Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.
We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
Glimpse the future and get inspired!
Maker Faire Milwaukee is co-hosted by Betty Brinn Museum and Milwaukee Makerspace, in collaboration with MAKE magazine.
New this year, some Maker Faire events will begin on Friday evening, September 28th! The Faire will be in full swing on Saturday, September 29th from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday, September 30th, from 10am to 5pm. Maker Faire Milwaukee programs for students and educators only will be held during the day on Friday, September 28th. We’ll also feature a Friday Night Market from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, September 28th as well as some sneak peeks of what you’ll see during the Faire.
Maker Faires are family-friendly events that welcome makers – tech enthusiasts, inventors, crafters, educators, tinkerers and hobbyists of all ages – to exhibit their work and share their knowledge and skills with other makers and with the community. Maker Faires also showcase the “maker movement,” a growing global community of do-it-yourselfers that is pushing the boundaries of creativity, product development and manufacturing through technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events. Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.
Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum attracts 200,000 visitors annually and provides year-round maker programs in its Be A Maker space, a communal workshop environment that invites visitors to explore a broad range of projects using a variety of materials, tools, digital resources and technologies that encourage children to experiment, learn new skills and share their accomplishments. In addition to the Be A Maker space and Maker Faire Milwaukee, which is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc., the Museum’s maker initiative includes workshops with guest makers, a Maker-in-Residence program and other DIY-inspired events and activities for visitors.
Milwaukee Makerspace is a 16,000-square-foot collaborative workshop in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood where members (consisting of professionals, hobbyists, artists, crafters and others) share not only their tools, but also their knowledge and their passion for making.