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Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2013

We had a blast with more than 1,800 faire-goers at the third annual Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire in 2013!

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Photos by Larry Rippel and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey if you attended or participated in the 2013 Faire:
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We would like to thank:

  • Co-Presenters  Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and HackPittsburgh (whose year-round maker programs will keep you  making until next year’s Faire!)
  • All the makers who engaged, intrigued and wowed us
  • The Faire’s key planners Tamara Goldbogen, Angie Jasper, Doug Philips and Robert Blackwell
  • Our 2013 Sponsors:   PA Cyber School, Spark, a program of the Sprout Fund, Pepsi, Agora Cyber Charter School, Autodesk, Inc. and pairNetworks

Tips for Attending Maker Faire

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire 2011

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is tomorrow, so here’s some basic information to help orient you to the event. Get ready for an exciting day!


Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is a fun, casual day of exploration, learning and spectacle.  Dress comfortably – makers will be located both inside the Museum and in Buhl Community Park; to see them all will require a bit of walking. Also, you may encounter and make things using robots, balloons, soldering irons, LED lights, knitting, horns and more!

Your admission to the Maker Faire includes admission to Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.  Save a little time to check out the interactive exhibits and artwork throughout this award-winning museum if you’ve never been here.

Parking & Transportation

Parking is available in the Children’s Museum’s parking lots next to the Museum for $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers.  Metered parking is available around Allegheny Square.  Bike parking is available at several locations around the Faire.

PAT bus route 54C stops right on Children’s Way, beside the Faire.

The Faire is a short walk from the North Side Station of the new North Shore Connector via Port Authority’s light rail system, the T.   See the map for directions.  Call  Port Authority of Allegheny County at (412) 442-2000 or visit for more information.

Food & Drink

The Children’s Museum Big Red Room Cafe is open  from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Food trucks will be parked on Children’s Way next to the Faire.  Water fountains are available in the Children’s Museum and in Buhl Community Park.



Bathrooms are available on all levels of the Museum.

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place rain or shine!  Makers will be located outdoors as well as inside, so dress for outdoor temperatures.

Call for Makers is Almost Over

The Call for Makers for 2012 is almost over! MAKE time to apply – in the midst of your crocheting, soldering, blacksmithing, printmaking, programming, weaving, rewiring – before you miss your chance to exhibit in the 2012 Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.

*NOTE: A few makers have asked us about this “Round I / Round II” business. Both calls are open to everyone – Round I was just an early bird round. So apply today! The Faire won’t be the same without you.


Pittsburgh is hosting our FIRST Mini Maker Faire!

Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire is a family fun festival featuring do-it-yourself robots, mobiles, instruments, electronics, 3D printing, soldering, wool spinning, Christmas lights, alternative energy and much more.  The Faire celebrates the best of DIY creativity through demonstrations, performances and hands-on workshops by over 70 makers. YOU will make, create, learn, invent, craft, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired!  This is the first Mini Maker Faire hosted in the region and is a co-presentation of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and HackPittsburgh.

We have selected our makers!

More than 70 inventive, creative makers and maker organizations will present, demo, perform and teach at Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire.  Makers include:

  • Hack Pittsburgh
  • Deeplocal
  • Spare Room Workshop
  • Girls of Steel/FIRST Robotics Team 3504
  • The Traveling Pittsburgh Craft-O-Tron
  • Artist Ryder Henry

Click here to see the full list.

For more about Maker Faires and Pittsburgh Maker Faire, check out the About page.