New to maker faire and curious about what we are looking for in our call for makers application? Here is what you need to know.

The second annual Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 14 from 10 am – 6 pm. Makers can have a booth, give a presentation, lead a workshop or be a performer.

  • Maker Exhibit: Get a booth and show off your project all day. You can have a hands-on activity, demonstrations, and even sell your stuff.
  • Workshop: Teach people something at a specific time during the event.
  • Presentation: Give a talk about a project or topic at a specific time.
  • Performer: Placed throughout the festival all day or part of the day

In the application, we ask you to provide a few details about what you make and how you want to share it. Basics like name and type of project should be easy to answer, but we ask that you put a little extra thought and effort into the project description, which is what we use to promote your exhibit on social media, blogs posts and our faire program.

Maker faires are known for their hands-on activities and demos. We want to know how you plan to interact with faire visitors: do you have a hands-on activity or a demo you can repeat throughout the day? You sound like our kind of maker!

Next: are you going to sell anything during the faire? Most makers can show and share at the faire for free. However, we ask makers who want to sell their creations during the faire for a fee: $100 for individual makers or small organizations (fewer than 10 people) and $200 for larger organizations, along with some special paperwork. Once your application is accepted, we will provide the additional paperwork to complete.

In addition to the public festival on Saturday, we host Education Day on Friday, May 13. Education Day is an invite-only half day field trip that lets area 7th graders get a preview of the faire. Student groups visit the faire in two groups: 9 am – 11 am and noon – 2 pm. Makers who participate in both Education Day and the public faire are eligible for a stipend. Please consider spending an extra day with us to share your stuff with this curious and enthusiastic group of students.

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. You can expect to hear back from us with an acceptance notice or additional questions within 10 days of applying. Once you have been accepted, you will receive additional details about event logistics, but for those of you who like to plan ahead, move-in for the public faire will be available from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, May 13. If your booth is very simple, you may move in on Saturday, May 14 starting at 7 am. All booths must be ready to go when the faire opens at 10 am on Saturday. If you are participating in Education Day, move-in will be open from 1 pm to 6 pm on Thursday, May 12. Makers participating in Education Day must have their booths ready by 9 am on Friday.

Still have questions? Check out the call for maker application and then contact info@makerfairemsp.com.