PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

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!

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
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
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.

May
15
Fri
2020
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.

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.

May
14
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 14 – May 16 all-day
CANCELLED - 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
29
Tue
2021
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center
Jun 29 – Jul 1 all-day
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

The 2021 Amusement Expo International is the annual event for the coin-op and revenue-generating amusement, music and family entertainment industry.

The format will begin with a full day of education sessions beginning on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. These compelling educational sessions will address timely topics and provide useful information for all who attend. Two full days of exhibit time will follow on Wednesday, June 30, and Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Sep
25
Sat
2021
POSTPONED – Super Awesome Tailgate Party @ CoinTaker
Sep 25 @ 11:00am – 7:00pm
POSTPONED - Super Awesome Tailgate Party @ CoinTaker | Sunbury | Pennsylvania | United States
Note, due to a health issue this event has been postponed.  We’ll publish the new date as soon as we get it.
The Super Awesome Tailgate Party comes back to CoinTaker HQ on September 25th!
We’ll have free food, special guests, fantastic prizes, and of course some Super Awesome Pinball!
Super Awesome Tailgate Party will be held at CoinTaker / Rt 61 Events in Sunbury, Pa. We will have free play pinball, food, and drink. Special guest, John Borg – Stern Pinball, Eric Meunier – Jersey Jack Pinball, and Pinball Artist Christopher Franchi.
Sponsored by Stern Pinball.
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
22
Fri
2021
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott South
Oct 22 – Oct 24 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott South | Lone Tree | Colorado | United States

Clear your calendar for an awesome weekend October 22-24, Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Denver, Colorado, with hundreds of pinball and classic arcade games to play for free with admission.

Play a huge game list and variety of themes — No Quarters Needed. Play, buy, sell, mod, repair, tournament, learn, meetup, and have fun. Game on!

New for 2021: Purchase a rider to your festival ticket to join in the fun at the very first beer tasting. Amazing local breweries have joined together with the Northwest Douglas County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation to bring to our friends at the Rocky Mnt Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo a fantastic beer tasting Friday (10/22) and Saturday (10/23).

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
13
Sat
2021
Houston Arcade Expo @ Houston Marriott Westchase
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day
Houston Arcade 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.

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Along with all the games, the Pinball University (Pin-U) will hold talks designed to improve your pinball skills, from repairing to playing to learning how games are designed and the state of the pinball market today.

There is also a Pin-Golf tournament designed for all skill levels to enjoy.

See our comprehensive report from the 2018 show here.

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

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

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

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

20th Anniversary Arcade Party BASH!!!

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

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

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

 

 

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