The Austin Mini Maker Faire is back for its 4th year, and for the first time, as a 2-day event. Bigger than ever, thanks to major sponsors Intel, Freescale and Silicon Labs, this year’s event will host over 200 makers from Texas and beyond and will be held at Palmer Auditorium on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday May 17th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bringing together Makers from all over central Texas and beyond, Maker Faire celebrates making and materials of all kinds. From rockets to lace making, from robotics to custom poetry, and everything in-between, it’s show and tell time for makers. Attendees can interact with the makers and learn new skills through both hands-on projects or attend one of the many interactive workshops or talks scheduled all weekend long.
Because of the many disciplines showcased, Maker Faire has a definitive STEAM education element and the festival is free for teachers.
AMMF, now in its fourth year, is an annual, family-friendly tradition for people who want to learn, build, play, and celebrate the do-it-yourself spirit that aligns scientists, artists, techies, artisans, and other creatives working across a broad cross-section of disciplines. Though the festival includes the word Mini to distinguish it from the flagship Maker Faire in the Bay Area, organizer Kami Wilt, director and founder of The Austin Tinkering School, emphasizes that there’s nothing “mini” about it. Says Wilt, “Maker Faire is a launching pad for creativity, an amazing field for cross-pollination and exploration, and a place where people of all ages can get inspired and learn a new skill.”
In addition to the 200+ makers who will be on hand to showcase their talents, the festival will feature:
- Drone Fly Zone
- Robotics Village
- Fabric Arts Hacking
- Austin Bike Zoo’s Bike Powered Carousel
- A speaker stage
- Typewriter Rodeo
- The Tinkering Open Shop, hosted by Austin Tinkering School, with a variety of tinkering activities including their 50-foot Nerdy Derby track and racecar building activity
- Musical acts including Minor Mishap Marching Band
Single day or weekend passes are available in advance on the festival’s website. Single-day early bird tickets for kids 3-18 are $10 and adult tickets are $15. Weekend tickets for kids 3-18 are $15 and adults are $22.50. Ticket prices will be higher at the door.