BELLEVUE, Wash. — The longest-running LEGO fan convention in the country is back and on the move from Seattle to its new home in Bellevue.
BrickCon is celebrating its 22nd exhibition with thousands of hobbyist creations, competitions and special appearances from LEGO Masters contestants. After more than a decade at Seattle Center, BrickCon is moving to Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center.
“Now we have more space and more modern conveniences for our guests coming from around the world.” said RJ Coughlin, a member of the Seattle LEGO Users Group, otherwise known as SeaLUG.
The group has more than 600 members and Coughlin said BrickCon will be packed with like-minded AFOLs, which stands for Adult Fans of Lego.
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“Adult Fans of Lego are very real and the Pacific Northwest has a large community of AFOLs, Coughlin added.
BrickCon is a public exhibition featuring incredible LEGO builds and competitions, such as the Battle Bricks tournament.
“It’s like the LEGO version of BattleBots from TV and they try to take each other apart," said Coughlin. Real-life Seattle-based Battle robot Big Dill will be on display during the competition.
Kids of all ages will find something to enjoy at the newly expanded BrickCon.
“It’s 36,000 square feet of all LEGO all the time,” Coughlin said. The increase in exhibits, attendees, vendors and activities for the public is an exciting move after 16 year in Seattle and BrickCon Executive Director Steve Walker says it’s appealing to all.
“We encourage everyone to bring their friends, family, coworkers, or anyone who love LEGO," he said.
Tickets are on sale for BrickCon 2023 and the two-day event is expected to attract upwards of 10,000 attendees. BrickCon 2023 starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 and 10 at Meydenbauer Center (11100 NE 6th St.) in Bellevue.
BrickCon is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10. There are three entry times you can choose from: 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.
Tickets for the 10 a.m. and noon entry times are $18.50 and entry at 2 p.m. is $16. Children ages 4 and under are free to attend.
You can buy tickets at tickets.brickcon.org.