A LEGO® convention? What do you do at a LEGO convention?

Bricks By The Bay is just one of a number of conventions and gatherings throughout the world where fans of LEGO (whether builders, artists, or hobbyists) can gather and share enthusiasm for their favorite plastic brick. People bring creations to show off, give and watch presentations on developments in the hobby, play games, and most of all have fun. Saturday and Sunday we host a show to show off our creations to the public.


What ages are welcome at the Public Exposition?

We welcome everyone to come to the public show. There are models on display to inspire and entertain people of all ages, and products for sale by our vendors for every LEGO-related interest. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.


What ages are welcome at the convention?

Most of these activities are geared toward adult hobbyists and older teens, but all ages are welcome. No matter what your age, if you are a fan of LEGO, there’s something for you at Bricks By The Bay. Minors must register along with an adult, and younger children must be supervised by an adult at all times.


When is the Public Exposition?

The Public Exposition takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15.


How much does it cost to attend the Public Exposition?

Early Bird Standard Tickets:

$11 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and under. For tickets purchased online for Saturday OR Sunday ONLY.

$16 for adults, $11 for kids 12 and under for 2 day pass. For tickets purchased online for two day pass valid for Saturday AND Sunday.

Event Day Standard Tickets:

Pay Cash at the Door - $15 Standard or $25 for a two day pass (cash only). You may enter the exposition between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM on Saturday or 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM Sunday. Door closes at 3:00 PM on Saturday and 4:00 PM on Sunday. The vendor room will be open until 5:00 PM.


VIP Online Purchase: $32 (valid for Saturday and Sunday).  Enter at 10:00 AM on Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday and get a first look at the exhibits, first crack at the vendors, and an exclusive commemorative printed LEGO® brick! Ages 2+ are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. Limit 500 VIP tickets! Please arrive before 9:30 am on Saturday or 8:30 am on Sunday for check in. Bring a printout of your Eventbrite ticket, or present it on your phone so we can scan its barcode. VIP visitors arriving between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM on Saturday, or 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Sunday may bypass the line and enter the convention center by presenting their tickets at the door. After 10:00 AM on Saturday and 9:00 AM on Sunday there will be no special entry for VIPs so you must join the entrance line; you will still receive the special brick but there is only one line for entry.

strollers will not be permitted in the exhibit/vendor ballroom areas. Limited parking for strollers will be available in the lobby.


How do I buy my Public Exposition ticket in advance?

Public Exposition tickets are sold via the EventBrite ticketing system. Please print out your ticket issued by the EventBrite site and bring it with you so we can scan the barcode for easier entry. There will also be a list of names of pre-paid ticket holders. On entry you will receive a hand stamp which gives access to both ballrooms.


What method of payment is accepted for on site ticket purchases?

We are only able to accept cash at the door.


What’s the difference between a registered attendee and someone who comes to the public exposition?

Registered attendees, called "Brick Builders,"  will have full access all four days, including the ability to display creations and participate in a wide range of convention activities. The public will only be able to see the exhibits and vendors on Saturday and Sunday.


How much does it cost to attend the full convention?

Early bird pricing is open and runs through April 1, 2018. Registration during this period is $75.00 per person. 

From April 2nd - June 14th the regular price of $90.00 applies.

See the registration page for more details or to sign up.

Hotel guests save $30.00 off on their convention registration! Discount applies to one badge per room. If you’re staying at the hotel, be sure to reserve your room first and then complete your registration, since you’ll need to give us your confirmation number to get your discount. Go to the Hyatt Reservations page to start the registration process, or call Hyatt Reservations at 1-888-421-1442 and ask for “Bricks by the Bay” group rate. Please do not call the Santa Clara hotel directly; reservations must go through the national reservations desk.


What’s the difference between Basic and Deluxe registration?

Basic registration gets you access to all the events from Thursday evening through Sunday (the workshops on Thursday are not included), your personalized brick-built badge, space to display your creations, freebies and exclusive deals. There are door prizes, contests, and games throughout the weekend just for the convention attendees.


Deluxe registration gets you all the benefits of Basic, plus a t-shirt, metal lapel pin and exclusive custom kit, giving you a $5 discount off the a la carte price. See the registration page for more details.


I paid to attend the convention, now what? Do I get a ticket or something?

No, everything is Will Call. Your information is stored in our database and we will have your badge waiting for you at the convention check-in desk. You will be required to show ID at check-in.


Can people with disabilities who require assistants attend the convention?

We want anyone with a passion for LEGO® to be able to attend. Ask us at admin @bricksbythebay.net how we can help.

How do the workshops work?

Throughout the convention we will have workshops which give in-depth, hands-on training on LEGO® skills from experts in their areas. To attend workshops you must be a registered convention attendee and pay an extra workshop fee. In addition, some of the workshops include a materials fee to cover the cost of the LEGO parts you will be using, but of course you get to keep the parts!


