NEWS: ZapCon 5 is Coming!

Are you giddy with anticipation yet? Organizers confirmed the good news just yesterday: ZapCon is back for another year of pinball and arcade madness! This year’s mega-gaming event will take place April 29-30, again at the friendly confines of the Mesa Convention Center.

If it has a banner, you know it’s going to be good.

Last year was amazing! There were more than 300 games, most there by the courtesy of average folks who wanted to share their love of gaming with the community. There were tournaments, exhibitions, contests, vendors, food trucks, and a guy who wore a bee suit the entire weekend. Seriously, if you like pinball or video games, this is the only place to be April 29-30.

Overhead shot of last year’s gaming extravaganza!

In order to make it happen, organizers need help from you. In exchange for contributing a working arcade game or pinball machine, you can get a weekend pass, access to contributor night on Friday the 28th, a ticket for a drawing for a free arcade game, a commemorative badge, and more! If you volunteer your time, you get a weekend pass, early admission Saturday and Sunday, the commemorative badge, and more!

Here’s pinball row at ZapCon 4. How can you resist this much pinball?

Check out the ZapCon homepage and FB page for more information. Or email ZapCon guru Wes at if you can help with games, or volunteer your time.

Firebird Pinball has been proud to sponsor ZapCon since its inception, and we’ll be back again this year, with a cadre of games, pinball parts, and anything else we can drag down. Join us in making this year’s event the best so far!

We’ll see you there! (We’ll look like this, but slightly more vintage.)