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The Big Build

A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Construction

October 15, 2016  

Big Build
Photo by Emily Clack Photography.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

10 am–4 pm, FREE

Each year at the Big Build, amateur builders young and old can discover what it's like to build a brick wall, carve stone, hammer nails, and much more as they work side-by-side with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. You can meet plumbers, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies. At 2015's Big Build, visitors:

  • Climbed aboard trucks and tractors
  • Constructed a log cabin
  • Imagined the view from the beams of a skyscraper
  • Hammered nails and drove screws
  • Created whimsical hardware windchimes
  • Directed a real mobile crane

What will you build this year?

Want your company to share its work at The Big Build in 2016? Contact Sarah Marianos, Family Programs, at for more information.

Want to help make The Big Build even bigger? Contact Danielle Bridges, Corporate and Association Relations, at to learn about our exciting sponsorship opportunities.


2015's Big Build was generously supported by The Associated General Contractors of America, I.M.P.A.C.T., Safway Services LLC., Washington Parent, and WETA Kids.