September 10–11, 2016 | 10 AM – 5 PM

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Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2016 celebrated its eleventh annual show with some 1250 makers and 150,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in five years to 900+ makers and 90,000 attendees. Twenty-three other larger scale Maker Faires occur in cities around the world—Detroit, Atlanta, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, and Shenzhen to name a few— and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

The Makers

The Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI showcases the amazing works of all kinds and ages of makers—anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. The sheer variety of the more than 100 exhibits, most of them hands-on, will boggle the mind. The Portland Mini Maker Faire will run the gamut from demonstrations of 3D printing and robot welding, to knife forging, bee keeping, recycled skateboard jewelry, and much more.

2016 Makers
3D Musketeers 3D Printing and Virtual Reality
Olander Earthworks LLC Cement Sand Spheres
Academia Duellatoria Historic European Martial Arts
OlyMEGA Makerspace AR Sandbox, Dioramas, and CNC
Amateur Radio Relay Group HAM Radio Operation
OMSI Exhibit Building Shop
Andy Kennedy Clay Head Sculptures
OMSI Teen Science Alliance Electronic Projects
Anvil Academy Industrial Arts School
Oregon Agate & Mineral Society Rocks, Minerals, and Lapidary
Autodesk Synthesis - Robot Simulator
Barnes & Noble Maker Shop
Oregon High School Solar Car Team Building a Solar Car
Bee Thinking Beekeeping
C4 Labs Laser Cutting
Oregon Rocketry Model Rockets
Camera Graphics Graphics Application
Oregon Trail'R Teardrop Campers
Carson Baker DIY Cooling Glove
OSH Park Purple PCB Parade
Cascadia Turnshoes Modern Medieval Shoemaking
Parasitic Blush Mini Monster Maker
ChickTech - Portland Squishy Circuits
CNC Router Parts LLC Pinewood Derby Fabrication
PDX Code Guild Code with Scratch How To Podcast
PDX Maker Week Maker Community Celebration
PDXYAR The Swashbucklers of Stumptown
Pneubike Compressed Air Vehicle
CymaSpace Marble Painting with Sound
Portland 3D Printing Lab 3D Printing Lifecycle
da Vinci Days Kinetic Sculptures
Portland Apparel Lab Fashion Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Dave Gonzo Sculpture Metal Alchemy
David and Abraham Knierim Supersonic Ping Pong Ball Launcher
Portland Children's Museum Large-scale Marble Run
Don Anderson Tesla Coils
Portland Garment Factory Community Latch Hook Rug
Dorkbot PDX Electricity Projects
Portland Indie Game Squad Video Game Making
Eliot's Adult Nut Butters The Bolder Nut Butter!
Portland State University Precision Robot Welding
Eric Starmer Nemotoad Steampunk Hovercraft
PSU Aerospace Society Space Program, Rockets, & Satellites
Escapism Portland Puzzle Creation
Quickdraw Drawbot
Fabinous Smart Phone Microscope
Raison Ethique DIY Biofriendly Bath & Body Products
FIRST Robotics Interactive Robots
Red Troll Forge Blacksmith
Game Lab Oregon Playtest Tabletop Games
ReStart/Elizabeth Start Community Friendship Bracelet
George Rivard Leather Crafts
Rewild Portland Resilience Through Ancestral Technology
SCRAP PDX Creative Reuse Maker Project
Global Homestead Garage Shop People Maker Space
Simran Gleason & Friends Painting the Maker Faire
ICEovation Ice Carving
Sparrow and Sundry Modern Snow Globes
InStove Renewable Energy Stove
Spierce Technologies, LLC mePed Quadruped Robot
Intel Technologies for Makers
Steamworks R & D Labs Computers of the Steampunk Era
iSpark Toys Maker and STEM Toys Maker Shop
ITSPHUN Geometric Art
Tandy Leather Leather Crafting
Kai & Michael Hoffman Pegboard Marble Run
The Craft Factory Community Craft Project
Kevin Thomas My Journal City
The Lodge at Wieden+Kennedy SoundSketch & Needybot
Low Voltage Labs Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Soldering
The Regrainery Reclaimable Wood
LumiDax Electronics Inc. Analog and Digital Electronics
ThrognorThingMaker Carving with Shapeoko
Lumina Lab LED Stained Glass Dodecahedron
Thunder Lion Studio Mar'Ball Maze Adventure & MarPinGo
Mad Science The Science of Bubbles
Tim Klein The Yarn Car
MakeCrate Maker Kits
Tinker Camp Cardboard Cosplay
MapleXO Recycled Skateboard Jewelry
Touchstone School, Beaverton Arduinos for Kindergarten
Mark Keppinger Blinky Boards
Trackers Earth Forest & Folk Crafts
Mark Simmons Making Jewelry
Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club Natural Art Revealed
McCloud Aero Corporation Goliath - Gas Powered Quadcopter
Velo Gioielli Upcycled Cycling Themed Art and Jewelry
Michelle Verheyden Cuttlebone Casting
Village Home Scribbling Machine
Mouse & Moon Creations DIY Airship & Paper Feathers
Water Avenue Coffee Coffee Brewing Methods
Multnomah County Library Makers Paradise
Weird City Games Building Better Board Games
Musanicals Resurrective Metal Sculprtue
WJPrinting / Bill Smith 3D Printing Pen

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Innovation Stage
In addition to the interactive exhibits around the Faire, the Innovation Stage showcases Makers and projects making an impact in the community. The Innovation Stage will be located in the north lot and will feature 20-30 minute presentations followed by Q&A.
Check back this summer for a full schedule.
Workshops provide an in-depth learning experience from local and national Makers. Workshops will be located in the north lot and will be 60-90 minutes in length. Workshops are free unless otherwise noted and space is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Check back this summer for a full schedule.
Plan Your Visit
Ticket Information, Food & Drink, How to Get to OMSI
Getting Tickets

Tickets to the 2016 Portland Mini Maker Faire will include the north parking lot and the museum.

Tickets on sale now!

One-Day Passes: $15 Adults, $10 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+
Two-Day Passes: $25 Adults, $15 Youth 3-13 and Seniors 63+
OMSI Members get 50% off all tickets


Food & Drink

A food cart pod will be serving up local food and flavor, with Full Sail beer, Union Wine Co. wine, and Reverend Nat's hard cider available at the bar. OMSI's restaurant, Theory, will also be open with wood-fire pizza, salads, sandwiches, and Salt & Straw ice cream.

Participating Food Carts:

  • 50 Licks
  • Altengartz
  • Aybla Grill
  • Hungry Heart
  • Moberi Smoothies
  • Nineteen27 S'mores
  • PDX Sliders
  • Right Bayou
  • So Cold
  • Sweet Day
  • Tamale Boy
  • Taqueria la Merced

Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the bar, but some food carts are cash-only so please plan accordingly. An ATM is available inside the museum.


Getting Here

Portland Mini Maker Faire is located throughout the OMSI campus. This will include the main museum and OMSI's north parking lot.

The Portland Streetcar and the MAX Orange Line now stop at OMSI. Free valet bike parking will be offered starting at 9:30am each day. Taking public transit or biking is strongly encouraged! 

The south parking lot, bridge lot, and overflow lot will be available for visitor parking at the museum (carpooling is encouraged!). Parking in the OMSI lot is $5/day.

For detailed information about getting to OMSI, visit Visitor Info.

Please note that no pets are allowed at the faire, but service animals are welcome.

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