If you can’t wait until November for the next Rochester Mini Maker Faire, we recommend checking out our friends at these regional Maker events! Most of them are still accepting makers too.

We’ll be active this spring with hands-on activities, including our big face boxes, cardboard couches, and a new light painting photo booth that we’ve been working on. You can find us at not only some of the above events but all over Rochester:

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about how to become a maker or anything about this year’s faire.

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3,600 Attendees, 125+ Makers, and Tons of Making

Thank you all for being part of the 4th Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire! Saturday was an was a tremendous success, far more than we could have imagined! We are beyond thrilled that everyone could make it out – all 3,600 of you (a new record for us)!

We had over 125 makers and more than half of them provided hands-on activities. We had over 80 volunteers, and we could not have done this without your help. Our generous, wonderful sponsors help make this huge event happen. A special thank you to our parent organization, NYSCATE, for continuing to support us and encouraging us to think big.

We would also like to thank Dhanya Asher for creating the above video from the faire, and our photographer, Derrick Stanton, whose photos we can’t wait to share with everyone soon.


We want your feedback!

While we are still recovering, we have heavily enjoyed all the feedback, photos, and compliments you have shared with us. If you can spare a minute, we’d appreciate you filling out this short, anonymous survey, in order for us to improve next year’s event: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RochesterMMF2017_attendee.


Thank our Sponsors

Be sure to thank all of our sponsors for supporting the faire. We could not hold the event without all of their continuous support. Our sponsors include:
Make, Rochester Institute of Technology, WXXI Kids, Wegmans, Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti, The RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC), home of the Empire State Development-designated Upstate Region Interactive Technologies Hub and partner organization ROC Game Dev, Rochester Broadway Theatre League, EMA Design Automation, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Makeway, Roc City Laser, Yelp, Mayday! Underground, MyDarndest, Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival, the Rochester Makerspace, and High Tech Rochester.


Keep in Touch!

If you have any photos from the faire, feel free to share them with us! We have already started to post our photos up on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We’ll probably have all of our photos posted within the next few days. If all goes as planned, we should also have a special video with footage from the event. You can find us at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RochesterMiniMakerFaire
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rochmakerfaire
Instagram: https://instagram.com/rochesterminimakerfaire/

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Rochester, are you ready for a 30 foot long, 19 foot tall, fire breathing dragon?? Heavy Meta joins us this year at Rochester Riverside Convention Center on November 18th!

A beautiful, terrifying beast, Heavy Meta shoots huge fireballs from its tail and animatronic mouth!

Get your tickets in advance and don’t miss this amazing beast!

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Our Call for Makers is still open for the 4th Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire! We’re hoping to beat our record of 130 makers that we set last year.

Some of the projects that we had last year included:

  • Arc + Flame Welding Simulator
  • A test of strength to win some fire with Hell Blazer, The Flaming Carnival Game
  • Learning to solder your first electronics project
  • Screen printing your own Rochester Mini Maker Faire poster to take home
  • Tearing apart old electronics and see how they worked
  • Wearing a 3D printed prosthetic with e-NABLE
  • Animating your first stop-motion film
  • Piloting a drone
  • Being inspired by kid Makers, including the Rosie’s Robots, a 9 year old roboticist
  • Playing video and board games developed right here in Rochester
  • Marveling at a theme park built with K’nex
  • Creating useful items out of old cassette tapes
  • Hearing live music from the Rochester Recorder Society
  • Mixing the future with the past with the Rochester Steampunk Society and the Enchanted City Steampunk Festival from Troy
  • Picking a lock with The Open Organization Of Lockpickers
  • Driving robots with local FIRST Robotics teams
  • Making and learning with makerspaces from around Rochester and beyond
  • Preparing for the wilderness by learning outdoor survival skills
  • Launching rockets through recreational plumbing
  • Fixing bikes
  • Lighting up with holographic projections and infinity mirrors in our dark room
  • Discovering a monthly electronic kit developed in Buffalo


Fire projects are allowed again this year and are highly encouraged! We will also be bringing back the Dark Room, along with a few new special areas.


We’re accepting applications through October 23rd and then through before the faire on a maker by maker basis.


Apply today at https://rochester.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/.

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We had an exhibit at the New York State Faire over labor Day Weekend as part of the inaugural S.T.E.A.M. Exhibit! Thousands of attendees stopped by our booth and tried on our Big Face Boxes for the first time!


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We’ve had a close relationship to the Buffalo Mini Maker Faire as they were our inspiration to start the Rochester Mini Maker Faire. Attending their faire is always a treat as we love chatting with their producers and seeing the mix of Buffalo, Rochester, and Western New York makers all gathering together.


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While in Austin for a work conference, we were able to stay with one of the Maker Faire Austin producers and help out during their faire! Below are a few highlights from their faire.


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We attended the 2nd Annual Maker Faire Producers’ Summit in Miami this past weekend! All weekend, Maker Faire Producers traded tips, tricks, and stories from their own faires. It is beyond inspiring meeting others like us from all over the world, including Germany, China, Nepal, France and all over the US. Below is a great summary on the events from the weekend.


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2016 has been a crazy year for the Rochester Mini Maker Faire team! We attended 5 other Maker Faires, met tons of other Faires at the Maker Faire Producers Summit in SF, helped represent the NYS Maker Movement at the Nation of Makers Kickoff at the White House, participated in or first regional Burning Man event, created large art installations with the community for TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchooland the Rochester Fringe Festival, and meet hundreds of Makers throughout the Greater Rochester area and beyond. It’s been a year beyond our wildest dreams.

The other faires we attended include: Mohawk Valley Mini Maker Faire, Troy Mini Maker Faire, World Maker Faire New York, National Maker Faire, and the Fredonia Mini Maker Faire. We also attended the Wellsville, Penfield, and Lima Primary School Maker Faires.

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Huge thank you to everyone who attended the Rochester Mini Maker Faire today. From our initial numbers, it looks like we had around 2,000 people in attendance again! Here are some highlights from the 3rd Annual Rochester Mini Maker Faire.

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