Starting this month, I will be populating a calendar with interesting maker/crafter events in the SF Bay Area, and highlighting my top 5 events here in the blog. This MakerCal is intended to bring together fun opportunities to learn new skills and support other independent makers through workshops, exhibitions, conference, and more. You can see the full calendar here, and submit your own events via my contact page (for any month). I hope you enjoy.

A Selection of May Events

  1. Maker Faire Bay Area [website] May 16-17: The number one event for makers in the Bay Area this May has got to be Maker Faire. This huge, two day event is a great chance to see amazing projects created by everyone from serious amateurs to concement professionals, and see silly creations to serious entrepreneurial endeavors. The event is a great chance to get inspiration and see new consumer/prosumer level products close up, or simply listen in on the extensive list of presenters. I’ve attended two years now, and won’t miss this whirlwind tour of creativity in the Bay Area for anything.
  2. Make: SF Meet-up [website] May 5 & 12: Meet-up can be a great place to meet fellow crafters and makers, or to try out something completely new without spending an arm and a leg. One of my favorites is Make: SF. An informal group of makers, they hold three monthly workshops or lectures given by members or other regional makers. Each event is held in a different Bay Area location: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. This month’s workshop is on bending light and photography. Join on Meet-Up to learn more.
  3. Jack of All Trades [website] May 9: I haven’t visited this monthly craft fair yet, but if it’s like other events at Jack London Square, it’s sure to feature some interesting arts and crafts. A self-described “curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more”, the Jack of All Trades seems like to perfect place to get inspired and support your fellow makers.
  4. Sandbox Playtesting Bash [website] May 14: If you’re a lover of games and like to be part of the development process, the Sandbox Playtesting Bash in San Francisco might be the place for you. Each event they sample new games ranging from active games to cards. If you have something to playtest, they want you to bring that along as well. Join their Facebook page to get the event location.
  5. Maker Block Party [website] May 18: Hosted by TechShop SF, this open house celebrates the end of Maker Faire and provides an opportunity to visit the TechShop location and see their equipment. They will also be hosting a Maker Market in their Gallery area. If you’re not exhausted from two days at Maker Faire, a visit to the TechShop facilities is fun and informative. I use to have a membership with them and remember it fondly.

Have an event you’d like to share? Please email me.