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Maker Faire for Noobs

Never been to Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire before? No worries, here’s a guide to help you fit right in when Maker Faire returns to Cincinnati Museum Center on Aug. 29 and 30. Or stand right out, if that’s your thing!


What to Wear
You’re going to a Maker Faire to see and experience creativity on display. But that doesn’t mean you can’t express your own creativity as well. This is a great opportunity to let your inner child/geek/steampunk out! Maker Faires are a celebration of expression and invention, and a safe place to be yourself or be someone else. So break out a costume, or some goggles or at least a fun tie.

What to Bring
You’ll definitely need your All Museums Pass (cheaper if you buy in advance online!) or a way to pay for your Cincinnati Museum Center tickets. At Maker Faires, it’s also a good idea to have a little cash in case a vendor is not equipped to take credit cards or you wish to donate to a maker’s supply fund. If the forecast calls for rain, be sure to bring an umbrella as there are always lots of fun things to do outside, such as power tool drag racing. Oh, and if you have children, bring them along, too. But no dogs. Except maybe robot dogs.


What to Expect
The key to enjoying a Maker Faire is to be completely open-minded. You never know what you will find around the next corner. The event is kind of a cross between a science fair, art exhibit, comic convention and carnival. This is the place where passions are on full display. You won’t see sales pitches and business models – for these makers, invention, expression and exploration are their own reward. For you, walking through Cincinnati Museum Center will be a unique Cincinnati adventure!


What to Do
Participate. Be curious. Ask questions. Have fun, learn and get inspired! And remember to take the time to snap some photos and videos and share them using the #CityofMakers hash tag.

Since our inaugural Faire in 2013, Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire has brought together an amazing assortment of makers. We really hope you enjoy your first time, and are inspired to be a part of Maker Faires in years to come.

Jason Langdon
Founder, Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


A 10′ remote-controlled Globot spins in the Union Terminal rotunda.

Wow, what a weekend! Thank you to our makers, sponsors and visitors for making it so amazing.

It’s going to be quiet from us for a bit as we recover from this Herculean effort. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the brilliant Steve Ziegelmeyer.

You are welcome to download and reuse these photos. If you wish to reuse them for promotional purposes, please contact us at as there are limitations.

Sponsor Spotlight: Procter & Gamble


Historically the most innovative company in Cincinnati, Procter & Gamble has always played at the intersection of ideas and science. So of course they sponsored Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire last year. And of course they sponsored again this year. And of course they sent smart, passionate people here to teach us all about the value of science and the magic of innovation.

We’re proud Procter & Gamble calls Cincinnati home, and we are so glad we welcomed them back.

Enter to Win a 3D Printer!


Good news, everyone! Our friends at Make: are giving away a Printrbot Simple 3D Printer to one lucky winner at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. In order to enter, get your free tickets early and you’ll automatically be entered. If you have already printed your tickets, the great news is you are already entered!

What will you make if you win?



Sponsor Spotlight: The Gorilla Glue Company


If you attended our inaugural Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire last year, then you remember the bounty of Gorilla Tough products that rained down upon our makers and visitors. It was all thanks to this local company that for the last decade has made the miracle product Gorilla Glue®, the Toughest Glue on Planet Earth! The company has since expanded its offerings to include Gorilla Tape®, Gorilla® Super Glue, Gorilla® Wood Glue, Gorilla® Epoxy and Self-Standing Bags.

This year we are super-excited that Gorilla Glue staff will be joining us all weekend, which not only means great samples but also live demos by carpenter Andy Brownell. Check it out on his blog »

Sponsor Spotlight: Connect a Million Minds


We are pleased to welcome a new sponsor this year, Connect a Million Minds! They’re called Connect a Million Minds but they have surpassed their goal of connecting a million children to hands-on learning activities. Currently they’ve connected 1,004,618!

Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy.

Locally Connect a Million Minds has helped under-served kids learn STEM skills by building their own bikes. Check out this story from back in May »


Sponsor Spotlight: Haile Foundation

haile_logo_largeCincinnati Mini Maker Faire would not be possible without a grant from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. But Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is just one of many wonderful events and improvements happening in this city thanks to the Haile Foundation.

Currently, the Foundation is helping to bring back Metrobot (you know how much we enjoy robots) and they are helping build a carousel at Smale Riverfront Park. They were instrumental in the ever-popular LumenoCity events and are credited with helping to save the streetcar.

Additionally, The Haile Foundation together with The Johnson Foundation have launched People’s Liberty, “a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati.”

So these are only a few of the projects The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation has funded. You can see full lists of beneficiaries of this amazing force for good on the website.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire Is Completely FREE!



Thanks to The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Procter & Gamble, The Gorilla Glue Company, and Connect a Million Minds from Time Warner Cable, Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire (CMMF) is completely free!

This year CMMF is being hosted at Cincinnati Museum Center. Inside Cincinnati Museum Center, it is free to enter and participate in all activities in the CMMF areas. While CMMF is going on, the other museums at Cincinnati Museum Center are still open for business and as such require standard admission tickets. Additionally, the usual parking rates apply for the Cincinnati Museum Center parking lot.

Inspired by the CMMF, Cincinnati Museum Center has added maker-themed workshops and presentations to their ordinary programming. We have added these programs to the CMMF schedule for your convenience, but rest assured there will be plenty to see and do just in the CMMF areas. The schedule only reflects exhibits that happen at a certain time, as such most of the incredible experiences you’ll find simply by walking around are not reflected there.

We hope to see you in just a few more days! Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter and remember to tag your CMMF photos #CityofMakers.


Schedule & Map Released!


Our schedule and map are available as a PDF file »

Print Your Own & Spread the Word!


Let’s make sure everyone knows about our amazing event next weekend! Print your own posters and hang them around town:

Open the letter-sized poster (8.5″ by 11″) »

Open the tabloid-sized poster (11″ by 17″) »