The Ultimate Guide to Pinball Shows & Tournaments in 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Pinball Shows & Tournaments in 2023
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January 8, 2023
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We're officially into 2023, and with INDISC just around the corner, it's time for our first annual roundup of the best pinball shows, conventions, expos, and tournaments that should be on your travel schedule for the year.


We'll update this list as new shows and tournaments are confirmed or announced.

Major Pinball Shows, Tournaments and Events in 2023, Organized by Month

January 2023

INDISC aka It Never Drains in Southern California

INDISC is hosting a bonanza of competitive pinball play over the course of four full days, and everyone is invited to join in the fun. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome to test their pinball prowess in a series of 8 tournaments, including the highly-coveted Open IFPA World Championship. Don't miss out on this opportunity to show off your flipper skills and compete with the best of the best.

  • Location: Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, CA
  • Dates: January 12-15, 2023
  • Type: Tournament
  • Streaming: Twitch @ iepinball
  • Link

February 2023

District 82 Winter Series

The District 82 Winter Series is a Pinburgh-inspired pinball tournament that will take place over three action-packed days. But that's not all: they've also got two separate knockout tournaments on Friday and Saturday night, plus a special 'warm up' tournament on Thursday night. The tournament takes place at District 82 Pinball in DePere, WI, and will be live-streamed on Twitch @ FoxCitiesPinball.

March 2023

Mid-Atlantic Open

The Mid-Atlantic Pinball Open, taking place in Wilmington, Delaware between March 3rd and 5th 2023 will be an absolute spectacle! At the lavish Delaware Pinball Collective, guests of all ages can participate in three unique tournaments. The MAPO Championship will be IFPA certified and is sure to draw competitors from near and far.


The B Division Championship is ideal for those looking to test their skills against a more casual set of opponents while the Classics tournament allows pinball veterans to show off their play on classic machines. Last but not least is the Women’s Open which provides the perfect opportunity for women to demonstrate their exceptional skills on all types of pinball machines.

  • Location: Wilmington, DE
  • Dates: March 3-5, 2023
  • Type: Tournament
  • Link

Louisville Arcade Expo

Get ready for the Louisville Arcade Expo, a retro gaming extravaganza that's not to be missed. This year marks the 12th year of the show, and it's shaping up to be the best one yet.


Do you remember the days when arcades were a staple of shopping centers and malls, filled with video games and pinball machines? How about playing Adventure on the Atari 2600, or making a greeting card with an Apple II? At the Louisville Arcade Expo, you can relive all of your favorite gaming memories and more. With hundreds of arcade and pinball machines on free play, plus every console you can imagine, it's the ultimate destination for retro gaming enthusiasts. And the best part? You can bring your family along and show them just how good you are at some real gaming.


Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience the excitement of the Louisville Arcade Expo. The show takes place at the Triple Crown Pavilion in Louisville, KY, from March 10-12, 2023. Don't miss out on this chance to connect with fellow gaming enthusiasts and experience the thrill of retro gaming.

  • Location: Triple Crown Pavilion, Louisville, KY
  • Dates: March 10-12, 2023
  • Type: Show, Event
  • Link

IFPA Pin-Masters

IFPA Pin-Masters

Get ready for the IFPA Pin-Masters, a pinball tradition unlike any other. Hosted by the IFPA and District 82 in De Pere, Wisconsin, this event is open to anyone who wants to register and play. It's also a Stern Pro Circuit Event, so you'll be competing with some of the best players around.


The main event is an 18-hole Pin-Golf course, where the goal is to reach a target score in the fewest number of balls. You'll play 9 holes on Friday and 9 holes on Saturday, and the top 24 players with the lowest number of strokes will advance to the playoffs.


But that's not all: they've also got a 3-strike classics knockout for all Pin-Golf participants on Friday night after the PM Qualifying. Don't miss out on this opportunity to test your pinball skills and compete with the best of the best.

Kristiansand Pinball Open

Get ready for the Kristiansand Pinball Open, one of the biggest pinball events in Norway. This ambitious tournament is being organized by the Kristiansand Arkade & Flipperspill Forening, a relative newcomer on the pinball scene. But with passion and help from the entire pinball community, they're planning to set up 40-50 machines in the main area for four days of non-stop action.

