PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

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.

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.

Feb
8
Sat
2020
PinBelles Tournament @ Flip Out London
Feb 8 all-day
PinBelles Tournament @ Flip Out London | England | United Kingdom

PinBelles is a new women-only pinball tournament held at Flip Out London, the UK’s biggest pinball club, located in the nation’s capital city, London.

The tournament begins at 11am. Details of the location, transport options and a map can be found on the Flip Out London website.

The prices for the tournament are:
– Flip Out London members: £10
– Non-members: £20

There is a guaranteed top prize of £250 for the winner. Depending on the number of entries additional prizes may be added and/or the top prize increased.

Mar
4
Wed
2020
European Championship Series 2019 Final @ Bulls & Balls
Mar 4 – Mar 8 all-day
European Championship Series 2019 Final @ Bulls & Balls | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th March, 2020 (optional warm-up tournament on the Wednesday).
More than 70 machines from all epochs.
Nice drinks and food.
Many tournaments.
Good and cheap hotels and hostels nearby.
Good connections from Frankfurt airport.

More details to be added soon.

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

POSTPONED – Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball
Mar 20 @ 2:30pm – Mar 22 @ 7:00pm
POSTPONED - Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

FREEPLAY ON ALL 1,100 MACHINES:
Join us for three days of freeplay on over 1,100 retro to modern arcade games and pinball machines!

STARCADE at ARCADE EXPO 6:
Ever wanted to play retro games under the stars? This is your chance to enjoy tons of games out on the patio – not only at night, but also during the day!

GAME ROOM & ARCADE SWAP MEET/FLEA MARKET:
Saturday, March 16, 2019 (11 – 2pm). Sell your pinball, arcade, and game room related items – games, parts, artwork, etc.- no charge for space, no need to register. Load in / setup will be 10am and load out/tear down 2-3 pm.

Mar
27
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 27 – Mar 29 all-day
CANCELLED - 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!

Mar
28
Sat
2020
POSTPONED – STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day
POSTPONED - STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association | Biar | Valencian Community | Spain

As every year, we return with our STR-Pinball Tournament sponsored by the company of our friends Orlando and Cristina.

This year will be the weekend of 28 and 29 March, the weekend before Easter. It will be held at the facilities of our association in Biar.

Registration can be done from now on: pinballbiar@gmail.com

We’ll have fantastic trophies sponsored by STR-Pinball.

This year we will eat at our headquarters. The price is €65 which includes food.

Apr
3
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day
CANCELLED - 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
POSTPONED – Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day
POSTPONED - 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
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!

 

Apr
25
Sat
2020
POSTPONED – Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day
POSTPONED - 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
9
Sat
2020
POSTPONED – Play Expo Manchester @ Bowlers Manchester
May 9 – May 10 all-day
POSTPONED - Play Expo Manchester @ Bowlers Manchester | Stretford | England | United Kingdom

Play Expo returns to Manchester but at 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 2020! 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.

May
15
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – German Pinball Open 2020 @ Stadthalle Gifhorn
May 15 – May 17 all-day
CANCELLED - German Pinball Open 2020 @ Stadthalle Gifhorn | Gifhorn | Niedersachsen | Germany

Dear pinball friends,

We would like to inform you about a year in advance that the GPO 2020 will take place in our beautiful city of GIFHORN, on the southern edge of the Lüneburg Heath.
So mark the following period very thick in the calendar.

The date is already fixed: Friday, May 15, 2020 – Sunday, May 17, 2020.
Location: Stadthalle in 38518 Gifhorn, Schützenplatz 2
Link: Stadthalle-gifhorn.de

Further information follows.

If you already have questions, ask …

Greetings from your organizing team “on site”:

CANCELLED – Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 15 – May 17 all-day
CANCELLED - Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds | Lodi | California | United States

This is the third 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
23
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 23 – May 25 all-day
CANCELLED - 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
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
6
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – Flippermania 2020 @ Pinball Universe
Jun 6 – Jun 15 all-day
CANCELLED - Flippermania 2020 @ Pinball Universe | Bünde | Nordrhein-Westfalen | Germany

Dear pinball friends,

The GPA proudly presents…

With great pleasure I would like to announce to you that there is a very high probability that this pinball event will take place again in 2020.
The weekend would be June 6th and 7th, 2020 at Pinball Universe in Bünde featuring artist Doug Watson. So, pinballs, listening to the guest, eating together, etc. etc. Technology talk is also not possible and there will be no tournament.

