualification open through the day, national team tournament.
* Saturday: 3 EPC qualification slots, DPO qualifications open through the day.
* Sunday: EPC finals, DPO finals, Second Chance consolation tournament.

Every country is allotted 5 pre-registrations.

The 5 pre-registered players will also represent their respective countries in the national team tournament, so choose your players wisely. (In case of a player not being able to actually come to the EPC, substitutions are of course allowed)

Each player will receive a personal link to sign up and pay the entry fee (pre-registration is not valid without payment), which will be useable until Wednesday the 5th, where the EPC 2019 website will go live and registration will open for all interested players.

White Rose Gameroom Show @ York Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day
White Rose Gameroom Show @ York Fairgrounds and Expo Center | York | Pennsylvania | United States
  • Pinball machines, video games, jukeboxes, slot machines, etc.
  • One price admission to play games all day, no quarters required!
  • Lots of door prizes.
  • Pinball and Gameroom items on sale.
  • Kids and adults pinball machine tournaments.
  • Refreshments will be available.
$15 Adults, $5 children ages 6-12, Free for Kids 5 and younger.
   (All prices are per person, per day)
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
15
Tue
2019
Enada Rome @ Fiera di Roma
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day
Enada Rome @ Fiera di Roma | Roma | Lazio | Italy

“The first historical exhibition of the Amusement & Gaming Sector” of Sapar, organized by IEG – Italian Exhibition Centre

Rome is the gaming capital again with Enada.

The 47th edition of Sapar’s International Amusement & Gaming Machine Show, organized by IEG – Italian Exhibition Group, will be held at Fiera di Roma from the 15th to the 17th October 2019.

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, a huge seminar schedule, an IFPA-ranked tournaments, a wide range of parts, machine and add-on vendors, two large games rooms, exhibits of the latest games and products, and much more starting with a free banquet on Wednesday evening.

Pinball News will be video recording all the seminars and they will be made available on the Pinball News site and YouTube channel soon after.

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

Oct
18
Fri
2019
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

The Museum of Pinball’s new second show of the year.

Over 1,400 pinball machines and arcade games (both vintage and modern) will be on freeplay with no quarters needed. Costume contests, entertainment, food, and more!

Nov
8
Fri
2019
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
Nov 8 – Nov 10 all-day
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel | Nashville | Tennessee | United States

Welcome to the GRAND OLE GAMEROOM EXPO, Nashville’s annual Arcade, Pinball, and Video Game Expo. We are back for year four at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville November 8-10, 2019.

The Grand Ole Gameroom Expo is a public event for gamers of all ages. Join us for a weekend packed with over 200 arcade and pinball games all set to free play. Play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Centipede, Ms Pac-Man, Double Dragon, Street Fighter II, and many others. Also play many classic pinball games like Black Knight, The Addams Family, and even some of the latest pinball games from Stern like Aerosmith, Star Wars, Deadpool, and Black Knight Sword of Rage. We also have air hockey, skeeball, and other family friendly games.

The Expo also has over 80 game consoles spanning the Atari 2600 to the latest Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and Playstation VR. There are multiple tournaments for casual players and competitive players on games like Super Smash Bros and Mortal Kombat 11, and we host the largest IFPA pinball tournament in Tennessee.

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.

 

 

Nov
22
Fri
2019
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Nov 22 – Nov 24 all-day
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 100 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home. 2018’s show and tournament will occur at the Holiday Inn Hotel of Eastgate.

Machines from the ’70s through the present will be well represented. Several machines will be available for purchase with contact and pricing listed on these machines.

Tickets will be limited to avoid overcrowding. Buy early to guarantee your spot. If the show does not sell out in advance, tickets will be sold at the door. If tickets do sell out prior to the show, the website will be updated to reflect such. Free entry for children 12 and under (1 per paying adult). IFPA approved tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday.

Dec
13
Fri
2019
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit

Friday 13th December, 18:30-22:00
Friday evening social – £5 per person; £3 for children under 16.

Saturday 14th December, 11:30-19:00
Festive Classics tournament – £10 per person; £6 for children under 16.
Format: Head-to-head play; Five Strike Knockout on the classic games.
Note: There will be no practice on machines in the Classic tournaments but you are free to practice on any other machines.
Registration 11:30 am for 12 noon start.

Sunday 15th December, 11:00-18:00 (qualifying 11:00-15:00)
Main tournament – £10 per person, £6 for children under 16.
Format: Play two qualification games on eight machines of your choice. The top 16 qualify (or even numbered just less than 50% if less than 32 players) for head-to-head play consisting of best of five games (may change to best of three depending on numbers).

Note: Social visits are welcome but no classic play possible on Saturday during the tournament and you may be asked to vacate a machine on Sunday if tournament players require it. Social visit cost is £10 per person, £6 for children under 16.

Please email peter@specialwhenlit.co.uk to confirm you place. State which day or both days.

Jan
9
Thu
2020
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball
Jan 9 – Jan 12 all-day
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

The INDISC Pinball Festival is a four day pinball arcade party with more fun than you can imagine. Not only do we have 500+ pinball machines and a small selection of classic video games on free play, we are hosting one of the largest Stern Pinball Pro Circuit events of the year, It Never Drains in Southern California™ and The Open IFPA World Championship™—which also happens to be one of the largest open pinball tournaments in the world and has been designated as the 5th major championship.

In addition to hosting The Open, INDISC 2020 will include multiple Classics events along with the High Stakes, Women’s and Youth divisions from previous years. New for 2020, INDISC will now include a Seniors division and will be expanding to a fourth day. More details coming soon.

