Portland Mini Maker Faire

Date: September 13-14, 2014 Cost:
Early bird before September 10: $13 adults, $8 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+)
September 10-14: $15 adults, $10 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+).
Two-day passes available. 
Members get 15% off all tickets. 
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

Call to Makers!

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. 105 Makers participated in the 2013 event and we can't wait to see what the community has in store for us this year!

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 that highlight the process of making things.

Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on July 25, 2014

For detailed information about being a Maker at the Portland Mini Maker Faire, please peruse our Maker Manual.


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Getting Tickets

Portland Mini Maker Faire is a separate ticketed event from the museum. Tickets will be available soon.

Regular pricing, September 10-14:
One-day pass - $15 adults, $10 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+)
Two-day pass - $28 adults, $18 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+)

Early-bird pricing, Before September 10:
One-day pass - $13 adults, $10 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+)
Two-day pass - $25 adults, $14 youth (3-17) and seniors (63+)

OMSI Members get 15% off all tickets.

Food & Drink

A food cart pod will be serving up local food and flavor. Beer and wine will be available at the bar. 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  |   Fifty Licks  |   Hungry Heart Cupcakes  |   Moberi Smoothies  |   So Cold Shaved Ice   |   Tamale Boy  |  
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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!).

For detailed information about getting to OMSI, visit Getting Here.

Innovation Stage

In addition to the interactive exhibits around the Faire, the Innovation Stage showcases Makers and projects making an impact in the community. We are currently curating our 2014 presenters, but see below for some of the speakers and topics from 2013.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Drones
With Patrick Sherman and Brian Zvaigzne, Roswell Flight Test Crew

Soaring to the Edge of Space
With Ed Warnock, the Perlan Project

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

Leatherman Tool Tales
With Blair Barnes, Industrial Designer

Meet Loki, the Humanoid Robot
With Dave Shinsel

Wearing Innovation
With Woody Blackford, Columbia Sportswear

Have Space Suit, Will Travel: A DIY Launch-Re-entry Suit
With Dr. Cameron Smith, Portland State University

Making Up: How Prosthetics Create a Character
With Christina Kortum, owner of Ravenous Studios


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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