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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 Since 2006
Sharkmobile at Maker Faire 2009
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 City. The New York Maker Faire is also known as the "World Maker Faire". Maker Faire has recently happened in New York in 2018. However, the New York City Faire went on hiatus the next two years..

Past events


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, and over 500 other booths from different makers. There were approximately 65,000 people in attendance. Featured guests included Adam Savage, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Lee David Zlotoff, Tony Baxter and Eepybird.

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


Maker Faire XV was held online.

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 many places including Ann Arbor, Pittsburgh, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City, Durham, Oakland and Boston, as well as elsewhere such as Delhi in India. Canada now several Mini Maker Faires including: Toronto, Vancouver Island, Montreal and Vancouver.

In 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; Westport, Connecticut; Louisville, Kentucky; and Urbana, Illinois.

In 2015, the US Embassy in Cairo and Fab Lab Egypt started organizing Maker Faire Cairo that received thousands of visitors.

Past events

Maker Faires are also held in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. 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. The first Maker Faire North Carolina was held on April 25, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina. It moved to Raleigh, North Carolina for 2011.

In 2010, Canada had their first Mini Maker Faire in Ottawa, Ontario on November 6–7.

Maker Faire has spread worldwide, and the first Maker Faire in Hong Kong was held in 2014. The next year it grew significantly and was organized by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, led by Dr. Clifford Choy from the university's School of Design in November 2015 as well as in April 2017.

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