Maker Faire Austin 2018 Exhibit Fees


Maker Faire Austin’s mission is to create an environment of hands-on sharing and discovery, like a county faire for robots AND quilts.  We also want to inspire more people to make things!


Show & Tell

Makers participating purely by sharing their project and inspiring others to make ARE NOT asked to pay an exhibit fee. Maker Faire Austin provides these Makers with exhibit space and any required tables, chairs, power, etc., at no cost to the Maker.

There is a Fee to sample food or non-alcoholic beverages at the Faire.

Due to deadlines with our venue, there will be fees charged for power ordered after April 15th, and extra tables, chairs, and other items ordered after April 20th. These fees account for the added cost to the Faire. We love our makers and are still paying for a portion of the cost. You will be invoiced via paypal and need to pay prior to receiving service.

Standard Electricity: (8, 12, & 20 amp) after 4/15 $50 per circuit, After 5/1 $120 per circuit.

Tables and Chairs: (cost per extra) after 4/20 $5 each, After 5/1 $10 each.

Sampling Food: Before 4/18/2018 $45

Maker Faire Austin aims to create a fun, engaging, and inspiring event. We ask that the focus of all exhibits is on the DIY nature and show & tell,  NOT focused on branding or marketing a product or service.


Market or Sell

An exhibit fee may apply to Makers or organizations with marketing or sales intentions, such as the following:

  • Any exhibitor with marketing intentions
  • Exhibitors selling or promoting a product or service
  • Tuition-based schools and paid educational programs or camps
  • Registered non-profits marketing their organization

Maker Faire Austin exhibit fees range from $75 to $1,500 and are based on the exhibitor’s marketing intentions and size of their organization. Marketing must follow our guidelines and branding is reserved for paying exhibitors. Please be advised that signage and branding that exceed our guidelines may be asked to be removed when onsite. Instructional signage is encouraged and do not need to follow the guidelines, signage aimed at promoting a brand or Logo need to fall within the limitations stated below.

Baseline exhibit fees by Maker Type

    • Commercial Makers:  Individuals who would like to sell or market products or services along with demonstrating what they make at their maker exhibit. There is a $275 exhibit fee for an exhibit space, one 8′ table, 2 chairs, and up to 4 event-long entry passes for the Makers helping in your booth. The amount of exhibit space used for branding and commercial activities must be kept to an approximate 5’x10′ tabletop space.
      • Branded signage is limited up to 10 sq. ft. and can be no higher than 6 ft. tall.
      • A single 15amp power circuit is supplied if ordered before the deadline. (see above)
      • Upgrade to 20amps for $10, and 30amps for $25.
      • Additional Circuits: (8,15,20,30 amp) $75, $90, $100, $115 before the deadline. Contact us at info@makerfaireaustin.com for requests other than what is listed.
      • Additional Tables and Chairs: $10 each up to the Deadline.

Please note: start ups, commercial entities with more than 5 employees, small companies, corporate entities, and established companies do not qualify as Commercial Makers; we have great opportunities available for you. Contact us at sponsors@makerfaireaustin.com or see our sponsors page.

If you are unsure if you are a commercial maker or have a highly interactive commercial exhibit,  please continue to fill out the application, indicate you are a Non-Profit or Organization and provide us with details in the application form. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application.

    • Small Non-Profit and Cause or Mission Based Associations: Organizations that would like to participate in Maker Faire Austin are asked to pay a $275 exhibit fee for up to a 10’x10’ exhibit space, one 8′ table, 2 chairs, and up to 4 event-long entry passes for the Makers helping in your booth. Additional entry passed can be purchased at a highly discounted rate.
      • Branded signage is limited to up to 10 sq. ft. and can be no higher than 6 ft. tall.
      • A single 15amp power circuit is supplied if ordered before the deadline. (see above)
      • Upgrade to 20amps for $10, and 30amps for $25.
      • Additional Circuits: (8,15,20,30 amp) $75, $90, $100, $115 before the deadline. Contact us at info@makerfaireaustin.com for requests other than what is listed.
      • Additional Tables and Chairs: $10 each up to the Deadline.
      • This exhibit fee does not apply to makerspaces or hackerspaces, which receive free exhibit space at Maker Faire Austin.

If your organization cannot afford this fee, please continue to fill out the application, indicate you are a Non-Profit or Organization and provide us with details in the application form. We will take this into consideration while reviewing your application.

    • Tuition based K through 12 Schools: Private schools that would like to participate in Maker Faire are asked to pay a $500 exhibit fee for up to a 10’x20’ exhibit space, one 8′ table, 2 chairs, and up to 15 event-long entry passes for the Makers helping in your booth. Additional entry passed can be purchased at a highly discounted rate.
      • Branded signage is limited to up to 10 sq. ft. and can be no higher than 6 ft. tall.
      • A single 15amp power circuit is supplied if ordered before the deadline. (see above)
      • Upgrade to 20amps for $10, and 30amps for $25.
      • Additional Circuits: (8,15,20,30 amp) $75, $90, $100, $115 before the deadline. Contact us at info@makerfaireaustin.com for requests other than what is listed.
      • Additional Tables and Chairs: $10 each up to the Deadline.
    • Tuition based educational programs (after school and camp programs): Tuition based educational programs that would like to participate in Maker Faire are asked to pay a $275 exhibit fee for up to a 10’x10’ exhibit space, one 8′ table, 2 chairs, and up to 10 event-long entry passes for the Makers helping in your booth. Additional entry passed can be purchased at a highly discounted rate.
      • Branded signage is limited to up to 10 sq. ft. and can be no higher than 6 ft. tall.
      • A single 15amp power circuit is supplied if ordered before the deadline. (see above)
      • Upgrade to 20amps for $10, and 30amps for $25.
      • Additional Circuits: (8,15,20,30 amp) $75, $90, $100, $115 before the deadline. Contact us at info@makerfaireaustin.com for requests other than what is listed.
      • Additional Tables and Chairs: $10 each up to the Deadline.

Accessible to all

Maker Faire Austin is an expensive show to produce, if you are there with commercial interests we ask that you contribute to the cost of putting on the show. If you have concerns on the affordability of Maker Faire Austin, we encourage you to fill out the application and give us information about your plans at Maker Faire Austin and the requested information on your organization’s profile.

We do not want an exhibit fee to prohibit Makers from participating in Maker Faire Austin. On occasion we are moved by certain Maker projects and will work with you on a case by case basis to find the appropriate exhibit fee to help bring your project to Maker Faire.