Friday, October 22, 2010

THIS WEEKEND: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

By Pamela Gidwani
Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 4:25 PM

East Bay Mini Maker Faire
  • East Bay Mini Maker Faire

Calling all crafters...or even wannabe crafters. Indulge your creative side this weekend at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire!

The original Maker Faire started back in 2005 as an offshoot of Make Magazine...which has now grown to an event that attracts about 90,000 people to the South Bay during the month of May. Talk about some rapid growth...since 2005, Maker Faires have since shown up in Austin, Detroit and New York City as havens of crafty goodness. Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States, including Ann Arbor, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City, and Boston.

This weekend's event is sponsored by the East Bay Express and will be held on Sunday, October 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Park Day School in Oakland. There are over 100 featured Makers & Crafters, Makers & Craft Vendors, and Performers. Check out the full list here.

Some cool highlights include:
• Author Michael Chabon is teaming up with Nick Dragotta of HowToons to teach a workshop on making comics
• Alpha geek Tim O’Reilly reveals the secrets of his famous home-made jam, featured in the hit book Cooking for Geeks
• Kids Who Rock stage: The Shes, Poison Apple Pie, The Black Bones,as well as the Devilettes, Toychestra, and other great East Bay adult bands

Check out East Bay Express writer Ellen Cushing's preview of the event here: Make Way for the East Bay Mini Maker Faire

Ticket information is available here. You can still get tickets at a discounted rate (Adults = $15, Kids/Full-time Students = $10) until tomorrow (October 23). Otherwise, pick tickets up at the door. Follow the East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Facebook and Twitter at @EBMakerFaire.



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