PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

Mar
9
Mon
2020
Amusement Expo @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Mar 9 – Mar 11 all-day
Amusement Expo @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | New Orleans | Louisiana | United States

The amusement, FEC and allied out-of-home entertainment segments will take a 1,727 mile detour next spring, when the AAMA-AMOA Amusement Expo International (AEI) takes a one-year break from Las Vegas and heads south to New Orleans for its annual gathering of equipment, ideas and industry executives.

“Jazz Up Your Business in the Big Easy!” will serve as the theme for next year’s March 9-11, 2020 AEI, with Expo Education Day to kick things off on Monday, March 9, followed by the two-day of exhibits on Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11. In addition to changing the location for next year, the schedule for AEI will also shift by a day, to a Monday-Wednesday pattern (from the previous Tuesday-Thursday time frame).

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
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
3
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day
CANCELLED - Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States

The Midwest Gaming Classic is a trade show featuring 100,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and air hockey, and that’s just the start!

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about celebrating gaming, trying new things, learning about the gaming hobby, about meeting others who share the love of gaming, and having fun doing it!

No matter if you have one console and a handful of games or thousands of games in every room of your house, you’ll find something to celebrate with us!

Apr
16
Thu
2020
POSTPONED – Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day
POSTPONED - Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

We are showcasing Pinball Machines, Arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your gameroom including neon signs, gas pumps, and more.

2:00 PM Thursday – 10:00 PM Thursday.
1:00 PM Friday – 10:00 PM Friday.
9:00 AM Saturday – 6:00 PM Saturday.

Adults $15.00 per day
Kids 5-13 $8.00 per day
Kids 4 and under Free

Come out and join us for our 21st year!

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!

 

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.

May
23
Sat
2020
CANCELLED – Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 23 – May 25 all-day
CANCELLED - Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott Tech Center | Denver | Colorado | United States

It is like the comicon for pinball, retro console, classic arcade video! Gameroom exhibitors of all types of games, parts, and collectibles are under one roof at this once-a-year festival for you to play, buy and sell. If they are a major name in pinball and arcade gaming, they are here.

Play all the games you want with admission. Interested in honing your pinball play and improving gaming skills? Want the industry low-down and to be an insider on innovations? We have that covered. Take a break from playing to join meetups and seminars hosted by industry insiders and celebrity guests – designers, modders, programmers, artists, and entrepreneurs galore.

Note: Same location and Memorial Day weekend dates as last year.

Jun
5
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 5 – Jun 7 all-day
CANCELLED - Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 12th year and it’s one of the biggest and smoothest running shows in the world!
-Featuring over 400 pinball and arcade games from the 1950s to the newest games!
-5 pinball tournaments!
-Over a dozen satellite pinball tournaments leading up to the show where you can win prizes, weekend passes, and tournament entries!
-The Northwest Show draws over 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games!
-Top national and local vendors and sponsors!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-World record high score attempts!
-Tons of raffle items, prizes and merch! Win a pinball or arcade game each day the show!
-Dozens of one of a kind homebrew games, whitewoods, prototypes, rare games and the debut of newest games from pinball and arcade manufacturers!
-Nice modern air conditioned convention center with 2 hotels within a block of the venue, situated near bars, restaurants and in a town with a dozen microbreweries, many within walking distance!

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).

Jul
9
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Jul 9 – Jul 12 all-day
CANCELLED - Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Featuring the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship with over $100,000 in total prizes and more than 700 pinball and arcade machines.

The World’s largest pinball tournament with close to 800 competitors.

Jul
10
Fri
2020
VIRTUALISED – Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 10 – Jul 12 all-day
VIRTUALISED - Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

Note: The 2020 physical event is cancelled, but a virtual on-line series of events is available on YouTube and Facebook:
http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com/virtual-sfge-schedule/

The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo (SFGE) is a 3-day fan convention focused exclusively on gaming.

The Expo is held July 10-12 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Atlanta, GA, and boasts over 300 full-sized arcade games, pinball machines and console systems, along with tabletop gaming, vendors, special guest speakers, a film fest, wrestling, tournaments and more!

SFGE is a family-friendly event that will be fun for all ages.

Event Times:

  • Friday, July 10, 2020: 3pm – 12am (w/ later night events & all night tabletop)
  • Saturday, July 11, 2020: 10am – 12am (w/ later night events & all night tabletop)
  • Sunday, July 12, 2020: 10am – 4pm

Hotel rooms available for $132 per night. Book early as these usually sell out.

Online registration is now open, but only for full three-day passes until the end of 2019.

