Spend the day activating all of your senses at five acres of hands-on fun!

The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a daylong celebration of Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Together creativity in a high-energy community festival. Activities include operating robots, trying the high-rise sport of “crate stacking,” welding, needlework, stretching mozzarella, playing in virtual reality, and learning to build amphibious tricycles.

The wide variety of activities makes this is THE place for people of all ages to explore their curiosity, discover new hobbies, and enhance their understanding of how things work.

Just a sampling of booths:

  • For the budding musician, the Oakland Symphony’s Petting Zoo gives you the opportunity to explore string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Pluck a string or toot a horn to find out how they work!
  • Bring out the woodworker in you with a plane, saw, chisel and hand drill. Supervision is provided by an experienced woodworking instructor.
  • For the foodies, there are demonstrations with cheese, kale, honey, and plenty more on the Homesteading Stage.
  • What’s a maker faire without robots and rockets? We’ll have plenty of both, including hands-on building and big battling bots.
  • And so many more ways to explore science, art, and your own creativity with a toy hack, sewing, coding, rocks and minerals, and even the physics of motion and gravity with pendulum painting.


And, if seven awesome hours of East Bay Mini Maker Faire fun isn’t enough for you, consider this: there is ample research showing the benefits of hands-on making. Deeper learning happens when it involves hands-on activities, because we are more engaged and different areas of our brains are activated. Besides, when is it EVER a bad idea to learn something new?