PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Nov
11
Sat
2017
BIAR PINBALL TOURNAMENT 2017 @ Biar Pinball Club
Nov 11 – Nov 12 all-day
BIAR PINBALL TOURNAMENT 2017 @ Biar Pinball Club | Biar | Comunidad Valenciana | Spain

Main and classics tournaments.  Limit of 64 players. Registration from midday (Spanish time) on September 4th, 2017.  Registration costs €60 and includes custom polo shirt and Saturday lunch.  To register, send e-mail to torneopinballbiar@gmail.com with: First name, Surnames, Address, Phone, Nickname & Country

See our report from the 2016 tournament.

Dec
9
Sat
2017
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit
Dec 9 – Dec 10 all-day
Jan
12
Fri
2018
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball
Jan 12 – Jan 14 all-day
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

INDISC Pinball Festival is a three-day pinball party with more flippin’ fun than you can imagine!

Not only do we have 500+ pinball machines all on FREE PLAY, but we’re hosting the “It Never Drains in Southern California” Pinball Tournament at the same time. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the event whether or not you choose to participate in the tournament. Due to the size of the tourney, no video games will be available. (Come back for Arcade Expo in March to experience the pins and vids!)

Jan
27
Sat
2018
6th Weekend du Flipper @ Maison du Temps Libre
Jan 27 – Jan 28 all-day
6th Weekend du Flipper @ Maison du Temps Libre | Roissy-en-Brie | Île-de-France | France

On Saturday, January 27, 2018 there will be a main tournament and a secondary team tournament (optional).
Tournament rules will be online early January 2018

On Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 10:00, a barter-purchase-sale of pinball machines, flyers and spare parts is organised.
You can come with pinball to sell or exchange.

Entrance and exhibition are free, tournament entry is €10.

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.

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!

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.

Nov
9
Fri
2018
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
Nov 9 – Nov 11 all-day
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel | Nashville | Tennessee | United States

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, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, and Guardians of the Galaxy. 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.

Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 9 all-day
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

Note the new location for this show at the Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center in Grayslake.

Arcadia @ Dürer Event Center
Nov 9 @ 2:00pm – Nov 11 @ 8:00pm
Arcadia @ Dürer Event Center | Budapest | Hungary

The first one was visited by 2000. The second attracted 3000 people. This year you really shouldn’t miss it… 🙂 Stardust, childhood and magic arises: on the first weekend of november ARCADIA returns!

TO ARCADIA, WE EXPECT EVERYONE, WHO…

…has never been to the most popular arcade exhibition in Europe, The Budapest Pinball Museum yet would love to go back in time. (We will pay tribute to the past, among others, the 80’s, the time we were waiting for miracles, (it was the time we already had MTV and still had house parties and we mixed the both together,
… has already been to the museum but yearns for something even more grandiose,
… loves events with a family atmosphere, yet with thousands of enthusiastic visitors,
… appreciates exhibitions where some 300 arcade machines are there set to free play

Just like before, we’ll have specialties, heart-warming favourites of our childhood, and real vintages, as well. Unlike before: one more room, even more machines and surprises!

Nov
10
Sat
2018
DPO Expo @ De Voorste Venne
Nov 10 – Nov 11 all-day
DPO Expo @ De Voorste Venne | Drunen | Noord-Brabant | Netherlands

DPO is the biggest pinball event in The Netherlands, if you are in any way involved in pinball it’s a must-visit event. What to expect?

  • About 150 games, all on free play
  • Main tournament (open entry, anyone can join)
  • Various ‘side-games’, such as the classics match
  • Lectures
  • Vendors

These are the prices for entry to the DPO Expo and for the tournaments:

  • Entrance Saturday: € 15,00;
  • Entrance Sunday: € 15,00;
  • Entrance Weekend : € 30,00;
  • Participation main tournament: € 20,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Participation ladies tournament: € 10,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Participation kids tournament (max 15 yr): € 0,00 (excl. entrance);
  • Entry Classic Match: € 3,00 per entry (3 pinballs, 3 balls per game);
  • Participation Swiss match: € 5,00 (no pre-sale, excl. entrance);
  • Package deal 1 (only pre-sale, before October 1st): weekend entrance + special DPO shirt + poster: € 50,00;
  • Package deal 2 (only pre-sale, before October 1st): weekend entrance + main tournament + special DPO shirt + poster: € 70,00;
  • Kids up to 11 years of age get free entrance, they need to be accompanied by an adult (max. 3 children per adult).
Nov
30
Fri
2018
Romanian Pinball Open 2018 @ Sports Mercury Bar
Nov 30 – Dec 2 all-day
Romanian Pinball Open 2018 @ Sports Mercury Bar | București | Municipiul București | Romania

More details to be announced in September, but this is the annual Romanian Pinball Open and IFPC ECS qualifying event.

Jan
11
Fri
2019
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball
Jan 11 – Jan 13 all-day
INDISC Pinball Festival @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

The INDISC Pinball Festival is a three day pinball arcade party with more fun than you can imagine!

Not only do we have 500+ pinball machines and video games all on FREE PLAY, we’re hosting the first Stern Pinball Pro Circuit event of the year, It Never Drains in Southern California — which also happens to be one of the largest open pinball tournaments in the world.

