Grand Rapids to Host Their First Maker Faire

By Amanda Lewan on August 12th, 2014 / Comments

Maker Faire has been a hit in Detroit every year at the Henry Ford Museum. The event focuses on makers and inventors of all sorts, from large robotics to small crafts and other fun. On August 30th Grand Rapids will host their own Maker Faire.

The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire will take place August 30th and 31st at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Why bring the event to Grand Rapids? Kate Moore Marketing Director of The Grand Rapids Public Museum said they had been thinking about bringing the event to Grand Rapids for years.

“After talking with the maker groups in town, we realized that they too had been thinking about bringing a mini maker faire to Grand Rapids,” Moore said. “Maker Faires happen now all over the world, but this will be the first in West Michigan.”

How did this organization get started? It began in 2006 in the Bay Area Maker Faire, and has since spread across cities all over the United States. For the Grand Rapids events, local maker groups have helped plan the event including the Geek Group, GR Makers, and Grand Rapids Community College.

The event is great for kids and adults of all ages. Learn more about the event and see Makers that will be showcasing at the GR Mini Maker Faire here. Advance tickets are now on sale at

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