Remember we are the LARGEST PINBALL SHOW IN THE WORLD with over 500+ working restored pingames for you to play!! The show will be Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th, 2023. Show times are 9am to 5pm. There are approximately 500 restored free play pin games to play! (See the game list for game titles, game pictures, game count.)
Get show ticket reservations for the next Ann Arbor pinball show here.
the VFW 2023 Pinball Show is the largest in world (by unique game count.) You will not find a pinball show with a greater number of restored and working pin games available for play in where in the World! This is the largest and best playable pinball collective anywhere. And the number of tickets sold keeps people numbers low, so there’s always games to play with no lines!
2023 Pinball Showcase Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th with about 500 machines on free play. Our facility is the one of the largest dedicated pinball venues (by unique game count) in North America and has games from the 1930s start of pinball, to 1950s “woodrails”, to the latest current games from Stern and other pinball makers. 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.
2023 Showcase Dates and Times.
This will be our eighth VFW showcase, and below are the following 2021 days.
– Saturday May 6th, 2023 – 9am to 5pm
– Sunday May 7th, 2023 – 9am to 5pm
– Friday May 5th, 2023 IFPA Tourney – 9am to 4pm
Ticket Reservations for the 2023 Pinball Show
Tickets Reservations for the showcase will be available in advance. 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. Once the limit is reached, we are sold out, and no more reservations will be issued. There may be tickets available at the door, depending on the number of reservations made. So if you want to guarantee a ticket, it’s best to make a reservation. Reservations are non-refundable and available at the Ticket reservation web page. The reservation involves a small fee. The remainder of your ticket will have to be paid at the door in cash money. In years past we completely sold out (as in every ticket for every day sold!), so don’t wait until the last minute to get your show ticket.
IFPA sanctioned, head to head Matchplay tournament. Tourney starts at 9am, please be there no later than 8:45am for registration. Top 8 or 16 (depending on number of participants) will make playoffs. Significant ties broken in one game playoff on random game, random order. Top seed picks bank of games or order. Banks must include one EM, one Early Solid State, and one later Solid State or DMD. Playoffs will be head to head on 3 games (1-0 scoring). Cost $51 USD and all games will be on Freeplay (no quarters needed). Max 128 players. Only way to secure spot is to prepay $1 in advance with $50 cash due at the door. There will also be a $25 optional side pot. Please note this event will take place in the building known as “The Marv” at Vintage Flipper World with about 150 games ranging from EMs to modern DMD (the mix of solidstate pinballs to EMs is about 50/50.) Lunch IS provided. Event will end by 4PM. Payouts to those who buy in to the side pot will go to the top four finishers.
How Many Games will be at the Show case?
There will be about 500 games available for free play. We list the game titles in a separate post here. These games are of known quality and caliber, and some are very rare. You’ll know what titles will be at the show ahead, there’s no guessing.
Why is the Ann Arbor Pinball Show better and different?
First off nearly everyone goes to pinball shows to play games (versus say going to seminars or other related activities.) Hence the number of working games ready for play is a big draw to our show (most shows struggle to get 100 games.) And at the Ann Arbor Pinball Museum, there are no duplicate titles. Meaning when we say there are this many games, there are that number and all with unique titles. (There’s aren’t five Addams Family pinballs, for example.) Hence there is more variety and more representation of pinball’s history. We strive to have all the popular games, and many rare machines, all restored and working.
Also the games are already on site. No set up or tear down like other shows. This means they are leveled, prep’ed, and ready for play. Also the show has the same games on Friday as their are on Sunday (many shows have problems with games leaving early, making the last show day lame.) And there’s a full on-site repair and parts shop (biggest pinball parts department in Michigan), so if anything breaks, it gets repaired quickly and easily. Finally the venue is customized for pinball. That is it’s not a converted school or hotel – it’s a permanent fixture with proper power and display requirements for pinball. Additionally, all the modern games with dot matrix displays have “glare guards” and color dot matrix displays (where available.) This makes the playing experience a lot better than a typical pinball show. No other pinball show offers these features!
Just a few miles away there are a couple places to stay, if you’re from out of town. We don’t have anything set with them, so you will have to call/email to see about reservations. The Holiday Inn Express is a nicer place, but the Best Western is a better deal.
- Best Western of Whitemore Lake (about $90 per night and 5 minutes away.) 9897 Main Street, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189, 734-449-2058
- Holiday Inn Express (about $130 per night and 5 minutes away.)
6910 Whitmore Lake Road, Brighton, MI 48116, 810-227-6300
There are two airports close to the show. The best and easiest airport is the Flint Bishop (FNT) airport. This is a smaller airport, but it’s just so much easier to deal with than Detroit Metro airport (DTW). If you can get a flight to Flint (about 45 minutes due north of the show), we recommend that over Detroit Metro (which is about 45 minutes south east.) DTW is a huge airport and hard to navigate. Flint Bishop is smaller and friendlier, and the security is way easier to deal with.
The Location and Address.
The Ann Arbor pinball museum is located on a scenic 10 acres in the countryside north of Ann Arbor in Green Oak Township. It’s very relaxed and located on a beautiful piece of natural property. The facility has a full pinball restoration shop and of course many games. There’s plenty of parking too. Official address is 8891 Spicer rd, Brighton MI 48116