Maker Festival Line Up 2016: ROM’s Friday Night Live , 100+ Satellite Events across Toronto, Weekend Extravaganza, and more

Posted on June 13, 2016 Under news

Four years ago, Maker Festival began as a two-day show & tell organized by a group of friends who loved geeking out on technology, creativity, and DIY. Little did they know, thousands of people would show up, and everything would snowball from there.

This year, the event has expanded to a month-long Festival running from June 15 – July 17, including ROM’s Maker-themed Friday Night Live, Make Change Conference, over 100+ Satellite Events, an epic Launch Party (this Wednesday night!) and of course – the event that started it all – the Maker Extravaganza, hosted by the palatial Toronto Reference Library, and free to attend by all.

Here’s the line up:



A giant LED-fueled Launch Party at the new Centre for Social Innovation building and adjoining maker space STEAMLabs this Wednesday night, June 15. Expect interactive art, live demos, tech satire, and a tour of the city’s newest maker space.


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This year, ROM are organizing two events as part of Maker Festival – Family FunDay on Sunday June 19, and a maker-themed Friday Night Live – complete with giant Wendiceratops puppet courtesy of local Toronto maker Drew Lamb – happening this Friday night 17 June.


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Over one hundred Satellite Events scattered across the city – everything from tech meet ups, to craft workshops to maker space open houses.



Make Change Conference hosted by the Design Exchange on July 17th, that explores the intersection of making, society, technology & education.


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And of course, the Maker Extravaganzaa two day show & tell that is free to attend on July 9th & 10th at the Toronto Reference Library. Organizers are expecting upwards of twelve thousand attendees this year – and are expanding to the street! (We recommend registering your attendance here!)

“We started this event because we’re technology optimists, and we believe making inspires an openness to possibilities” says Jen, the Festival’s Executive Director, “it’s also about celebrating human curiosity and the creativity that unfolds from from that – a universal thrill that we could all do with more of.”

Ready to brush off your curiosity and kick start your creativity?

Buy tickets to the Launch Party here.

Register to attend the Maker Extravaganza here.

Check out the full list of Satellite Events here.

Did we mention that Maker Festival is 100% volunteer powered? Yup. Join the volunteer team here.

Want to throw your money in support of such an awesome Festival? Donate here.

And of course, none of this would have been possible with out the generous support of our sponsors.