1000s of Makers
100s of Cities
Bring Maker Faire To Your Community
Maker Faires are independently produced community-based learning events and celebrations of local maker culture. By joining the Make: network and producing an event in your school, town, city, or region, you are empowering local makers, learners, and doers of all ages AND connecting them to maker culture across the world.
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs.
Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art, science, or craft events.
To organize a Maker Faire of any size, you must apply for a license. Make: provides tools and resources to help individuals, collaborators, and organizations of all sizes create an event that showcases their community and maker culture.
What Our Community Says
People from all over the world have produced, hosted, and participated in Maker Faires since the first event was held in San Mateo, California in 2006. Here’s what they have to say about it.
Maker Faire Syracuse
Noor Noor, Volunteer from Onandaga CC
“We were inspired and amazed by the talent and creativity of our CNY community. It was quite busy. Students, parents, and their colleagues came from all over the city. It was nice to be involved in that atmosphere filled with joy and sharing experiences of that kind. All of the young people were so excited. It was very profound.”
Maker Faire Hannover
Svitlanka Bokkun, Producer of MF Kyiv
“Celebrated my 40th today at the charming Maker Faire Hannover. This was incredible! Haven’t really digested this amount of beautiful yet. Felt a lot of community support, met good acquaintances, was amazed and inspired by hundreds of people who create their own everything.”
Maker Faire The Ozarks
Deb Wilson, Producer of MF The Ozarks
“One of the things I took away from @makerfaire is the true diversity of makers – from AI, coding and robotics to sculpting, crafts, blacksmithing and everything in between.”
Maker Faire Bay Area
Dorothy Jones-Davis, Nation of Makers
“When I go to Maker Faire, it’s like coming home. No matter how many times I’ve been, I can always find something new & intriguing – projects, panels, & makers who are all amazing. So honored to be on the Maker Faire Advisory Board & so happy to support such a great celebration of making!”
Maker Faire Orlando
Ian Cole, Producer of MF Orlando
“One of my favorite parts of Maker Faire is seeing makers come out of their shell to share their creations with the world. Time after time we meet someone who thinks their work isn’t good enough, we convince them to exhibit and they spend a magical weekend connecting with others who appreciate their craft.”
World Maker Faire NY
Melina Delkic for NYT on Maker Faire
“The kids need to be solving real-world issues in our classrooms, not just taking notes about it, not just reading about it. Science is dirty. Science needs to be messy, and we have to be confident enough to get messy.”
National Maker Faire
Brian Jepson, Producer MF Providence
“Everybody can be a maker. Makers have gone from people who work in their garage to build something fun, to creating a fairly large market of products. The Faires provide these on-ramps where you’re going to go home and say, I have to do that. You don’t need to be an engineer or a programmer. You just have to want to do it.”
MFBA Sunday Sermon
Adam Savage, Mythbusters and Tested.com
“I’m here to defend sharing as a vital aspect of maker culture that is intrinsic to the underlying ethos of what it means to be a maker, and by extension, a human being. I know that unique processes have a value and the inventor of those processes should benefit from that. Treating something as a scarce commodity when it is not scarce at all because sharing defies the laws of physics—the more you give away the more you have.”
Maker Faire Rome
Alessandro Ranellucci, Curator MF Rome
“At first, people approached Maker Faire showcasing projects before thinking of themselves as makers. As it grew, new tech and attractions brought a “wow” factor to the show, projects started to be focused on solving actual problems, maturity required people to talk to makers to understand the value behind the projects. I love how Maker Faire is a living organism, like a city, where things happen spontaneously, even when nobody planned them.”
Looking to learn more about how Maker Faire can fit into your community?