Art-A-Whirl Activities at Brickmania Toyworks

AAW 2014

Brickmania Toyworks will be open for our fourth 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 500 participating artists and small businesses, and is one of the largest art crawls in the world. This year, Brickmania will have 10,000 SF  gallery space open to the public, featuring the works several local artists and artisans, live entertainment, pizza by the slice from Pizza Lucé and more. 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 will be open the following times during Art-A-Whirl:

  • Friday, May 16th: 5pm – 10pm
  • Saturday, May 17th: noon – 8pm
  • Sunday, May 18th: 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


Sue Christensen

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

Sue Christensen

Heidi Elmer

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

Heidi Elmer

Kristin Berwald

Creator of Fantasy, Tribal and Steam Punk jewelry and owner of BionicUnicorn.Com


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.



Once again we  will have a traditional May Pole wrapping and folk dances led by caller Terrence Smith and his family. All are welcome to participate, so please join us for this very special event on Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm.



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). Our new space still features massive Lego train layouts from the Greater Midwest Lego Train Club and Twin Cities Lego Train Club, plus we will have much more space to feature prototype models and displays from the workshops of Brickmania’s design team. We also have a “stay and play” area with bricks for building and a ramp to race your wheeled vehicles! DIRECTIONS & MAPS


bkm_BUS We are happy to announce that there will be free Metro Transit bus rides available on 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!

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