Maker Faire at the Wond’ry Oct. 5 celebrates inventive spirit

Vanderbilt will host the seventh annual Nashville Mini Maker Faire—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness—Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Wond’ry in the Innovation Pavilion.

The faire, promoted as “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“During the past two years that Vanderbilt has hosted this Maker celebration, we’ve drawn well over 7,000 visitors to the Wond’ry,” said Kevin Galloway, research assistant professor of mechanical engineering and director of making. “It’s a one-of-a-kind event for ‘makers’ across Vanderbilt and Tennessee to share their inventive creations and discoveries.”

The festive event with over 60 exhibitors is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science club members, authors, artists, students and commercial groups. Visitors will enjoy many hands-on making opportunities—ranging from fiber arts and origami to robots and supercomputers. There will also be a musical performances throughout the day.

Free parking will be available in the 25th Avenue Garage.

For more information, email Kevin Galloway or call 615-875-8865.

The Nashville Mini Maker Faire at the Wond’ry is a family-friendly event. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt University)