Come battle the best players from all over the world or simply enjoy the vast collection of machines the Museum of Pinball has to offer. Either way, we’ll see you in Janaury!

Jan
14
Tue
2020
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre
Jan 14 – Jan 16 all-day
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre | England | United Kingdom

The annual UK amusement and coin-op trade show is back at ExCel London in the Docklands 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 Chicago Gaming on the Pinball Heaven stand, and some surprise pinball-related products.

Mar
9
Mon
2020
Amusement Expo @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Mar 9 – Mar 11 all-day
Amusement Expo @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

The amusement, FEC and allied out-of-home entertainment segments will take a 1,727 mile detour next spring, when the AAMA-AMOA Amusement Expo International (AEI) takes a one-year break from Las Vegas and heads south to New Orleans for its annual gathering of equipment, ideas and industry executives.

“Jazz Up Your Business in the Big Easy!” will serve as the theme for next year’s March 9-11, 2020 AEI, with Expo Education Day to kick things off on Monday, March 9, followed by the two-day of exhibits on Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11. In addition to changing the location for next year, the schedule for AEI will also shift by a day, to a Monday-Wednesday pattern (from the previous Tuesday-Thursday time frame).

Mar
20
Fri
2020
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse - To Be Confirmed
Mar 20 – Mar 22 all-day
Dutch Pinball Masters @ NFV Clubhouse - To Be Confirmed | 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.

Usually held at the Dutch Pinball Association (NFV) Clubhouse in Veenendaal where there are also free play practice machines and a cafe/bar on-site, there have been some changes in the staffing at the Clubhouse and so the location for the 2020 event has not been confirmed yet.

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 27 – Mar 29 all-day
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites | Frisco | Texas | United States

The 2020 Texas Pinball Festival will be held the weekend of March 27 – 29, 2020 in a HUGE 40,000 square foot game room! We’ll be at the Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco again, and we want to top what we did last year and fill this space with more than 400 pinball machines, classic video games and other game room goodies set up on free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend. Leave your quarters at home!

Children under 5 get in free. Pre-register for the 2020 Texas Pinball Festival starting October 1st, or find out how get in FREE when you bring a game! T-shirts, tournament tickets, and other merchandise will be available for pre-order and sale at the show and of course at the door. And don’t forget to book your room.

The Texas Pinball Festival opens it’s door Friday evening at 5pm and will stay open until 1am on Friday and until midnight on Saturday. The hotel offers multiple options for food and drink.

Do you have what it takes to be a pinball wizard? A variety of adult and children’s tournaments will be held throughout the weekend to test your skills. Compete against others for trophies, ribbons and cash prizes. You could walk out a superstar!

As if inside wasn’t fun enough… Check out the bargains outside! Saturday, March 28, 2020 starting at 8:00am, the DFW Pinball and Arcade Club will be putting on an outdoor flea market and swap meet featuring coin operated collectibles, project machines and more! Admission is free to all guests. Got a machine taking up space in your garage? Too many projects? Too many parts? Bring ’em to the swap meet!

The show will conclude Sunday afternoon after the Awards Ceremony scheduled for 2:30pm. Though we give out door prizes all weekend long, one lucky winner will take home the Raffle Drawing grand prize: a brand new pinball machine!

This show draws people from all over the United States and beyond. It is one of the largest shows in the industry and we want you to experience it first hand. So come on out and join us!

Apr
3
Fri
2020
MIdwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Apr 3 – Apr 5 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!

Apr
16
Thu
2020
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 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

Come out and join us for our 21st year!

Apr
17
Fri
2020
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Apr 17 – Apr 19 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!

 

Apr
25
Sat
2020
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
Apr 25 – Apr 26 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.

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.

Jun
25
Thu
2020
Pintastic @ Boxboro Regency
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Pintastic @ Boxboro Regency | Boxborough | Massachusetts | United States

The Pintastic New England Pinball and Game Room Expo announced that its sixth-year event in 2020 will take place at the Regency Hotel in Boxborough, MA.

Show owner Gabriel D’Annunzio said, “We are pleased that  we get an additional 5000 square feet, more function rooms, and we don’t  give up any aspects of the show that people like.”

The Pintastic show has  free play rooms, tournaments, seminars, a vendor hall with commercial booths, an auction, entertainment for kids, and an outdoor flea market for casual sellers. All will be accommodated in the Boxborough facility, which will undergo a substantial renovation between now and showtime in June 2020.

More details nearer the time.

Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel | Boxborough | Massachusetts | United States

Note: New location

Are you looking for a little relief from the hot summer sun? Look no further than Pintastic New England, which is the first of its kind, centrally located in Boxborough, Massachusetts. 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. 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.

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).

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.

Jul
10
Fri
2020
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 10 – Jul 12 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 10-12 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.

Event Times:

  • Friday, July 10, 2020: 3pm – 12am (w/ later night events & all night tabletop)
  • Saturday, July 11, 2020: 10am – 12am (w/ later night events & all night tabletop)
  • Sunday, July 12, 2020: 10am – 4pm

Hotel rooms available for $132 per night. Book early as these usually sell out.

Online registration is now open, but only for full three-day passes until the end of 2019.

Aug
28
Fri
2020
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 28 – Aug 30 all-day
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel | England | United Kingdom

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

Around 100 machines are expected, with more details on special events announced nearer the time.

VIP-only sessions are held on Friday and Saturday evenings, and the UKPinfest Battle tournament is also expected to return.

Nov
13
Fri
2020
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 13 – Nov 15 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!

 

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