Maker Faire is back in Grand Rapids on August 20 & 21 for its 3rd year, once again held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) and nearby Grand Valley State University’s Hall of Engineering. Combining a traditional science fair with innovation and engineering, community makers will showcase what they have made and share what they have learned.

The Faire will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 21.

Tickets for a single day pass are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $3 for children. For a two-day pass, tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for children. Purchase by Friday, August 12 and receive $2 off each ticket.

GRPM Members are free, but tickets are required and recommend to reserve ahead of time. Tickets can be purchased or reserved at or by calling 616.929.1700.

Courtesy GRPM
Courtesy GRPM

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire gathers all-ages to learn and teach about new ideas and collaborations! Interactive stations and inventions will be showcased by tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, 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. Visitors to this year’s Grand Rapids Maker Faire can expect to see and interact with more than 150 maker booths.

The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is being organized by the GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

The call for makers is now open through July 22. Any groups or individuals interested in participating in this inaugural event should complete the application at

The 3rd annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is sponsored by Tekton Tools and Cascade Engineering.

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