Upcoming Community Marketing Events

As we build excitement for Maker Faire Orlando on October 22 & 23, we love to get out into the community to show what makes Maker Faire awesome. This year we are taking Makey our giant inflatable red robot to ARTLando, The Creative City Project, FamiLAB, Rockler, and more. We are also offering our “Make-a-Shirt” workshop so that you can make your own Maker Faire Orlando shirt before Maker Faire!

Make-a-Shirt Practice workshop- Sunday, September 25th

makey_screenCome see us at MakerFX @ DeltaMaker in South Orlando from 10AM till 3PM on Sunday, 09/25/2016 and learn how to screen print your own Maker Faire Orlando shirt!  (Please share the Facebook Event link with your friends!) This workshop has a $5 materials fee, and that includes a shirt in your size in either black or grey. If you’d like to bring your own shirt, it’s only $3! Better yet, take the workshop for free by volunteering to help with a screen printing station at the events below or by at Maker Faire Orlando. We are testing our setup for the following events, and encourage everyone to come out and see how it works. This is also a great time for our exhibiting makers to stop by, ask questions, see the space plan, and deal with any remaining issues.



aRTlando – Saturday, October 1st

artlandoCome see us at ARTlando in Loch Haven Park from 11AM to 11PM! We’ll be there all day! Makey (our giant inflatable robot) will be there, so be sure to come out and get your picture with him. We will be helping attendees customize their own ARTLando t-shirt with ARTLando-specific artwork.We will also have Maker Faire Orlando shirts available for purchase. This is a fun hands-on event, and The Maker Effect Foundation is proud to be a sponsor.


Rockler Woodworking and hardware – Sunday, October 2nd

logoCome see us at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware , one of our newest sponsors, for their One Year Anniversary celebration! They will have a custom knife workshop happening from 12PM till 3PM, and  info on that can be found here. We will be visiting with Makey, so be sure to come get your photo with him, and if you share your photo on social media and tag us, you will be entered to win free tickets to Maker Faire Orlando 2016!


Familab Open House – Tuesday, October 4th


Stop by the FamiLAB open house on Tuesday, October 4th at 8pm. We will have Makey setup for photos and a chance to win Maker Faire Orlando tickets. This is also a great time for our exhibiting makers to stop by, ask questions, see the space plan, and deal with any remaining issues.


Maitland Farmers Market – Sunday, October 9th

maitland-farmers-marketCome see us at Maitland Farmers Market from 9AM till 2PM! We’ll have Makey out and you can come get your postcards, posters, key chains, and shirts! We will be doing a ticket give away as well, so don’t forget to snap a photo with Makey, and post it to social media to be entered for your chance to win!



Creative City Project – Saturday, October 15th

create_stuff_creative_city_project_2016Come see us from 5PM till 11PM at Creative City Project in Downtown Orlando. Makey will be there, so come get your picture with him! We will also have a screen printing workshop set up so you can Make-a-Shirt with the “CREATE STUFF” art shown here. The workshop has a $5 materials fee. We will also have Maker Faire Orlando shirts available for purchase.

Featured Maker: Wizard Brooms

Don Gruel and Noel Holland of Wizard Brooms are making sweeping strides in crafting the most beautifully detailed and yes, colorful, brooms in Central Florida and even the Nation. Let’s just say these aren’t your grandma’s broomsticks, but rather works of art that require ingenuity, individuality and of course imagination. By combining proper broom making techniques and their entertainment backgrounds, Wizard Brooms provides the authentic missing piece to cosplayer’s and collector’s of all ages. Let’s get to know the wizards behind the brooms and be sure to stop by and see them at Maker Faire Orlando on Oct. 22-23 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.


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Makers that MOVE you!

With our new location at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, we have space for awesome maker vehicles. Check out six featured exhibits that will move you…and view the entire list of Maker exhibits.

We still have room for more vehicles – so if you know someone that makes hot rods, low-riders, crazy car audio, jumping hydraulic cars, custom motorcycles or more – let us know!

The First 64 Exhibits for 2016 are Now Online!

Even though our Call for Makers is still open (PLEASE tell your friends, family and co-workers that make things to apply!), we’ve started reviewing exhibits, and we’ve approved the first 64 for 2016! Many of our favorites are returning from past years, and we have some exciting new Makers and their creations – like “Menagerie in Motion”  below!

Check out the ever-growing list of approved exhibits, and if you think of something missing, shoot us a note at makers@makerfaireorlando.com with information on makers from Central Florida that we should invite!


If you are a maker with a pending exhibit, don’t be dismayed if we have not approved your exhibit yet. We meet weekly to review and approve – and we work hard to ensure that we have a diverse group of exhibits, and that we can meet the requirements of each exhibit. It takes time, and we greatly appreciate your patience 🙂

Exhibit Registration is Now Open!


Register to Exhibit at Maker Faire Orlando

Our 2016 “Call for Makers” is now open! We expect to host over 300 maker exhibits at Maker Faire Orlando 2016 – and that means we need your awesome project, and we need you to tell us about the other awesome creations that we should invite to Maker Faire Orlando. It is free to exhibit (with low fees for sellers), so get started today!