Maker Faire 2010: Dates, Tickets, Event Schedules, Concerts, And Everything Else

May 20, 2010, By Intermaggio

If you live in the Bay Area in California, you’ve no doubt heard of the Maker Faire. Every May, Make Magazine brings the Maker Faire to the San Mateo event center to show off the coolest do-it-yourself gadgetry the tech world has to offer.

This year’s event takes place this Saturday and Sunday- May 22-23, and is bigger and better than ever before.

Exhibits: The Maker Faire has far too many exhibits to list here- but here are some highlights:

  • Coke Zero & Mentos display – located in the West Lot (Saturday 1-1:30, 4-4:30; Sunday 4-4:30)
  • LEGO Demos in the Expo Hall all weekend
  • Mythbuster Adam Savage’s talk entitled “Problem Solving: How I do It” – located at Fiesta Hall (Saturday 2-2:50)
  • Cyclecide – a human/bicycle powered carnival – located at the South Lot all weekend
  • Battle Pond – realistic R/C naval battles (to-scale boats that sink when hit with miniature cannonballs!)


This year several big name bands will be performing at Maker Faire. You wont want to miss OK Go’s performance on Sunday from 5:00-6:00 PM at the Solar Stage!

In addition to OK Go, Maker Faire 2010 will see performances by Duckmandu, Third Date, and The Phenomenauts, amongst other groups. The full concert schedule for the Solar Stage can be found here.


Advance Pricing:

Adults: $20

Student (13-20 or with student ID) $10

Youth (4-12) $5

Under 3: Free!

All tickets cost $5 more at the door, so you’ll definitely want to buy ahead of time to save! You can buy online here, or buy in-person in advance at a number of Bay Area locations, listed here.


Getting to and from Maker Faire has historically been a problem – Highway 101 gets extremely congested with faire-goers, and parking at the event is hard to find- despite the ample number of total parking spaces. It’s such a huge event that finding a good space is not an easy feat.

For this reason, we highly recommend you take public transportation to get to the Maker Faire. There are two Caltrain stations very near the event: Hillsdale and Hayward Park. From either, it’s just a short walk to the event. For more help with transportation, check here.

This year’s Maker Faire promises to be an amazing experience for everyone attending- there’s so much to see that it’s simply impossible for one person to see it all.

That said, I’ll be there all weekend with press access to the event. If you’d like to see any specific part of the Faire covered, comment this post and let me know- I’ll do my best to bring the news you want to read!

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