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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
MAKE Magazine Subscription + Adult Ticket Special Offer   more info $40.00 $3.19
Adult Weekend Pass - Door Price
*Ages 18-61, Valid for entry all weekend.
$55.00 $4.02
Student* Weekend Pass - Door Price
*Ages 13-21 with photo student ID. Valid for entry all weekend.
$35.00 $2.92
Youth* Weekend Pass - Door Price
*Ages 2-17, children under 2 are free. Valid for entry all weekend.
$25.00 $2.37
Adult Single Day - Door Price
Valid for entry on either Saturday or Sunday.
$30.00 $2.64
Student" Single Day - Door Price
*Ages 13-21 with photo student ID. Valid for entry on either Saturday or Sunday.
$20.00 $2.09
Youth* Single Day - Door Price
*Ages 4-12, children 3 & under are free. Valid for entry on either Saturday or Sunday.
$15.00 $1.82
Sunday Family Pass - 5 People - (entry 10am-1pm only)
ONLINE PURCHASE ONLY. Must purchase 5 tickets at this price. Each attendee must have their own ticket. Valid for entry on Sunday from 10am-1pm only. You can stay until close on Sunday.
$13.00 $1.71

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Event Details

Come celebrate MAKE magazine's 13th Maker Faire and seventh anniversary in the Bay Area, showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts.


Saturday - May 19th, 2012 from 10am - 8pm

Sunday - May 20th, 2012 from 10am - 6pm



How do I get my tickets once I have purchased them online?

Tickets purchased on-line, will receive an email confirmation with a link to print your eTickets from your computer.

I did not receive an email confirmation when I ordered my tickets, what should I do?

Check your spam or gray mail folder, in case it was misdirected. If you are unable to find it, email tickets@makerfaire.com to have it resent. Please include the name and email address used to order the tickets.

I am not able to print my tickets, what should I do?

Adobe has a site which reviews the common issues with printing .pdf files


In the article you will see the quickest resolution is to print as an image - Step 1

If this article doesn't help to resolve the issue, please let us know. We can send you the .pdf as an email attachment rather than having you access the ticket from the link in the email. And of course, if that doesn't work, we can print the tickets and get them to you by another means. Please feel free to reach us at tickets@makerfaire.com or call us at 800-998-9938, M-F, 7:30am-5pm PST.

The tickets have my name but I want to give them as a gift, donate, etc., can the be used by someone else?

Yes, the tickets are transferrable. The name on the ticket does not need to be the ticket holder at the gate. If you would like to have the name on the ticket changed or removed, please contact tickets@makerfaire.com, we can update the tickets on your behalf.

What day(s) and hour(s) will Maker Faire be open to the public?
Saturday, May 19th – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 20th – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where can I park?
Public parking is available at the San Mateo County Event Center. Parking will be $20 per day. Free offsite parking options will also be available at the Franklin Templeton parking lot on Saratoga. You will need to plan for a 15-minute walk. See our Getting to Bay Area Maker Faire by Car page and Parking page for more details.

Where is the handicap parking located?
The handicap parking area is near the Main Gate via the Saratoga drive entrance. 1346 Saratoga Dr. San Mateo, CA 94403, there is a $25 charge for this lot and it fills up fast. We recommend coming as early as 9:30am. 

We have an ADA bus in rotation for our off-site parking lots, the shuttle and off-site parking is free.

Where can I park my RV?

We suggest you contact the San Mateo Event Center directly to get specific answers to your RV parking questions. Expo Center phone number is (650) 574-3247, their RV parking form is here:

Is public transportation available?
Yes; SamTrans and Caltrain provide convenient and cost-effective service with CalTrains running hourly. Three SamTrans routes provide service to the Event Center from throughout the county and San Francisco. Route 292 provides direct service. Routes 390 and 391 offer service along El Camino Real with a stop at 25th Avenue, two blocks west of the Event Center grounds. Caltrain stops at the Hillsdale station, 0.8 miles from the Event Center. See the Getting to Maker Faire by Train, Bus, and Bike page additional information.

