We hope you are as excited about attending the 2017 Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire as we are! We’ll be at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Grandstand on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s a few tips to get your faire experience off to a smooth start.

  1. Location – The Faire is in the Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. This is a NEW location. Plan ahead, it’s road construction season! Avoid massive construction on Snelling and the Como/Raymond area if you can. Snelling, and Como west of the fairgrounds, are reduced to one lane. Follow these directions:
    From the North:
    Take I-35W south. Merge onto Cleveland, and head south to Commonwealth (on University campus). Turn left (east) to the fairgrounds.
    From the South:
    Take I-35W North to I-94 East. Take I-94 East to 280. Take 280 north to Larpenteur. Turn right and head east to Cleveland. Turn right (south) and head to Commonwealth (on University campus). Turn left (east) to the fairgrounds.
    From the East:
    Take I-94 West to 280. Take 280 north to Larpenteur.  Turn right and head east to Cleveland. Turn right (south) and head to Commonwealth (on University campus). Turn left (east) to the fairgrounds.
    From the West:
    Take I-94 East to 280, then take 280 north to Larpenteur. Turn right and head east to Cleveland. Turn right (south) and head to Commonwealth (on University campus). Turn left (east) to the fairgrounds.
  2. Transportation – Check the Metro Transit Trip Planner for the best route from your location to the Fairgrounds. Bike racks are available near the west entrance of the Grandstand. Parking is free and the Midway Parking Lot is the best place to park.
  3. Tickets – Tickets are available in advance through our website or at the door. Discount tickets are available online until Friday, June 2. Be sure to bring a copy of your ticket (paper or digital) to the event if you purchased one in advance. We are unable to look up pre-purchased tickets on-site.
  4. 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 all participants wear a safety wristband. Stop by the information booth to get your safety wristband.
  5. Maker profiles – There is so much to see and do at the Faire. Take a few minutes to check out the maker profiles before the event to get a sense of what you might see and do. There are large maps inside the grandstand to guide you.
  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 swag and electronic kits at the Maker Mercantile. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from State Fair concession stands. ATMs are located at each entrance.
  7. Information booths – Lost and found and first aid are at the Information Booth in front of the grandstand. This is also where you can get your safety wristbands for hands on activities.
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