Remember getting a few quarters for the video arcade, only to weather the deflating lack of fulfillment when the money ran out just as your level of competitive excitement had peaked? Never fear: the fifth annual Pacific Pinball Exposition
, the largest pinball show on the planet, offers 400 pinball machines, all set to free play. Visitors have full access to the earliest 1930s pinball machines as well as custom-made see-through games. Pinball seminars, a pinball contest and vintage machines galore alight on Friday–Sunday, Sept. 23–25, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 10am–midnight, Friday and Sunday; 10am–8pm, Sunday. $15–$25 daily; weekend passes available. 510.205.9793.