Jun 252014
 

Press Release: Attendee Registration Now Open

BRICKS BY THE BAY convention August 7-10, 2014

Northern California-June 2014:

Attendee registration is open now for the Bricks by the Bay 2014 convention for LEGO® artists, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and fans. The convention will be held Thursday through Sunday, August 7-10, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. This year’s convention is the largest to-date featuring 33,000 square feet of exhibit hall space.

The Bricks by the Bay convention draws hobbyists and clubs from around the country…even internationally…and features club displays, individual MOCs (aka My Own Creation), contests, vendors and keynote speakers. This year’s contests will include a LEGO® costume contest, catapult competitions and much more.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday are registered attendee exclusive days, with Thursday devoted to special workshops. The final day of the convention, Sunday August 10, 2014, will include a Public Exhibition where the general public can come in and view the many creations on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early entry at 9 a.m. and last entry at 3 p.m.

Information about convention registration, the event schedule information and Public Exhibition can be found at the website: http://www.bricksbythebay.com. For the latest information and news follow @bricksbythebay on Facebook and Twitter.

May 292014
 

Registration for the Bricks by the Bay LEGO Fan Convention is now open!

Photo by Norman Chan / Tested.comSign up now for your badge(s) to attend the full convention. Convention registration includes full access to the private convention on Thursday through Sunday, August 7-10. (Workshops on Thursday not included – registration for those will open soon.) If you wish to display your MOCs (My Own Creations) and participate in the games, contests, panels, and presentations at Bricks by the Bay, you’ll need full Convention access. Full convention attendees also get to access the Public Exhibition (and are encouraged to volunteer to supervise the MOCs on display).

For those who just want to attend the Public Exhibition on Sunday, August 10th, you can get your tickets for that as well.

We strongly encourage all attendees to stay at the hotel. Not only does it help meet our contractual obligation for holding the convention, it also ensures that you are onsite and don’t have to miss out on anything! Reserve your hotel room today and receive $20 off your convention badge cost or if you just want to attend the Public Exhibition, one free pass. Limit one discounted badge or free pass per hotel room.

We look forward to seeing you there in August!

Apr 212014
 

Bricks by the Bay 2014 Convention Announces Brickfilm Festival

BRICKS BY THE BAY convention August 7-10, 2014

Northern California-April 2014:

This year, Bricks by the Bay is holding its first Bricks by the Bay Brickfilm Festival. Brickfilmers from around the world are encouraged to submit films fitting the convention theme of “Fun & Games” as well as their best work of the prior year. Winners in six categories will announced August 9, 2014 during the Bricks by the Bay convention and the winning entries posted to www.bricksbythebay.com. Filmmakers need not attend the convention to enter.

Festival judges include David Pagano, founder of Paganomation, an award-winning production studio whose work has been seen on LEGO.com, Nickelodeon, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and BrickJournal magazine. Winners in six categories will announced August 9, 2014 during the Bricks by the Bay convention.

David Pagano will also be the keynote speaker for this summer’s Bricks by the Bay convention. “This is my first trip out to BBTB, and I’m psyched to get to meet some LEGO fans from the opposite coast,” said Pagano.

Bricks by the Bay is a convention for LEGO® artists, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and fans and will be held August 7-10, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California.

More about David Pagano:

At Paganomation, David and his team created “Space Police”, “Adventures of Max”, and dozens of other shorts for The LEGO® Group; as well as independent films like “Little Guys!” and “Playback”.

Paganomation’s work has been featured on Nickelodeon, Disney XD, ABC News and LEGO® dot com, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, BrickJournal magazine, and most recently, in “The LEGO® Movie”.

When he’s not otherwise occupied with work, David writes articles and reviews for The Set Bump in an effort to make “LEGO Animation Historian” his second ‘unlikely’ career path.

Bricks by the Bay convention draws hobbyists and clubs from around the country…even internationally…and features club displays, individual MOCs (aka My Own Creation), contests, vendors and keynote speakers. The final day of the convention, August 10, 2014, will include a Public Exhibition where the general public can come in and view the many creations on display.

Information about the event schedule, convention registration information and Public Exhibition can be found at the website: http://www.bricksbythebay.com. For the latest information and news follow @bricksbythebay on Facebook and Twitter.

Mar 202014
 

Show off your LEGO animation skills! Bricks by the Bay, a celebration of LEGO® as an artistic medium and hobby for Northern California, is holding its first ever Bricks by the Bay Brickfilm Festival. Create a film that exemplifies this year’s convention theme of “Fun and Games,” or send us your most recent stop-motion masterpiece, and it might be part of a screening for convention attendees.

Winners in the following categories will be announced August 9, 2014 during the Bricks by the Bay Convention and will receive a brick-built trophy and a LEGO set:

  • Best Film
  • Best Film in the convention theme of “Fun & Games”
  • Best Story
  • Best Technical Achievement
  • Young Filmmaker Award (12 and under)
  • Special “Sweatbox” award to the best Film by a convention attendee

Judges include David Pagano, founder of Paganomation, an award-winning production studio whose work has been seen on LEGO.com, Nickelodeon, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and BrickJournal magazine.

See Brickfilm Festival for rules and more information.

 

Mar 202014
 

The 2014 Bricks by the Bay convention will be held August 7-10, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.