Come battle the best players from all over for pinball supremacy, or simply enjoy the plethora of video games and pinball machines the Museum of Pinball has to offer.

Feb
8
Fri
2019
European Championship Series Finals @ Bulls & Balls
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day
European Championship Series Finals @ Bulls & Balls | Fulda | Hessen | Germany

Details of tournament format and other tournaments to be confirmed.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball
Mar 15 @ 2:30pm – Mar 17 @ 7:00pm
Arcade Expo @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

Arcade Expo returns at the Museum of Pinball in Banning, CA with over 1,100 pinball and arcade machines on free play.

Also the opportunity for open-air gaming day and night in the starcade, Kong Off , a silent auction and a swap meet on Saturday.

Mar
29
Fri
2019
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Mar 29 – Mar 31 all-day
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center | Grayslake | Illinois | United States

Note the new location for this show at the Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center in Grayslake.

May
3
Fri
2019
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk München
May 3 – May 5 all-day
German Pinball Open @ Feierwerk München | München | Bayern | Germany

Friday 3.5.2019 – Sunday 5.5.2019
Over 50 pinball machines in free play and over 50 pinball machines in the tournament

Friday 3.5.2019 14:00 – 23:00
Qualification for the German Championship and Classic Tournament, Free Game

Saturday 4.5.2019 10:00 – 23:00
First and Main Round German Championship, Classic Tournament Qualification, Free Play

Sunday 5.5.2019 10:00 – approx. 16:00 o’clock
Final German championship, elimination and final class tournament, children’s tournament at noon, free play

Registration for the GPO starts from the end of February.

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.

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.

Jun
15
Sat
2019
STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association
Jun 15 – Jun 16 all-day
STR-Pinball Tournament @ Pinball Biar Association | Biar | Valencian Community | Spain

This year the STR-Pinball tournament will be held on June 15 and 16 at the facilities of the Pinball Biar Association.

Registration will open on April 22 at 12:00. Send an e-mail to pinboleandoporelmundo@gmail.com.

There is a limit of 54 participants.  This year we will eat at our headquarters – we will give more information about it later.

The price is €65, which includes food.

The tournament is included in the IFPA Spanish Series.  Also includes the new STR-Pinball game, Tokyo Perfect Drift.

Sep
13
Fri
2019
Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Salamanca @ IBB Hotel Recoletos Coco Salamanca
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day
Torneo de Pinball Ciudad de Salamanca @ IBB Hotel Recoletos Coco Salamanca | Salamanca | Castilla y León | Spain

This is the Spanish 2019 ECS qualifying tournament.

Details of 2019 event coming soon, but dates are confirmed.

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
8
Fri
2019
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel
Nov 8 – Nov 10 all-day
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Millennium Maxwell House Hotel | Nashville | 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 the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville November 8-10, 2019.

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.

Nov
9
Sat
2019
DPO Expo @ IJsselhallen
Nov 9 – Nov 10 all-day
DPO Expo @ IJsselhallen | Zwolle | Overijssel | Netherlands

The Dutch Pinball Open Expo 2019, the biggest pinball event in the Netherlands and home of the Dutch Pinball Open tournament, will take place in the new location of ‘de IJsselhallen’ in Zwolle.
On the 9th and the 10th 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?

– About 150 games, all on free play
– Main tournament (open entry, anyone can join)
– Various ‘side-games’ such as the classics tournament
– Seminars
– Vendors

Nov
15
Fri
2019
Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 15 – Nov 17 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
13
Fri
2019
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Festive Pinball Gathering @ Special When Lit

Friday 13th December, 18:30-22:00
Friday evening social – £5 per person; £3 for children under 16.

Saturday 14th December, 11:30-19:00
Festive Classics tournament – £10 per person; £6 for children under 16.
Format: Head-to-head play; Five Strike Knockout on the classic games.
Note: There will be no practice on machines in the Classic tournaments but you are free to practice on any other machines.
Registration 11:30 am for 12 noon start.

Sunday 15th December, 11:00-18:00 (qualifying 11:00-15:00)
Main tournament – £10 per person, £6 for children under 16.
Format: Play two qualification games on eight machines of your choice. The top 16 qualify (or even numbered just less than 50% if less than 32 players) for head-to-head play consisting of best of five games (may change to best of three depending on numbers).

Note: Social visits are welcome but no classic play possible on Saturday during the tournament and you may be asked to vacate a machine on Sunday if tournament players require it. Social visit cost is £10 per person, £6 for children under 16.

Please email peter@specialwhenlit.co.uk to confirm you place. State which day or both days.

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!

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.

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
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!

 

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

Apr
16
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 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
24
Sat
2021
Museum of Pinball Experience @ Museum of Pinball
Apr 24 @ 10:00am – 10:00pm
Museum of Pinball Experience @ Museum of Pinball | Banning | California | United States

Limited to 25% building capacity per experience.

Unlimited play on over 500 pinball machines at the world famous Museum of Pinball.

Entry fee is $150 per adult $85 per child 9-15 years old (8 & under free).

  • Face coverings will be required at all times.
  • Gloves are encouraged and available with experience purchase.
  • Hand sanitizing stations available.
  • No refunds, all sales final.
  • The arcade and video game side will not be open.
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