Mark your calendars! The 7th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire will take place at the PNE Forum June 10th and 11th, 2017.

Join more than 150 artists, tinkerers, performers, inventors, crafters, and other Makers for a weekend of crafting, learning, and exploring!

The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire brings together Makers, performers, workshop leaders, and speakers from across a wide range of disciplines for two days of exhibiting projects, building community, and sharing knowledge and inspiration. The community-driven festival showcases the amazing works of all kinds of Makers -anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together!) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.

Make sure you leave time in your schedule to take part in our hands-on activities!

What makes a Maker?

The Maker movement encompasses a diverse range of disciplines, and welcomes Makers from all walks of life! Makers are tech enthusiasts, metal artists, homesteaders, painters, potters, 3D printing enthusiasts, knitters, roboticists, -anyone embracing the Do-It-Yourself (or Do-It-Together!) ethos. The maker community is expanding, diverse, and inclusive.

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire welcomes a broad range of ideas and projects, and past VMMF Makers have showcased (among other things) large tapestries, metal sculptures, cosplay costumes, robotic dogs, paintings, human-powered vehicles, jewelry, 3D printing projects, blown glass and lampwork, and textile art pieces. VMMF encourages Makers to incorporate a hands-on element to their exhibit, and as a result fair attendees have had the opportunity to try their hand at activities like felting, candle-making, robot building, soldering, letterpress, 3D printing, laser cutting, leather working, spinning, lampwork, and button making.

A Brief History of Maker Faires:

The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring Makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “Makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. In 2014, 119 independently-produced Mini and 14 Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Detroit, Oslo and Shenzhen. Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft. Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media. Maker Media publishes Make: magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.