The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a full-blown community festival that brings together science, art, craft, homesteading and engineering plus music, food, workshops, and performance.
Last year—our seventh year—we welcomed over 7,000 people to the combined grounds of Park Day School and Studio One Art Center in Oakland’s happening Temescal district. Attendees got to meet the over 175 makers showing and explaining projects of all sorts and sizes; participate in hands-on workshops and making across tech, craft, science; and enjoy 5 stages of music, demos, panels & more.
This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers across the East Bay and beyond—anyone who is embracing the DIY or DIT (do-it-together!) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Exhibits that are interactive or highlight the process of making things are especially desired.
The first step to participating in the Maker Faire is to submit an entry that tells us about yourself and your project. Entries can be submitted from individuals; groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools; commercial makers or crafters; startups; and companies. (Food vendors please write email@example.com.)
Note there is no fee to participate in the Maker Faire if you are not selling or promoting a product. If you are a “commercial maker” and want to sell, booth fees are $150. Startups and companies can participate at varying levels (please check out our Become a Sponsor page for more information).
Here’s some suggested ideas for topics that we’re looking for:
Maker Exhibit: Our standard setup for a Maker exhibit is a 8’x10′ space. Use your space to display your work and/or demonstrate how you make something. If you need more space for your exhibit or project, you can let us know in the Call for Makers form.
Presentations or Workshops: 12, 25 minute or 45 minute time slots. Can be demos, stories, how-tos, and group (panel) conversations.
Performances: Our main music stage typically has 40-45 minute sets. We love to program non-musical performances as well, and encourage pop-up performance happenings.
If you have any questions about participating in Maker Faire, please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at the 8th annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, October 22nd!