About Our Maker Faire


The Faire brings together an amazing collection of tech enthusiasts, engineers, woodworkers, metal workers, auto hackers, artists, teachers, and craftspeople from all over the Northern Virginia, Metro DC area and beyond! Our Maker Faire gives our local makers a chance to show us and tell us about what they’re making. We also have tons of hands on activities where you can learn how to make this stuff yourself!

Want to learn how to build a robot? Program an Arduino? Turn wood to make a bowl? Weld? Blacksmith? Build underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV)? Automate your garage door? Learn to solder? Fly or make a drone? Spin yarn from wool and knit? Recycle glass into beautiful tables and glass pieces? Or maybe just take-a-part something and learn how it works?  You can do it at the Maker Faire NoVa.

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The faire is a wonderful event for ages 4 to 94 and now takes place in late spring/early summer each year.


Still don’t fully get what a Maker Faire is? Watch this great video from our friends at Cox Cable’s NoVa Channel.

Meet our Local Maker Space and Sponsor!


Maker Faire NoVa is produced by NOVA Labs, a 38,000 sq-ft non-profit 501c3 community maker space in Fairfax, VA. Stop by and get to know us. We are open (weekends and evenings are a good bet and you can check the website to see if the door is open). Get a tour and see the neat things you can learn and do at NOVA Labs, located at 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Group tours are regularly scheduled so check the website calendar to find one!


Nova Labs provides the space and tools needed to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things. Based in Fairfax, VA, Northern Virginia’s first and largest maker space is host to learning sessions on robotics, electronics, 3D printing, programming, woodworking, yarn & fabric arts and many other maker topics. Different memberships level offer opportunities to learn from others and used the lab’s space, tools and equipment.

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Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine.  It has since grown into a significant worldwide network of both flagship and independently-produced events.  Read more on Maker Faire history, the Maker Movement, as well as how to start a Maker Faire or a School Maker Faire where you live.