All About the Makers Faire

Whether you consider yourself to be the ultimate do-it-yourselfer, simply enjoy seeing what others have created or are looking for Kansas City entertainment, the Makers Faire in Kansas City is the place for you. The event is directed to local innovators to display their technological, craft, art, food, music, science creations and more. Mark the date if you plan to visit Kansas City in June. The Faire takes place at Union Station on June 23 and 24 with the event beginning at 9:30am.

Sponsored by Make magazine and O’Reilly Media, this fair began in San Mateo, California in 2006. The quarterly magazine highlights American innovation from simple backyard projects to technologically advanced DIY inventions. O’Reilly Media has been highlighting innovation through the media since 1978. The sponsor’s goals are simply to bring together local innovators, DIY crafters and inventors in one space to create a fun atmosphere where inspiration for creation is the key.

Some interesting inventions you’ll see there include robots, rockets, electronics, arts and crafts, food, bicycles, urban farming techniques, green living techniques and more. There is an area dedicated to young inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs. Areas set up that will appeal to kids include the Power Wheels racing and easy-to-do craft demonstrations. You can check out some of the key inventors and their ideas on the Faire website.

If you planning on driving to the Makers Faire from the Kansas City area, you can reach your destination from Interstate 70 or Interstate 35. If you’re traveling from out of state, why not take the train? Amtrak provides service directly to the event at Union Station. While you’re in KC, you can see the local sites easily via your own vehicle or the convenient Metro public transportation in the area.

This family friendly event will inspire you to get out your tools and get to work creating those projects you’ve been thinking about. There will be key speakers, kids activities, attractions and live music, all part of the eclectic Kansas City entertainment scene. Some exhibitors will have their wares for sale should you find something you just can’t live without. Wear your walking shoes and join the more than 10,000 visitors that are expected to visit the Faire in search of fabulous Kansas City entertainment.

Makers Faire opens at 9:30am on Saturday June 23rd until 7pm and at 9:30am on Sunday June 24 until 5pm. The address for Union Station is 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108.