PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Aug
25
Fri
2017
NW Pinball Championships @ Lucky Strike Bowling
Aug 25 – Aug 27 all-day

100% Payback – all money from qualifying rounds goes into the tournament.
Thousands of dollars up for grabs with additional sponsored prizes.

It is a multi-day qualifying tournament followed by a day of finals. During qualifying on Friday and Saturday players purchase cards or tickets to play games on the tournament machines. Players may purchase as many cards or tickets as they like. Open and Classics divisions.

Mar
16
Fri
2018
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 16 – Mar 18 all-day
May
4
Fri
2018
Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Showcase @ Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Museum
May 4 – May 6 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.

Jun
28
Thu
2018
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Jun 28 – Jul 1 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.

Note: a fourth day (Sunday) has now been added to the dates as a winding-down day.

Aug
25
Sat
2018
Canadian National Exhibition Pinball Championship @ Canadian National Exhibition
Aug 25 – Aug 26 all-day
Canadian National Exhibition Pinball Championship @ Canadian National Exhibition | Toronto | Ontario | Canada

Back by popular demand!  For the second year in a row, the CNE’s middle weekend will be home to the CNE Gaming Garage! The CNE Gaming Garage is the place to play and watch eSports and Pinball.  Visitors can compete alongside players of all skill levels for the chance to win a cash prize.

The Gaming Garage space will also include Video Game Developers and Exhibitors, a Tabletop Games for CNE visitors to play their favourite board game, and much more!

Sep
13
Thu
2018
Pinball Palooza – Cancelled
Sep 13 – Sep 16 all-day
Pinball Palooza - Cancelled @ Schaumburg | Illinois | United States

Pinball Expo co-organiser Rob Berk new show in Schaumburg promises seminars, tournaments, vendors, free-play games, and much more.

Note: Event has been cancelled, and the original Pinball Expo date and location reinstated

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 22 – Mar 24 all-day
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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).

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.

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

Mar
26
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 26 – Mar 28 all-day
CANCELLED - 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.

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).

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
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.

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