New York Hall of Science Queens
Maker Faire A Bit of History
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.
Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.
The launch of Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006 demonstrated the popularity of making and interest among legions of aspiring makers to participate in hands-on activities and learn new skills at the event. A record 215,000 people attended the two flagship Maker Faires in the Bay Area and New York in 2014, with 44% of attendees first timers at the Bay Area event, and 61% in New York. A family-friendly event, 50% attend the event with children. Also in 2014, 119 independently-produced Mini and 14 Featured Maker Faires occurred around the world, including Tokyo, Rome, Detroit, Oslo and Shenzhen.
Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking, showcasing makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. Many makers say they have no other place to share what they do. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is often invisible in our communities, taking place in shops, garages and on kitchen tables. It’s typically out of the spotlight of traditional art or science or craft events. Maker Faire makes visible these projects and ideas that we don’t encounter every day.
Maker Faire is brought to you by Maker Media. Maker Media publishes Make: magazine, produces Maker Faire, and offers DIY electronics, tools, kits, and books through its online and pop-up Maker Shed stores.
Getting to Maker Faire
World Maker Faire New York 2016
IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS FOR GETTING TO MAKER FAIRE
- There is no parking at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).
- There is No Maker Faire parking at Citi Field. Check back to this page for latest updates on Maker Faire parking options and suggestions.
- Please use Public Transportation—see all the options below.
- Saturday, October 1 — 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Sunday, October 2 — 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
GETTING TO MAKER FAIRE:
Transportation and parking information is updated regularly. Please check back for more information.
World Maker Faire is very well attended! We strongly suggest you share rides or take alternative transportation instead of driving.
Take 7 LOCAL train to 111th Street Station. Walk three blocks south. Or, take 7 EXPRESS to Mets-Willets Point. Walk down the boardwalk and follow the signs to the New York Hall of Science.
Walking Directions from 111th Street Station to NYSCI: View YouTube subway directions video.
Biking and walking directions from Mets-Willets Point Station to NYSCI via Google Maps.
Long Island Rail Road
The LIRR is making stops at Mets-Willets Point in support of the Maker Faire: The LIRR will be making stops at the Mets-Willets Points station for the World Maker Faire October 1 & 2, 2016. Remember to purchase your tickets in advance at LIRR ticket offices/machines to “Mets-Willets Point” station, and take your ticket with you if changing trains and to present at the station.
See the LIRR site for schedule and fares.
Biking and walking directions from Mets-Willets Point to NYSCI are found here: LIRR to Maker Faire
Q23 or Q58 to Corona Avenue and 108 Street. Q48 to 111 Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
Bike Valet will be available at the 111th Street entrance to NYSCI. It’s free to park your bike! Bike Valet hours are:
- SATURDAY & SUNDAY — 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Please check the Queens Bike Map for preferred routes and bike paths.
It’s so easy! Have your Uber, Lyft, taxi, etc. drop you at the east side of 111th Street at 48th Ave.
There is no parking at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI).