Mini Maker Faire promotes creativity


The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a "family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness." Photo via

A celebration of Grand Rapids’ ingenuity is on tap for this weekend.

The fifth annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire will be returning to the Grand Rapids Public Museum in downtown Grand Rapids from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 18-19.

The event is part science fair and part county fair, and will feature amateur and professional creators. Those expected to show their wares are tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students and commercial exhibitors.

Community members who are artists are encouraged to share their finished and unfinished projects with the public. Anyone who enjoys tinkering, hacking, building and designing new technology-based inventions is encouraged to participate.

There also will be a Young Makers Area, where children of all ages can create their own projects. The goal of the Young Makers Area is to inspire children and teach them new skills and answer any questions they may have.

For the first time ever, the Grand Rapids Maker Faire will roll out its official Maker Faire beer, made by Two Guys Brewing. Visitors also will get to see what brew day looks like with Rivertown Homebrewers at the Faire.

Guests will be able to learn more about Two Guys Brewing and sample various craft beers and hard seltzers at a cash bar.

Maker participation is free for those showcasing their projects. Makers interested in selling products at their booth require a small commercial fee. Tickets are on sale at

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