Maker Faire

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Maker Faire
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ORBIT 2 Kinetic Sculpture by Carl Pisaturo shown at 2008 Maker Faire
Location(s) San Mateo, California
Dearborn, Michigan
Queens, New York
Years active 2006-present
Sharkmobile at Bay Area Maker Faire 2009

Maker Faire is an event created by Make magazine to "celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset".

Flagship Faires

Flagship Maker Faires are held in San Mateo, California, Detroit and New York. The New York Maker Faire is also known as the "World Maker Faire".[1]

2013 Flagship Faires

Past events


The first Maker Faire was held on 22 – 23 April 2006, at the San Mateo County Event Center. It included six exposition and workshop pavilions, a 5-acre (20,000 m2) outdoor midway, over 100 exhibiting makers, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and DIY competitions.


The second Maker Faire was held on 19–20 May 2007, also at the San Mateo County Event Center.[2] Another fair was held later the same year in Austin, Texas, October 20–21, 2007.[3]


Maker Faire 2008 was held on 3–4 May 2008, at the San Mateo County Event Center. Highlights of the Faire included a human-sized Mouse Trap board game, kinetic squid sculpture, 55' wingspan kinetic steel butterfly, bicycle-powered music stage, a solar-powered chariot pulled by an Arnold Schwarzenegger robot,[4] and over 500 other booths from different makers. There were approximately 65,000 people in attendance.[5][6] Featured guests included Adam Savage, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Lee David Zlotoff,[7] Tony Baxter and Eepybird.

An additional 2008 Maker Faire was held on October 18–19, 2008, in Austin, Texas.[8]


The 2009 Bay Area Maker Faire was held on 30–31 May at the San Mateo County Event Center. Guests included Adam Savage.


Maker Faire Bay Area 2010 was held on May 22 and 23, at the San Mateo County Event Center. Featured makers included Adam Savage, Eepybird, OK Go, ArcAttack, and The Crucible.

Maker Faire Detroit 2010 was held on July 31 and August 1.

Maker Faire New York 2010 was held on September 25–26.


Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 was held on 19–20 May 2012 at San Mateo County Event Center, San Mateo, California


  • Maker Faire UK (Newcastle, UK): April 27 & 28, 2013
  • Austin Mini Maker Faire (Austin, TX): May 5, 2013
  • Mini Maker Faire Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain): June 29, 2013
  • Hannover Maker Faire, Germany, Lower Saxony: August 3, 2013
Robocop ED209 and Master Chief at MakerFaire 2014 San Francisco
  • Maker Faire Kerkrade: September 7 & 8, 2013. Organised by science museum Continium and the FabLabs in Maastricht, Aachen, Genk, Liege and Luxembourg.
  • Orange County Mini Maker Faire (Irvine, CA): August 17, 2013
  • European Maker Faire in Rome 3–6 October 2013
  • Mission Mini Maker Faire (San Francisco, CA): TBD
  • Makers' Faire Tokyo: 3-4 of November


  • Maker Faire San Francisco Bay Area 2014 on May 18–19 at the San Mateo County Event Center, San Mateo, California.
  • Trondheim Maker Faire on August 29–30, 2014 down town Trondheim, Norway.
  • Paris Maker Faire on June 21–22, 2014 at the Cent Quatre, Paris Maker Faire.
  • European MakerFaire October 3–6, 2014 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, MakerFaire Rome
  • Maker Faire Hannover July 5–6, 2014 in Hannover, Germany [9]

Mini Maker Faires and Other Events

Children participating at a Maker Meetup in Garden City, Idaho
An organizer examines a project

Make Magazine assists independent event organizers in producing small-scale Maker Faire events in local communities.

We call independently-organized events "Mini Maker Faires." Community-driven Mini Maker Faires have sprouted up around the United States, with events in Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City, Durham, Oakland, and Boston. Canada now has four Mini Maker Faires: Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver Island and Vancouver.[10]

2011 Mini Maker Faires were held in Canada (Toronto, Vancouver), the United Kingdom (Brighton) and a number of cities in the USA: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Oakland, California; Fort Wayne, Indiana; Fishers, Indiana; Providence, Rhode Island; Atlanta, Georgia; Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh, North Carolina; Poulsbo, Washington, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Linthicum, Maryland; and Urbana, Illinois.

Past events

The first Maker Faire in the United Kingdom took place on March 14–15, 2009, in Newcastle upon Tyne, as a joint venture with the Newcastle ScienceFest.

In the US, the 2009 Maker Faire Rhode Island was scheduled for September 6–19.[11] The first Maker Faire North Carolina 2010 was held on April 25 in Durham, North Carolina. It moved to Raleigh, North Carolina for 2011.[12]

In 2010, Canada had their first Mini Maker Faire in Ottawa, ON on November 6–7.[13]

2011 Mini Maker Faires

2012 Mini Maker Faires

2013 Mini Maker Faires

  • January 19, Houston Mini Maker Faire, Houston, Texas, USA
  • March 23, Bristol Mini Maker Faire, M Shed, Bristol, UK[21]
  • April 6, Adelaide Mini Maker Faire, Adelaide, Australia
  • April 6–7, Oslo Mini Maker Faire, Oslo, Norway
  • April 13, Sonoma County Mini Maker Faire, Santa Rosa, California
  • April 27,Westport Mini Maker Faire], Westport, CT
  • May 5, Austin Mini Maker Faire, Austin, Texas
  • May 25, Mendocino County Mini Maker Faire, Willits, California
  • June 1, Columbia Mini Maker Faire], [Edventure Children's Museum], Columbia, SC
  • June 1–2, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, Vancouver, Canada
  • June 29, Barcelona Mini Maker Faire, Barcelona, Spain
  • July 13–14, Bilbao Mini Maker Faire, Bilbao, Spain
  • July 20, Anchorage Mini Maker Faire, Anchorage, Alaska[22]
  • August 17, Orange County Mini Maker Faire], Irvine, CA
  • August 18, Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire], Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • August 31 - September 1, Ottawa Mini Maker Faire, Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • September 14–15, Calgary Mini Maker Faire], Calgary, AB, Canada
  • September 14-15, Portland Mini Maker Faire, Portland, Oregon
  • September 28, Tulsa Mini Maker Faire], Tulsa, OK
  • September 28–29, Champlain Mini Maker Faire], Shelburne, VT
  • October 5, Northern Colorado Maker Faire], Loveland, CO
  • October 5, Orlando Mini Maker Faire], Orlando, FL
  • October 11–12, Saint-Malo Mini Maker Faire], Saint-Malo France
  • October 12, Groningen Mini Maker Faire] NNT Machinefabriek and Ebbingekwartier, Groningen, Netherlands
  • October 13,[23] Columbus Mini Maker Faire, Columbus, OH
  • October 19, Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire], Norfolk, VA
  • October 26, Atlanta Mini Maker Faire], Atlanta, GA
  • November 23–24, Twente Mini Maker Faire], Hazemeijer Hengelo (Creatieve fabriek), Hengelo (ov), Netherlands
  • November 24, Sydney Mini Maker Faire], Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
  • December 7, San Diego Mini Maker Faire, Del Mar Fairgrounds, San Diego, CA

2014 Mini Maker Faires

2015 Mini Maker Faires

Related Events

Maker Faire Africa is a similar event, not run by Make magazine.[24] It took place in:

See also


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