Portland Mini Maker Faire

Date: September 12-13, 2015 Cost: One-Day: $15 Adults,$10 Youth 3-13 & Seniors 63+.
Two-Day: $25 Adults, $15 Youth & Seniors.
OMSI Members receive 50% off all tickets
Located at: Entire OMSI campus Time: 10am-5pm 
Access: All ages

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 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1,100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Silver Spring, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Trondheim, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK), and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, "featured" 2014 Maker Faires and over 120 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: makerfaire@omsi.edu


The Portland Mini Maker Faire 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 first step to participating in the Portland Mini Maker Faire is to submit an application that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals as well as from groups, such as hobbyist clubs and schools. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things.

Types of Makers:
1. Maker booth or exhibit: An all-weekend exhibit to demo your project(s).
2. Stage Presentation: A scheduled presentation (20-30 minutes in length) on the Innovation Stage.
3. Workshop: A scheduled class 60-90 minutes in length.
Applications are due on July 31, 2015

For detailed information about what's involved with being a Maker at the Portland Mini Maker Faire, please view our Maker Manual.

See a list of our 2014 Makers.

For start-ups and established companies that would like to have greater visibility before, during, and after the event and also want to support the local maker community please email makerfaire@omsi.edu for more information on becoming a sponsor.

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Plan Your Visit

Getting Tickets

Tickets to the 2015 Portland Mini Maker Faire will include the entire OMSI campus. There will be three main areas of the faire: the north parking lot, the museum, and the bridge lot at the base of the Tilikum Crossing.

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 served up local food and flavor at the 2014 Faire. 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.

Participating food carts:
808 Grinds  |   Altengartz Bratwurst  |   Aybla Grill  |   BUNK Sandwiches   | Fifty Licks  |   Hungry Heart Cupcakes  |   Moberi Smoothies  |   So Cold Shaved Ice   |
Tamale Boy  |  Taqueria La Merced  |  Thrive Pacific NW

Getting Here

Portland Mini Maker Faire is located throughout the OMSI campus. This will include the main museum, OMSI's north parking lot and OMSI's bridge lot located south of the museum at the base of the Tilikum Crossing.

The Portland Streetcar now stops at OMSI and the MAX Orange Line will stop at OMSI beginning September 12. Free valet bike parking will be offered starting 9:30am each day. Taking public transit or biking is strongly encouraged! 

The south parking 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 Getting Here.

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

Innovation Stage

In addition to the interactive exhibits around the Faire, the Innovation Stage showcases Makers and projects making an impact in the community. Our 2014 presenters included:

Stop Motion Puppets with LAIKA
With Georgina Hayns, creative supervisor, Puppet Fab, and Jeremy Spake, head of armature

e-NABLE: Makers & Open-Source Prosthetics
With Ivan Owen, multi-disciplinary artist, designer and 3D printing enthusiast

Making a Better Place to Play
With Cody Goldberg, executive director, Harper's Playground

Engineering a Difference in High School
With Jacob Bendicksen, co-president, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1540

Get It Made: The Story of a 3D Printed Violin
With David Perry, founder and designer, Open Fab PDX

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

A Maker-Approach to Word Games: Designing and Making PIJIN, Spelling Game of the Spoken Word
With Travis Feldman, owner and creator of PIJIN


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



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Besides the magazine and the faire, Make: is:
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