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BrickCon 2022: What Families Need to Know About Seattle’s Lego Convention

Make sure everything is awesome at BrickCon 2022

April Chan
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Published on: September 26, 2022

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A Lego display at BrickCon 2018. Credit Pascal/Flickr CC

Attention, Seattle-area Lego fanatics! Find inspiration for your most awesome creations at our local Lego convention, BrickCon 2022. BrickCon is back in person and taking place Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 1–2, 2022.

BrickCon is a Lego expo catering to Lego enthusiasts of all ages, featuring eye-popping Lego displays by master builders. 

Two decades of bricks

Billed as the longest-running fan-based Lego convention, BrickCon is a Lego lovefest where master builders and hobbyists show off their creations. Exhibitors and visitors exchange ideas and make friends with other Lego fans. This year marks BrickCon’s 21st year, and the theme is "21, Time for Fun."

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Photo credit: Harmony Scofield

Past BrickCons have featured astonishing builds, including detailed battle scenes that range from medieval to intergalactic, elaborate cityscapes, and even creations with moveable parts.

Harmony Scofield, of Portland, Oregon, shared a Twitter photo of her kids being mesmerized by a Lego R2D2 at a BrickCon event several years ago. Scofield says her children, then ages 7 and 4, enjoyed the event, but that she cautioned other families to remember this: Crowds can form around displays and that makes it harder for kids to see them.

The event is probably best suited for elementary-age and older kids, particularly those who have a strong interest in Lego.

Details for 2022

There will not be a hands-on Lego building zone as in years past, due to safety concerns related to the ongoing pandemic. Families should note that this means BrickCon will be almost entirely an event for looking and shopping, rather than touching or building.

Tickets will be sold online only, and there will be no physical ticket booth at BrickCon. You must purchase tickets for a specific date and time, and may only attend during that time. General admission tickets are $16; kids age 4 and younger enter for free. Strollers are not allowed inside the venue.

Attendees are not required to wear a mask, but doing so is strongly recommended. 

If you go ...

When: Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 1–2, 2022, morning and afternoon session options are available each day.

Find it: BrickCon takes place at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St., Seattle, on the north side of Seattle Center.

Tickets: Buy tickets online in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the door, though if tickets remain, visitors can purchase them on a mobile device outside of the facility.

Timed entry: Tickets are for a specific day with a specific entry time window. There are morning (10 a.m.–noon) and two afternoon (noon–2 p.m. and 2–4 p.m.) sessions available each day.

Tips for parents:

  • Strollers are not allowed; park your rig in the stroller parking area (do not leave valuables in it).
  • Do not bring your own Legos.
  • Consider your kids’ ability to look but not touch, and keep in mind that there are lots and lots of Lego things for sale.
  • Can’t make it? Mark your calendar for Portland’s Lego convention, Bricks Cascade, coming up May 13–14, 2023.

More Lego fun!

Where to play with Lego around Seattle and beyond: BrickCon is just one weekend; Lego fandom lasts a lifetime! The Seattle area has many spots for Lego-rrific fun.

Legoland: Ready to partake in the ultimate immersive Lego experience? Read our guide to Legoland California.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated for 2022. Kari Hanson contributed to this update.

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