  • Location: Clarion Hotel Ernst, Kristiansand, Norway
  • Dates: March 23-26, 2023
  • Type: Tournament
  • Live stream: Twitch @ BananaTilt
  • Link

Texas Pinball Festival (TPF)

texas pinball festival 2023 poster

Get ready for the Texas Pinball Festival (TPF), an event that's not to be missed. The 2023 TPF will be held the weekend of March 24-26, 2023, at the Embassy Suites Dallas - Frisco Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco. And here's the best part: the space will be filled with more than 400 pinball machines, classic video games, and other game room goodies, all set up on free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend.


But that's not all: the TPF will also feature tournaments, special guests, and more. So don't miss out on this opportunity to experience the thrill of competitive pinball and relive your favorite gaming memories.

  • Location: Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco Hotel and Convention Center, Frisco, TX
  • Dates: March 24-26, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

Midwest Gaming Classic

Get ready for the Midwest Gaming Classic, an arcade show and tournament that celebrates all things gaming. This event features 150,000+ square feet of retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, tabletop RPGs, computers, tabletop board games, crane games, collectible card games, and more. It's the ultimate destination for gaming enthusiasts of all kinds.


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 enjoy at the Midwest Gaming Classic. This event is all about trying new things, learning about the gaming hobby, meeting others who share your love of gaming, and having fun doing it.

  • Location: Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI
  • Dates: March 31 - April 2, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Event, Show
  • Live stream: Twitch @ tvMGC
  • Link

April 2023

PinBrew Fest

PinBrew Fest is a unique combination of craft beer and pinball. This event features all the best pinball machines, from the newest releases to classic games you may have played as a kid. And the best part? All games are on free play, so you can enjoy as much pinball as you like.


But PinBrew Fest isn't just about pinball: it's also a celebration of craft beer, with some of the finest brews in Ohio on offer. Plus, there will be vendors, food, arcades, and more. It's the ultimate destination for pinball and craft beer enthusiasts alike.


Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience the thrill of pinball and sample some of the best craft beer Ohio has to offer.

  • Location: Metroplex Expo Center, Girard, OH
  • Dates: April 13-15, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

Great Lakes Pinball Open Series

great lakes pinball open

The Great Lakes Pinball Open (GLPO) Tournament, a three-day event featuring 3-4 separate tournaments. But that's not all: there's also a separate 'warm up' tournament on Thursday, April 13th, open to anyone who wants to play.

Pinball at the Zoo

Pinball at the Zoo is billed as Michigan's premier pinball and game room show.

  • Location: Kalamazoo County Expo Center, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Dates: April 20-22, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

May 2023

PinFest

PinFest is an annual premier pinball show and festival in Allentown, PA. Known for its active marketplace of used machines and parts, PinFest is the place to be for pinball enthusiasts of all kinds. And for competitive players, there are also IFPA-certified tournaments.

  • Location: The Allentown Fair Grounds, Allentown, PA
  • Dates: May 5-6, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Convention
  • Link

Golden State Pinball Festival

The fun for pinball fans never stops at the Golden State Pinball Festival with events planned all weekend to occupy your time between games. With either a day pass or weekend pass, you will have access to 100’s of pinball machines set to free play. Browse their lineup of game vendors for parts, memorabilia, and even new machines. Enjoy a bite to eat along with a locally brewed beverage. Browse the silent auction offerings or enter to win a free pinball machine.

  • Location: Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, Lodi, CA
  • Dates: May 19-21, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show/Convention
  • Link

June 2023

IFPA 18

The IFPA 18 World Pinball Championship is one of the most prestigious events in competitive pinball. Scheduled for June 1-4, 2023 at Freddy's Pinball Paradise in Echzell, Germany, this tournament will feature 80 of the world's greatest players from over twenty countries.

  • Location: Freddy’s Pinball Paradise, Echzell, Germany
  • Dates: June 1-4, 2023
  • Type: Tournament
  • Link

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show

At the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show, local volunteers and collectors build the largest arcade in the Northwest for one weekend a year. This event features over 400 pinball and arcade machines on freeplay, as well as guest speakers, tournaments, world record attempts, vendors, a Kid's Zone and kid's tournaments, game-related merchandise, and the chance to enter a drawing to win your own pinball or arcade game every day of the show.

