Cincinnati Museum Centre explosive spectacles, crazy contraptions and clever creations headline Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire

CINCINNATI – Attention inventors, tinkerers, hackers, mad scientists and makers! Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is back October 7 & 8. Cincinnati Museum Center’s family-friendly showcase of imagination, design and ingenuity will once again take over the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.

Part of MAKE Magazine ‘s larger Maker movement, Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is a mix between science fair and county fair that brings together tech inventors, engineers, hobbyists, educators, artists and more. Together, the makers display their creations and share their passion for conceiving the unthinkable and doing the impossible.

“Cincinnati is and always has been a city of makers,” says Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is an incredible way to continue that legacy by showcasing the talent and ingenuity of this city and igniting the creativity and imagination of future makers.”

This year, fan favorites like OKILUG (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO Users Group) will return with amazing LEGO cityscapes and History in Brick will recreate Cincinnati icons like Music Hall and the Roebling Bridge out of LEGO bricks. The R2-D2 Builders Club will also be back with fully-functioning R2-D2s. And, new for 2017, Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will feature a skateABLE obstacle course from Able Projects, fiber art workshops from Full Frontal Nerdity, 3D printing demos from GorillaMaker and a cardboard free build area where you can let your creativity run wild armed with nothing but duct tape and cardboard. CMC’s exhibits team will also debut a Found Sound parade and musical performances from MacGyver’ed giant instruments.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire will also feature instructional workshops, local food trucks and vendors so you can take a piece of the experience with you and begin your own maker journey.

Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire is free for CMC Members. Advance tickets for non-Members are $7. Day-of tickets for non-Members are $10. Parking is $5 cash or credit for all guests. To purchase tickets in advance visit

ShakesBeerean Film Festival

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Saturday evening, October 7, CMC’s CurioCity series will host a ShakesBeerean Film Festival. This 21+ event features films submitted by local filmmakers and maker stations where you can try your hand at making, including creating your own costume. You’ll need it if you don’t come decked out in your own disguise for the evening’s costume contest. A selection of local brews gives you an opportunity to revel in the fruits of local makers’ labors.

The ShakesBeerean Film Festival is not included with admission to Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire. Advance tickets for the event are $10 for CMC Members, $15 for non-Members. Day-of tickets are $12 for CMC Members, $17 for non-Members. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.