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 3 day 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 13 and 14.


How much does it cost to attend the Public Exposition?


Online Standard (Sales until July 12, 2019):

Day ticket:

$11 for adults, $8 for kids (age12 and under, kids 3 and under free). Saturday or Sunday ONLY.

You may enter the exposition between 10 am and  3 pm on Saturday  or  Sunday. Door closes at 3 pm   Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. PLEASE, No Strollers!

Afternoon ticket:

$8 for adults, $5 for kids (age12 and under, kids 3 and under free). Saturday or Sunday ONLY.

You may enter the exposition between 1 pm am and 3 pm on Saturday  or  Sunday. Door closes at 3 pm   Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. PLEASE, No Strollers!

Event Day Standard: Pay Cash at the Door - $15 for adults, $10 for kids (age12 and under, kids 3 and under free).(cash only)  

You may enter the exposition between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday  or  Sunday. Door closes at 3 pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. PLEASE, No Strollers!


VIP Online Purchase: $35 (valid for Saturday and Sunday).  Enter at 9 am on Saturday and 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 and children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. PLEASE, No Strollers!

Limit 500 tickets!

Please arrive before 8:30 am on Saturday and 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 am and 10am may bypass the line and enter the convention center by presenting their tickets at the door. After 10 am 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.  On entry you will receive a hand stamp which gives you in and out priviledges.


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 opening soon and runs through April 14th, 2019.   Registration during this period is $75.00 per person.  From April 15th - June 14th the regular price of $90.00 applies. Registration June 14th  - June 28th the late price of $105 applies. After June 28th registration online will close and only registration at the door ($150) is available as long as space is available. All registered attendees receive full access to the regular convention activities, including presentations, games and contests, awards ceremonies and more.  

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.


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

Yes, you will receive a ticket from eventbrite but there is also a 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


Can I bring my own creations?

Only if you are a registered attendee (Brick Builder) 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.


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 3:00 PM. 

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

Full Convention Attendees (Brick Builders): (Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14) First, find the check-in desk and get your badge. This will identify you as an official Brick Builder as well as help people recognize you. Look over the printed schedule and plan your activities. MOC set-up begins Thursday at 6:00 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. Vendors must request a refund 30 days prior to the convention to allow time to fill their vacated space. Email us at admin@bricksbythebay.net for help. 


Will there be a Film Festival?

Yes, we will have a Film Festival in 2018 (and we intend to continu it in 2019)!  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

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