Category Archives: Nashville Mini Maker Faire

Thank you to all of our makers, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for a great 2016 Nashville Mini Maker Faire! See you in 2017!

Check out this great highlight video:

Not Finished? No Problem!

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Our Call for Makers has been extended to August 20, 2016! But what if your cool project isn’t done yet? That’s okay, and here’s why…

Making is a process, a journey, if you will, and along that journey you learn things. Maybe you learn a new skill, or you learn why you should have used screws instead of nails, or why hot glue wasn’t the best choice. All of these little details of a project create an experience, and the experience is something you can share at Maker Faire.

Maybe you’ve been working on a project for years, and it’s still not done. Showing it to people, and talking through it may give you new ideas, or the boost of energy you need to complete the project. (Maybe you’ll complete it by next year and bring it back as a finished project!)

Above all, what we’re looking for is people who will come to Maker Faire and share. Share their projects (finished or not) but also share their knowledge, what they learned along the way. Just showing what you’ve got so far can be inspiring to someone who hasn’t even started a project yet.

Don’t wait! Submit your project, finished or not, to the Call for Makers today!

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

callformakers2016The 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.

More Info

Deadline for submissions is August 1, 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.

Interstate Traffic Alert for Saturday 9/12

I-40 Westbound will be closed for construction at the I-40/I-65 split during the Maker Faire, affecting travel from Wilson County and other areas to the East. Suggested directions to help guests find Greer stadium are being posted on the blog and social media. For those arriving before 9am to assist with setup, the following directions are suggested:

Take I-40 West to I-440 to I-65N. Exit I-65 at Wedgewood Ave, turn left on Martin Street, left on Hamilton Ave and Right on to Fort Negly Blvd.

Due to increased volume, allow extra time for your trip in to Nashville. Have a safe trip in!


Robot Combat coming to the Faire!

We’re excited to announce a new offering for this year’s Maker Faire:


Live demonstrations of mean, lean, one-pound fighting machines going head-to-head in a fully enclosed arena, presented by the Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society.


2014 Schedule and Event Map

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You could win a 3D Printer at the Nashville Mini Maker Faire!

Win a 3D Printer!

Help us fund the Faire by contributing to our Indiegogo campaign

Help us cover costs for the Faire! Your contribution is appreciated. There are several cool rewards in our Indiegogo campaign.

Click to learn about our IndieGoGo campaign

Announcing the Crafter’s Challenge


When you hear “cycle,” what do you see? Recycle? Bicycle? Water cycle? Baseball cycle? Now put your vision into a crafted piece, and enter the Nashville Mini Maker Faire: Crafters’ Challenge.

All types of creative crafted pieces are welcome: sculptures, paintings, quilts, wearables, designs… something completely new and different, etc.

Entries will be displayed at the Faire, and winners will be chosen by celebrity judges and popular votes. You could be a winner! And thousands of people will see your creation.


  • Your artwork must incorporate your interpretation of the word “cycle”.
  • You must fill out a Maker application and indicate you are entering the Crafters’ Challenge.


Email your questions to John Hawkins (

What will I see at the Nashville Mini Maker Faire?



(subject to change):

  • 3D scanning & printing
  • Robotics
  • Millennium Falcon cockpit
  • DIY electronics
  • Hand crafted instruments
  • Full-size R2-D2 robots
  • Electric vehicles
  • Origami
  • Jungle gym of sound
  • CNC mill
  • Vacuum-forming
  • Natural soaps & candles
  • Recycled object artwork & jewelry
  • Home made jet engine
  • Steampunk props, costumes, and contraptions
  • Nerf dart Gatling gun
  • Architectural model making
  • Ping Pong ball launcher
  • Mobile self-portrait gallery
  • Solar powered circuit boards
  • Silkscreening & printmaking
  • Circuit-bent toys
  • Paper mosaics
  • Radio transmitters & receivers
  • Animatronics
  • Giant dinosaur skeleton
  • and much more