PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

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.

Apr
17
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Apr 17 – Apr 19 all-day
CANCELLED - 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!

 

Jun
5
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day
CANCELLED - Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 12th 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
25
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day
CANCELLED - 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).

Jun
27
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – East-Anglian Pinball Show (Swavesey) @ The White Horse
Jun 27 – Jun 28 all-day
CANCELLED - East-Anglian Pinball Show (Swavesey) @ The White Horse | Swavesey | England | United Kingdom
The most laid-back pinball show returns to the White Horse Inn in Swavesey, near Cambridge.  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.
 
Every year we raise funds for our chosen charity through donations and with the excellent prize raffle, with the draw held on Sunday afternoon.
 
The event is also the home of the free-to-enter UK Cup competition and occasionally 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.
 
More details on the show’s webpage at: https://sites.google.com/site/swaveseypinball/
Oct
14
Wed
2020
VIRTUALISED: 36th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day
VIRTUALISED: 36th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

UPDATE: The physical show is cancelled, but there will be a full schedule of seminars, factory tours and interviews on the pinballexpo.com website over the same dates as the show.

Pinball Expo returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore for the 36th anniversary in 2020, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, a huge seminar schedule, 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.

Nov
13
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 13 – Nov 15 all-day
CANCELLED - 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
16
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day
CANCELLED - 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!

 

Jun
4
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 4 – Jun 6 all-day
CANCELLED - 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
24
Thu
2021
POSTPONED: Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day
POSTPONED: Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel | Boxborough | Massachusetts | United States

Note: Rescheduled to November 2021. Check the Diary entry here for new dates and 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
2
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – East-Anglian Pinball Show (Swavesey) @ The White Horse
Jul 2 – Jul 4 all-day
CANCELLED - East-Anglian Pinball Show (Swavesey) @ The White Horse | Swavesey | England | United Kingdom
The most laid-back pinball show returns to the White Horse Inn in Swavesey, near Cambridge.  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.
Every year we raise funds for our chosen charity through donations and with the excellent prize raffle, with the draw held on Sunday afternoon.
The event is also the home of the free-to-enter UK Cup competition and occasionally 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.
More details on the show’s webpage at: https://sites.google.com/site/swaveseypinball/
Oct
27
Wed
2021
37th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Oct 27 – Oct 30 all-day
37th Pinball Expo @ Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel | Schaumburg | Illinois | United States

NOTE: New location

After last year’s Virtual Pinball Expo, for 2021 the longest-running pinball show moves to a 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.

Booking for the show and the hotel rooms opens at the end of October 2020.

Nov
16
Tue
2021
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center
Nov 16 – Nov 19 all-day
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center | Orlando | Florida | United States

Conference from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th, trade show from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th.

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!
Nov
18
Thu
2021
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Nov 18 – Nov 21 all-day
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center | Sturbridge | Massachusetts | United States

Note: These are the rescheduled dates for 2021 which also see a return to the previous location at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Cenference Center in Sturbridge.

For details of the postponement, visit https://pintasticnewengland.com/postponement/

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.

Nov
19
Fri
2021
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Orlando
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Orlando | Orlando | Florida | United States

After a tumultuous 2020, we’re ready to bring Free Play Florida back and better than ever. Join us for our 2021 convention as we take you back… to the mall! We’re bringing fun and funky 80’s vibes, cool new souvenirs, and, of course, all the arcade and pinball games you can play.

Located at the beautiful Caribe Royal Orlando resort, Free Play Florida is the nation’s largest Pinball and Arcade convention. Featuring over 300 pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and vending machines, along with special guests, panels, cosplayers, and more, it’s a must-attend event for game lovers around the world.

Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 19 – Nov 21 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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