How to Make the Most of Maker Faire Detroit 2014

Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire Detroit is just a few days away. Soon Henry Ford Museum will be buzzing with more than 400 makers from around the country showing off their latest projects to curious guests Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. If you’re joining us for the big event, we’ve got a few tips to help you plan your visit that will help make this another over-the-top Maker Faire Detroit.

Where Should I Park?
Parking at The Henry Ford is at a premium the weekend of Maker Faire Detroit. (The Outdoor Midway of Maker Faire Detroit fills our museum parking lot). To alleviate congestion around The Henry Ford we have partnered with the University of Michigan-Dearborn to provide a free parking and shuttle service to Maker Faire Detroit. The free shuttle parking lot is at the U of M Dearborn Fairlane Center Campus on Hubbard Drive. The alternate parking and shuttle will allow for an easy, relaxing beginning to your exciting day at Maker Faire Detroit!

At The Henry Ford, Maker Faire Detroit guests should plan on parking in the various Ford Motor Company lots off Oakwood Boulevard; both directly across from and next to the Henry Ford Museum only. Parking attendants and abundant signage will direct you to these lots.

For complete details and information, visit the Maker Faire Detroit parking page on our website. There you’ll find detailed information. Make sure to like our Maker Faire Detroit page on Facebook for up-to-date parking notifications, too.

Have Those Tickets Ready.
You can purchase tickets to Maker Faire Detroit ahead of time by visiting our website. We have one-day, two-day and even a super pass for you to select from. During this weekend, a ticket to Maker Faire Detroit is required for entry into Henry Ford Museum for all members and visitors. Members save 50 percent on tickets; if you’ve been thinking about becoming a member of The Henry Ford, now’s a great time! And don’t forget, Henry Ford Museum is open until 6 pm during Maker Faire Detroit.

While a paid ticket is required for members to enter Henry Ford Museum July 26-27, entrance into Greenfield Village is still free of charge to members during Maker Faire Detroit.

Come Hungry. Come VERY Hungry.
Our culinary team has a few new delicious snacks to offer guests this weekend, like our bacon or Portobello skewers, soft pretzel sticks with savory dipping sauces and on-the-go granola bites. Thirsty? Cool off with a glass of Industrialist Ale from Mountain Town Brewing Co., one of The Henry Ford’s signature beers.

Returning food vendor favorites include Detroit Mini Donuts, Melting Moments and Buffy’s Mexi-Casian Grill. New to this year’s offering is the Pita Post, a food truck offering world-class artisan pita sandwiches.

Food is available for purchase with tickets only in the Maker Faire Detroit midway.

Stay Up To Date with Us Online.
We mentioned that our Maker Faire Detroit Facebook page is a great way to stay up to date on announcements this weekend. We encourage everyone to share their favorite photos and thoughts by tagging them with #MakerFaireDetroit, our official hashtag.

Thanks to our partners at Lochbridge, we’re pleased to offer our guests a Maker Faire Detroit-specific smart phone app this year. Available in the Google Play or Apple App stores, our app lists event times, makers and news updates. It’s a great way to check in and see what’s going on.

To keep your inner maker inspired all year, make sure to sign up for THF OnMaking once Maker Faire Detroit has ended.

And All the Rest.
If you have a question or need help during your visit, look for our volunteers in the red shirts or staff members in the blue crew T-shirts. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and make sure you’re having a fantastic time.

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