Can I bring my own creations?

Only if you are a registered attendee for the full convention.


Will there be contests or prizes?

Yes! We have an extensive awards system where the MOCs (My Own Creations) on display are judged (See the Exhibiting your Creations page) and the winners will receive trophies built out of LEGO as well as a free LEGO set. In addition, Bricks by the Bay, its sponsors, and event organizers will be giving away lots of awesome door prizes. Only regiestered convention attendees, called "Brick Builders," are eligible to win door prizes. Badges must be scanned immediately before each evening ceremony, by the badge owner whose name appears on the badge, and winners MUST be present to win. Badges may not be scanned by a proxy, and badge scanning will stop no later than five minutes past the cermony's scheduled start time. There will also be games and other contests for registered attendees where you can win prizes and trophies (see the See the Games and Contests page). More events are being planned.


If I am bringing models to display, can I get in free?

Maybe. We have a new Special Exhibitor Program this year to provide support to builders who are building and bringing big impressive creations which will wow the public at our Public Exposition. If you think you will qualify for this program, fill out an application form.


Will there be a discount at the LEGO Store?

No. LEGO has discontinued their store discount program for all conventions as of January, 2013.


What are the themes?

Bricks By The Bay has a number of themes for displaying your models. See the Exhibiting your Creations page for more details.


What size are the tables?

In most areas we are using tables provided by the hotel or convention center. These come in several sizes: 6’ x 30”, 6’ x 18”, 8’ x 30”, and 8’ x 18”. There will be rope stanchions placed 2’ from the tables to keep the crowds away on Saturday and Sunday.


Do I need to reserve tables for my displays?

No, tables are allocated to each of the themes. When you register and enter your MOC (My Own Creation) displays into our database, we use that information to determine how many tables to allocate to each theme. When you set up on Thursday, the theme coordinators for each area will allocate that space to individual displays.

If you want your MOC to sit on the ground or you are providing a special table, you can indicate this when registering it and we will allocate floor space accordingly for you.

Note: It is very important that you enter accurate dimensions for your MOCs when registering them to enable our coordinators to request the right amount of space.

For Large Displays, you may be given your own tables or your display may be placed within a relevant theme area. Indicate your space needs when you sign up and we will do our best to accommodate them.


Do I have to stay at the hotel?

No, but we strongly encourage you to. You’ll have more time to meet and talk with LEGO fans coming in from many states, and even if you live locally, you will save yourself time driving to and from home each day and dealing with parking. Not only is it exceptionally convenient, but the success of the convention depends on bringing business to the hotel. If we do not have enough hotel rooms sold, we will be charged extra fees.

We will be keeping the Bayshore room open late each night for adult attendees to socialize and play games after the ballrooms close at midnight. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the hotel bar.

Use the hotel registration link to reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara is offering rooms at the special rate of $139.00/night (Single/Double occupancy) Thu-Sun. Do not call the hotel Front Desk to make reservations.


What are the convention hours?


What do I do when I get there?

Public Exposition: (Saturday and Sunday) If you pre-registered online, bring a printout of your EventBrite receipt or have the barcode on your smart phone for easy scanning. We will stamp your hand to enable entry into both halls. Note that nobody will be permitted to enter after 2:00 PM Saturday or 3:00 PM Sunday. 

VIP Public Exposition: (Saturday and Sunday) Saturday, arrive by 9:30 AM to make sure you are able to enter at 10:00 AM. Sunday arrive by 8:30 AM to enter at 9:00 AM. This allows you to get the most of your VIP pass.

Full Convention Attendees: (Thursday-Sunday, July 12-15) First, find the check-in desk and get your badge. This will identify you as an official attendee as well as help people recognize you. Look over the printed schedule and plan your activities. MOC set-up begins Thursday at 5:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom. Find your theme coordinator(s) and start setting your models up on the tables.


Can I buy LEGO there?

Yes, there will be a number of vendors selling not only LEGO, but custom kits, t-shirts and LEGO related products. 


What is your cancelation / refund policy?

As Shakespeare said, "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry." We do understand that things come up, and offer a full refund up to 14 days in advance of the convention. Email us at admin @bricksbythebay.net for help. 


Is there a film festival this year?

Yes, we will have a Film Festival in 2018!  With prizes even! 

You may sign up in the MOC registration section (see below for details)



How do I sign up the LEGO Creations that I want to bring?

- Go to your Account summary

- If you scroll to the bottom you will find MOCs that you have brought from previous years - to sign them up again you can hit "EDIT" and the select the box for "Bringing this year".  For new MOCs click on the REGISTER MOC choice at the top


What Categories will MOCs be judged in?



Castle, Fantasy & Historical

Great Ball Contraption

High Seas

Junior Builder

Large Displays (bigger prizes for very big displays!)


Pop Culture

Robotics and Mechanisms

Scale Models

Space & Science Fiction

Teen Builder

Town & Train





Convention Activities