Portland Mini Maker Faire

Date: September 12-13, 2015 Cost: Tickets will go on sale in May 2015
Located at: OMSI’s north parking lot 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 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: makerfaire@omsi.edu


Portland Mini Maker Faire showcases the amazing works of all kinds and ages of makers — someone who embraces 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 110 exhibits, most of them hands-on, boggled the mind.

Portland Mini Maker Faire will ran the gamut from the latest tech, including demonstrations of 3D printing and DIY kits for environmental monitoring, to the ancient techniques of sword forging and fire by friction.

Visitors watched demonstrations and got 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.

From a giant friendship bracelet that visitors helped weave, to demonstrations of survival skills, welding and chocolate crafting, there was truly something for everyone.

If you are interested in being a Maker at our 2015 faire, please email us and we will add you to the invite list.

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Getting Tickets

Portland Mini Maker Faire is a separate ticketed event from the museum. 
Tickets will go on sale in May 2015.

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   |   CoffeeLovePDX
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 in OMSI's north parking lot.

Free valet bike parking will be offered starting 8am each day 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!). 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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Portland Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

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