  • Location: Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA
  • Dates: June 2-4, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

2023 Titan Pinball SW Regional Pin-Masters

More info to come!

July 2023

YEGPIN Pinball and Arcade Expo

yegpin pinball and arcade expo 2023

Don't miss out on the YEGPIN Pinball and Arcade Expo, taking place July 20-23, 2023 at Millenium Place in Sherwood Park, AB, Canada.


This is a great event for those interested in playing unlimited pinball and non pinball arcade games on the free play floor, buying machines and parts, or playing in competitive pinball tournaments.


YEGPIN offers a chance to relive your younger days with classic pinball and video arcade games from your childhood, as well as the latest and greatest pinball games. The state-of-the-art location can hold over 225 pinball machines, 50 classic video games, and other game room goodies that will be set up on free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend.


In addition, YEGPIN will host four certified IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association) backed pinball tournaments, where players can earn WPPR (World Pinball Player Rankings) points. These tournaments are open to novice and advanced players alike, and offer customized trophies and cash prizes to the winners.

  • Location: Millenium Place, Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
  • Dates: July 20-23, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

Southern-Fried Gaming Expo

Step into the world of gaming at the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo in Atlanta. Expect pinball machines, classic arcade games, and more. But it's not just about the games - there are also exciting panel sessions, vendors, and special guest speakers to keep you entertained. And with a massive tabletop library, RPG sessions, and tournaments, there's something for every type of gamer. Plus, the whole family is invited to join in on the fun. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind gaming event!

  • Location: Marriott Renaissance Waverly, Atlanta, GA
  • Dates: July 28-30, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Event, Show
  • Link

August 2023

California Extreme

California Extreme is the annual "Classic Arcade Games Show" celebrating coin-operated pinball machines, video games, and other novelties once found in game arcades. Taking place on August 19-20, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA, this event features all games on display set for free play, so no quarters required.


California Extreme also has tournaments, guest speakers, and more. So mark your calendars for August 19-20, and join us at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara for a weekend of retro gaming fun.

  • Location: Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
  • Dates: August 19-20, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

September 2023

Pintastic New England

Pintastic New England is the ultimate destination for pinball enthusiasts, offering a wide range of activities for players of all skill levels. From casual play to competitive tournaments, this expo has something for everyone. With over 25,000 square feet of space, Pintastic New England features a variety of classic and modern pinball machines, as well as a selection of other arcade games. Additionally, the event includes vendors and guest speakers who will provide insights into the world of pinball and game room design. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just looking for a fun outing with the family, Pintastic New England is sure to be a memorable experience.

  • Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA
  • Dates: September 7-10, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

NW Pinball Championships

The NW Pinball Championships are returning for another year of intense competition in Lynnwood, WA. From September 8-10, 2023, players from all over will converge to test their skills and compete in 5 different IFPA events. The tournament features 3 IFPA certified events, a Women's event, and a Sunday consolation knockout. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to see some of the best pinball players in the region in action.

  • Location: Lynnwood, WA
  • Dates: September 8-10, 2023
  • Type: Tournament
  • Link

Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show (aka Cle-Pin)

cle-pin 2023 cleveland pinball and arcade show

The Cleveland Pinball and Arcade Show (aka Cle-Pin) is an annual celebration of all things pinball and classic gaming. Taking place September 14-17, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Cleveland South in Independence, OH, the show offers four days of unlimited free play on more than 100 pinball machines and 30+ classic arcade games. Whether you're a seasoned pinball enthusiast or introducing your kids to the world of classic gaming, there's something for everyone at Cle-Pin. The show also features guest speakers from top pinball manufacturers, a 24-hour arcade for hotel guests, a flea market, and an IFPA-backed tournament for competitive players.

  • Location: Holiday Inn Cleveland South, Independence, OH
  • Dates: September 14-17, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

UK Open

The UK Open is a premier pinball tournament event featuring five tournaments, including the legendary UK Pinball Open with a guaranteed £5000 first prize. This event is held in association with Pinball Republic, London Pinball, and the DOMINO Organization and is held in London, UK from September 29 to October 1.


In addition to the main UK Pinball Open, which is an IFPA Certified Plus tournament with an estimated TGP of 240%, the event also includes the UK Open Pinball Republic Championship, the UK Open Ladies Championship, the UK Open Classics tournament, and the UK Open Classics II tournament, as well as a junior championship for players under 16 years old.

