What is Maker Faire?

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!

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About Maker Faire Milwaukee


Maker Faire Milwaukee is co-hosted by Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Milwaukee Makerspace, in collaboration with MAKE magazine.

Maker Faire Milwaukee is a FREE admission event at Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI

The Faire will be in full swing on Saturday, September 14th from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, September 15th, from 10am to 5pm. Maker Faire Milwaukee programs for students and educators only will be held during the day on Friday, September 13th.

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.

About the Betty Brinn Children's Museum and Milwaukee Makerspace

Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is a leading educational resource for families and children, providing hands-on educational experiences that foster school-readiness and help children acquire the fundamental academic and social skills they need for success in school and throughout adult life.  The Museum is also committed to educating adults about the profound influence of early learning on a child’s healthy development, and to ensuring access by all children and families in the community.

As part of our mission, the Museum’s Maker Initiatives and Maker Faire® Milwaukee introduce children and families – and the community – to the global Maker Movement, a powerful force in education and workforce training, and in the development of consumer-oriented technology and tools that are changing how students learn, how schools teach, and how communities prepare children and young people for living, working and learning in the 21st Century.

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.