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Make the most of your visit to Maker Faire North Carolina. Have a look at the Makers, activities, experiences, and special events that will make your day the coolest thing you’ll do this summer.

Meet the Makers

Here are the Makers of Maker Faire: North Carolina!

Cool Things to Do

130615_MakerFaire_0159See.  Learn.  Make.   Maker Faire NC isn’t a static event for spectators, we want you to get engaged and hands on.

Want to learn a new skill?  We’ve got you covered.  Come learn how to pick locks at the Lockpick Village.  Seriously.  We’ll have lockpickers onsite showing you how it’s done.  We’re even going to have a separate section for adults and kids, so everyone gets a turn.  You don’t want to miss this!

What about all those electronics Makers are using in their projects?  Want to assemble a kit but don’t how to solder?  We will teach you how at our Learn to Solder workshop.  Not only will you learn a new skill, you’ll also have a blinking robot badge to prove it!

How about sewing electronics, did you know you can do that?  You can, and Sparkfun is going to host an e-textiles workshop and show you how.  There will be plenty of supplies, instructors and guidance to help you through the entire project.  You’ll get to sew an electronics project and take it home with you, and it’s absolutely free!

Learn to Weave with the Durham String Thing.  Our friends will teach you how to use a simple, portable loom to weave a strap for a bracelet, and you get to take the loom home with you to use it to weave anything else you might dream up.  Bet you didn’t know that some looms pioneered the same technology used early punch card computers!

Maker Faire NC isn’t just about technology, we’re about MAKING.  See you there!

How to Get There

ExpoCenterThe 2014 Maker Faire:NC will be held at the NC State Fairgrounds in the Exposition Center. The address of the fairgrounds is 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh NC 27607. The closest access gate to the building is Gate 2.


There’s lots of free parking available but please try to carpool to save money and the environment.


The Raleigh Greyhound Station is at 314 W Jones St. You can plot your route at Greyhound’s Website.

The Fairgrounds have a CAT stop on the city bus system. Plan your route at


The closest Airport is RDU International Airport, 2400 W. Terminal Blvd, Morrisville, NC 27623.


The Raleigh Amtrak station (RGH) is at 320 West Cabarrus Street.  This station serves the Carolinian/Piedmonts and Silver Service/Palmetto routes.  These routes cover a nice chunk of the East coast.  You can plan your route at Amtrak’s Website.

Where to Stay


The official hotel for Maker Faire North Carolina is the Ramada Hotel at 1520 Blue Ridge Road near the fairgrounds.  We have reserved a block of rooms at a discount rate.

The special rate we have negotiated is $79 plus tax per night for dual occupancy ($10 each additional).  There are a mix of kings and double queens available.

Reservations must be made before May 15, 2014.  Contact the Ramada directly for reservations.

1520 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 832-4100
Group Block Code: CGMAKE


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The NC Fairgrounds offers recreational vehicle hook-up access for visits of 14 days or less with water, sewer and electrical access available on more than 350 sites (electricity access ranges from 30 – 50 amps). .A new campground area was added in 2010. Individual units should check in with Fairgrounds Public Safety at 919-612-6767. Clubs and groups should contact the Fairgrounds at 919-821-7400 prior to arrival to reserve space.


What is this thing, anyway?

Maker Faire: North Carolina celebrates things people create themselves — from James Bond-worthy electronic gizmos to Martha Stewart-quality “slow made” foods and homemade clothes. Inspiration is ubiquitous at the festival and there are surprises around every corner for people of all ages.

Our goal is to bring together Makers, Crafters, Inventors, Evil Geniuses, Scientists, Artists, and everyone else for a day of fun and inspiration.

When will the event be held?

The Fifth Annual Maker Faire:NC will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10AM – 6PM.  Tickets are valid for the entire day but re-entry will require a wristband.

Where will the event be held?

The Fifth Annual Maker Faire:NC will be held at the NC State Fairgrounds inside of the Exposition Center building.  The address of the venue is 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh NC 27607.  Parking is free at the fairgrounds for the event.  It is suggested that you enter via gates 2 or 11.  See above on this page for directions.

Will this be like the flagship Maker Faires in CA & NY?

In spirit, yes.  In size?  We’re not quite there yet.  Maker Faire started in the Bay Area in California and has been held there for several years.  Maker Faire:NC is a “mini Maker Faire” regional event that gives people from the local area access to all the fun for far less expense.

We featured around 50 Maker exhibits in 2010 and have held steady in the 100-Maker neighborhood since then.  The number of individual Makers operating within those exhibits has grown from 125 in 2010 to almost 500 in 2013!  A single hackerspace can be responsible for 20 or more highly talented Makers showcasing dozens of unique projects.
In 2014 we will be in the much larger Exposition Center at the NC Fairgrounds.  We have moved from 5000 square feet in 2010 to 25,000 square feet in 2011 and now we have 50,000 square feet of awesome for you to enjoy!

Maker Faire North Carolina has grown from roughly 2000 attendees in 2010 to over 5000 in 2013; it is among the largest of the “mini” Maker Faires!

Can I bring my Cat/Dog/Ferret?

Pets are not allowed for very sound safety reasons.  Assistive animals and robotic companions are permitted.

Will I be able to get around with a wheelchair / scooter?

YES! The Faire site is completely accessible and is, as of 2014, located entirely on ground level. If you have special needs, please contact the organizers in advance of the Faire to ensure your needs will be met.

Is there stuff to do for kids?

You bet!  There’s so much for kids to do that they might go crazy!  Your progeny will be sufficiently stimulated with science, technology, art, craft, and more.  Note: some activities may have age requirements for safety reasons and this is at the discretion of the exhibit operator.

Some activities at Maker Faire North Carolina require a safety-waiver wristband.  These can be obtained from safety-waiver volunteers or at the ticket counter.

Can you suggest a hotel or other things to do while visiting Raleigh?

Raleigh is a fantastic place to visit offering all kinds of activities.  Contact the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau for hotel suggestions and other activities.  Our Where to Stay section, above, has more detailed information.

May I bring alcohol?

NO.  Maker Faire:NC is a “dry” event with zero tolerance.  Alcohol will not be offered for sale and may not be consumed on site under any circumstance.  Some Maker exhibits may demonstrate the creation or distillation of alcohol but none will be available for consumption.  Any person suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or other impairing substances will be escorted off the premises without refund or exception.

Who is organizing Maker Faire North Carolina?

Maker Faire North Carolina is organized by Praxis Ventures, Ltd. in Raleigh, NC.  The all-volunteer staff are directed by Jon Danforth.  Maker Faire North Carolina is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.

Will there be Internet access / Wi-fi?

Visitors may use the Wi-Fi Internet access provided by the NC Fairgrounds at no charge.  No warranty is made as to its reliability.  Maker Faire North Carolina provides Wi-Fi access to the Internet at no charge for exhibitors.

Are there dangerous activities?

YES.  Some activities at Maker Faire North Carolina require a safety waiver.  Waivers can be obtained from safety-waiver volunteers or at the front desk.  Participation in any activity within Maker Faire North Carolina is at the sole risk of the attendee.

The most dangerous activity is our Learn to Solder experience.  Our volunteers teach safe and best practices but sometimes accidents happen.  Every reasonable precaution is taken to ensure your safety and comfort.  Public safety officer(s) are on-hand for emergency situations. All Maker applications are carefully reviewed for safety concerns.

How much does the event cost?

Adults (13 and Over): $10.00
Youth (4-12): $5.00
Kids (3 and Under): Free

Please see our Attend Page for more tickets and more detailed information.