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.

Oct
11
Wed
2017
AUTUMN COIN-OP SHOW @ Chelsea Football Club
Oct 11 – Oct 12 all-day

Leading manufacturers and suppliers have felt the need for a relaxed and sociable event to gain essential feedback on machine performance over the season just passed and seek valuable input prior to product launches in the New Year.

The Autumn Coin-Op Show will be an ideal time to tell them what is good and bad, what works well and what you would like to see for the coming year.

With substantial industry input, perfect timing and an iconic London venue with its own on-site hotel, The Autumn Coin-Op Show is set to add real value and to become an important fixture in the amusement and coin-op industry calendar.

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.

Jul
6
Fri
2018
East-Anglian Pinball Show (Swavesey) @ The White Horse
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day
East-Anglian Pinball Show (Swavesey) @ The White Horse | Swavesey | England | United Kingdom
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.
 
The event has also become the home of the UK Cup competition and occassionally 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.
Aug
17
Fri
2018
Buffalo Pinball Summer Open ’18 @ Sandy Beach Yacht Club
Aug 17 – Aug 19 all-day
Buffalo Pinball Summer Open '18 @ Sandy Beach Yacht Club | Grand Island | New York | United States

At the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open 2018, players will compete for cash prizes, trophies, points toward the annual Stern Pro Circuit standings and World Pinball Player Ranking points in this IFPA-endorsed event.

The event will consist of four tournaments: A single, main tournament (qualifying Friday and Saturday, finals Sunday), two classics tournaments (one Friday, one Saturday), and a women’s tournament (Sunday). The tournaments are open to people of all skill levels.

On the shore of the Niagara River, the Sandy Beach Yacht Club will provide a one-of-a-kind setting for this year’s tournament — just five miles from the brink of Niagara Falls.

Oct
19
Fri
2018
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball
Oct 19 @ 4:00pm – Oct 21 @ 8:00pm
Pinball Madness @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

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

Over 1,100 pinball and arcade games set up on free play over the three days.

Also, costume contests, entertainment, food and much more.

May
3
Fri
2019
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.

May
18
Sat
2019
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria
May 18 – May 19 all-day
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria | Madrid | Comunidad de Madrid | Spain

The eleventh edition of the Madrid pinball tournament.

Modern and Classic tournaments.

Preferential hotel rates being negotiated.

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

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

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

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

  • Once Upon a Time
  • Stargate Universe
  • Ender’s Game
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Electric Dreams
  • And more!
Oct
6
Sun
2019
Part of the Machine: Rock and Pinball @ Joseph Brant Museum
Oct 6 2019 – Jan 12 2020 all-day
Part of the Machine: Rock and Pinball @ Joseph Brant Museum | Burlington | Ontario | Canada

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

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

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

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

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

Nov
2
Sat
2019
Buffalo Pinball Fall Brawl @ Resurgence Brewing
Nov 2 @ 1:00pm
Buffalo Pinball Fall Brawl @ Resurgence Brewing | Buffalo | New York | United States

Cost: $20 for A Division (for players IFPA ranked in the top 5,000)
$15 for B Division (all other players)

We have a generous anonymous donor who is willing to cover $10 of the entry fee for military veterans playing in this tournament. When submitting payment, please keep this discount in mind.

Separate prize pool for B division players!

Please note: tournament cost does not include cost to coin-up the games.

Pre-registration is HIGHLY encouraged as these tournaments typically sell out
Pre-register: Send payment via PayPal to buffalopinball@gmail.com (please send as “friends and family” or payment will be returned)

Tournament Format: Group match play, limited to 20 players. 4.5 hours of regular play time, with finals following. Finals will start at 6:30 p.m. for the top 6 qualifiers.

Finals: Top 6 will advance to playoffs, with the top 2 getting byes straight to the finals. Playoffs/finals are 3 games each round with 4, 2, 1, 0 scoring.

This is an official IFPA tournament for WPPR points.

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
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/
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
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

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/
Aug
13
Fri
2021
Saratoga Silverball Show @ Wilton Mall
Aug 13 @ 2:00pm – Aug 14 @ 9:00pm
Saratoga Silverball Show @ Wilton Mall | Saratoga Springs | New York | United States

Welcome to Upstate New York’s premier pinball showcase.

We’re proud to bring the lure of the Silverball to the capital region once more. All games are set to free play!

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Dates & Times:
Friday – August 13th, 2021 (2pm – 9pm)
Saturday – August 14th, 2021 (10am– 9pm)

Entry: $20 per person (per day), children ages 6 & under get in free. Cash is accepted at the door.

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.

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