This past Saturday, I went to my first ever LEGO Fan Event – Brickfête 2017 event! Thanks to Facebook, we were alerted to this LEGO fan event and made time to attend. The event lasted two days from Saturday, July 8 to Sunday, July 9, 2017. It was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize that the closing time was 3 p.m. until we got there and thus couldn’t maximize our time that we bought our tickets for. (We arrived at around 2-ish p.m.).
“Brickfête is a collection of amazing, jaw dropping, outstanding LEGO creations using millions of LEGO bricks by hobbyists from across Canada and parts of USA, Europe, and Australia.”
It was held at the Delta Toronto East Hotel at 2035 Kennedy Road in Scarborough (just off the 401 at Kennedy). The last time I stepped foot into this hotel was over 20 years ago when family friends had visited Toronto and stayed here.
Parking was free that day at the hotel parking lot.
If you are a LEGO fan, you have to come to this event! Tickets were $15 for adults and $10 for children. I saw a “pre-paid ticket” sign so I assumed that tickets must have been available for sale online somewhere too
(with possibly a promotion code?) I checked their site and they only offer discounts to seniors and to the military. (Brickfête is a volunteer organisation that is not owned or operated by the LEGO company nor do they represent their company.)
There was a “Look What I Made” Build Area for the kids outside the main display room. Lots of kids (and adults?!) were assembling things. 😀
You have to see all of the displays in person because everything inside the room was incredible and creatively made using just LEGO pieces.
We saw a concert stage too that had a music video playing (from a tablet inserted into the creation). The creator, a young girl of elementary school age, came up to us and thanked us for enjoying her work too. We had a small chat.
There was a LEGO contest this year and the theme was “food”. Haha, my speciality!! 😛 There were so many cool LEGO pieces that were food-themed.
Again, words and pictures can only do so much for what we saw. We saw a huge “Frozen” LEGO set, the most detailed sculpture ever of the CBC Building (with fun facts and questions for you to find certain characters), “NT Great Ball Contraption Inclusivity Project”, an amusement park, and many, many more LEGO creations.
The ball contraption project fascinated and riveted us. We spent so much time watching each station and seeing how it transferred the balls to the next station. It was genius!
A quick video of the amusement park LEGO creation:
Unfortunately, our time at the event was short. If I were to go next year, I’d definitely arrive much earlier and give myself 2-3 hours to look at everything thoroughly.