Be a Maker!

April 21 – 22, 2018
at the ABQ Balloon Museum
Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Who is a Maker?

A Maker is anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Maker Faire showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers. Individuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an all-weekend exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged.

In its simplest form, Maker Faire creates opportunities for conversations with Makers. Tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. It is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a “fair” — fun, engaging, and exciting.

Beyond Making Objects… Makers also include:
Presentation: Individuals and groups who would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to the Maker community, OR makers who are interested in demonstrating what they make and how it works in a stage setting. Presentations are typically 20 or 50 minutes, with some time for Q&A.

Music/Dance Performer: Musicians and entertainers who would like to perform at Maker Faire.

Artists/Poets/Authors: The Make community includes everyone from Artists to Writers. Sign up if you would like to perform our present your art or do a reading.

How to Apply

Application form

You can save time at Maker Check-in by filling out our online Liability Waiver in advance by clicking here. Makers under the age of 18, however, MUST download, print and have their parent or guardian sign our liability waiver in order to participate. You can download a PDF of the minor participant waiver by clicking here.

Aspiring makers are encouraged to follow Maker Faire on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news on makers and Maker Faire.

Other Ways to Participate at Maker Faire

Sponsors: We welcome sponsors at Maker Faire. For more information about becoming a sponsor, please see Sponsors.

Volunteer Training: For information about making an invaluable contribution at Maker Faire, please see our new Maker-In-Training program.

Crafters: If you are an indie crafter, and your primary intent is to sell your products at Maker Faire, you may apply too!! Both Commercial Makers and Craft/Art vendors are a part of Maker Faire. Commercial Makers exhibit in various areas of the event, demonstrating what they make and selling as an side-addition to their DIY demonstration, not the focus of their exhibit.

Presenters and Performers who wish to share or speak about what they do on our stage is FREE.

If you have any questions about being a Maker contact us at

If you wish to SELL your projects, products or other “maker” items at our event, click here for more information.