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

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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.

Take a sneak peek at what’s in store for the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

Have you bought your tickets to the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire?

This one-day celebration of creative making will feature hands-on workshops, insightful presentations and innovative demonstrations on fashion design, molecular gastronomy, creative writing, 3D printing, robotics, coding and much, more more. You’ll be amazed at what you can make!

Check out the schedule of workshops and performances. All workshops are included with paid Discovery Place admission and offered on a first come, first served basis. Capacity is limited to 30 participants per workshop.

Get to know the 2015 Makers who will be sharing their creative talents at this inaugural faire. Makers range from tech enthusiasts and scientists to crafters, homesteaders and garage tinkerers.