Tickets on Sale NOW for the 2016 San Jose Mini Maker Faire!

Tickets for the 2nd Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park on Sunday, September 4 from 10am-6pm are ON SALE NOW! Get your tickets today to skip the lines and save!


Call for Makers Now Closed

The Call for Makers for the 2016 San Jose Mini Maker Faire has now closed. We will be reaching out to applicants over the next few weeks. Thank you all for your interest in joining this year’s San Jose Mini Maker Faire!

Catch the 2nd Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire – Sunday, September , 4 2016
10:00am – 6:00pm at History Park


Call for Makers OPEN for 2016 San Jose Mini Maker Faire!


The “Call for Makers” for the 2nd Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire, which will be held on Sunday, September 4, 2016, is now OPEN!

We are looking for crafters, artisans, artists, builders, performers, thinkers and innovators who have a broad diversity of creative skills for this year’s Faire.We accept Makers who are anywhere from hobbyists to large corporations, but who can expose attendees to skills they have never seen before, whether they’re cutting-edge, centuries old, or anywhere in between.

Click on the “Makers Apply Here” link and apply today!



SAVE THE DATE! San Jose Mini Maker Faire

SAVE THE DATE! San Jose Mini Maker Faire returns to History Park on Sunday, September 4, 2016!
Last year’s San Jose Mini Maker Faire was a smashing success and this year’s will be even better!
Check out the video below of last year’s San Jose Mini Maker Faire, courtesy of Jared Frazer. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on tickets and our Call for Makers!


Thank You!

Great, big, HUGE thanks to the amazing Makers, Vendors, Sponsors, Volunteers, Staff, Committee Members, Board Members, and Guests who made the 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire a great success!!

Special thanks to Mayor Sam Liccardo and the City of San Jose Councilmembers for stopping by and having fun with us!

Over the next few days, we will post more about final attendee numbers, photos from the event, and tips on how you can stay in touch with us as we plan (drumroll, please!)…… the 2nd Annual San Jose Mini Make Faire!

Stay tuned, friends. THANK YOU!

The Art of Yarn-Tagging: Taking Knitting & Crocheting to the Streets!

Yarn Hat

Think knitting and crocheting is just quilts and scarves? Think again. The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles will be on hand to show some of the amazing knit and crocheted works of art! Quilt museum staff will be hard to miss, they will be sporting these amazing knitting hats and will be ‘yarn tagging’ different areas of History Park.


What’s yarn tagging? Yarn tagging is a type of graffiti or street art that uses colorful knitted or crocheted cloth, rather than paint. Yarn tags are considered non-permanent, and unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary.


The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects. Today, yarn tagging has spread across the world.

In addition to the yarn tags, the museum will have additional hands-on yarn projects for visitors. Try a knitting machine, learn to garter stitch, make a pom-pom, and learn yarn weaving. Come out to History Park on September 6 from 10am-6pm and meet the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles!

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Fused and Frameworked: Creating Glass Art with BAGI


Looking to learn about the amazing worlds of glass arts? Want to see some live flameworking demonstrations? Well, look no futher! The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) provides accessible, hands-on glass experiences to educate the public about glass art. BAGI is the only public access glass-working facility in Santa Clara County that has fully functional glassblowing, fusing and torch working studios.



At the San Jose Mini Maker Faire, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of glass artisans, watch as they use glass-forming techniques in live demonstrations, and hear all about opportunities to take classes and be involved with BAGI!


Come out to History Park on September 6 from 10am-6pm and meet the Bay Area Glass Institute.

Get your tickets now!

Computers in Art, Design, Research, and Education (CADRE) group


Attention gamers! Join us this Sunday at the San Jose Mini Maker Faire to see and play variety of new and vintage video games from San Jose State University’s Computers in Art, Design, Research, and Education (CADRE) group! CADRE will have DIY video games made by the Game Development Club at SJSU and for visitors to try themselves!


The CADRE laboratory for new media arts is the hub of Digital Media Art where students, faculty, and visiting artists gather to explore the future of technology and art. CADRE faculty and students have participated in the evolution of art and technology for over 25 years!


CADRE’s games harken back to the old-school cabinet style arcade games of the 1980s –except you won’t have to bring a pocket full of quarters with you. They’ll also have some games that won’t require a joystick at all. Some games actually use electroencephalograms (EEGs) – devices used in medicine to measure electrical brain activity in the body – to interact with and control games. Plus, they will have interactive art activities, alternative game displays, and much more for visitors to interact and play with!

Come see CADRE’s games and much more on Sunday, September 6 from 10:00am-6:00pm at History Park! For tickets visit:

Firebots: It wouldn’t be a Maker Faire without Robots!



It wouldn’t be a Maker Faire without Robots! We are in luck: the Fremont High School Robotics team, The Firebots, will be on hand at the 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire to show off some of their creations!


The Fremont High Firebots, founded in 2010, is a student-led organization focused on robotics. With over 55 active members, the team competes annually in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).


Some of their creations include Spark, designed to pick up stack plastic crates; Oddjob, who could shoot Frisbees and defend its own goal; and the Companion Cube which used pneumatic pistons to move game balls past opponents and who finished who finished as a semifinalist at Central Valley Regional FRC.


Come to History Park on Sunday September 6 from 10:00am to 6:00pm to meet these amazing young engineers and see demonstrations of their robots! Get your tickets today at:

For more info on the Fremont High Robotics Team, visit:

BYOBB – Build Your Own Bamboo Bike! Calfee Design’s DIY Bamboo Kit


Craig Calfee, one of the early pioneers of carbon fiber bikes, will be on hand at the 1st Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire to showoff one of Calfee Design’s newest projects, the DIY Bamboo Bicycle Kit! Starting in 1995 as a publicity stunt, Craig’s first bamboo bike evolved into well-tested new models for the general public.


In his travels through Africa in the 1980s, Craig noticed a surplus of bamboo and deficits of bicycles and jobs. Calfee has since worked with various organizations to bring bamboo bicycle production to Ghana to help create jobs and affordable clean transportation options for Ghanaians. Bamboo is a renewable and plentiful resource and can be used construct strong, lightweight frames. Bamboo bikes can also be made without power tools and offer a relatively affordable and CO2-free mode of transportation for people across the world!


Come out to the San Jose Mini Maker Faire on Sunday September 6 from 10:00am-6:00pm to see demonstrations of the Calfee DIY Bike Kit and much more! For tickets visit:

For information on Calfee Designs visit: