Texas Pinball Festival Flips Into Frisco This Weekend

The biggest event in the pinball industry will flip, ding, and flash its way into Frisco this weekend.

The Texas Pinball Festival will be held March 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Frisco Conference Center, featuring more than 400 vintage and new pinball machines, along with classic arcade games that will be set on “free play.”

Pinball tournaments will be held throughout the weekend for both adults and children, who will compete for trophies and prizes. Vendor demos, parts, supplies, equipment and memorabilia will also be available, the festival said.

The Texas Pinball Festival is coming to Frisco March 24-26. [Photo: Visit Frisco]

Meet Jack Danger, whose newest pinball game is Foo Fighters!

Attendees will be able to meet some of the hottest new game designers, including Jack Danger of Stern Pinball. Danger started his design career with Stern’s Jurassic Park Home Edition. The company just released Danger’s second machine: Foo Fighters! Stern is also known for launching the “Dead Flip” streaming channel, where he live-streamed pinball, and for being the driving force for the “Pinball” category being added on Twitch.

Screening of ‘PINBALL: The Man Who Saved The Game’

A scene from “Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game.” [Courtesy photo]

This Friday at 8 p.m., the festival will feature a screening of the movie “PINBALL: The Man Who Saved The Game” followed by a Q&A session. It’s the story of Roger Sharpe, a young midwesterner who overturned New York City’s 35 year-old ban on pinball machines. Sharpe will at the screening and will stick around all weekend to greet attendees and meet fans.

Seminars featuring pinball artists and designers

The Texas Pinball Festival is coming to Frisco March 24-26. [Photo: Visit Frisco]

Seminars featuring well-known pinball artists and designers will be offered at the festival Friday and Saturday, followed by autograph signings and Q&A sessuibs.

The DFW Pinball group will host a swap meet in the parking lot on Saturday at 8 a.m. Door prizes for pinball-related memorabilia will be drawn throughout the weekend.

Guests will have a chance to win a new 2003 Simpsons Pinball Party pinball machine with the raffle benefitting the National Videogame Museum and Kidd’s Kids. 

For the most appropriate side trip ever, attendees can use their TPF wristbands to board free shuttles to the nearby National Videogame Museum, where they’ll get 50% off the regular $12 entry price.

For lots more info about the festival, go here.

For ticket and schedule info, go here.

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