Can we still call it “mini”? Louisville’s Mini Maker Faire has moved its date and location for the third year of this wildly popular program. Maker Faire Lou is taking all the gizmos, do-dads and fire-breathing robots downtown to Museum Row, specifically the 700 and 800 blocks of Main Street, on Sept. 19.
The move allows the event to take advantage of the resources of the museums on those blocks. So far, the Frazier Historical Museum, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft, Kentucky Science Center, 21C Museum Hotel and Slugger Museum have come on board to partner with the Faire.
Maker Faires are a worldwide phenomenon where people gather to interact with makers of all kinds, from old school rocket launchers to modern tech tinkerers. The events are very family friendly and offer a ton of activities for kids.
In the past two years, the Faire has happened concurrent with the NuLu Fest, but they’ve outgrown the venue and wanted a whole day where the spotlight was on the Maker Faire alone. NuLu Fest is scheduled for Sept. 26.
“The Louisville Mini Maker Faire will entertain, inform, and connect people and projects. We hope to inspire and empower students and adults alike to create, tinker, DIY, and foster the maker inside all of us,” said Nelea Absher, chair of the Louisville Mini Maker Faire 2015 Committee.
And yes, Absher promises the roller coaster will be back.
The event will feature food and beverage trucks and a speaker series.
Other sponsors include: GE Firstbuild, IdeaFestival, Louisville Downtown Development Corp., Louisville Metro Government, and LVL1.
Admission is free, although the museums will likely charge admission. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.