One of my favorite ways to participate in the LEGO hobby is to attend conventions. I’ve attended a lot of them since I started participating as an adult builder, and even ran one for a few years. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, exhibit your creations, learn more skills, win prizes, and really level up your LEGO hobby.
When I attend LEGO conventions, I try to make a point of taking photos of all the creations (MOCs, or “My Own Creations”) on display, and posting them on Flickr with a blog post here. However I haven’t always managed that for every event, especially the online events in 2020. Still, I’ve put links below to all the years where I can find a post I made for that event. I’ll try to update this page when I attend events in the future as well, so check here for all the links.
Of course since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 hit, in-person events have not been happening for the most part, and I urge everyone to stay home and stay safe. But every grey cloud has a silver lining, and most of the LEGO conventions have moved to online events, mostly using the Zoom teleconference software. So as a result, you may be able to attend conventions that you would not otherwise have been able to due to travel costs or schedule conflicts. Here are links to all the LEGO fan-run community events I know about, whether they are held in person or online:
- BrickCan: Vancouver, BC, Canada. I haven’t been to this yet, but hope to go someday. They are having an online event in 2021.
- BrickCon: Seattle, WA, first weekend in October. I attended in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and this year I joined their 2020 online edition.
- Bricks by the Bay: Santa Clara, CA (usually in July or August). I helped found and was the president of Bricks by the Bay until 2015 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). I skipped the 2016 event, and have been an attendee in 2017, 2018, and 2019; this year I was part of the 2020 online event. (Sorry I apparently never posted wrap-up entries on the blog about 2011, 2015, or 2017.) They are hoping to have their next event June 17-20, 2021 but we’ll see if in-person events are possible by then.
- BrickFair: Virginia, Alabama, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. I went to the first BrickFair in 2008 in Virginia. They haven’t had online events, but have canceled all their 2020 events and are hoping to hold them in 2021.
- Brick Fiesta: Various cities in Texas in July. I haven’t been in person, but I was able to attend the online event this year – I didn’t post about it though.
- Bricks Cascade: Portland, OR. I attend this every year, staying with friends in Portland. This was the last in-person event I attended, and they have already announced they are going online-only in 2021. I was there in 2012, 2017, 2018, and 2020.
- BrickSlopes: Sandy, UT. I haven’t been to this one yet.
- BricksLA: Los Angeles, CA. I haven’t been, but have a lot of friends who go.
- Brickworld: Chicago, IL, June (with additional shows in other cities). I attended in 2009, 2011, and 2014. They are having online events throughout 2020; I attended one of these in June but didn’t blog about it, and am planning to check out the upcoming ones.
- Brickvention: Melbourne, Australia, January. I was there in 2017.
- LEGO Fan Weekend Paredes de Coura: This small town in northern Portugal attracts LEGO fans from around the world annually in June. I was there in 2017.
- LEGO Fan Weekend Skærbæk: Held a short drive from LEGO world headquarters in Denmark, the Fan Weekend was originally run by LEGO but has since been taken over by the fan community. I attended in 2014.
There have been a number of LEGO conventions in the past that are no longer taking place, unfortunately. These include BrickFest in Washington, DC and Portland, Oregon (I was at the DC one in 2006 and the Portland one in 2009), BricksWest in Carlsbad California (I attended both of these, in 2002 and 2003, but that was before I started this website so no links, sorry), Brick Magic in North Carolina, and Brickfête in Toronto. We miss those events but hopefully other events are taking place in those areas and you can make it to those instead. Having run a LEGO event myself, I know how exhausting it can be!
If you know of any other similar events like these please post a comment or contact me directly and I’ll be happy to add a link. However, I’m only including community-run conventions, not the ones that are more commercially run and focused on putting on a show for kids.