Everything you need to know about the free Maker Extravaganza this weekend

Posted on July 4, 2016 Under Events


Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Maker Extravaganza held this weekend July 9th & 10th at Toronto Reference Library:


Q Err, what is the Maker Extravaganza?

A The Maker Extravaganza is the hallmark event of Maker Festival. We bring together over 100 of Toronto’s makers, craftspeople, technologists, and hobbyist to show off what they’ve been working on, all in one place. The Extravaganza, and the Festival at large is a celebration of technology, creativity, and DIY.


Q Is it free to attend the Maker Extravaganza?

A YES! Entry is 100% free, but we do recommend you register your attendance prior to so we can keep you informed of any changes! We also recommend that you bring a little bit of cash anyway – there might be an irresistible drop-in workshop that costs a few dollars, or you might want to pick up some of our official Maker Festival swag! The only other thing that requires pre-payment are the registered workshops which you can find out more about here.


Q Free? Really?!

A Yup! Thanks to our generous sponsors and VIPs, we’re able to bring the makers to the people free of charge!


What will be at the Extravaganza?

ALL OF THE THINGS! We’re closing down the side street, taking over an extra floor of the library, and filling the atrium with a giant paper garden!  Here is the full Extravaganza map that is also available in hardcopy upon arrival. There’ll be 100+ makers showing off their projects & processes (everything from robotics to textiles), drop-in workshops, official t-shirt hacking workshop, electronic component art workshop, free talks, and more. We’ve also heard rumors of a human-powered submarine, a large-scale dino puppet, a lock-picking workshop, a garden of paper delights, and many, many, lasers.


When is the best time to visit?

The Maker Extravaganza is open at the Toronto Reference Library this Saturday July 9th from 9-5pm and Sunday July 10th from 10-5pm. We find Sunday is usually a little quieter and coming earlier certainly helps to beat the crowd!


Q Is this only for techy people?

Nope! We’ll have all kinds of people coming to take a look and have a diversity of makers on show – from origami to installation art to textiles to robotics.


Q Where is the Festival?

A This year we are taking over the Toronto Reference Library. Here’s the google map. Also know that we’re going to be spread out over THREE floors – so make sure to explore it all!


Q How do I get there on TTC?

A The Bloor-Yonge Subway is a 1 minute walk from the front doors of the Toronto Reference Library.


Q Where can I park my car?

A We recommend taking TTC – but there is parking! Asquith Ave is the small street just south of the library and Parkade entrance is on the south side of the street. You will need to enter Asquith from Park road his year (not Yonge) because we’re blocking off that side of the street for more makers!


Do I need to bring anything?

A Essentials include: curiosity & imagination. Other than that, things that might come in handy include: a wallet in case you fall in love with the few creations that are available to buy, some snacks in case you’re thinking of coming all day (cafes and restaurants are also nearby), and your family and friends to share the maker-ey love.


Is there still time to volunteer?

A YES PLEASE! Did you know that Maker Festival is 100% volunteer organized? Yup. Find out more about volunteer roles this weekend and sign up here.