Jul
25
Sat
2020
VIRTUALISED – California Extreme @ Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
Jul 25 – Jul 26 all-day
VIRTUALISED - California Extreme @ Hyatt Regency Santa Clara | Santa Clara | California | United States

UPDATE:
The physical show has been cancelled in favour of a virtual California Extreme on Saturday 25th July, 2020.

We are saddened to announce that due to guidance by the State of California and County of Santa Clara health officials, California Extreme 2020 will not be able to be held in its usual form this year at the Hyatt Regency.

We will instead put on a virtual show on July 25th including speakers, demonstrations, streaming, remote play, vendor specials, and whatever we (including you) can come up with. This is new territory for us, so if you have something you’d like to contribute, please let us know at info@caextreme.org. We plan to offer t-shirts and badges to commemorate our 24th annual event, and we can still have a great weekend while praticing distant socializing.

Aug
20
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Pinbrewfest @ Metroplex Expo Center
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day
CANCELLED - Pinbrewfest @ Metroplex Expo Center | Girard | Ohio | United States

PinBrew is a three-day fun filled event with the emphasis on pinball. Come join us at the show and for the price of the ticket you will be able to enjoy a full day or all three days playing over 100 pinball machines new and old. We will have a selection of arcade games there that you may have played in younger days as well. Our show combines the fun of games with great craft beers and local foods. Each day we will have different breweries set up giving you the opportunity to try a variety of their best brews.

We will be enjoying different foods from some of the region’s best Food trucks. Everything from barbecue to pierogis. Also, some of the areas best coffee will be represented there by Stonefruit Coffee Company.

And for you serious pinheads we will have vendors displaying some of the newest pinball machines, Mods and parts. There will be games there for sale that you can take home from the show. And plenty of tournaments for all you serious pinball wizards.

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.

Oct
1
Thu
2020
CANCELLED – Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Oct 1 – Oct 3 all-day
CANCELLED - Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

Note: These are the rescheduled dates from April 25th-27th due to Coronavirus.

We are showcasing Pinball Machines, Arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your gameroom including neon signs, gas pumps, and more.

2:00 PM Thursday – 10:00 PM Thursday.
1:00 PM Friday – 10:00 PM Friday.
9:00 AM Saturday – 6:00 PM Saturday.

Adults $15.00 per day
Kids 5-13 $8.00 per day
Kids 4 and under Free

Come out and join us for our 21st year!

Oct
9
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds
Oct 9 – Oct 11 all-day
CANCELLED - Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds | Dixon | California | United States

This annual event has long been supported by pinball enthusiasts from all over Northern California and helps local youth charities. Many people bring their pinball machines to share, the organizers and volunteers are not paid to put on the show, we spread pinball joy and everyone benefits!

No advance ticket sales – just pay on the door.

Oct
14
Wed
2020
VIRTUALISED: 36th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore
Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day
VIRTUALISED: 36th Pinball Expo @ Westin Chicago North Shore | Wheeling | Illinois | United States

UPDATE: The physical show is cancelled, but there will be a full schedule of seminars, factory tours and interviews on the pinballexpo.com website over the same dates as the show.

Pinball Expo returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore for the 36th anniversary in 2020, including the Stern Pinball factory tour, a huge seminar schedule, IFPA-ranked tournaments, a wide range of parts, machine and add-on vendors, two large games rooms, exhibits of the latest games and products and much more, starting with a free banquet on Wednesday evening.

Pinball News will be video recording all the seminars and they will be made available on the Pinball News site and YouTube channel soon after.

Note:  Normally only the tournaments continue into Sunday.  Pinball Expo vendor, games and seminar halls are all expected to close Saturday night.

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!

 

Dec
4
Fri
2020
CANCELLED – Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Dec 4 – Dec 6 all-day
CANCELLED - Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 120 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home.

Machines from the ’70s through the present will be well represented. Several machines will be available for purchase with contact and pricing listed on these machines.

Tickets will be limited to avoid overcrowding. Buy early to guarantee your spot. If the show does not sell out in advance, tickets will be sold at the door. If tickets do sell out prior to the show, the website will be updated to reflect such. Free entry for children 12 and under (1 per paying adult). IFPA registered tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday. There will also be an IFPA registered Women’s tournament on Sunday.

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.

Apr
8
Thu
2021
Pinbrewfest @ Metroplex Expo Center
Apr 8 – Apr 10 all-day
Pinbrewfest @ Metroplex Expo Center | Girard | Ohio | United States

PinBrew is a three-day fun filled event with the emphasis on pinball. Come join us at the show and for the price of the ticket you will be able to enjoy a full day or all three days playing over 100 pinball machines new and old. We will have a selection of arcade games there that you may have played in younger days as well. Our show combines the fun of games with great craft beers and local foods. Each day we will have different breweries set up giving you the opportunity to try a variety of their best brews.

