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.

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.

May
18
Fri
2018
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 18 – May 20 all-day
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds | Lodi | California | United States

A new 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.

May
19
Sat
2018
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria
May 19 – May 20 all-day
Torneo Madrileño de Pinball (TMAP) @ Asociación La Millonaria | Madrid | Comunidad de Madrid | Spain

The tenth edition of the Madrid pinball tournament.

Modern and Classic tournaments.

Preferential hotel rates being negotiated.

Jul
29
Sun
2018
Wayne Neyen’s 100th Birthday
Jul 29 all-day
Wayne Neyen's 100th Birthday @ Mountain Home | Arkansas | United States

Legendary Gottlieb game designer Wayne Neyens, celebrates his 100th birthday in his home town of Mountain Home.

Birthday cards (especially funny ones) can be sent to:

313 Leatherwood Circle, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653, USA
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
4
Sat
2019
Zapcon VII @ Mesa Convention Center
May 4 – May 5 all-day
Zapcon VII @ Mesa Convention Center | Mesa | Arizona | United States

A weekend-long classic arcade and pinball party, with all of the games set to free play!

Saturday pass: $30
Sunday pass: $20
Weekend pass: $40
Kids’ Saturday pass: $15
Kids’ Sunday pass: $10
Kids’ Weekend pass: $20

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.

Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 17 – May 19 all-day
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds | Lodi | California | United States

This is the second 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
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.

May
25
Sat
2019
Horrorhouse Fest @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 25 @ 7:00pm – May 26 @ 9:00pm
Horrorhouse Fest @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

Now in our seventh year, Horrorhouse Fest has found a home in it’s latest incarnation, now partnered with Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown to bring you the scariest and craziest gaming experience around. Combining the thrills of a spookhouse and an arcade tournament, Horrorhouse Fest is quite simply something we call a “Hauntcade”!

Traditionally our event has been a one night affair, but now that we’ll be at the showdown all weekend in our own “Conference Room of Death”, we have expanded to 2 sessions. One on Saturday, May 25th 2019 starting at 7pm and one on Sunday, May 26th starting at 5pm. Expect a mini thrill ride full of unique and rare games, actors who play the parts of characters from the games, and a super fun and hilarious tournament style adventure, where the players will be distracted by sights and sounds aplenty while trying to figure out how to get a high score on each machine at the same time!

Prizes will be amazing, as in the past we have given away everything from a full upright arcade machine, video games from the past and present, Dungeons and Dragons manuals, consoles and plenty of swag from our sponsors. What will be the grand prize this year? Just you wait… it will be worth every scream encountered!

IMPORTANT: You must purchase a corresponding admission ticket to the show (Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown) in order to participate in that day’s tournaments. The tournament entry does NOT include admission to the show.

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
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.

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

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.

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