Weekend preview: Maker Faire Bay Area
A science fair, a craft fair, and a county fair rolled into a carnival. That’s how founder Dale Dougherty describes Maker Faire Bay Area, which opens the gates this morning for its 10th annual weekend at the San Mateo Event Center.
Sunset (and about 4,000 school kids) got a sneak peek Friday as roughly 1,200 makers—about 50 percent of them new this year—set up for a weekend of both high-tech and low-tech fun, most of it hands-on.
If you’ve ever tinkered with Radio Shack circuitry, worshipped an Easy Bake Oven, or secretly lusted over a Bedazzler, you’ll love Maker Faire. Always been curious about Burning Man but have a phobia of dust storms? The Playa’s fire-breathing art cars and bike-powered Ferris wheel are here and waiting for you to climb aboard.
Can’t make it? We’ll give you a taste via Periscope, where we’ll be live-broadcasting the best of the 300 talks (like “How To Build a Tiny House in One Week for Less than $10,000”), demonstrations, and performances. Download the Periscope iOS app and follow us: @sunsetmag.
Bring the kids, your R2 unit, and a backpack for all of the gadgets and goodies you’ll make, and get your inner steampunk on the train—Caltrain, as you don’t want to spend the weekend in a logjam on U.S. 101.
Know before you go:
- Maker Faire Bay Area is May 16–17, 2015: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday
- Buy tickets on EventBrite
- Download the free event app for iOS or Android—and use it for an event map and schedule
- San Mateo Event Center has multiple entrances—but no parking on-site
- Look at the Caltrain schedule, and consider bringing your bike
- If you can’t bear to leave your EV at home, follow @fairetraffic to hear how clogged the roads are (consider yourself warned) and to find out what (if any) parking is left