Calling all makers, artists, performers and crafters

The Maker Faire is returning to the Queen City!

The second annual Charlotte Mini Maker Faire will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Discovery Place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The 2016 Call for Makers is now open. Click here to apply today.


What are we looking for?

  • Student projects
  • Robotics
  • Homegrown drones
  • Arduino projects
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Space projects
  • Food makers (Food and drink sales are not permitted, although you may give away free samples.)
  • Conductive materials projects
  • Kit makers
  • Interactive art projects
  • 3D Printers and CNC Mills
  • Textile arts and crafts
  • E-Textiles
  • Home energy monitoring
  • Rockets and RC toys
  • Sustainability and green technology
  • Radios, vintage computers and game systems
  • Electronics
  • Electric vehicles
  • Science, biology/biotech and chemistry projects
  • Puppets, kites and other whimsical creations
  • Bicycles
  • Large-scale art
  • Shelter (tents, domes, etc.)
  • Music performances and participation
  • Unusual tools or machines
  • How to fix things or take them apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.)

These are just some of the topics we’re looking for. We particularly encourage exhibits that are interactive and that highlight the process of making things.


There is no cost to exhibit at the Faire, unless you have creations you will sell to the public. If so, you will be considered a Commercial Maker and will be charged a $50 fee to participate.

Ready to join the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire?

The first step is to complete our online application.

Submit some information about yourself and your project(s). After reviewing the applications, our team will get back in touch with you about whether you’ve been selected to participate.

The deadline for application is midnight August 26, 2016.

All applicants will be notified by August 30, 2016.

The Maker Faire is returning to the Queen City!

The second annual Charlotte Mini Maker Faire will be held Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Discovery Place from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Call for Makers will open Monday, July 11, as we begin our search for the innovative and interactive exhibitors, workshop leaders and performers to share their talents with the Charlotte area at this one-of-a-kind event.

We are so excited to host this one-day celebration of creative making for another year! Planning is in the early stages, so watch this space for more details in the coming weeks.

What a Faire!

A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who attended, exhibited, performed, presented or volunteered in the first-ever Charlotte Mini Maker Faire!

Saturday’s rain didn’t dampen the Queen City’s enthusiasm for making. Nearly 3,500 people joined us for this inaugural event — wow!

Our friend Todd Hess captured some wonderful photos as people of all ages spent the day trying new crafts, learning about new technologies, building, creating and playing.

We hope you left the faire as energized and inspired as we did. What will you make next?

3D-printed Shelby Cobra

2015 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

2015 Charlotte Mini Maker Faire















Charlotte Battle Bots

We’re taking over @WeLoveCLT

Follow us October 10 on @WeLoveCLT

We’re taking over @WeLoveCLT tomorrow for the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire!

We’ll be posting updates from the event with over 70 exhibitors, live performances, fashion shows, workshops, food trucks and more. The faire will take place inside Discovery Place and on N. Tryon St.

We look forward to seeing you at the Maker Faire and on @weloveclt tomorrow.

Did you hear us on Charlotte Talks?

Mike Collins interviews Robert Corbin and Jim Smith for Charlotte Talks on WFAE.

Thanks to WFAE and Mike Collins for having us on Charlotte Talks this morning!

Dr. Robert Corbin, vice president of learning experiences at Discovery Place, and Jim Smith, creator of the world’s first 3D-printed kayak and founder of Grassroots Engineering, visited our local NPR news station to talk about Saturday’s inaugural Charlotte Mini Maker Faire.

Click here to listen to the full interview.