Calling all makers, crafters, tinkerers, and artists: the application for the third annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire is now open!


On November 19th  from 9am to 5pm at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, join us as Rochester celebrates the act of Making with attractions, exhibits, talks, demonstrations, and performances showcasing the intersection of science, technology, arts, and crafts — many of them immersive and interactive.

Rochester Mini Maker Faire is calling for all makers to apply to exhibit what they love to do! Come out and show your creations to thousands of curious attendees and meet fellow makers. Our application is open; we encourage you to apply early:

What is a “maker”? Everyone is a maker. People who create, tinker, and craft. People who are artists, scientists, engineers, inventors, and students. Anyone who enjoys making things. And you’re all invited!

Rochester Mini Maker Faire attracts a broad array of people and exposes them to technology, art, and engineering. Dan Schneiderman, co-chair of Rochester Mini Maker Faire and NYS representative of the White House Nation of Makers Initiative, says,  “Maker Faire brings everyone together: from kids to grandparents, artists to engineers, professionals to hobbyists. Anyone with a passion for making.”

Rochester, with its history of creativity and invention, is an ideal place for a Maker Faire. Last year’s event showed a wonderful range of creativity:

  • A bridge made of hundreds of balloons that all participants could contribute to
  • CNC machines, 3D printers, and other leading edge inventions and technologies
  • Movie costumes and props made by a 14 year old, and other young maker booths
  • Hands-on robotics
  • A Giant Seesaw that everyone played on
  • Illuminated electric violins that created light shows as they were played
  • Board and computer games created by Rochesterians
  • Areas where attendees created their own cardboard structures, took electronics apart, and created new covers for old books
  • Soldering workshop with an electronic badge that attendees were able to take home
  • Student projects from local schools and colleges
  • The crew behind the Making It Podcast talked to us about making


This year we anticipate an area for fire arts. Additionally, the “Dark Room” will be back with light-based art.

The Rochester Mini Maker Faire celebrated its first event in November of 2014 with over 90 maker exhibits from across Western New York and 1,500 visitors of all ages in attendance. In 2015, we had 115 maker exhibits and approximately 3,000 attendees. We anticipate even more growth this year, and space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early!

Acceptance Dates for Makers

  • Early acceptance: Sunday, September 4
  • Round 2 acceptance: Sunday, September 18
  • Round 3 acceptance: Sunday, October 9
  • Final acceptance: Sunday, October 23
  • Late applications only accepted under special circumstances.


Ticket information
Tickets are not on sale yet. We’ll be announcing this soon on our website, Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us!

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