"Maker Faire is a two day event this weekend, May 21st and 22nd, that will be showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts & crafts."
As my friend Gordon Garb said on Facebook this morning: "It's like a County Fair for geeks, nerds, hackers, burners, makers, doers, thinkers, rocketeers."
I know people choose DIY (do it yourself) for fun, to save money, because there are no local professionals who offer the product or service they are looking for, or because what they are looking for doesn't exist yet. Whatever the reason, IMO, the best part about DIY is that it forces us to use our imaginations, to take on new challenges and reach out to others for help or sometimes just a little reassurance. For me at least, the process of trying something new has enriched my life in so many ways. It's how I've discovered what I'm good at and often, laughably, what I'm bad at.
So why am I telling you about the Maker Faire? Because it's a celebration of three things I love: Imagination, creativity and community. Last year was the first Maker Faire I've attended. It's held each year at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. If you're not sure what it's all about just CLICK HERE to read last years recap with lots of photos on The Flirty Blog.
Dates and Times
Saturday - May 21st, 2011 from 10am - 8pm
Sunday - May 22nd, 2011 from 10am - 6pm
There are also weekend and family passes available but for one person per day here are the listed rates on the Maker Faire Website where you can also pre-purchase tickets to attend:
Adult Single Day
$25.00 + $2.37 fee
Valid for entry on either Saturday or Sunday
Student* Single Day
$15.00 + $1.81 fee
*Ages 13-21 with photo student ID. Valid for entry on either Saturday or Sunday.
Youth* Single Day
$10.00 + $1.54 fee
*Ages 4-12, children 3 & under are free. Valid for entry on either Saturday or Sunday