West Coast Pinball Festival: 3 Days Of Pinball Madness

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Get nostalgic with hours of unlimited fun at Perth’s pinball festival

Following a sell-out event in 2020, The West Coast Pinball Festival is returning to Perth this year even bigger and better!

Pinball fanatics can go back in time with over 100 pinball machines from the 1960’s right through to the modern-day.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to play on some super unique machines with rare titles you’ve always wanted to try.

What’s The Go?

This community event will be held at RAC Arena over 3 days from Friday 10th September to Sunday 12th September.

Supported by some of the biggest names in pinball – including Stern Pinball and Marco Specialties – it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to find and relive those machines you played as a child or just browse through the endless games on offer.

The festival will have all machines on free play, meaning you can play unlimited games while there. That also makes it super affordable for anyone to attend, with hours of unlimited fun for the same price as what roughly a dozen arcade games would usually cost.

There will be heaps to do over the weekend including tournaments and competitions with awards and prizes; vendor displays and merch; and the opportunity to buy or sell pinball machines.

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Game On: Competitions & Tournaments

Feeling competitive? Throughout the weekend, they’ll be running pinball competitions and tournaments suitable for all ages and abilities, with some awesome prizes up for grabs.

Here’s a rundown:

The Main Event

As the name implies, this is the big main event of the festival. Over two days, competitors will flip for the chance to be immortalised in the pinball Hall Of Fame as Grand Champion.

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Tournament Entry: $30

When: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September

Friday Night Social Comp

For something a little more laidback, Group Match Play is a simple, fun comp where players are paired against each other in four-player games over a number of rounds.

Tournament Entry: $20

When: Friday 10th September

Women’s Tournament

Pinball ain’t just for blokes! There’s also a tournament just for you ladies. The tournament is split into qualifying and final rounds in a similar, condensed version of the main event.

Tournament Entry: $10

When: Saturday 11th September

Saturday Night Social Comp

Do something a little different with your Saturday night and go head-to-head with other pinball players in a knockout format tournament. Players receive a strike for losing a game and are eliminated after four strikes, leaving one last player standing at the end.

Tournament Entry: $20

When: Saturday 11th September

Little Wizards

A dedicated tournament for aspiring pinball champions under 16-years of age. Again, it will be a similar, condensed version of the main event and everyone walks away from it as a winner with prizes on offer.

Tournament Entry: $5

When: Saturday 11th September

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Buy & Sell

If you’re a pretty serious pinball collector wanting to expand your collection, then you’ll also have the opportunity to trade with your fellow pinball community and buy or sell machines.

You can meet local distributors and private collectors selling off some awesome steals, or exhibit your machines at the festival, which will also earn you an all-access pass for the weekend.

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Tickets & Prices

There are a few options when it comes to tickets so you can find something that suits your budget:

  • Individual Session Pass (Fri/Sat Night): $50 Adults
  • Individual Session Pass (Sat Morning/Arvo): $40 Adults, $15 Children
  • Super Session Pass (Sunday)- 6-hours of freeplay at $50 for Adults, $20 for Children
  • Family Session Pass (2x Adults, 2x Children): Saturday $90, Sunday $120
  • Warrior Pass: Entry to all sessions over the weekend, $150 Adults, $40 Children
  • Wizard Pass: Entry to all sessions, including festival merch and a showbag, $200 Adults, $60 Children
  • Grand Master Pass: The ultimate pass- access to all sessions, merch discounts, framed poster and a showbag, $250 Adults, $100 Children

Find out more and get tickets here

Want To Be An Exhibitor

Are you a personal collector or enthusiast with some great machines?

The festival is always seeking exhibitors to join them and volunteer machines for the festival. In return, you’ll receive an Exhibitor Pass with unlimited access to all freeplay sessions.

The exhibitor machines are also eligible for awards including West Coast Kingpin – Best In Show.

Find out more

Details

  • When: Friday 10th Sep-Sunday 13th Sep
  • Where: RAC Arena, Perth

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