What is Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire?

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of creativity and invention. Makers showcase what they make, inspiring others with their passion and teaching the skills necessary for invention. From robots and microprocessors to experimental music and jewelry, any and every act of making is welcome.

What is a Mini Maker Faire?

Our event is a Mini Maker Faire, a scaled down version of the enormous events created by MAKE Magazine (www.makerfaire.com). According to MAKE, “Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.”

Is this a new event? Who organizes it?

This is the fourth year for Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. Last year’s event brought makers, vendors and thousands of visitors to Cincinnati Museum Center. It was organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center and community partners. This year, Cincinnati Museum Center’s Kristen Woods (Manager of public programs), Arynn McCandless (Manager of Community Festivals and Events), and other partners will be bringing you another amazing Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire!

When and where will the event be held?

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will be held at Hamilton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 8 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fairgrounds address: 7801 Anthony Wayne Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45216

How much does it cost to attend?

This event is FREE with a Museum Center membership and $7 for non-members. Parking will be $3 per car. Tickets are available in advance online or by phone at 513-287-7001 and at the door.

How much does it cost to participate as a maker?

Makers that are accepted into Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire can participate for free. Click here to apply. However, to sell merchandise, the fee is $50 for both days.

Can I sell things at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire?

Yes! Indie crafters, designers, artists, DIYers and other unconventional makers creating original and handmade goods may be featured in the Mini Maker Market located in the Grand Rotunda of historic Union Terminal. The vendor fee is $50. Click here to apply.

Can I promote my business at Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire?

Absolutely! We are providing a forum for makers of all kinds, so it is not unusual to see start-ups as well as small and large businesses participating. We encourage you to think of an interesting way to present your business by explaining your craft in a compelling way or providing a hands-on activity.

How do I apply?

You can apply using our online form until September 1st, 2016. We will notify you to let you know whether you have been accepted.

How are makers selected and rejected?

Team members from Cincinnati Museum Center and community partners will judge each entry according to several criteria, including originality, entertainment value, educational opportunity and venue considerations. Additionally, merchandise will be judged on price range, quality of work, overall style and how many vendors are selling similar items.

I’d like to sponsor Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.

That’s great! Please contact Brooke Boswell at 513-287-7003 or by email to discuss sponsorship opportunities and ways to partner with Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire, as well as other exclusive Cincinnati Museum Center Business Partnership Benefits that apply to all sponsors of Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire.

I want to help out at the show — can I do that?

Yes! Use our contact form and check the box to get volunteer information as the event approaches.

I sell food — can I be in the show?

People selling food items that are wrapped and prepared ahead of time can apply through our regular vendor application. Restrictions do apply.

I’m a member of the press and want to do a story about Cincinnati Maker Faire. Who do I contact?

Please use our  contact form and select “Media” in the topic menu or email Cody Hefner, media relations manager at Cincinnati Museum Center.

I have a very strange question, request or idea. Who do I contact?

If you can’t find an answer here, email us.


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