Tickets now on sale for Cincinnati’s largest show and tell
CINCINNATI – Ball-launching robots. LEGO-tized versions of Cincinnati landmarks. Custom-built race cars. BB-8 and R2-D2. That’s just a sampling of what to expect at this year’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire on Oct. 8-9. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss Cincinnati’s biggest Mini Maker Faire yet.
With the Union Terminal restoration underway, Cincinnati Museum Center is moving Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, where more than 70 makers and vendors will put on a spectacle of creativity, craftsmanship and innovation. Maker Faire favorites like the R2-D2 Builders Club and their collection of fully-functioning R2-D2s, Lakota Robotics with their student-built competition robots and HIVE13’s drag racing power tools are all back again. You can even catch Bearcat Motorsports testing their race car on the track.
With twice the number of makers at this year’s Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire, you’re sure to find new favorites. OKILUG (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO Users Group) is recreating key Cincinnati landmarks like the Tyler Davidson Fountain and Music Hall entirely from LEGO® bricks. In an unlikely entry from a well-known Cincinnati organization, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will invite you into their music lab and give you a look inside some dissected instruments. Speaking of music, take a listen to some famous tunes played on a Nintendo Gameboy. Or get into the action yourself with several hands-on displays, including painting lessons, STEM experiments and a chance to make your own book.
“Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire has grown each year and it’s a testament to this community’s creativity and wide-ranging genius that we’ve seen such incredible growth this year,” says Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Cincinnati Museum Center has also worked to inspire people and encourage them to test the limits of their own minds. With Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire we provide people an outlet for that creativity and a further source of inspiration.”
You can also take a piece of Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire home with you. Craftspeople and entrepreneurs will showcase a variety of handmade items in the Mini Maker Market, offering handmade items and kits to help future Makers unleash their imaginations.
Evening film festival and masquerade for 21+
Filmmakers are Makers, too, and Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is hosting its first film festival Saturday evening, October 8. The film festival will be held during the Make-Believe Masquerade, part of Cincinnati Museum Center’s CurioCity , a 21 and older social event series. Costumes are encouraged, so disguise yourself in your favorite mask or slip on your most vibrant costume as you let your imagination run wild. To complete the surreal experience, the Make-Believe Masquerade will include local music, Cincinnati brews, body painting and Maker stations. The Make-Believe Masquerade begins at 8 p.m. and concludes at 11 p.m.
Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is a community-organized event and is part of the national Maker Faire created by MAKE Magazine. MAKE describes the event as “the greatest show (and tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.”
Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will take place at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 8-9. For tickets and information visit www.cincinnatimakerfaire.com.
Cincinnati Museum Center Members: Free
General Admission: $7
Enjoy the Arts Members: $5
Parking: $3 per car, taken at the gate