Maker Faire Orlando 2017 returns this weekend, Oct. 21-22

by Brittani Tuttle
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Maker Faire Orlando is back at the Central Florida Fairgrounds this weekend, Oct. 21-22.

The sixth annual Maker Faire Orlando is back again at the Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Halls this weekend, Oct. 21-22.

This two-day event brings together people who enjoy learning and sharing what they create. Engineers, scientists, artists and crafters all come together to show attendees their projects, hobbies, experiments and more.

The first Maker Faire Orlando was hosted in 2012, and was a much smaller gathering at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. After drawing thousands of attendees, the gathering was moved to the Orlando Science Center the following year. Maker Faire Orlando was hosted there for three years before it outgrew the space and returned to the Fairgrounds in 2016.

“We are excited! This is the sixth annual Maker Faire in Orlando, and we have expanded again. Central Florida is home to an amazingly diverse maker community,” said Ian Cole, co-founder of The Maker Effect Foundation. “This year we are able to do more because of a generous grant from Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and continued support from local maker groups. With the growth of the maker movement, we are proud to highlight the diverse maker community in Florida.”

Some of the events and activities at Maker Faire Orlando include:

  • Over 300 exhibitors that are showing off what they do and how they do it, as well as selling their wares
  • Combat robots in two arenas and five different weight classes – 150 gram, 1 pound, 3 pounds, 15 pounds, and 220 pounds
  • Guests can try their hand at picking locks in the Lockpick Village
  • See a fire-breathing daisy made of reclaimed motor vehicle parts
  • Power Racing with Power Wheels vehicles modified with big electric motors
  • Nerdy Derby Racing, a miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby
  • Hands-on workshops ranging from DIY cinematography to the science and art of chocolate making

Maker Faire Orlando will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Tickets for the event are on sale now, and can be purchased online.

Presale tickets are $10 for a one-day ticket for children ages 4-12, $15 for an adult one-day ticket, $15 for a two-day children’s ticket and $25 for a two-day adult ticket. Tickets purchased at the event are $15 for a children’s one-day ticket, $20 for an adult one-day ticket, $25 for a children’s two-day ticket and $30 for an adult two-day ticket. Tickets for educators and students from Title One Schools are free.

For more information on the event, visit MakerFaireOrlando.com.


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