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Maker Faire Orlando celebrates its 10th anniversary

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Calling all makers! The 10th annual Maker Faire Orlando featuring local do-it-yourself science, art, rockets, robots, crafts, technology, music, and hands-on activities, returns to the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Nov. 5-6, 2022. 

Maker Faire Orlando
Photos courtesy of Maker Faire Orlando

Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of “Make:” magazine. It has since grown into a worldwide network of independently-produced events. Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, Orlando’s two-day family-friendly event gives “makers” of all ages the chance to show off what they’re making, from tech enthusiasts and crafters to scientists and garage tinkerers.

“Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do, said founder Ian Cole. “From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these ‘makers’ to show their hobbies, experiments or projects.”

The event will showcase invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, including Power Racing, Combat Robots, Nerdy Derby, and cosplay makers, as well as hands-on activities, workshops, and competitions.

Hands-on Workshops – Learn from people who make, play, tinker, and hack, including robotics, cosplay, STEM & STEAM, crafts, science, electronics, tools, and a few things you’ve never seen before.

Robot Ruckus (included with Maker Faire Orlando tickets) – See robot builders having fun while destroying each other’s toys with several local teams from the “BattleBots” show on the Discovery Channel and Discovery+, as well as local robots ranging in size from one to 250 pounds. Click here for more information.

Maker Faire Orlando - Robot Ruckus

Power Racing – A fun-filled racing experience where makers construct their own machines to race – some spending up to $500 on a racer that looks like a children’s ride or toy.

Maker Faire Orlando - Power Racing

Award-Winning Cosplay Makers – Interact and observe cosplay makers in their element and working on their craft, including MegaCon winners Fred & Elle Designs with their Making Foam Props and Armor exhibit and Orlandoian Allison Chase with her Puppeted Catbus and the Guardian from “Zelda Breath of the Wild.” 

Maker Faire Orlando - Cosplay

Maker Faire Orlando will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 6, 2022, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Free onsite parking is available, and food will be available for purchase.

Tickets are available at the gate. Through Nov. 4, 2022, pre-event online tickets start at $20 for adults and $15 for youth and students ages three to 17. Add a second day for $10. Children under three are free. 

First responders, active military, and veterans receive free admission with identification. Employees of schools, colleges, universities, homeschool educators, and libraries also receive free admission with identification.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


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