Flip Out at PinFest 2018

PinHeads unite! What better way to channel your inner wizard than a day at the Allentown PinFest – the Lehigh Valley’s premier pinball event. PinFest features over 200 pinball games, as well as various arcade favorites. Machines range from nostalgia-inducing to state-of-the-art, with graphics that are probably more sophisticated than your TV.

JPAll games are set to “free play,” so no need to scrounge up a fistful of quarters. Daily admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and free for children under 5 (bring a stool for your wee one!). No animals or strollers, but if you have a pinball-playing, stroller-riding animal, please post it on the PinFest Facebook page so we can all enjoy it.

The expo is open to the public on Friday, May 4 from 12 p.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Pro tip: Get there early for shorter lines on popular games. For those looking to take their flipper skills to the next level, there also tournament options; details on signing up can be found here. If you’re in the market to purchase (and make your friends jealous), don’t hesitate to pull the trigger – many of the machines are available for sale or trade, and tend to get snatched up early.

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Founded in the 1990s, PinFest has grown exponentially each year, welcoming thousands of players and vendors over a multi-ball (er, I mean multi-day) stretch. In addition to the gaming area, there is also a flea market with various parts and modifications for games. For visitor Nic Shell, “It’s all about the projects, parts, and pals.”

For those new to the pinball community – don’t be shy! Jump in on a multiplayer game or offer to play “split flip” – where you and a partner each control one flipper throughout the game. For 18-time attendee Mike Frasca, there are always “lots of great friends made, and lots of great games played.”

The festival is located in the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds (302 N. 17th St). Parking is free, and the on-site snack bar will help fuel your new high scores. Happy flipping! For more information, visit pinfestival.com or the festival’s official Facebook event.

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In addition to music, an integral part of the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) on Memorial Day Weekend will be three days of extensive programming to recognize the contributions of U.S. veterans, and to showcase Pennsylvania’s deeply-rooted role in the country’s military history. Appropriately, the inaugural event falls on the 100th anniversary year of the end of WWI, and the 150th anniversary of the first official Memorial Day.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Feb. 12-18

It’s a week full of holidays, between Fat Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, and an extended President’s Day weekend. To celebrate, our music community delivers a little something for every occasion!

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Coffee House Without Limits Hosting ‘Beatmakers and Rhymesayers Mixer’ Feb. 16

Some rappers just need a beat. Some producers just need someone on the track.

Allentown’s Coffee House Without Limits asked, “What if we made that easier?”

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

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Maingate to Host Showcase and Rap Battle March 1

Think you have what it takes on the mic to win a $1,000 cash prize and a single produced by Grammy-winning producer Doc Ish? You have a chance to prove it at Maingate Nightclub on Thursday, March 1.

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Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society to Announce Collaboration with Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University

The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society (PAMPS) will announce details of its collaboration and hex sign initiative with the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Lehigh Valley Road Runner Clubhouse in the Lehigh Parkway Park.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Jan. 22-28

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This past weekend was amazing. We once again thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us at SteelStacks on Friday for our 2nd Birthday Spectacular. In case you missed it, you can see photos and a proper recap here.

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PHOTOS: Tony Coonrod and Banchi at Jetport Bar & Lounge

On Tuesday night, we returned to Allentown’s Jetport Bar & Lounge after a lengthy absence to catch our first glimpse of an emerging artist.

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Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week: Jan. 8-14

With 2018’s first First Friday behind us, we find ourselves marching ever closer to the Lehigh Valley Underground 2nd Birthday Spectacular at SteelStacks on January 19.

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