Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2016 – It’s A Wrap!

The second annual Benicia Mini Maker Faire is over and the organizers and makers are finally able to catch our breath! Next year we will probably move the event back to March to avoid some the conflicts we had so people can spend more time learning and doing. I can’t believe all the great exhibits that were on display this year.

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You can see more picture in our photo repository and add your own. You can also read about the event in this story in the Vallejo Times Harold and in this article on Make Magazines website.

We also want to send a big THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners who made Benicia Mini Maker Faire possible. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish so much.

The music was fantastic this year! If you liked the music at the Faire and you need a DJ for an event or party you should contact Groove Tonight Mobile Disco.

If you came to the Faire this year we would love to get your feedback so we can make it an even better experience next year. If you could take one minute to fill out this brief survey it would definitely help us out.

Be on the lookout for our Call For Makers in December for next years Faire!

Coffee And Making Go Great Together


Moschetti’s coffee will once again be providing coffee for attendees of Benicia Mini Maker Faire. Moschetti exemplifies the spirit of making by being dedicated to providing the freshest, best tasting, small-batch, slow roasted, specialty coffee. Each batch is individually calibrated to enhance the roasting process, developing peak flavor, and complex sensory profiles.

Moschetti, Inc. is a family owned, artisan coffee roaster, built from the ground up through twenty-five years of hard work, inspired by genuine love for the product. We thank them for supporting our Mini Maker Faire!

See how it’s done by watching this video.

A Visit with Moschetti Coffee from Marc Garman on Vimeo.

What ELSE is going on at Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2016


Look at all these great exhibitors, performers, and presenters coming to Benicia Mini Maker Faire this year. There are too many to mention in a single blog post, but you are sure to find something you are interested in.  You can get more details on our Maker page and you can view the full program and map on our Event Media page.

These ARE The Droids You’re Looking For


Last year, R2D2 made a big splash at Benicia Mini Maker Faire and this year he’s bringing a friend. BB-8 will be arriving in an effort to try and improve his human-droid interaction protocols. Bring your camera and take a picture with your kids standing next to R2 or BB-8. You can also ask questions and learn how these life-sized, realistic droid replicas are made.

And don’t forget to pick up your raffle tickets as we will be giving away a remote controlled BB-8 at 2:00pm from our music stage.

Clean Transportation On Display


By visiting Benicia Mini Maker Faire this year you will get a great idea of how far clean transportation has come in the last 5 years or so. The Benicia Community Sustainability Commission has helped us round up a number of new exhibits this year. There will be a bus from SolTrans, a Chevy Spark and Volt, a Nissan Leaf, and a Tesla model S (shown above) on display. Owners will be available to ask questions in most cases, so if you have been thinking of going electric, this is a great chance to find out more information.

California E-bikes will also be bringing some electric assist bicycles which can get you up and down all of hills in our region. These bikes come in all shapes and sized and you can even convert your own into a human powered hybrid that’s good for the environment.

Don’t Miss These Attractions at Benicia Mini Maker Faire

There is always a lot to see and do at a Maker Faire and Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2016 is no exception. This year we have some exciting new additions to our lineup.

Black Widow V-8

The Bay Area Engine Modelers will be bringing some of their scale models of unique and interesting engines to the Faire this year.  They are a group of enthusiasts who make, discuss, and share information on collecting and building miniature engines. The engines they work on are a wide variety of internal combustion, stationary, historic, and steam. They are garage machinists, meaning most of their members are NOT machinists by trade. You can see some of their engines in action here.


Riveropolis will be bringing a huge water exploration exhibit to the Faire that is fun for everyone. The water moves swiftly in play rivers where young makers design and re-design boats, rafts, bridges, islands and towers as well as sculpting and shaping the stream bed to direct the movement of floating objects. Play rivers are ultra-accessible and have an almost instantly transformative effect on children as they see how their creations behave as they float down the stream.


Tapigami will be demonstrating how to build sculptures using nothing but masking tape and a little imagination. Tapigami’s motto is TOUCH THE ART! This core principle comes from the belief that art is better shared than just seen. Through the exploration of creativity and imagination, Tapigami is proof that we are all capable of being artists.


Benicia Makerspace has built a 8 foot by 16 foot laser maze and Benicia Mini Maker Faire will be it’s big debut. Participants will have to crawl through the maze in an effort to avoid the crisscrossing lasers while trying to get the best time possible. Lines are sure to be long for this attraction, but we hope everyone gets a chance to try it.

And of course, all of your favorites will be back as well. Make giant bubbles, launch paper rockets and learn to solder, too.

Tickets are on sale now and will be more expensive at the door so take advantage of our early bird discounts and buy yours today.

Attend The Faire For A Chance To Win A Star Wars BB-8



In addition to all the other cool things you can see and do at Benicia Mini Maker Faire this year, you can also win a Hasbro BB-8 toy from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We will announce the winner at 2pm from the main stage. Here are the rules and regulation regarding this give away.

  1. One entry per person
  2. Participation is voluntary and no additional purchase is necessary
  3. Must be present at the time of the give away to win

Tickets Available: Buy Early And SAVE


Tickets are now available for Benicia Mini Maker Faire. Buy yours by going to our website. You can buy Early Bird tickets now which will save you up to $3 per ticket compared to purchasing them on the day of the event. Share this with your friends so they can take advantage of the savings.

You won’t want to miss the Bay Area Engine Modelers with their working scale models of unique engines, and Tapigami where you can learn to make art with masking tape. Not to mention giant bubbles, paper rockets, soldering, and our brand new LASER MAZE! More details to come soon.

We can’t wait to see you April 16th at Benicia Middle School!

2016 Call For Makers Now Open

The second annual Benicia Mini Maker Faire will be held on Saturday, April 16th at Benicia Middle School from 10am to 5pm.


Makers, performers, crafters, workshop leaders, and food vendors wishing to participate in this year’s faire should fill out our simple online form and apply today! We ask you a few questions about what you’d like to show at the Faire, your production needs, your contact info, etc. Deadline for applications is February 29th so don’t delay.

Calling all Makers, Performers, Crafters!

What are we looking for? Pretty much whatever you make or do that you’re passionate about, as long as it’s something you can share with others. Maker Faire features a huge range of things: robots and electronics projects, homesteading arts, environmental sustainable projects, kooky inventions, poetry writing, screen printing, music making, crafts and hacks of all kind… Anything Do-It-Yourself, and especially anything Do-It-Together.

Your Mini Maker Faire submission can be a display of something you’ve done, an activity or workshop you offer, a performance, or for a space to sell your finished work. If you are a seasoned maker this is a great chance to practice for the big Bay Area Maker Faire in May. Take the leap, set yourself a deadline, and apply today!

Save The Date: Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2016


We are pleased to announce that Benicia Mini Maker Faire will be taking place at Benicia Middle School on Saturday April 16th, 2016. Building on the success of last years show we are working to provide even more opportunities to participate and many more exhibits to explore this year. Keep watching the website and following on social media for our upcoming “Call For Makers” and other announcements. If you would like to volunteer or sponsor the show please contact