PINBALL NEWS DIARY

Pinball News Diary

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
15
Thu
2021
Pinball at the Zoo @ Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Apr 15 – Apr 17 all-day
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!

May
5
Wed
2021
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center
May 5 – May 7 all-day
Amusement Expo @ South Hall 1, Las Vegas Convention Center | Las Vegas | Nevada | United States

AEI continues to evolve as an increasingly important gathering on the industry’s annual calendar, with its reach extending beyond traditional coin-op and amusements to include segments such as family entertainment centers, bulk vending, laser tag and virtual reality.

The conference events take place on Wednesday 5th May, with the exhibition running on Thursday and Friday.  This moves the event one day later than the usual Tuesday-Thursday schedule, as well as moving from March to May and returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

May
14
Fri
2021
Golden State Pinball Festival @ Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
May 14 – May 16 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 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
Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show @ Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
Jun 4 – Jun 6 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
11
Fri
2021
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Convention Center
Jun 11 – Jun 13 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 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.

Jun
24
Thu
2021
Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo @ Boxboro Regency Hotel
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day
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).

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
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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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