So you make stuff... Join us!

The Call for Makers for the 2018 Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire is now closed.  Come and check us out on June 2!

Who or what is a Maker?

Maker is a term used to cover a wide range of creative work, projects and hobbies. If you are a tinkerer, coder, woodworker, crafter, farm hacker, artist, student, designer, chemist, roboticist, entrepreneur, scientist, food inventor, metalworker, educator, green technology creator, inventor, corporate designer or bicycle builder, you are a maker!

New to Maker Faire?

Curious about what we will be looking for in our Call for Makers application? Here is what you need to know.

The fourth annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 2.

What types of exhibits do Makers have?

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: Perform throughout the festival all day or part of the day

Education Day

In addition to the public festival on Saturday, we will be hosting Education Day on Friday, June 1. Education Day is an invite-only half day field trip that lets area 7th graders get a preview of the Faire. Makers who participate in both Education Day and the public Faire are eligible for a supplies stipend. Please consider spending an extra day with us to share your stuff with this curious and enthusiastic group of students.

Hands-on activities are a plus!

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!

Application process

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.

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 and when you can set up your booth. 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 on Thursday, May 31, with exact times to be provided closer to the event. Makers participating in Education Day must have their booths ready by 9 AM on Friday.

Still have questions? Check out the Maker FAQ page!