The Maker Faire is Coming to Des Moines

The nationally-recognized Maker Faire is coming to Des Moines! The inaugural Des Moines Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for Monday, September 1, 2014 at the Science Center of Iowa in Downtown Des Moines.


The Call for Makers, Artists, Performers and Crafters is open now through August 15.


Projects can include robotics, green tech, DIY science, radio, rocketry, unusual tools or techniques, whimsical creations and more. Any groups or individuals interested in presenting their project, activity or performance in this event should complete the simple application here by August 15. There is no cost to exhibit at the Faire.

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth


Maker Faire a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. It’s a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker and connect to people and projects in their local community. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water – but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people come together.


Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.


The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA, and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1,100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire in New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 75,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Silver Spring, Paris, Rome, Oslo, Trondheim, Tokyo, Newcastle (UK) and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” 2014 Maker Faires, and more than 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world – including right here in Des Moines.


The Des Moines Mini Maker Faire is sponsored by MAKE magazine, Register Media, Kemin Industries, UTC Aerospace Systems, Iowa Science Foundation, The Greater Des Moines Partnership and Substance Architecture.


Follow the development of the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire at, on Twitter at @DSMmakerfaire and on Facebook at Des Moines Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.


6 responses to “The Maker Faire is Coming to Des Moines

  1. Will there be any admission cost or is it just regular sci admission or membership?


  2. Is there any cost for attending? Or just standard sci admission or membership?


  3. Admission will be included with SCI General Admission which is Free for members, $11 for adults and $7 for children ages 2-12. \


  4. Application link is currently broken, please advise when fixed.


  5. Bill, thank you for making us aware. Links should be up and running.


  6. WHAT a great line up! Wish you the BEST!


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