MAKENight is coming! Are you ready?

  • Grab your black sequins and yellow dancing shoes cause this Pittsburgh themed ball is going DAHN!
  • Make a Holiday card for our fair city. Stick your parking ticket  in it!
  • Print a Terrific Towel, because we’re having fun!
  • Celebrate the seasons by making a Pittsburgh hanging ornament.
  • Make leather charms with Artists and Craftsman
  • Show your city love and create your own minitature Pittsburgh out of metal at our Soldered City Station.
  • Get in the yinzer spirit by sewing your own pierogi pillow or personalized black and gold pennant.
  • Play a theatre game with City Theatre Company
  • Discover the strange and mysterious history of our city with Odd Pittsburgh as they share rare artifacts, videos, and articles that are sure to surprise.
  • The ranch will flow like wine. Literally, there will be ranch fountain with a variety of dippables!
  • Speaking of wine, cheers a glass to our city compliments of Bare Foot wine!
  • Where’s the Haluski you ask?  Look no further because Kelly O’s Diner is coming in true Pittsburgh style. Take a bite off of a signature Yinzer Kabob or try their Burgh Imposter sandwich!
  • What’s a Yinz Ball without a cookie table? Lucky for you, you won’t have to find out! Enjoy cookies at the cookie table!
  • Try our blind ketchup taste test with The Heinz History Center.
  • Put your parking chair out and save your spot now by getting your tickets here!

Can’t hardly wait? Keep checking back for more activities, food, and drink!

young boy wraps yarn around hoops

Written by Guest Writer: Katie Koffler, Making Spaces Project Manager


The weekend of Maker Faire, October 13, 14, and 15, was like listening to the most wonderful jazz. Everything came together – sounds from everywhere, different instruments all playing at the same time – and it all made sense.



Maker Faire is called ‘The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,’ and is a family-friendly festival of innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. This was Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s third, consecutive, full-sized Maker Faire and, in my humble opinion, our best yet!

For the weeks leading up to Maker Faire, MAKESHOP and the Art Studio had been working together to design an installation called ‘Circulate’. The idea was to take the practices from both MAKESHOP and the Art Studio and create a cohesive installation that would welcome and engage visitors in hand-on activities.



On Friday, more than 2,000 students from schools around Pittsburgh came together to get an interactive sneak peak of makers and their projects at the Faire’s Remake Learning Education Friday.  Students were the first to get their hands on the dynamic world of Circulate, and the installation continued throughout the weekend.



What does a collaboration created by more than 15 staff and thousands of visitors look like? What does it feel like? What does it sound like?

It looks BRIGHT. It’s neon and pink and orange and it glows. There are circles everywhere. It looks like connection and homes and it is BIG.



It feels like wet papier mache used to form stalagmites, paper strips used for paper chains and cool, pink flagging tape connecting hoops made of black irrigation tubing.



It sounds like tribal drumming as many hands beat on the ends of cardboard tubes covered in tape, each tube producing a slightly different timber.

It sounds like questions and ideas and excitement.

It feels like that, too, and we loved it.

Nearly 12,000 making enthusiasts took over Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Buhl Community Park October 13 – 15 on a beautiful fall weekend in Pittsburgh! Thank you to all who made Maker Faire Pittsburgh 2017 such a wonderful success.  Special thanks to our presenting sponsors Make: Magazine, Chevron, and the Grable Foundation, and awesome community partners and collaborators Assemble, Zero Fossil, Remake Learning and Nova Place.  You can see the compete sponsors list here.

Some highlights:

  • 200+ makers demonstrated a wide variety of disciplines, from robotics to honey making to circus arts
  • A 20-foot tall fire-breathing dragon stood watch over the Faire
  • Attendees enjoyed performances and workshops featuring on woodworking, sewing, puppetry, fire breathing and pottery
  • More than a dozen Power Racing teams competed in souped-up kids electric ride-on vehicles
  • Attendees came from 15 states as well as Canada
  • More than 2,000 students and educators participated at Remake Learning Education Friday

We’d love to get your feedback on this year’s Maker Faire Pittsburgh.  Just complete the survey(s) below that fits your role in the Faire and you’ll have a  chance to win a Hummingbird Duo robotic kit from Birdbrain Technologies.

Check out a photo collection from the Faire here.  And please keep sharing your photos with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using @makerfairepgh and #makerfairepgh17.

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