Are there any resources for carpooling to Maker Faire? Yes, we are working with RideJoy to facilitate rideshare to the faire. Click here to sign up to offer or request a ride.

Will you have bike parking?
Yes, secure Valet Bicycle Parking is provided by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.

How much are the tickets?
Retail tickets range in price from $8-$30 for a full day pass. Purchase in advance and save up to $20 for a weekend adult pass and even more for groups over ten. Special Early Bird discounted prices for online ticket sales are valid through May 9, 2012. Advance ticket prices available online between May 10 and May 18,2012. Ticket prices will increase at the gate. Buy early online for the best pricing and to avoid lines at the gates.

  Day Tickets

Early Bird Purchase
Until May 9th

May 10th - May 18th

May 19th - May 20th

Adult (21 and over)



$ 30.00

Student (13 to 21)



$ 20.00

Youth (4-12)

$ 8.00


$ 15.00

Kids (3 and under)








  Weekends Tickets

Earlybird Purchase
Until May 9th

  May 10th - May 18th

May 19th - May 20th

Adult (21 and over)




Student (13 to 21)




Youth (4-12)




Kids (3 and under)




Military Discount 

  • For advance purchases, Miliary Discount is 35% off of posted price. Please email tickets@makerfaire.com for discount code.
  • Onsite, Military price is:                                                                                                                      ADULT Weekend = $35.00,  STUDENT Weekend = $22.00, YOUTH Weekend = $15.00                ADULT Day Pass = $20.00,  STUDENT Day Pass = $13.00, YOUTH Day Pass = $10.00


Booster Pass - Special Offering with Booster Access & Privileges!

Becoming a Maker Faire Booster entitles you and your guest (two attendees) to:

  • Participate in pre-event Maker Faire (starting with Education Day on 5/17) 
  • Attend all Friday afternoon you Maker programs and all special events
  • Get a sneak peak of Makers and their projects during setup on Thursday & Friday
  • Enjoy the opening Maker Dinner and Entertainment on Friday evening
  • Access to priority parking and gate entrance 
  • Gain entry to the Booster Club onsite
  • Receive special "Maker Faire", MAKE and Maker Shed items

Maker Faire Booster passes will be limited.
Cost: $495 (access for two)
No discounted tickets apply for this level of sponsorship.


Can I volunteer at Maker Faire?
Yes. We have a new volunteer Maker In Training program this year. Click here for more information:
Maker in Training.

What if it rains?
The show will go on! Bring rain gear to keep you dry when walking outdoors. Fortunately, we will have many indoor exhibits to keep the family dry.

What can I expect?
To have the time of your life! You'll be surprised and intrigued with every corner that you turn.

For more information on tickets click here

For more information on Getting there by Car, click here

For more information on Where to Stay, click here

This contract limits the liability of O'Reilly Media, Inc. ("ORM") and its affiliates.  You acknowledge that Maker Faire exhibits and activities are inherently hazardous, and that risks to you as a Maker Faire attendee include physical injury and property damage. You are solely responsible for supervising/controlling the behavior of the children in your party for your for their safety. By purchasing this ticket and/or participating in Maker Faire exhibits and/or activities, you assume all risks to you and/or your children of such, including damage, loss, harm, injury and death to your person(s) and all risks resulting from negligent instruction or supervision, and you release ORM from all corresponding liability to you and your successors. Your rights are waived to any images and/or recordings you may appear in while at Maker Faire and any/all related promotional or documentary materials. Privacy Policy


Rain or Shine. No Refunds/Exchanges. Tickets cannot be replaced.

Have questions about Maker Faire Bay Area 2012? Contact Make: Magazine and Maker Media


1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, 94403


Make: Magazine and Maker Media

Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects. Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. Make: is published bi-monthly by Maker Media, Inc. that also produces the wildly popular Make: Online (www.makezine.com), the Maker Shed online store for DIY kits, books, and more (www.makershed.com), and the world's biggest DIY festival, Maker Faire (www.makerfaire.com).                                                                            

"The Maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age."The New York Times


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