The Nashville Mini Maker Faire 2016 CALL FOR MAKERS is NOW OPEN.


The Nashville Mini Maker Faire is currently accepting entries for Maker Exhibitors for the 2016 Faire set Saturday, September 17, 2016, at the Adventure Science Center. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to date information.

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Deadline for submissions has been extended to August 20, 2016. Please register so can will hold a space for you. Notifications of acceptance are on a rolling basis. Participation is not guaranteed. The sooner your registration is approved, the sooner we can add you to the program and start showing your pictures for publicity. Our goal is one of everything, five of nothing at the Faire.

There is no cost to exhibit at the Faire, unless you have creations you will sell to the public. If so, you are considered a Commercial Maker and will be charged a fee to participate. Fees details are explained in the submission application.

Great highlight video of our 2015 event from Clay Tapp:

If you have media to share from the 2015 event, please upload it to your favorite media cloud service (like google drive, dropbox, picasa, flickr, etc..) and email the link to media@nashvillemakerfaire.com.  We will pick out the best and display them here!

A Recap of 2015 Exhibits & Activities

  • Robot combat
  • Power Wheels racing
  • 3D printing
  • Swap-O-Rama-Rama!
  • Star Wars props & costumes
  • Virtual reality technology
  • High altitude ballooning
  • The Majestic Calliopatronium
  • Kids tinkering zones
  • Origami
  • Screen printing
  • Steampunk gear
  • Puppetry
  • Digital projection dome
  • Mr. B’s Rap App
  • Live music
  • and much more!




The Nashville Mini Maker Faire is a one day exhibition of creative making. Think of Nashville Mini Maker Faire as a local version of Maker Faire Bay Area or World Maker Faire New York, two yearly exhibitions organized by Make Magazine. Nashville Mini Maker Faire is one of over 100 “mini” faires around the globe, organized by local grassroots makers.

Nashville Mini Maker Faire will host exhibitors, vendors, workshop teachers, panelists and performers from around the region. The faire will take place at the Adventure Science Center, using its outdoor campus.


Why Mini?  Why not Maxo-Stupendous? Is it small or for little things?

No, there is nothing small about this event, except for maybe how amazingly small the circuit boards have become which power some of the exhibits. The “mini” in Nashville Mini Maker Faire just means that it’s a locally-produced event.  Whenever you see “mini,” just think Uniquely Nashville!

Get Involved!

You can be a volunteer! Find out more.

Sponsor the Faire!

Several sponsorship options are available to appeal to both small and large organizations. Find out more.


About Maker Faire:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

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.

Maker Faire Logo

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2014 celebrated its ninth annual show with some 1100 makers and 130,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 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” Maker Faires and over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world.

Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.

About Make: Magazine:

Make Magazine Cover

Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects.
Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages.
Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

Besides the magazine and the faire, Make:
and Maker Media is:

  • a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions;
  • a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.

18 responses to “About

  1. Thanks to everyone for this event.
    I hope next year is twice as big.
    I enjoyed it all. I am a MAKE SUBSCRIBER for many years now and my main interest are in robotics and alternative energy. Let me know if I may help on the next Event.

  2. It was a great time at the faire. I am sure next year will be bigger ! Again thank you all for the fun times.

    Kevin Groce

  3. I want to make sure we get this year’s VEX robotics event on the schedule.
    http://Www.robotevents.com to register a middle or high school team.

  4. During the Engineering Day at the science center we discussed having the robotics on the same day as the faire.

  5. Stormtroopers from the MidSouth Garrison of the 501st Legion will be in attendance! Come on down and we’ll show you how to make a trooper of your own! Who wants action figures that set on a shelf? We’d rather become the action figure 🙂

  6. We’re going to have a mini maker faire in Egypt next March, and i’m in love with your description. Could we copy the question of “Why mini”?

  7. Do we have to register to attend this like a conference or can we just show up? So excited!! My first MakerFare.

  8. I just submitted the form to exhibit as a Maker with our small modular robots:
    I didn’t see any confirmation on the page nor email that the application has been received. Could you help me to verify it? Thank you in advanced.

    • Yes we have your application. I apologize for the delay in getting confirmation emails out. Look for them in your inbox very soon!

  9. Hi Chris Lee, You have met me and my wife at Dragon con seveal times. We are with the Alternet History group. I build the Steampunk vehicles, like the Tesla trike. Anyway We submitted apllications for makers and did not recieve a email comf. Can you check or tell me if it was recieved?

    Thanks, ART

  10. I see by the above posts that you are behind in sending notifications. I was going to call tomorrow, but instead I am hoping to here from you in the next week or two.

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