October 2023

White Rose Gameroom Show

The White Rose Gameroom Show is the ultimate destination for classic gaming enthusiasts! With an admission fee that allows you to play games all day with no need for quarters, it's the perfect place to enjoy your favorite pinball machines, video games, jukeboxes, slot machines, and more. Plus, there are lots of door prizes up for grabs and opportunities to buy pinball and game room items. For those interested in competition, there are tournaments for both kids and adults. And to keep you fueled up, there will be refreshments available throughout the event. Don't miss out on this exciting gaming experience at the York Fairgrounds and Expo Center in York, PA on October 6-7, 2023.

  • Location: York Fairgrounds and Expo Center, York, PA
  • Dates: October 6-7, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

NYC Pinball Championships

Get ready for the ultimate pinball showdown at the New York City Pinball Championships. This three-day event features three exciting tournaments, including the Open + B Division NYCPC Championship, Classics, and the Dahlia Rowan Memorial Women’s Championship. Watch as top players from around the world compete for the title of champion and enjoy world-class competitive pinball action in the heart of New York City.

Pinball Expo

Pinball Expo is the premier event for pinball enthusiasts, industry professionals, and collectors. Taking place at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Illinois from October 18-21, 2023, this annual event features a wide range of activities for attendees to enjoy. From tournaments and factory tours to vendors and coin-op arcade games, there is something for everyone at Pinball Expo. The event also offers the opportunity to meet industry professionals and get a behind-the-scenes look at the heart of the pinball industry with factory tours from Jersey Jack Pinball and Stern Pinball. Don't miss out on this exciting celebration of all things pinball.

  • Location: Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, Wheeling, IL
  • Dates: October 18-21, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Livestream: Twitch @ PinballExpo
  • Link

Music City Multicon

The Music City Multicon is a gaming, comics, and pop culture convention taking place in Nashville, Tennessee from October 27-29, 2023. This three day event at the Farm Bureau Expo Center will feature over 100 arcade and pinball machines, over 100 video game consoles, and the largest pinball tournament in the state. There will also be tabletop gaming, a cosplay competition with cash prizes, and a kids costume contest. Special guests will be running presentations and panels throughout the event, and there will be a large vendor room selling games, toys, and other geeky items. Food vendors will also be on site. Don't miss the GRAND ORE MATCHPLAY TOURNAMENT, the largest pinball tournament in Tennessee. Come out and enjoy all that Music City Multicon has to offer.

  • Location: Wilson County Expo Center, Lebanon, TN
  • Dates: October 18-21, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

November 2023

OBX Flippers Fall Tournament

The OBX Flippers Fall Tournament is an exciting event for competitive pinball enthusiasts on the East Coast. This Stern Pro Circuit event, held in Grandy, NC, features not one, but three tournaments: a main tournament, classics tournament, and a Women's tournament. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, there's something for everyone at this exciting event. Be sure to mark your calendars and visit the Flippers Arcade & Laser Tag website for updates on the exact dates and details. Don't miss out on this chance to compete and have fun with other pinball enthusiasts!

  • Location: Flippers Arcade & Laser Tag, Grandy, NC
  • Dates: TBD November, 2023
  • Type: Tournament
  • Link: TBD

24 Hour Final Battle at the Sanctum

The 24 Hour Final Battle at the Sanctum is an annual event that is not to be missed by competitive pinball players. This year's tournament, which takes place on Daylight Savings weekend in November, is part of the Stern Pro Circuit and is always a sell-out event. With a non-stop marathon format, players compete in group matchplay rounds one after another until the end of the 24 hour period. Located at The Sanctum in Meridian, CT, this tournament is sure to provide intense and exciting competition for all attendees. Make sure to mark your calendars for November 4-5, 2023 and don't miss out on the action!

  • Location: The Sanctum, Meridian, CT
  • Dates: November 4-5, 2023
  • Type: Tournament
  • Link

Houston Arcade Expo

Houston Arcade Expo is a must-attend event for all gaming enthusiasts. The expo brings together some of the best classic and current coin-operated pinball machines, video arcade games, penny arcades, and console video games under one roof.


