Southwest Maker Fest

The fifth annual Southwest Maker Fest (SWMF) will bring a variety of exhibitors, presentations and workshops to downtown Mesa on February 17!  The FREE festival engages visitors in exploring hands-on creation, from 3D printing 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

This 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 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. 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 fifth 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 5,000 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 2018 include fiber arts, a tiny house in a bus, opportunities to make ice cream out of nitrogen and to build and race mini race cars, LEGO Activities, community art-making, tear apart electronics and more.

The “maker” movement is booming in the U.S., with very large events held annually in New York, the Bay Area, and numerous other major metropolitan areas. Southwest Maker Fest celebrates makers, innovation and creativity, and builds upon the growing Do-It-Yourself movement and a thirst for active experiences. Organizers have developed SWMF to build on our state’s strength as a fertile location for new ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.

Southwest Maker Fest is once again a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival. The event is being held under the auspices of Ultimate Imagination Inc., the 501(c)3 non-profit arm of the Downtown Mesa Association.  Event sponsors include Intel, Mesa Recycles, University of Advancing Technology (UAT), The Collaboratory, i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa Arts Center and Downtown Mesa Association, and partners include K’é—A Place to Grow Small Business and the Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts.

Event details and volunteer sign-up are available at the event website at