Louisiana’s first LEGO convention coming on Saturday and Sunday

The first-ever LEGO convention brings 45,000 square feet of hands-on, imaginative fun to the New Orleans area this weekend. The BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention is set to bring LEGO mania to the Pontchartrain Civic and Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3.

A LEGO display at the LEGO BrickUniverse fan convention on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Plano Centre in Plano, Texas. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Organizers say the event builds on LEGO’s amazing popularity and ingenuity with awesome attractions all centered around everybody’s favorite plastic building blocks.

Popular favorites include an architecture building zone, professional LEGO artists, the building zone, massive LEGO displays and much more. Younger children will enjoy the LEGO DUPLO Build Area, with bricks made especially for small hands.

At past events, the team at BrickUniverse has witnessed thousands of LEGO fans show up to enjoy live LEGO builds, a building zone with thousands of LEGO bricks for attendees to build imaginative structures and select galleries of amazing and life-sized LEGO models. Organizers predict that the New Orleans event will be one of the best that they have ever produced and will sell out.

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Professional LEGO artist Jonathan Lopes, from San Diego, California, will showcase over 30 of his select LEGO displays including an 8-foot high LEGO Model of New York City’s Woolworth Building. He will be in attendance all weekend and will be able to talk to attendees on his life as a professional LEGO artist and how they, too, can be LEGO master builders.

Additionally, Chicago-based LEGO artist Rocco Buttliere will be bringing over 50 massive LEGO models of famous landmarks from around the world. See the largest skyscraper in the world, Burj Khalifa, the full Westminster Palace in London, and more famous landmarks all built from LEGO bricks! Both artists have had exhibitions around the world: London, Chicago, Dallas, Copenhagen, and New York.

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Other attractions include:

  • LEGO Friends Building Area: tons of LEGO Friends bricks to built with
  • Big Brick Building: younger visitors can explore imagination through building with larger LEGO Duplo bricks
  • LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and goodies
  • Star Wars Zone: build spaceships and more with thousands of LEGO STAR WARS themed bricks
  • The Building Zone: thousands of bricks laid out for attendees to build with
  • And more!

Tickets are $18 (Saturday) and $15 (Sunday) and sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased online. Tickets sold at the door are $20 and $18 respectively, if not sold out beforehand.

More information and tickets are available at www.brickuniverse.com/neworleans.