When: Sun., Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2014
You’d be surprised to learn how many of your neighbors are secretly makers. The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is mini in comparison to the massive event it’s named after, but it’s still hosting a huge array of local creators this year at Park Day School (360 42nd St., Oakland). Maker Faires are all about celebrating invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Mini Maker Faire is smaller-scale, but the ideas are just as big. The exhibitors represent fields such as arts and crafts, biotech, and robotics. Also on offer: seed bombs (guerilla gardening ammunition!), a needle-felted, ten-foot-tall T-Rex, a “Pineapple Pop-Up Trike Bar” (a side-by-side tandem bike with a bar), DIY screen-printing by Grease Diner, and a whole bunch more. In addition to the exhibitors, the event offers three stages of talks, performers, and a workshop room that will be packed with programming. Among those are an at-home cheese-making tutorial, a panel on “The Importance of Junk,” and a presentation called “Drones, Planes, and Flying Robots.” It’s the perfect place to get inspired and bust out of that creative rut.