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What You Need to Know!

  • Maker Faire Milwaukee will take place on Saturday, September 24th, and Sunday, September 25th.
  • Maker Faire Milwaukee is happening at Wisconsin State Fair Park, at the Wisconsin Expo Center Hall A and Hall B. (The best address for your GPS is: 8200 W Greenfield, West Allis, WI 53214.)
  • Maker Faire Milwaukee is a FREE event! (There will be some activities that have costs associated with them, but entrance is free.)
  • The Call for Makers is open now! (It’s free to exhibit if you are a non-commercial maker!)

What is a Maker Faire?
Called the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, Maker Faires are part science fair and part county fair. Showcasing invention, creativity and resourcefulness, makers — tech enthusiasts, crafters, artists, educators, tinkerers, students and others — exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills. Visitors to Maker Faire Milwaukee (MFMKE, for short) will find something different around every corner — makers, performers, presentations, workshops and much more.

Information contained in the tabs above will tell you about exhibiting, visiting and volunteering. Of course, there is information about sponsoring MFMKE, too. Thanks to sponsors, Maker Faire Milwaukee is a FREE admission event.

Read more about Maker Faire Milwaukee…

Maker Faire Milwaukee was the largest Featured Faire in the country in 2014 (our inaugural year!), behind only the Flagship Faire in San Mateo, California and World Maker Faire New York in terms of attendance. To stay on top we need you!

The Latest from the Blog

    The Call for Makers is Now OPEN!

    Call for Makers

    The Call for Makers is now OPEN! If you're a Maker, we want YOU to share what you do! Visit the Call for Makers page and apply if you are a Maker/Exhibitor, a Commercial Maker, or interested in leading a Workshop or being a Speaker. (We're also looking for teams to take part in the Power Racing Series!)

    We'll be accepting applications until August 1st, 2016, so don't delay! If you have any questions about participating at Maker Faire Milwaukee, please get in touch with the team at makers@makerfairemilwaukee.com


    Nerdy Derby in Madison

    Making cars

    In preparation for Nerdy Derby 2016 at Maker Faire Milwaukee a group of volunteers consisting of the Maker Faire Planning Group, employees of Betty Brinn Children's Museum, employees of American Science & Surplus, members of Milwaukee Makerspace (and a few new friends) took a road trip to the MadisonMini Maker Faire and ran a Nerdy Derby event that consisted of building over 500 cars in 8 hours!

    Lil' one hammering

    We managed to run out of nails around mid-day, which facilitated a hardware store run, and a quick trip to The Bodgery for a drill, but we just kept going!

    Exciting Derby Action!

    The kids had a blast... and so did the adults! Not just the ones checking out the Faire, but everyone who volunteered to run the Derby seemed to be smiling and having a good time helping kids learn how to get hands-on and build cars they could race, and then take home.

    A kid and his car

    It was great to send over 500 kids home with cars that they made. For some kids it may have been the first time they got to swing a hammer or use a hot glue gun. Basic maker skills so many of us take for granted.

    The Nerdy Derby Crew

    Here's the crazy crew who kept things running smooth all day. Thanks to all of the folks who volunteered their time and expertise!

    Want to see more? Check out some of the photos over on Flickr!

    Derby Fun!


    Madison Mini Maker Faire

    Madison Mini Maker Faire

    If you're in Madison this weekend check out the Madison Mini Maker Faire happening on Saturday, May 14th, 2016. It's their first event and looks like it should be a great start for Madison's entrance into the Maker Faire family.

    The crew from Milwaukee Makerspace and Betty Brinn Children's Museum (the co-hosts of Maker Faire Milwaukee) will be there running a scaled-down version of the Nerdy Derby activity that's been part of our event for the last few years.

    If you're there on Saturday stop by and say "Hi" to our crew and build a miniature race car!


    The Call for Makers is Coming!

    May 23, 2016

    We're just a few weeks away from the Call for Makers, where we'll open up the application process to makers, speakers, workshop leaders, Power Racing teams, cosplayers, and anyone else who wants to gather up the awesome things they've been creating and share them at Maker Faire Milwaukee.

    If you haven't applied before, the application form will walk you through a series of questions to determine what your needs are. Things like how much space, and how much power you'll need (if any) and if your exhibit has fire, we'll need to know about that too.

    If you're worried that you'll forget about the Call for Makers, just sign up for our Email List. There's a tiny form in the sidebar of the website. Just enter your email address and click 'Sign Up'!


    National Week of Making

    Week of Making

    What better way to kick off the summer than with a Week of Making! The White House will be celebrating the National Week of Making June 17th through the 23rd, 2016 and they are inviting libraries, museums, rec centers, schools, universities and community spaces to support and grow the number of citizen-makers.

    Here's a snippet from President Obama's National Week of Making Proclamation:

    “Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they need.”

    How can you get involved? Share your latest project, or a maker event you attend. Inspire others to be creative and try new things. If you post anything online about your making activities, use the hashtags #NationOfMakers and #WeekofMaking

    Learn more about the National Week of Making, and help spread the Maker Movement in your community!


There are only days until Maker Faire Milwaukee!