We will be enjoying different foods from some of the region’s best Food trucks. Everything from barbecue to pierogis. Also, some of the areas best coffee will be represented there by Stonefruit Coffee Company.

And for you serious pinheads we will have vendors displaying some of the newest pinball machines, Mods and parts. There will be games there for sale that you can take home from the show. And plenty of tournaments for all you serious pinball wizards.

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.
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.

Jun
4
Fri
2021
CANCELLED – Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 4 – Jun 6 all-day
CANCELLED - Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 13th year and it’s one of the biggest and smoothest running shows in the world!
-Featuring over 400 pinball and arcade games from the 1950s to the newest games!
-5 pinball tournaments!
-Over a dozen satellite pinball tournaments leading up to the show where you can win prizes, weekend passes, and tournament entries!
-The Northwest Show draws over 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games!
-Top national and local vendors and sponsors!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-World record high score attempts!
-Tons of raffle items, prizes and merch! Win a pinball or arcade game each day the show!
-Dozens of one of a kind homebrew games, whitewoods, prototypes, rare games and the debut of newest games from pinball and arcade manufacturers!
-Nice modern air conditioned convention center with 2 hotels within a block of the venue, situated near bars, restaurants and in a town with a dozen microbreweries, many within walking distance!

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).

Jun
29
Tue
2021
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center
Jun 29 – Jul 1 all-day
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

The 2021 Amusement Expo International is the annual event for the coin-op and revenue-generating amusement, music and family entertainment industry.

The format will begin with a full day of education sessions beginning on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. These compelling educational sessions will address timely topics and provide useful information for all who attend. Two full days of exhibit time will follow on Wednesday, June 30, and Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Aug
12
Thu
2021
CANCELLED – Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Aug 12 – Aug 15 all-day
CANCELLED - Replay FX @ David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

The Replay Foundation has decided to cancel this and future Replay FX shows for the foreseeable future, wind down its operations and sell its huge collection of pinball, video and other games.

Ticket-holders for Replay FX 2020/21 should go to the website below for more information and refund options.

2020 Announcement

 

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
20
Fri
2021
RE-SCHEDULED Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day
RE-SCHEDULED Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

Note: New dates 20th-22nd August 2021

The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo (SFGE) is a 3-day fan convention focused exclusively on gaming.

The Expo is held June 11th-13th at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Atlanta, GA, and boasts over 300 full-sized arcade games, pinball machines and console systems, along with tabletop gaming, vendors, special guest speakers, a film fest, wrestling, tournaments and more!

SFGE is a family-friendly event that will be fun for all ages.

Hotel rooms available through the website. Book early as these usually sell out.

Sep
2
Thu
2021
CANCELLED – Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Sep 2 – Sep 4 all-day
CANCELLED - Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

We are showcasing Pinball Machines, Arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your gameroom including neon signs, gas pumps, and more.

2:00 PM Thursday – 10:00 PM Thursday.
1:00 PM Friday – 10:00 PM Friday.
9:00 AM Saturday – 6:00 PM Saturday.

Adults $15.00 per day
Kids 5-13 $8.00 per day
Kids 4 and under Free

Come out and join us for our 21st year!

Sep
9
Thu
2021
Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show @ Holiday Inn Cleveland-S Independence
Sep 9 – Sep 12 all-day
Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show @ Holiday Inn Cleveland-S Independence | Independence | Ohio | United States

NOTE: Only date and location for 2021 have been announced so far.  More details will follow on the show website.

The Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show will be four fun-filled days of pinball machines, arcade games, toys, and all things classic gaming! All of the games present will be set on FREE PLAY for the weekend. There will be 100 pinball machines and 30+ classic arcade games for you to enjoy with your paid admission.

Some game may be available for purchase at the show.

The show will also be hosting an IFPA-backed pinball tournament, which is a great, friendly competition that is open to novice and advanced players alike.

As if that weren’t enough, we will be having guest speakers from your favorite pinball manufacturers, games located in the hallway outside of the general game room will be available 24 hours for hotels guests, a flea market, and much much more!

