Registration for Philly Brick Fest 2016 is now live and you sign up to be a full participant. This means you can attend all four days and participate in activities not available to the public. The event will be held on April 28-May 1 and there some new things planned for next year. Beforehand, I’ve sent over a couple of questions about the event. Also check out the official press release below.
TBF: What is the goal for PBF 2016?
CC: This is our 3rd year running for Philly Brick Fest, and while we are still relatively young, there are already a handful of newer conventions that have popped up behind us like BrickSlopes and BricksLA. With Brick Fest Live running all year long, we have been able to meet and interact with LEGO User Groups (LUGs) and Fans of LEGO (FOLs) all over the country. Inevitably, we start talking about LEGO conventions and always extend the invite for them to join us in Philly. Since PBF hit the scene in 2014, which was also the height of LEGO-mania with the launch of the LEGO movie, LUGs and FOLs alike have more choices than ever before to choose the events they want to attend and participate in. We want the world to know that THIS event, Philly Brick Fest, is a “Destination Convention”. Our FOL schedule is packed with activities and surprises, and most of all we know fans gravitate to this event for each other.
TBF: What makes PFB 2016 different from the previous two?
CC: For starters, we have more space. 140,000 square feet to be precise. That’s about the size of three football fields side-by-side. We also modified the Brick Fest Live public hours for 2016, to give us more FOL time! Additionally, our theme this year is very special. We are not ready to announce the theme just yet, but it will be a game changer… that’s your hint.
TBF: What are you doing different to attract more fans to different BrickFest events?
CC: As you know, Brick Fest Live, our LEGO Fan Experience tours the US all year long. Our overarching goal is to reach as many kids as possible to keep them excited about building, and open their mind to new experiences with LEGO. In 2015 partnered with the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to help promote Nathan Sawaya’s Art of the Brick Exhibit, we took over the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY for nine days over the summer, and even did an event at a baseball stadium. In fact, Fox and Friends invited us to be in-studio to talk about Brick Fest Live. In addition to our own awareness campaigns, we also partner with other organizations and outlets to introduce Brick Fest Live to new audiences. This holds true for 2016 as we will be participating at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo February 11 -28, 2016 and will be in front of nearly two million people! Brick Fest Live will have a dedicated 15,000 square foot free-standing tent packed with all the LEGO you can handle!
Philly Brick Fest® LEGO® Fan Convention April 28 – May 1, 2016
Philly Brick Fest, the 4-day Fan of LEGO Convention returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center April 28 – May 1, 2016 in Oaks, PA.
2016 marks the 3rd year for Philly Brick Fest which is expanding to 140,000 square feet of space, making it the largest fan-created LEGO event in North America. LEGO builders from around the globe gather to showcase their fan-built creations, learn building techniques from one another, interact with other fans, participate in building challenges and activities, and most of all have fun.
This 4-day event is open to all LEGO enthusiasts, interested in connecting with other builders and having their creations on display for the public to enjoy during the public hours of Brick Fest Live.
Registration information for the 4-day event is located at BrickFestLive.com/philly
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chad Collins
Brick Fest Live LEGO® Experience April 30 & May 1, 2016
Brick Fest Live returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA April 30 – May 1, 2016. Get inspired, educated, and entertained with LEGO bricks! Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live.
With 140,000 square feet of LEGO goodness, Brick Fest Live will have millions of LEGO bricks on display and ready for play. See life-sized LEGO models and cities come to life created by world-renowned builders that have been featured in countless books and publications.
“This is our flagship show,” said Chad Collins, founder of Learn With Bricks Inc. and producer of Brick Fest Live. “Being from Philadelphia, and knowing that we can reach and inspire so many people in our community is what makes this event so special to me. This event, this show is the one we have marked on our calendar all year long. This is our launch point.”
In addition to the thousands of creations on display, the event includes hands-on building attractions and the largest variety of LEGO-themed merchandise under one roof.
The Brick Show Experience: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show and be featured on in an upcoming video.
Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks!
Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to large-scale mystery floor mosaic.
Robotics: LEGO and machines collide to create moving remote controlled creations to see and use!
Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities and make them your own by building custom creations.
Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO title head to head.
Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.
Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment: Participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome!
Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of 1×1 LEGO bricks, build a piece of art to proudly display for other attendees.
Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from one of the many merchants in attendance.
Advance ticket purchase guarantees entry into the event!
Additional Dates: Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD (November 14 – 15, 2015), George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX (Jan 23 – 24, 2016).
Also appearing at: Young Innovators Fair, Oaks, PA (January 2 – 3, 2016), San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, San Antonio, TX (February 11 – 28, 2016), New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY (June 18 – 26, 2016).
More dates added regularly at brickfestlive.com
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Learn With Bricks Inc. is not associated with the LEGO® Group of Companies and is the independent producer of Philly Brick Fest® and Brick Fest Live. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group. Philly Brick Fest® is a registered trademark of Learn With Bricks Inc. © 2015 Learn With Bricks Inc.