The entrance fee will be € 40.00 for GPA members and € 65.00 for non-GPA members.
This includes the buffet meal on Saturday similar to 2018.
We cover the full travel expenses from Doug Watson – Economy Plus from SFO to Germany with Lufthansa – several days hotel, Essen travel expenses, as well as the real expenses of PU for cleaning etc. We do not have to pay rent to PU!

As soon as Doug has booked the flight I will announce registration details

Even if you have never thought about Doug before Panthera, Barracora but also BK2000, T2 and Indiana Jones.
It pays to take items with you to sign and, unlike Elvira, autographs for the show visitors cost NOTHING.

PS: The number of visitors will be limited to 120!

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/
Jul
9
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Jul 9 – Jul 12 all-day
CANCELLED - 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
VIRTUALISED – Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 10 – Jul 12 all-day
VIRTUALISED - Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

Note: The 2020 physical event is cancelled, but a virtual on-line series of events is available on YouTube and Facebook:
http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com/virtual-sfge-schedule/

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.

Jul
18
Sat
2020
Pinball Alps Tournament @ Osteria Belverde
Jul 18 – Jul 19 all-day
Pinball Alps Tournament @ Osteria Belverde | Campello | Ticino | Switzerland

This is the highest pinball tournament as we know in Europe (maybe in the world), taking place in the Osteria Belverde at 2,000m altitude at the middle station of the chair lift.

Depending on the weather the pinballs will be placed either on the inside or the outside of the Osteria Belverde.

The gaming area inside is very large and gives enough space to have enough distance between the players. On the outside the terrace is also very large and has enough seating to enjoy and wait between the games.

Everybody who enjoys pinball and nature is warmly welcomed to join us in a beautiful scenery in the middle of the alps.

POSTPONED – Bavarian Pinball Championship 2020
Jul 18 @ 1:00pm
POSTPONED - Bavarian Pinball Championship 2020 @ Donauworth | Bavaria | Germany

A maximum of 76 players. Registration is required from 1st May at 20:00. E-mail address for registration will be announced in April. Cost is €20.

The tournament is played in the Swiss System – every player will be there until the start of the semi-finals in the late evening.

The best 8 players move into the semi-finals and play against each other – 1st against 8th, 2nd against 7th, etc. in a “best-of-3” played on 3 different pinball machines (drawn at random).

The winner of each match moves into the final.

The best 4 players will then play a final on 2 machines (7,5,3,1 points). In the event of a tie, the main round place is the tie breaker.

World ranking points will probably be awarded at the tournament (registration in progress).

Jul
25
Sat
2020
VIRTUALISED – California Extreme @ Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day
VIRTUALISED - California Extreme @ Hyatt Regency Santa Clara | Santa Clara | California | United States

UPDATE:
The physical show has been cancelled in favour of a virtual California Extreme on Saturday 25th July, 2020.

We are saddened to announce that due to guidance by the State of California and County of Santa Clara health officials, California Extreme 2020 will not be able to be held in its usual form this year at the Hyatt Regency.

We will instead put on a virtual show on July 25th including speakers, demonstrations, streaming, remote play, vendor specials, and whatever we (including you) can come up with. This is new territory for us, so if you have something you’d like to contribute, please let us know at info@caextreme.org. We plan to offer t-shirts and badges to commemorate our 24th annual event, and we can still have a great weekend while praticing distant socializing.

Aug
20
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Pinbrewfest @ Metroplex Expo Center
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day
CANCELLED - Pinbrewfest @ 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.

Aug
28
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 28 – Aug 30 all-day
CANCELLED - 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.

Sep
5
Sat
2020
Austria Comic Con @ Messe Wels
Sep 5 – Sep 6 all-day
Austria Comic Con @ Messe Wels | Wels | Oberösterreich | Austria

The Austria Comic Con is a regular event in Austria with around 25.000 visitors.

For the last four years there has been a large pinball area at the event. In 2020 there will be an area with around 500m² full of pinballs and arcades games organizsed by RS-Pinball and the Vöcklabrucker Flipper Sport Verein – FlippArena.

