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On October 14th and 15th, the Maker Faire Pittsburgh will be held at the Children’s Museum on the North Side. A free and family friendly event, numerous exhibits and activities will be on offer. Guests can try their hands at 3D printing, watch a glass blowing demonstration, or enjoy electric car racing. Groups like Youth Express, Artist Image Resources, and the Table Top Arcade Experience will also have booths.
For those who don’t want to leave after the main event, the Move Your Maker After Party will fulfill. Food trucks for Bulldawgs and Cool Beans (among others) will be present, live music will be provided, and games like cornhole are set to be available. Adults may find this more enticing than the regular fair- craft beer from Rivertowne Brewing and activities from the Warhol Museum likely beat an origami petting zoo.
Maker Faire started in 2006 in the Bay Area of California before branches were formed in Chicago, NYC, and Pittsburgh (naturally). It’s described as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) On Earth,” and, according to the founder Dale Dougherty, especially important in this time of “consumer culture.” “Participation in maker culture offers the deeper satisfaction of curiosity, exploration and problem-solving. It rewards us for developing our talents and being resourceful and resilient,” he wrote in a recent article.
You can find more information about the Pittsburgh event here.