Are you a pinball wizard? Does The Who’s anthem ring through your heart? Are you even old enough to get these references? It doesn’t matter. The point is, you want to be here for PinFest. PinFest is the annual pinball show held at the Allentown Fairgrounds. This collection of tables is not just for show and sale. Since it’s inception in 2011, actual pinballers who are ardent students of the craft converge for this popular event. And as the show grows, so do the general fans. Pinball is back baby, and it exists at PinFest.
First thing’s first, PinFest is sincerely a place to play pinball. That’s why the festival sponsors have roped off an area with space for 250 machines to be brought in for Free Play Tournament. If you have your own machine, bring it; because there might not be a table open for you if you don’t. Well, that may be a misspeak. Average additional machines to be brought in for general play top in around 300. are you counting with us? That’s over 500 tables to see, touch, and play over this weekend.
To compliment your pinball fandom, nearly fifty vendors who specialize in pinball machines and other collectables adorn the vendor hall, and an adjoining flea market area affords even greater selling space. Being at the fairgrounds, there are places for on-site concessions but they are limited to mostly snacky foods. Not a bad idea to bring a lunch or plan on eating before or after the festival. So whether you’re an old pool hall junkie, or new to the concept of flippers, this is not a festival to be missed.
Admission costs vary and parking is on-site.