Art-A-Whirl Activities at Brickmania Toyworks


Brickmania Toyworks will be open for our fifth consecutive year during the Art-A-Whirl weekend. This is part of the neighborhood-wide  NE Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl, an event made possible by more than 700 participating artists and small businesses, and is one of the largest art crawls in the world.

Brickmania will have gallery space open to the public, featuring the works several local artists and artisans, pizza by the slice from Pizza Lucé and more.

This year, we are asking for $5 for entrance into our exhibit space. We will be exhibiting two record breaking displays.  One is a Kinetic K’nex Sculpture by local artist Austin Granger.  The second is a re-creation of the USS Missouri over 25′ long modeled from LEGO bricks by local artist Daniel Siskind.

We are located in the historic Thorp Building and CBC, a 200,000 square foot former armaments factory located in the heart of the NE Minneapolis arts district.  Brickmania is located on the north side of the building and we  have our own street entrance located on 18th Ave NE (Google Maps: 909 18th ave ne, minneapolis, mn 55418).  Enter on Central and wind your way through the amazing businesses in the Thorp Building or start at our entrance on 18th Avenue NE and then enjoy the rest of the Thorp Building.

Kick-Off Art-A-Whirl Weekend with HeArt.

Friday May 15th 5pm-10pm
Brickmania is hosting the HeART of NorthEast Kick-Off Party to raise money for the Little Kitchen Food Shelf.  The Little Kitchen Food Shelf is a no-boundaries, no-restrictions food shelf serving Northeast Minneapolis and beyond. They serve all people. In addition, they stock dog and cat food to feed the companion animals of those in need.

$5 cover gets you into the exhibition space where there will be LEGO’s for playing, beer and wine for purchase, music, door prizes

Plus a special premier of Little Kitchen’s new stop animation video.  This exclusive premier stop animation video was made possible by local production house Green Jeans Media.  Video premier at 7PM and then repeating throughout the night.

So make sure too start or end your Friday Kick-Off of Art-A-Whirl at Brickmania’s HeART of NE Party.


The Brickmania Free Public Space and Paid Exhibition Space  will be open the following times during Art-A-Whirl:

  • Friday, May 15th: 5pm – 10pm (Video Premier @ 7pm)
  • Saturday, May 16th: noon – 8pm
  • Sunday, May 17th: noon – 5pm


Brickmania is proud to be hosting booths for a number of talented local artists and artisans.  (We’re still finalizing our line-up so this will change before AAW!)

Brandt LaFave

Incredible hand made woodcarvings follow him at Redd Skull Wood Carving on Facebook.


Sue Christensen

Proprietor and creative force behind Nameless Wilderness Clayworks, featuring unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-made stoneware.


Heidi Elmer

Full time firefighter, multi media artist and proprietor of Heidiarts on Etsy.

Heidi Elmer

Jen Flewelling

Local artist specializing in handcrafted soaps.


Cindy Mae Swee

Hand crafted jewelry designer and owner of Dakota Mae Design.

Dakota Mae

We have a limited amount of space still available for artists. Get in touch if you’d like to share our space!



Finding a bite to eat nearby can be a bit of a challenge during the evening, so we have invited our friends at Pizza Lucé to sell slices of their delicious Italian pies. Look for the pizza tent inside the Brickmania Toyworks or simply follow your nose! Exact hours of food service will be posted.

Special Exhibition Show – $5

View Historic Brickmania LEGO Displays including a sneak peek of the record breaking 25′ USS Missouri modeled in LEGO.  This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the War in the Pacific.  The surrender ceremony took place on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2nd 1945.

Watch the worlds largest Kinetic K’nex sculpture in action.  Follow the balls rolling through the sculpture as it circumvents our gigantic exhibition space.

Enjoy the newly rebuilt massive Lego train layouts from the Greater Midwest Lego Train Club and Twin Cities Lego Train Club .

Examine historic prototype models and displays from the workshops of Brickmania’s design team.

Play in our LEGO and DUPLO play areas.



We are happy to announce that there will be free Metro Transit bus rides available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Art-A-Whirl thanks to a special partnership between NEMAA and MTC.  Click  HERE for more information and to download your free bus passes!

There are also two Art-A-Whirl Trolley/Shuttles which run a 25 minute loop around the NE Arts District during Art-A Whirl.
Get a map of Art-A-Whirl and the Trolley routes from HERE.

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