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.

Apply to be a Maker at the Faire. Application deadline July 31.

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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 will be on sale July 11, 2016.

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 serve up local food and flavor at the 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.

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

As parking will be limited that day, there are several public parking lots located in SE Portland and along public transit routes:

  • SE 3rd Ave & Morrison St.
  • SE 2nd Ave & Yamhill St.
  • Smart Park – SW 1st & Jefferson St. (across the Hawthorne Bridge)
  • Oregon Convention Center (on the Streetcar line)

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.


About MAKE Magazine:
Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

Besides the magazine and the faire, Make is:

- a vital online stream of news and projects,;
- 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.

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