We have several exciting new changes this year:

  • 50% more exhibit/vendor space – adding a second ballroom to bring us to over 33,000 square feet
  • A new option for the public exhibition for a limited number of guests to gain entry an hour earlier
  • Adding convention events on Thursday, August 7 – workshops to give you an opportunity to learn hands-on in-depth from the experts, and Opening Ceremony
  • Friday night keynote speaker will be David Pagano, founder of Paganomation, an award-winning production studio whose work has been seen on LEGO.com, Nickelodeon, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, The LEGO Movie, and BrickJournal magazine.
  • First annual Brickfilm Festival

Convention registration is scheduled to begin in April 2014. Watch this space for details.

 

Mar 072014
 

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: brickspr@gmail.com

Fifth Annual LEGO® Convention for Northern California

BRICKS BY THE BAY convention August 7-10, 2014

Northern California-March 2014: In late summer, Bricks By the Bay, a convention for LEGO® artists, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and fans will be held August 7-10, 2014. The convention will be hosted at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California.

“This year marks a special milestone for Bricks By the Bay,” said Bill Ward, president of Bricks By the Bay, Inc. and a hobbyist himself. “This will be our fifth annual convention. We held our first in April of 2010 and were blown away by the incredible reception, both among LEGO® builders and fans but also the general public.”

LEGO® hobbyist conventions bring together fans and building enthusiasts of the brightly colored plastic bricks. Many bring their favorite creations, often referred to as MOCs (aka My Own Creations), to display and share with other enthusiasts.

Convention attendees also participate in games, contests and workshops.

The theme for the 2014 convention is Fun & Games. Convention attendees are invited to create original designs that fit with the theme.

Bricks By the Bay 2014 will be different in two important ways than previous events: The first is an increase in floor space for attendee creations – over 33,000 square feet;
and the second is an added third convention day which will allow attendees to enjoy even more workshops and special events.

Bricks By the Bay draws hobbyists and clubs from around the country…even internationally…and features club displays, individual MOC’s, contests, vendors, keynote speakers and the final day of convention, August 10, 2014 will include an “Open to the Public” time where the general public can come in and view the many creations on display.

“I’m hoping every kid who attends our public exhibit on Sunday, August 10, will come away with inspiration to make something great with their own LEGO® collection,” said Russell Clark, a core volunteer of Bricks By the Bay, Inc. and avid builder.

Information about the event schedule, convention registration information and the Open Public Day can be found at the website: http://www.bricksbythebay.com.

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LEGO® and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this event.
“Bricks By the Bay” and the bridge logo are trademarks of Bricks By the Bay, Inc. Logo designed by Russell Clark and Brad Kidwell.
Bricks By the Bay, Inc. is a volunteer-run non-profit corporation 501©(3).

Jul 312013
 

The Bricks by the Bay 2013 convention is almost here! I’m so excited – and busy!

If you haven’t registered for the convention yet, please note that we are in our final week of registration. The deadline is this coming Friday at midnight. After that, no badges will be sold! There is no walk-up registration. All our attendees will have custom printed badges made of LEGO bricks and we are doing the final preparations and packaging of the badges and attendee goodies this weekend (let me know if you want to come help out). Badges are currently selling for $70 each and there are 57 (out of 500) remaining as of this writing. Register today!

See the schedule of events for more information about what is going on at the convention.

If you’re not coming to the convention please come to our Public Exhibition, Sunday August 11. Tickets are on sale now for $8 per person (ages 2 and under free). Buy tickets today.

Thank you and hope to see you at the convention or exhibition!

William Ward
President
Bricks by the Bay, Inc.

Jul 162013
 

The Bricks by the Bay 2013 Convention and Public Expo are coming up in just a few weeks, August 9-11 with the public show on the 11th. Tickets are now available for the Public Expo. Order your tickets today for $8 each, and save $2 plus you get to skip the cash line.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
10am-4pm (last entry at 3pm)
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara (Map)
5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054 USA

Ticket prices:

  • Children under 2 years FREE
  • Advance purchase $8.00 (Order Now)
  • Door $10.00 (cash only)
  • Hotel Guests FREE (one free ticket per room night) if reserved using our group rate
    Select the free “Hotel Guest” ticket type at our Ticket Page to claim this offer.

No strollers, please.

Note: If you are interested in attending the whole 3-day convention, registration is still available until August 2, 2013 or until sold out.

Jul 072013
 

Badges for Bricks by the Bay 2013 are selling very well! We have sold over 375 badges, which is 75% of our 500 badge limit. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so soon. Prices are currently at $60 per badge for the full convention. Deluxe badges and vendor spaces are sold out, but you can still come on a Basic badge if you hurry and register before they are all gone!

If you just want to see the models on display, come to our public exhibition on Sunday, August 11. The cost is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. We’ll start selling tickets very soon, so watch this space for an announcement.

Jun 152013
 

LEGO is sponsoring a special event at Bricks by the Bay this year. There is a new line of LEGO Castle sets coming out this year, and they are having a special contest to celebrate.

At each of the North American LEGO conventions this year, including Bricks by the Bay, there will be a special prize given to the “Best Castle” winner. There will be a full set of the 2013 Castle sets given to the builder who wins that award, and then all the winners from each convention will be entered into a grand prize drawing along with a winner from the Rebrick Web site.

In October, after BrickCon (the last of this year’s conventions), the winning models will be posted onto Rebrick to become part of a grand prize competition, details of which will be announced later.

Of course, Bricks by the Bay also generously rewards the winners of all the MOC (My Own Creation) award categories with trophies and LEGO sets, so there are plenty of ways to win free stuff. But the Best Castle winner will be receiving extra special awards, so get busy building your castles!!