Sep
25
Sat
2021
POSTPONED – Super Awesome Tailgate Party @ CoinTaker
Sep 25 @ 11:00am – 7:00pm
POSTPONED - Super Awesome Tailgate Party @ CoinTaker | Sunbury | Pennsylvania | United States
Note, due to a health issue this event has been postponed.  We’ll publish the new date as soon as we get it.
The Super Awesome Tailgate Party comes back to CoinTaker HQ on September 25th!
We’ll have free food, special guests, fantastic prizes, and of course some Super Awesome Pinball!
Super Awesome Tailgate Party will be held at CoinTaker / Rt 61 Events in Sunbury, Pa. We will have free play pinball, food, and drink. Special guest, John Borg – Stern Pinball, Eric Meunier – Jersey Jack Pinball, and Pinball Artist Christopher Franchi.
Sponsored by Stern Pinball.
Oct
7
Thu
2021
White Rose Gameroom Show @ York Fairgrounds and Expo Center
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day
White Rose Gameroom Show @ York Fairgrounds and Expo Center | York | Pennsylvania | United States
  • Pinball machines, video games, jukeboxes, slot machines, etc.
  • One price admission to play games all day, no quarters required!
  • Lots of door prizes.
  • Pinball and Gameroom items on sale.
  • Kids and adults pinball machine tournaments.
  • Refreshments will be available.
$15 Adults, $5 children ages 6-12, Free for Kids 5 and younger.
   (All prices are per person, per day)
Oct
8
Fri
2021
Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds
Oct 8 – Oct 10 all-day
Pin-a-Go-Go @ Dixon Fairgrounds | Dixon | California | United States

This annual event has long been supported by pinball enthusiasts from all over Northern California and helps local youth charities. Many people bring their pinball machines to share, the organizers and volunteers are not paid to put on the show, we spread pinball joy and everyone benefits!

No advance ticket sales – just pay on the door.

Covid notes: PAGG is concerned about the health of our attendees. To that end, we have a vaccination requirement and a mask requirement.

Oct
22
Fri
2021
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott South
Oct 22 – Oct 24 all-day
Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown @ Denver Marriott South | Lone Tree | Colorado | United States

Clear your calendar for an awesome weekend October 22-24, Friday, Saturday, Sunday in Denver, Colorado, with hundreds of pinball and classic arcade games to play for free with admission.

Play a huge game list and variety of themes — No Quarters Needed. Play, buy, sell, mod, repair, tournament, learn, meetup, and have fun. Game on!

New for 2021: Purchase a rider to your festival ticket to join in the fun at the very first beer tasting. Amazing local breweries have joined together with the Northwest Douglas County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation to bring to our friends at the Rocky Mnt Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo a fantastic beer tasting Friday (10/22) and Saturday (10/23).

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.

Oct
29
Fri
2021
Grand Ole Gameroom Expo @ Wilson County Expo Center
Oct 29 – Oct 31 all-day
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 October 29th – 31st, 2021. 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.

Nov
5
Fri
2021
Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Nov 5 – Nov 7 all-day
Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States

NOTE: New November dates for 2021 only.  Expected to be back in March/April in 2022.

The Midwest Gaming Classic is a trade show featuring 100,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and air hockey, and that’s just the start!

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about celebrating gaming, trying new things, learning about the gaming hobby, about meeting others who share the love of gaming, and having fun doing it!

No matter if you have one console and a handful of games or thousands of games in every room of your house, you’ll find something to celebrate with us!

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.

Chicagoland Show @ Lake County Fairgrounds Event Center
Nov 19 – Nov 21 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
3
Fri
2021
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day
Pincinnati @ Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati-Eastgate | Cincinnati | Ohio | United States

Greater Cincinnati’s first annual pinball show featuring over 120 machines from local collections. All machines will be set for free play, so leave your quarters at home.

Machines from the ’70s through the present will be well represented. Several machines will be available for purchase with contact and pricing listed on these machines.

Tickets will be limited to avoid overcrowding. Buy early to guarantee your spot. If the show does not sell out in advance, tickets will be sold at the door. If tickets do sell out prior to the show, the website will be updated to reflect such. Free entry for children 12 and under (1 per paying adult). IFPA registered tournaments will be held Friday and Saturday, with a gauntlet style tournament Sunday. There will also be an IFPA registered Women’s tournament on Sunday.

Feb
4
Fri
2022
Starfighters Pinball Festival @ Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West
Feb 4 – Feb 6 all-day
Starfighters Pinball Festival @ Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West | Mesa | Arizona | United States

Join us for the 1st Annual Starfighters Pinball Festival or SPF benefiting local Arizona charities.  SPF will feature 150+ pinball machines, oodles of classic video games, pinball machine raffles, vendors, free kids tournaments, women’s classic pinball tournament, game room goodies, and more in a 20,000 square foot space at the Sheraton Wrigleyville West!

