PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

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.

 

 

Nov
16
Tue
2021
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center
Nov 16 – Nov 19 all-day
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center | Orlando | Florida | United States

Conference from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th, trade show from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th.

IAAPA Expo is the one-stop destination for leisure and attractions industry professionals, including operators, suppliers, investors, and developers from.

  • Amusement and Theme Parks
  • Integrated Hotels and Resorts
  • Water Parks
  • Attractions
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Historic/Cultural/Tourist Attractions
  • Museums and Science Centers
  • Zoos and Aquariums
  • and More!
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.

Nov
19
Fri
2021
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Orlando
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day
Free Play Florida @ Caribe Royale Orlando | Orlando | Florida | United States

After a tumultuous 2020, we’re ready to bring Free Play Florida back and better than ever. Join us for our 2021 convention as we take you back… to the mall! We’re bringing fun and funky 80’s vibes, cool new souvenirs, and, of course, all the arcade and pinball games you can play.

Located at the beautiful Caribe Royal Orlando resort, Free Play Florida is the nation’s largest Pinball and Arcade convention. Featuring over 300 pinball machines, arcade cabinets, and vending machines, along with special guests, panels, cosplayers, and more, it’s a must-attend event for game lovers around the world.

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.

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