Maker Faire Returns to Milwaukee in September

At the fair, now celebrating its fourth year, children and adults alike can channel their inner inventor. Or their inner mad scientist.

It may not be one of the city’s largest or longest-running festivals, but it’s certainly one of its most inventive. Maker Faire Milwaukee electrifies the Wisconsin State Fair Park September 23-24 with hundreds of homemade inventions and other creations – from handheld gadgets to gigantic robots.

According to its website, “Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these ‘makers’ to show hobbies, experiments, projects.”

More than 100 makers have signed up to exhibit at the event already. And event organizers are accepting additional applications until September 1.

2016 Power Racing Series
Last year’s Power Racing Series; photo courtesy of Maker Faire Milwaukee

Some of the highlights so far? The students of the UWM print club have figured out how to transform working steamrollers into portable printing presses and will be showing off their handiwork on site. Local cosplay legend Elizabeth Krueger (a.k.a. Laughing Rat) will bring some of her best costumes to the convention center. And the Power Racing Series is inviting gearheads to build an electric-powered miniature racecar to pit against other speedsters at the event. More makers will be highlighted on the event website in the coming weeks too.  

The fair is family-friendly and free to attend.





Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.