There aren't many things that would inspire us to rent a hotel room in Frisco, but here's one: the three-day Texas Pinball Festival. It returns to the Frisco Conference Center (7600 John Q Hammons Drive) this Friday-Sunday with more than 400 machines spanning the history of pinball. You'll even get a first look at brand new machines like the much-hyped Big Lebowski. Staying near the conference center gives you the best chance of maximizing your weekend pass and playing all 400. It will also give you more face time with the festival's celebrity guests, such as Sam J. Jones, who played Flash Gordon; and Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira: Mistress of the Dark. Both had pinball machines designed after their characters and will be on hand for discussions and Q&As with the machines' designers. Festival hours are 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Passes are $10-$65 at texaspinball.com.