Visitors can enjoy free play on all of the games or even purchase them for their own home game room. The expo also features tournaments, workshops, music, and events to keep attendees entertained throughout the weekend. Don't miss out on this fun-filled event in Houston, Texas on November 10-12, 2023.

  • Location: Houston Marriott Westchase, Houston, TX
  • Dates: November 10-12, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

December 2023

Pincinnati

Pinball enthusiasts, mark your calendars for Pincinnati! This annual event, held at the Holiday Inn Eastgate in Cincinnati, OH, offers plenty of excitement for pinball lovers of all ages. From December 1-3, 2023, attendees can participate in popular pinball tournaments, enjoy 120 games set to free play, and even purchase their favorite machines. With a wide range of machines from the 70's to the present, there's something for everyone at Pincinnati.

  • Location: Holiday Inn Eastgate, Cincinatti, OH
  • Dates: December 1-3, 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show
  • Live stream: Twitch @ SDTMpinball
  • Link

Unconfirmed But Likely Pinball Shows 2023

These tournaments and pinball shows typically happen every year, but as of publishing don't have confirmed dates yet. We'll update this list as they are confirmed.

Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show

Experience the thrill of classic arcade and pinball games at the Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show! This event, held at the Saratoga Regional YMCA in Saratoga Springs, NY, will feature over 50 games available for free play, so you can try out as many as you'd like.


If you bring your own game in good working order, you'll even get free entry into the show. In addition to free play, there will be a beginner-friendly pinball tournament on Saturday, as well as indoor vendor and flea market spaces with pinball and arcade parts, items, and project games. Many game owners will also have their games available for purchase, so be sure to check out the game information cards on each game for more details.

  • Location: Saratoga Regional YMCA, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Dates: July/August 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

Brisbane Masters

  • Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia
  • Dates: TBD
  • Type: Tournament
  • Link: TBD

Saratoga Silverball

Saratoga Silverball is a pinball extravaganza in Upstate New York, where attendees can enjoy a variety of games on free play.

  • Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Dates: September 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show
  • Link

Pinball at the Lab

The Pinball at the Lab tournament is coming to Riverside Game Lab in September! This classic match play event has a maximum of 100 players, and will be split into four-player groups (occasionally three-player) to compete on individual machines.


Points will be awarded based on performance, and players who reach or pass a target value of 70 points will qualify for the finals. The tournament will feature tiered-swiss format play, and if time expires before all finals positions are filled, the remaining spots will be determined by rankings at the end of the final match play round. Don't miss out on this exciting competition, and be sure to tune in to the live stream on Twitch @ iepinball.

Ann Arbor Michigan Pinball Show

The Ann Arbor VFW Pinball Show is billed as the largest pinball show in the world with over 500+ working restored pinball and arcade machines for attendees to enjoy.

  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Dates: October 2023
  • Type: Show, Event
  • Link

Pin-A-Go-Go

Get ready for a weekend of retro fun at the annual Pin-A-Go-Go event in Dixon, California! With over six decades of pinball machines available for free play, attendees will have the chance to try out a wide range of machines from different eras.


Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to shop for pinball parts, memorabilia, and games at the outdoor flea market and swap meet on Saturday. Don't forget to grab a bite to eat at the food service area, and take advantage of the RV parking on the premises.

  • Location: Dixon California Fairgrounds, Dixon, CA
  • Dates: October 2023
  • Type: Show
  • Link

Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown

The Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown is the ultimate Colorado pinball and gamer festival experience. With a huge variety of pinball and classic arcade games available for free play with admission, this is a great event for any pinball fan. In addition to playing all of your favorite games, you can also participate in tournaments, buy and sell games, learn about game repair and modification, and meet other pinball enthusiasts. Don't miss out on this exciting weekend of gaming fun in Denver, Colorado.

  • Location: Denver, CO
  • Dates: October 2023
  • Type: Show, Tournament
  • Link

Freeplay Florida

Join in on the fun at this three day event featuring classic and modern pinball and arcade games available for attendees to play for free. Don't miss out on the chance to participate in the pinball tournament, listen to speaker panels with gaming industry icons, and browse and shop from a selection of vendors selling gaming machine parts, memorabilia, and themed art.

  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Dates: November 2023
  • Type: Tournament, Show, Event
  • Link

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