Southwest Maker Fest 2019

Southwest Maker Fest

Saturday February 16th 10a-4p

The sixth annual Southwest Maker Fest (SWMF) will bring a variety of exhibitors to downtown Mesa on February 16!  The FREE festival engages visitors in exploring hands-on creation, from robotics to rocketry to weaving, from 10am to 4pm, on Pepper Street between Robson and Macdonald Streets in Mesa. The i.d.e.a. Museum will be open free to the public that day as part of the festival experience. Details and opportunities to volunteer can be found at SouthwestMakerFest.com.

For the second year, Southwest Maker Fest is happy to be partnering with Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts, a successful bi-monthly “made by me” arts festival. The two events will happen adjacent to each other, creating a contiguous experience of 100 exhibitors and presenters that combine a vibrant marketplace of original hand-made art, craft and food on Macdonald Street (at Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts) with a variety of fun and engaging activities on Pepper Street including art, science and technology, sustainability, innovative projects, hands-on learning, and community art-making (at SWMF). Both events will feature musical performances, and food will be available for purchase. 

This collaborative one-day festival and community of makers seeks to achieve Southwest Maker Fest’s vision of a connected community, empowered by creativity. SWMF’s mission is to celebrate, engage, and inspire the maker in each of us. The sixth annual festival is easily reachable from the Center Street or Country Club stops on Valley Metro Light Rail, and there is plenty of free parking nearby. Last year’s Southwest Maker Fest welcomed approximately 7,000 visitors.

Southwest Maker Fest celebrates the uniquely human power of creativity and invention, and the entrepreneurial spirit.  Visit the combined SWMF and Downtown Festival of the Arts to experience, learn, play and shop.  SWMF exhibitors in 2019 include fiber arts, rocketry, modular mini golf, LEGO Activities, open air painting, tear apart electronics and more.

In addition to Southwest Maker Fest and Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts, February 16 also marks the unveiling of three second generation prototypes from Mesa Arts Center’s Mesa Prototyping Project—which will feature three experimental models of interactive installations in downtown Mesa for two months, through mid-April. All located a short distance from Southwest Maker Fest, the three interactive play experiences, designed to increase activation and connectivity in downtown Mesa, will be complemented by three pianos made into works of art as part of the 2016 Street Pianos Mesa project, which will also be out in public spaces for the public’s enjoyment for two months.

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