We can’t wait to see you at the faire on Saturday. Here are a few things to know about getting to and enjoying the event!

  1. Entrance – The primary entrance for the general public to the faire is from Como Avenue – Gate 10 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Faire visitors can also enter from the main fairgrounds gate on Snelling. The faire is on the south side of the fairgrounds in the Miracle of Birth Center, the Dairy Building, the International Bazaar and the outdoor spaces around these buildings.
  2. Transportation – Metro Transit has stops on Como Avenue near this entrance if you choose to take the bus. Bike corrals are available just inside the gate. There is ample free parking across the street from Gate 10 on Como Avenue.
  3. Schedule – A program with a list of makers and sponsors is now on the website. Printed programs will be available at the Fairgrounds. Be sure to check out the schedule of presentations and workshops occurring throughout the day on two stages: the Barn Stage near the Miracle of Birth Center and the stage in the International Bazaar area. The presentation schedule will also be posted at the fairgrounds. You aren’t going to want to miss these fun speakers and their hands-on activities.
  4. Tickets – Tickets are available in advance through our website or at the door. Discount tickets are available until Friday, May 13.
  5. Safety wristband – The faire is filled with hands-on activities for you to try. Certain hands-on activities, including learn to solder and woodworking, require participants to pick up a safety wristband. Stop by the information booths near the faire entrances, just inside the gates near the Miracle of Birth Center or on the north end of Judson Avenue, to get your safety wristband if you are interested in participating in hands-on activities.
  6. Fees and items for purchase – Several makers will have kits, products and other items available for sale during the faire. Any transactions for these items will be with individual makers. You can also purchase books, kits and faire memorabilia at the Maker Mercantile which is new to the faire this year. Retail partner Barnes & Noble and sponsor Arduino will have items available for purchase in the Maker Mercantile. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from State Fair concession stands. Several ATMs are located throughout the fairgrounds.
  7. Information booths – Lost and found and first aid will be at the information booths just inside Gate 10 and on the north end of Judson Avenue. This is also where you can get your safety wristbands for hands-on activities.

We’ve added a map of the faire to the website so you can get a visual sense of the event. Printed maps will be available at the fairgrounds on the day of the event.