If you or someone you love harbors an intense passion for those colorful little click bricks, here’s the event of the summer to buy tickets for now: Brick Fest Live. This massive, interactive celebration of all things LEGO is touching down at both the New York Hall of Science in Queens from June 20-28 and the Meadowlands Expo Center on July 10-12. Here’s what you and your little builder can expect at the event.

BFL Inspiration Station 2

photo: New York Hall of Science/Brick Fest Live

Brick Fest 101

Brick Fest Live bills itself as a touring LEGO fan event featuring hands-on activities and exhibits built to inspire, educate and entertain. Attendees not only view mind-blowing, large scale LEGO creations, they get clicking themselves at building stations, while also taking part in LEGO-themed games and activities. (And yes, you can buy LEGOs there, too.)

BFL Inspiration Station 1

photo: New York Hall of Science/Brick Fest Live

In the Brick House

Among the many activities and exhibits attendees at Brick Fest will find are “Inspiration Stations”; where visitors can add their own custom LEGO creations to existing LEGO cities; a video game arena, where attendees can play LEGO-themed video games with friends and other event attendees, and a LEGO mosaic area, where guests can build a piece of LEGO art for all attendees to see.

The event will also feature a Brick Fest Derby, in which kids can build and race cars of their own design down a 35-foot long track in a timed heat; a Brick Fest Theater Trivia and Entertainment area, where visitors can put their LEGO knowledge to the test, and a Glow Zone, where LEGO creations shine under ultra-violet light.

BFL Mosaic Wall

photo: New York Hall of Science/Brick Fest Live

Go to Brick Fest Live for Free!

Brick Fest Live sounds awesome; Brick Fest Live for free is even better! Here’s how to try to score free tickets to the New York Hall of Science stop on the tour:

Name the Mascot: Try your hand at naming Brick Fest’s mascot made of LEGOs. The winner receives four tickets to the event. (Submit entries by June 7 at nysci.org/brickfestlive; you must be at least 13 years old to enter.)

Submit a LEGO creation: Build a LEGO creation and upload a photo to social media with the hashtag #brickfestnysci. One winner will have their piece exhibited at NYSCI during Brick Fest Live, and also receive four tickets and a NYSCI t-shirt. Contest ends June 14, and you must be at least 13 years old to enter. To enter the contest, head to nysci.org/brickfestlive.

If all of that hasn’t gotten you pumped for Brick Fest, check this out!

Brick Fest Live
New York Hall of Science
June 20-28
Tickets: $15/adults; $12/children 2-17 and seniors ages 62 and up
47-01 111th St.
Online: nysci.org/brickfestlive

Brick Fest Live
Meadowlands Expo Center
July 10-12
Tickets: $27/person; free/children under 2
355 Plaza Dr.
Secaucus, Nj
Online: showclix.com

Will you be heading to Brick Fest Live? Tell us in the comments below!

—Mimi O’Conor