For starters, check out these venues and the best way to “get your hands dirty” with the Hands-On activities and highlights featured there:
MF1 Comic-Con Museum: Comics and Cosplay Zone
Hands-On: Make A Museum—Visitors are encouraged to give input for the vision and design of the future year-round pop culture center.
Performance—Lightsabers! Combining aspects of kendo, wu-shu, European and Asian swordplay techniques, San Diego Sabers teaches combat and dueling skills.
Spectacular—Do You Trust? A huddle of five beings which aims to inspire feelings of trust when one feels lovingly held by a tribe of benevolent guides; it will broadcast devotional poetry in different languages.
MF2 San Diego Automotive Museum: Steampunk
Featuring—Art and amazing mechanical contraptions inspired by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.
MF3 Japanese Friendship Garden: Biomimicry and Green Tech Zone
Hands-On—Harness the positive impact of nature with Kokedama, making your own living, green earthy moss ball.
MAK Glass demo, uses a 6,000-degree flame to melt borosilicate glass into works of art, from small trinkets to large sculptures.
MF4 San Diego Institute of Art: Beyond the Age of Reason
Hands-On—Community Mandala Making
Can’t Miss—Beyond the Age of Reason exhibit featuring a wide array of artists, including Michelangelo!
MF5 Museum of Man: Human-Made Zone
Hands-On and Presentations—Beer Making, Cheese Making, Learn to Stitch – Learn some of those fundamental skills that helped make us human!
MF6 The Old Globe: Costume and Stage Design Zone
Hands-On—Indigo Dyeing, Paper Corset Pattern Making and more.
Backstage Tours—Saturday and Sunday, 10:15 am and 11:15 am.
Spectacular—Unfolding Humanity, a stunning 11-foot dodecahedron that calls attention to the connection and contrast between humanity and technology, with an underlying design that alludes to unsolved mysteries in mathematics and the shape of the universe.
MF7 San Diego History Center: Robotics Zone
Hands-On—Robolink helps attendees build and program robots and drones. Experience San Diego—The virtual reality adventure
MF8 Robot Resurrection: Craft Makers Zone
Main Stage—How to Build a Tiny Home.Spectacular—Robot Resurrection, a towering, 30-foot tall, fire-breathing articulating sculpture made from 90% recycled materials and reclaimed airplane parts.
The Electric Giraffe Project—A larger-than-life mobile robot that lights up, plays music and interacts with the audience.
MF9 The Fleet Science Center: Science and Technology Zone
Hands-On: DIY Robocars and Learn to Solder (presented by Hakko)
Presentations—Epic Queen, Wonderspaces, Me You & the Blues and more (see schedule for times)
MF10 COX Outdoor Zone
Hands-On: Disney—Make elements from the upcoming Disney Nutcracker movie at the free DIY craft station!
Plus Stomp Rockets, Viking Age Crafts, Scroll Saw, Cigar Box Guitars, Cupcake Cars
M11 The Nat: Antiquarian Curiosities and Techno Fun
Hands-On: Paleontology Lab Performance: Tetralume—A light and sound performance on an 11-foot tetrahedron mapped with LED lighting choreographed to an original electronic musical soundscape score.
Demo: How to Taxidermy
Rooftop Bar: Beer, Wine and non-alcoholic drinks including kids’ drinks
M12 Spanish Village Art Center: Local Made Zone
Hands-On and Demos: Clay Throwing, Glass Blowing, Glass Etching, Quilting and more
Plaza de Panama Outdoor Zone
Spectacular: Beast de Religiosa aka “Zap”, an LED-lit, fiery, praying mantis made of lightweight metal with moving parts.
Tickets provide access to the entire Maker Faire San Diego footprint, including general admission to participating museums and exclusive outdoor venues. Get tickets here and get them soon! Ticket prices go up at the gate.