As last year, there will be a lot of new games such as Rick and Morty from Spooky Pinball, Heist and others from Multimorphic, as well as the latest from Jersey Jack Pinball, Stern Pinball, American Pinball and others.

Some pinball tournaments will also be organised across the weekend.

Sep
19
Sat
2020
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
Sep 19 – Sep 20 all-day
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum | Brighton | Michigan | United States

Rescheduled from April 2020.

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.

Oct
1
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Oct 1 – Oct 3 all-day
CANCELLED - Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

Note: These are the rescheduled dates from April 25th-27th due to Coronavirus.

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!

Oct
9
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds
Oct 9 – Oct 11 all-day
CANCELLED - 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!

No advance ticket sales – just pay on the door.

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 – Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center
Nov 13 – Nov 15 all-day
CANCELLED - Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center | Lebanon | 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 a new 50,000 sq ft venue in Lebanon on November 13th-15th, 2020. The Wilson County Exposition Center opened in December 2019 and hosted Brick Universe (Lego) in January 2020.

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.

Show hotels and room blocks have not yet been worked out, but details will be announced on the show website as soon as they are known.

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!

 

Nov
21
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – DPO Expo @ ECC
Nov 21 – Nov 22 all-day
CANCELLED - DPO Expo @ ECC | Leiden | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

The Dutch Pinball Open Expo 2020, the biggest pinball event in the Netherlands and home of the Dutch Pinball Open tournament, will take place in the new location of the ECC (Event and Conference Centre) in Leiden.

On the 21st & 22nd of November all are welcome to play on the more than 100 games set to free-play, or attempt to go home with the title.

What to expect?

– More than 100 games, all on free play
– Main tournament (open entry, anyone can join)
– Various ‘side-games’ such as the classics tournament
– Seminars
– Vendors

Dec
4
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day
CANCELLED - Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 120 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home.

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 registered tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday. There will also be an IFPA registered Women’s tournament on Sunday.

Jan
12
Tue
2021
CANCELLED – EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre
Jan 12 – Jan 14 all-day
CANCELLED - 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
26
Fri
2021
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 26 – Mar 28 all-day
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites | Frisco | Texas | United States

After the cancellation of the 2020 Texas Pinball Festival, the show will return on the weekend of March 26 – 28, 2021.

More details will be posted soon.

Apr
8
Thu
2021
Pinbrewfest @ Metroplex Expo Center
Apr 8 – Apr 10 all-day
Pinbrewfest @ 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
15
Thu
2021
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 15 – Apr 17 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
16
Fri
2021
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 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
30
Fri
2021
Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Apr 30 – May 2 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!

May
14
Fri
2021
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 14 – May 16 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 show was 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
11
Fri
2021
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jun 11 – Jun 13 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 June 11th-13th 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.

Jun
24
Thu
2021
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel
Jun 24 – Jun 27 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).

Aug
12
Thu
2021
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Aug 12 – Aug 15 all-day
Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Featuring more than 700 pinball and arcade machines and the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship – the World’s largest pinball tournament with close to 1000 competitors and over $100,000 in total prizes.

Aug
27
Fri
2021
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel
Aug 27 – Aug 29 all-day
UKPinfest @ Mercure Daventry Court Hotel | England | United Kingdom

After the cancellation of the 2020 event, 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.

Oct
7
Thu
2021
White Rose Gameroom Show @ York Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Oct 7 – Oct 9 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)
Oct
29
Fri
2021
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center
Oct 29 – Oct 31 all-day
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center | Lebanon | 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 a new 50,000 sq ft venue in Lebanon on October 29th – 31st, 2021. The Wilson County Exposition Center opened in December 2019 and hosted Brick Universe (Lego) in January 2020.

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.

Show hotels and room blocks have not yet been worked out, but details will be announced on the show website as soon as they are known.

Nov
19
Fri
2021
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!

 

Dec
3
Fri
2021
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 120 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home.

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 registered tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday. There will also be an IFPA registered Women’s tournament on Sunday.

Jan
11
Tue
2022
EAG International @ ExCel London Exhibition Centre
Jan 11 – Jan 13 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.

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