Experience Arizona’s largest public pinball exhibition set to free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend in a stunning resort with amazing amenities that include dining and adult beverages.

SPF will also host a world-class IFPA sanctioned pinball tournament with thousands of dollars in prizes. This inaugural tournament is limited to only 108 players. Open registration is coming soon.

Mar
15
Tue
2022
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

The 2022 Amusement Expo International is the annual event for the coin-op and revenue-generating amusement, music and family entertainment industry.

AAMA (American Amusement Machine Association) and AMOA (Amusement & Music Operators Association) have teamed up as co-sponsors to develop a 3-day program that brings new technologies, networking possibilities, and and information education all under one roof.

The format will begin with a full day of education sessions beginning on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. These compelling educational sessions will address timely topics and provide useful information for all who attend. Two full days of exhibit time will follow on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17, 2022.

In the last years, the Amusement Expo International has co-located with the NBVA (National Bulk & Vending Association) and the Laser Tag Convention.

Mar
25
Fri
2022
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites
Mar 25 – Mar 27 all-day
Texas Pinball Festival @ Embassy Suites | Frisco | Texas | United States

After the cancellation of the 2020 & 2021 Texas Pinball Festivals, the show will return on the weekend of March 25 – 27, 2022.

More details will be posted soon.

Apr
21
Thu
2022
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 21 – Apr 23 all-day
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center | Kalamazoo | Michigan | United States

NOTE: These are the rescheduled dates for the show originally planned for 2nd-4th September, 2021.

We are showcasing Pinball Machines, Arcade games, coin-ops and all the cool things you need to complete your gameroom including neon signs, gas pumps, and more.

2:00 PM Thursday – 10:00 PM Thursday.
1:00 PM Friday – 10:00 PM Friday.
9:00 AM Saturday – 6:00 PM Saturday.

Adults $15.00 per day
Kids 5-13 $8.00 per day
Kids 4 and under Free

Come out and join us for our 21st year!

Apr
29
Fri
2022
Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center
Apr 29 – May 1 all-day
Midwest Gaming Classic @ Wisconsin Center | Milwaukee | Wisconsin | United States

The Midwest Gaming Classic is a show featuring 100,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and air hockey, and that’s just the start!

The Midwest Gaming Classic is about celebrating gaming, trying new things, learning about the gaming hobby, about meeting others who share the love of gaming, and having fun doing it!

No matter if you have one console and a handful of games or thousands of games in every room of your house, you’ll find something to celebrate with us!

Join thousands of gamers in Milwaukee for an event you’ll never forget!

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.

Jun
3
Fri
2022
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 3 – Jun 5 all-day
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center | Tacoma | Washington | United States

This is our 13th year and it’s one of the biggest and smoothest running shows in the world!
-Featuring over 400 pinball and arcade games from the 1950s to the newest games!
-5 pinball tournaments!
-Over a dozen satellite pinball tournaments leading up to the show where you can win prizes, weekend passes, and tournament entries!
-The Northwest Show draws over 4,000 collectors, players and fans of classic coin-op games!
-Top national and local vendors and sponsors!
-One of the best seminar and speaker lineups of any show, run by our top notch video and audio team!
-World record high score attempts!
-Tons of raffle items, prizes and merch! Win a pinball or arcade game each day the show!
-Dozens of one of a kind homebrew games, whitewoods, prototypes, rare games and the debut of newest games from pinball and arcade manufacturers!
-Nice modern air conditioned convention center with 2 hotels within a block of the venue, situated near bars, restaurants and in a town with a dozen microbreweries, many within walking distance!

Jun
23
Thu
2022
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Jun 23 – Jun 26 all-day
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center | Sturbridge | Massachusetts | United States

Note: Pintastic returns to its customary June dates in 2022 following 2021’s delayed show held in November.

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.

Jul
15
Fri
2022
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jul 15 – Jul 17 all-day
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center | Atlanta | Georgia | United States

The Southern-Fried Gaming Expo (SFGE) is a 3-day fan convention focused exclusively on gaming.

The Expo is held July 15th-17th at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Convention Center in Atlanta, GA, and boasts over 300 full-sized arcade games, pinball machines and console systems, along with tabletop gaming, vendors, special guest speakers, a film fest, wrestling, tournaments and more!

SFGE is a family-friendly event that will be fun for all ages.

Hotel rooms available through the website. Book early as these usually sell out.

Nov
14
Mon
2022
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center
Nov 14 – Nov 18 all-day
IAAPA Expo @ Orange County Convention Center | Orlando | Florida | United States

Conference from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th, trade show from Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th.

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!
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