The excitement is palpable as the 2nd edition of the Central Ontario Arcade & Pinball Fest in Wasaga Beach fest approaches! This paradise for arcade enthusiasts and pinball wizards is slated for Saturday June 1st 2024.
But this year, it’s not just about the games; it’s about the expanded horizon of enthusiasm and engagement, facilitated by the fourfold increase in space—the venue now sprawls over an impressive 11,500 square feet, ready to accommodate all the Pinball and Arcade action, with an overflowing cornucopia of excitement amidst the clinking charm of vintage and modern arcade machines.
See all the details about last years show with a full walkthrough Video HERE!
The fest, once again, opens its gates to game bringers, vendors, and attendees, each bringing a unique flavor to the arcade milieu.
Game bringers are granted free admission to the fest, and a huge thank you for adding to the event’s arcade allure.
And for the vendors, it’s a hassle-free setup with free tables, and a chance to display their merchandise to a crowd that shares their passion for pinball and arcade games.
The showrunners have meticulously planned the setup timings to ensure a smooth sail for all participants. On Friday, May 31st, the hall welcomes game bringers and vendors from 2pm to 10pm, and once again on Saturday morning, from 8am to 9am, ensuring ample time for setup. The garage door will be wide open, inviting you to drive in, unload, and set up with ease.
The fest is more than just a playground for gamers; it’s a platform for sharing knowledge and ideas. If you have a seminar idea brewing, the organizers are all ears. The venue is well-equipped to handle the electric enthusiasm with ample power supply, making it a conducive environment for both fun and learning.
As the morning sun casts its warm glow on Saturday, June 1st, the hall opens at 9am for game bringers and vendors, and at 10am, the public is ushered into this arcade haven. And amidst the cacophony of bleeps and bloops, the heartbeats of pinball enthusiasts will race as Pinball Medics bring along at least 20 classic pinball games. They will then orchestrate the pinball tournaments, a battleground for the attendees to showcase their flipper finesse. As the event approaches the details of both Match Play run IFPA Sanctioned Tournaments, one on Classic EM & SS games, the second on all eras, will be made available!
Pinball Medics is once again offering their pre-order, pre-paid discounts, with the added perk of free delivery to the fest. More details as the date approaches!
While the arcade and pinball games are the stars of the show, the fest is also about soaking in the local charm. Saga Resort in Wasaga Beach is offering discounted accommodations for attendees, a perfect retreat after a day of gaming frenzy. And while you are at it, a visit to the longest freshwater beach in the world is highly recommended.
The fest has taken care of the minutest details to ensure a seamless experience for all attendees. From providing information cards for each game in the Free Play area to ensuring a secure environment with a strict no-tolerance policy towards theft and game abuse, every aspect has been meticulously planned.
And as if the event couldn’t get more enticing, a new fest t-shirt design will be unveiled online, adding to the memorabilia that attendees can take home to remember the electrifying weekend by.
With free WiFi on site, and a rain or shine indoor setup, the 2nd Annual Central Ontario Arcade & Pinball Fest is more than just a gaming event; it’s a celebration of the arcade culture, a journey down the memory lane of pinball history, and a toast to the camaraderie that binds the community together. So mark your calendars, for a weekend of flipper frenzy awaits!