Frequently Asked Questions | Maker Festival
Q Err, what is the Maker Festival?
A Maker Festival is a two day long festival that is free to attend at Toronto Reference Library this July 7 & 8. 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. There will be plenty to see and do at the Festival – almost every exhibitor and installation is interactive in some way. The Extravaganza, and the Festival at large is a celebration of technology, creativity, and DIY.
Q Is it free to attend the Maker Festival?
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!
Q Free? Really?!
A Yup! Thanks to our generous sponsors, we’re able to bring the makers to the people free of charge! Our event is run entirely by dedicated volunteers, and takes a lot of real money to make happen – if you’d like to show your support, help feed hungry volunteers, and keep the lights on, you can donate when you register.
Q What will be at the Festival?
A ALL OF THE THINGS! We’re closing down the side street, taking over an extra floor of the library, and filling the atrium with the magic of making! 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 giant balloons, VR & projection art exhibits, robot battles, and more.
Q When is the best time to visit?
A The Maker Festival is open at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday July 7th from 9-5pm and Sunday July 8th 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?
A 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?
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. Note that there will be a service interruption this weekend that will mean buses replace trains – so prepare for a little extra time on your commute.
Q Where can I park my car?
A 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!
Q 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, or to fuel up at a food truck (poutine, ice cream and coffee all available!), and your family and friends to share the maker-ey love.
Q 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 and sign up here.