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July 17, 2017

This year’s Bricks by the Bay (BBTB) is fast approaching.  The fun begins in just over two weeks!  If you have not marked your calendar yet, the Convention begins August 3rd.  The Public Exhibition opens its doors on Sunday, August 6th

Preparations are in full swing.  Convention bags, t-shirts, pins have been ordered and we anticipate shortly our LEGO brick shipment for event kits, badge kits, and the Convention minifigs.  The event kit this year is an awesome brick-built map of the Golden State in honor of this year’s theme, “California Dreamin’.”

MOCs (attendee built LEGO creations) are being registered and there will be a fantastic array of stunning creations to wow Convention attendees and visitors.

Here’s a quick rundown on a few things for attendees ahead of the Convention.

If you are not a Convention attendee, we hope you will join us for the Public Exhibition and bring the whole family!

MOC Registration

If you are a Convention attendee and have not registered your MOC, we encourage you to get your builds registered.  Getting your MOCs registered helps us plan, so please visit the Convention website and register as soon as possible.

To make MOC registration easier for those who are bringing builds from last year, please note that we have transferred all registered MOCs from last year into the website MOC registration system.

Important >>> In connection with adding in all of last year's MOCs, we have de-selected the option for all MOCs indicating that the MOCs will be brought to the Convention this year.  This was done so that prior year MOCs would have to be affirmatively selected if they are being brought again this year.  But it also means that if you recently registered a MOC, it may have been deselected as well.  Bottomline—if you have any pre-existing or newly registered MOCs on the website, please log-in and double check that the ‘bringing it this year’ option is selected if you will be bringing the MOC this year. That option must be checked in order to have your MOC card printed and to be eligible to win any awards for the MOC. You can find the check box at the bottom of each MOCs individual registration page.

Volunteer Opportunity - Theme Coordinator

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as a Co-Theme Coordinator for Art.  In addition to the joy of helping out, Theme Coordinators also get great perks, including free basic registration and two free nights at the hotel.  If are interested please contact erikred2001@gmail.com.

Hotel

If you are attending the Convention, we would like to encourage you to consider booking at least one night at the hotel, the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.  Not only is it convenient to the Convention space, but staying at the hotel lets you be immersed in the action and not miss anything.  It also helps the Convention fulfill its hotel stay minimums which help us secure the best pricing for all attendees!  See the website for details: https://www.bricksbythebay.com/en/convention/hotel/

Convention Attendee
Tip of the Week

A handy little gadget to remember to bring with you is a LEGO brick separator.  Keep one in your pocket, your backpack, your purse, or even tucked behind your ear.  Brick emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, even during games and workshops.  Don’t get stranded without your trusty brick separator!

Workshops

Workshops are selling out quick.  So if you were thinking about signing up for one, you might want to do that soon.  To add a workshop to an existing registration, go to your Account Summary page, click on the attendee's name, then click on the Add Workshop button.

We are excited to offer two sections of Li's Fonts and Lettering workshop. Li was recently recognized by the Brothers Brick for one of his outstanding fonts, a beautiful Gothic font with remarkable detail.  In this workshop, Li will cover approaches to making your own fonts and will step you through constructing the three different fonts (which he designed) that are part of the kit.

If you like ‘livin’ on the edge,’ you might want to sign up for the Welcome to the Dark Side workshop.  Drill, cut, saw, file, and chemically alter your bricks to create a captivating diorama for the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkey.  Safety equipment will be provided. Taught by accomplished artists/makers Kara, Robert, and Drew, this workshop is sure to be a unique experience.

BBTB is offering 10 different workshops this year.  Check them out on the website and remember that you can always get on a waiting list if the workshop you want is sold out.

See you soon!

June 20, 2017

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 20, 2017

Northern California LEGO® Convention
Bricks by the Bay, August 3-6, 2017

Northern California – June 20, 2017:  

The Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara will once again be the  site of Bricks by the Bay,™ the largest annual gathering of LEGO enthusiasts in Northern California and one of the largest LEGO fan conventions in the country.  The convention will run from August 3rd through August 6th, with a Public Exhibition to be held on the last day of the convention on Sunday, August 6th.

This eighth annual convention will feature over 33,000 square feet of convention hall space with original LEGO art work, models and machines, many built on an awe-inspiring  scale.  Bricks by the Bay is a four day long celebration of all things LEGO, where hobbyists, artists, fans and enthusiasts come together to learn, share and play.

Convention attendees bring their wonderful LEGO brick creations to display.   Attendees gather for brick building seminars, LEGO themed fun and games, and to hear from luminaries and ambassadors of LEGO brick building.  On the last day of the convention, the public is invited to attend and see all the attendee built LEGO exhibits. 

“Bricks by the Bay continues to thrive and has become an annual ‘must do’ for many families from the Bay Area and beyond, whether they attend  the multi-day convention or just come to see the amazing displays on the public day,”  said Bricks by the Bay spokesperson Patty Sherin. 

Bricks by the Bay is proud to announce its newly renovated convention website at www.bricksbythebay.com.  The website features a program of convention events and activities as well as online registration for convention attendees.  Tickets to the Public Exhibition will also be available for purchase online.  Admission to the Public Exhibition also grants entry to Bricks by the Bay’s vendor hall full of LEGO products and unique LEGO related accessories for sale.

Bricks by the Bay expects attendees from all around the country and the world who will be showcasing all manner of cool and exciting LEGO creations.   The 2017 Bricks by the Bay convention theme is California Dreamin’.  Whether it is brick built models of famous California landmarks or other inspired builds that invoke the spirit and history of the Golden State, the attendees’ creations are sure to inspire.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Patty Sherin
Bricks by the Bay, Inc.
patty@bricksbythebay.net

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LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not authorize or organize 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, IRS-certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

May 19, 2017

Dear Friends of Bricks by the Bay:

Bricks by the Bay (BBTB) is happy to announce that attendee registration for this year’s convention is now open!

Attendees can use your email and password from last year to log in or else create a new login. Payment via PayPal is integrated into the website and easy to use.  However, those who want to pay by check can do so.  If you have any issues with the website, particularly with registration, please email BBTB at bbtbwebteam@googlegroups.com.

Early bird pricing is in effect and runs through June 2, 2017.   The registration cost during the early bird pricing period is $75.00 per person.  On and after June 3rd, the regular registration price of $85 applies.  All registered attendees receive full access to the regular convention activities, including presentations, games and contests, awards ceremonies and much more.  The Deluxe Registration packages, which include a convention T-Shirt, a customized convention themed LEGO minifig, and this year’s Event Kit, are limited in quantity. 

Attendees of all ages are welcome.  Children under the age of 18 must attend the convention along with a registered adult attendee.  There will be new things we are trying for the first time this year, including an activity designed for girls the morning of Saturday, August 5th.

If you book a reservation to stay at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara adjacent to the Santa Clara Convention Center, you will receive a $20.00 discount on your convention registration cost.  For more details click here.

Attendees may also register for optional specialty workshops based upon additional per workshop pricing.  

There will be some great improvements to the workshop experience this year, including:

Further information will be coming soon regarding registration for vendors and attendee LEGO builds (“MOCs”).   So stay tuned!


May 2017

Thank you for your interest in registering for Bricks by the Bay!

As you can see we've completely redesigned and reworked our entire website. We are currently identifing and fixing bugs to improve the registration process. We will have registration open soon. Please sign up to our email list to be notified when registration is open to the public.

We are working hard behind the scenes to making Bricks by the Bay 2017 - California Dreaming the best year ever!

Thank you for your continued support.

2017 Bricks by the Bay Convention Registration is Now Open

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