Portland Mini Maker Faire

Date: September 13-14, 2014 Cost: $13 for adults; $8 for youth (3-17) and seniors (63+)
Located at: OMSI’s north parking lot Time: 10am-5pm 
Access: All ages

Portland Mini 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 was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2013 celebrated its eighth annual Bay Area event with some 900 makers and 120,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Rome, Oslo, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK), and Shenzhen are the home of "featured" 2014 Maker Faires (200+ makers), and almost 100 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world, including right here in Portland.

Contact: OMSI’s Events Team Call: 503.797.4677 Email: events@omsi.edu


105 Makers participated in the 2013 Portland Mini Maker Faire. The event would not have been possible without their passion, creativity and enthusiasm.

Makers ran the gamut from the latest technology, including demonstrations of 3D printing robots, a Tesla coil and Frankenstein the Electric Bike; to rocket making, sustainable art, blacksmithing, welding, a motion-sensor sky diving game and much more.

Visitors watched demonstrations and get hands on with projects that include twisted copper art; glass fusing; lighted jewelry made from metal, glass, crystals and LEDs; and a variety of upcycled art projects.

We are already looking forward to 2014 and can't wait to see the fantastic projects the Portland community has in store!

From ISMO's Corner

What to Expect at Maker Faire

The second annual Portland Mini Maker Faire is gearing up for September 14 and 15! We will welcome over a hundred ingenious and inventive makers from Portland and the surrounding area to OMSI this weekend for a showcase of their unique skills. Here are just a few of the make…

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Plan Your Visit

Getting Tickets

Portland Mini Maker Faire is a separate ticketed event from the museum. Tickets will be available closer to the event date.

Adults $13; Youth (3-17) and Seniors (63+) $8. Two-day passes available. OMSI Members receive $3 off.

All Portland Mini Maker Faire attendees can show their wristband to receive 50% off admission to the museum.

Food & Drink

A food cart pod will be serving up local food and flavor. Beer and wine will be available at the bar. Cash and credits will be accepted at the bar; some food carts are cash-only so please plan accordingly.

Participating food carts:
808 Grinds  |   Altengartz Bratwurst  |   Aybla Grill  |   Fifty Licks  |   Hungry Heart Cupcakes  |   Jmo's Sandwich Shack  |   Moberi Smoothies  |   So Cold Shaved Ice   |   Tamale Boy  |  
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Getting Here

Portland Mini Maker Faire is located in OMSI's north parking lot.

Free valet bike parking will be offered and the Portland Streetcar now stops at OMSI.

The south parking lot and overflow lot will be available for visitor parking at the museum (carpooling is encouraged!).

For detailed information about getting to OMSI, visit Getting Here.

Innovation Stage

In addition to the interactive exhibits around the Faire, the Innovation Stage showcased Makers and projects making an impact in the community.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Drones
With Patrick Sherman and Brian Zvaigzne, Roswell Flight Test Crew

Soaring to the Edge of Space
With Ed Warnock, the Perlan Project

Shaping Light: Origami in Architecture
With Nancy Cheng, University of Oregon School of Architecture

Up-close and Personal with R2D2: Building Your Own Droid
With Chris Stephens, Todd Baker and Vincent Sanchez, of R2D2 Builders Group

Sparks: Observation, Fabrication and Ideation in Footwear Design
With Robbie Fuller, Design Director, Adidas

Leatherman Tool Tales
With Blair Barnes, Industrial Designer

Meet Loki, the Humanoid Robot
With Dave Shinsel

Racing With Electricity
With Kirk Swaney, Destiny Parts

Wearing Innovation
With Woody Blackford, Columbia Sportswear

Have Space Suit, Will Travel: A DIY Launch-Re-entry Suit
With Dr. Cameron Smith, Portland State University

Making Up: How Prosthetics Create a Character
With Christina Kortum, owner of Ravenous Studios


We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors and community partners who supported the second Portland Mini Maker Faire!



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Besides the magazine and the faire, MAKE is:
  • a vital online steam of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions;
  • a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.

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Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

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