What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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About Our Maker Faire


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The STEAM Learning Network of the Graduate Tacoma movement is honored to host the inaugural The Tacoma-South Sound Mini Maker Faire. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.


Tacoma is a city of makers. Its legacy hails from makers ranging from manufacturers to artisans. The past 20 years have given rise to a burgeoning creative economy that was recognized by Etsy in 2016 with a Maker City designation. Tacoma is distinct in that it also exists within the greater South Sound region composed of many communities that hail from makers. The Maker Movement benefits communities in that it fosters open innovation, resource sharing, STEAM talent, creative economy, and civic engagement.


At the Tacoma-South Sound Mini Maker Faire, we showcase our homegrown makers of all ages with the greater community to inspire grassroots innovation, support for the South Sound maker ecosystem, and youth engagement into the region’s STEAM sectors. Furthermore, we hope to spark the maker spirit and ethos in each of us.

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 significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.  Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.