Maker & Exhibitor Toolkit

Los Angeles Maker Faire + City of STEM Festival • April 6, 2024

Los Angeles State Historic Park | 1245 N. Spring Street | Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The Maker & Exhibitor Toolkit is designed to help you navigate the logistics of Maker Faire + City of STEM, and most importantly, to ensure your participation is a positive and memorable experience. Together, we can make Maker Faire + City of STEM a truly unique, educational, safe, and extraordinary occasion for all.

Prior to arriving onsite, we expect that you have read this Maker & Exhibitor Toolkit, that you will abide by the Rules and Regulations, and that you have agreed on the Release and Consent form which includes the 2024 Terms and Conditions of Participation.

Maker Faire + City of STEM is not designed like any standard trade show or conference — it is a fun, interactive maze of demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, and displays. We have tried to keep it environmentally friendly and simple in design. Imagine the historical state fairs where everyone arrives with their wares and sets up their exhibit! We have different kinds of exhibit areas to accommodate the diversity of projects, and we encourage Makers and Exhibitors to create their own look and feel.

Los Angeles Maker Faire + City of STEM is a completely free event for guests, exhibitors, performers, and presenters. Selling of products of any kind is prohibited during the event. However, promotion of business, services and distribution of marketing collateral are encouraged.

Location, Maker/Exhibitor + Exhibit Types


LA Maker Faire + City of STEM is an outdoor-only event. Your exhibit space will be located on the grounds of the Los Angeles State Historical Park. We have a variety of outdoor spaces: grassy, paved, and unpaved/gravel areas. All of these spaces will have access to power if you have advised us in advance that you need it. All exhibitors, except roaming and mobile museums, will be provided with at least one 10×10 tent. For heat-sensitive exhibits, please be sure to indicate in the FULL description section of your application if you require a tent location away from direct sunlight to avoid overheating. For exhibits that require flat, leveled ground surface, please be sure to note in your application to request a tent location that is on flat and leveled ground.



LA Maker Faire + City of STEM provides Makers and Exhibitors with exhibit space and required tables, chairs, power, etc., at no cost to the Maker/Exhibitor.

Maker Exhibit: Individuals, groups, schools and organizations that would like to demonstrate what they make and/or how it works in an one-day exhibit space; interactive exhibits are encouraged. For Maker Groups, it’s advised to designate a single point person to manage coordination efforts. “Furthermore, exhibitors are welcome to host scheduled or randomly timed workshops, talks, or discussion sessions at their own tents.

Performance: Musicians and entertainers who would like to perform at the Event. Performances are usually on stage and scheduled for approximately 45 minutes. Set lengths vary. We welcome performances that are roaming and unscheduled. Please mention scheduling details in your application.

When you fill out the Call for Makers/Exhibitors application, be sure to select if you need a space (not on a stage) to perform many times during the day, or if you plan to have a scheduled performance once or twice on a stage.

COMMUNAL Demonstration/Presentation/Workshop:

  • Communal Demonstration or Presentation Sessions: In a shared tent, presentations can be demos, stories, how-to’s, and group (panel) conversations. Individuals and groups who would like to talk about an idea or project of interest to the Maker community, or Makers who are interested in demonstrating what they make and how it works in front of an audience. While you can request to present anywhere between 15-45 minutes,  presentation sessions are typically 25 or 30 minutes, with some time for Q&A, and are not repeatable.
  • Communal Workshop Sessions: Also in a shared tent, Makers conduct hands-on teaching of specific skills and processes, provide materials, and guide attendees through a practical building experience. These sessions range from 15 to 45 minutes and are offered only once.



These are guidelines only, your exhibit may not fit exactly into one option below, and it may fit more than one.

Basic: A canopy tent of 10×10 space with one (1) table and two (2) chairs to demonstrate what you make or showcase what you have created. Within your tent, you have the opportunity to display, demonstrate, teach, or conduct hands-on workshops and presentations. A larger space may be available upon request and is subject to case-by-case approval.

Mobile Museums/Exhibit: Museums or exhibits on wheels that are typically in trailers/recreational vehicles (RVs), or trucks.

Roaming Exhibits: If you have an exhibit that will roam during the show, please let us know if you require a location for your use as a home base for non-roaming activities. If your roaming exhibit needs access to an electrical outlet, ask us about the charging station locations. No booth provided.

Attraction: A wonderful, unusual thing that doesn’t fit into any of the categories above; no booth provided.

Exhibit/Booth Details

We will provide a minimum of a 10×10 tent, a table and two chairs if requested in your application. If you need extra space, table and chairs, please be sure to specify in the Call for Makers/Exhibitors application. Please plan to bring anything else that you would like to have, such as extension cords/power strips and any hardware or supplies that will help you display your project. We trust that you will supply any equipment or supplies you need to make your project functional. In some cases, the LA Maker Faire + City of STEM Festival Production Team will assist with some elements of your setup as long as it has been agreed upon in advance. Please feel free to make signs for your exhibit that help the attendees understand what you are making!

The Maker Faire Portal can help you manage your Exhibit Details. When your application is still in the Proposal stage, you can view and edit all the answers you have submitted in your application. If your exhibit application is Accepted, use the Maker Faire Portal to manage your exhibit and make any needed updates. This includes updates to your exhibit description, exhibit photo, and bio as well as update your electrical needs, tables, chairs, etc.

Your space size request can not be updated from the Maker Faire Portal after your application is accepted. Updates to your requested space size must be emailed to

So that we are in agreement as to what you will require for your exhibit, please review the following details:

Signage: We will create a printed 8.5×11 booth number sign for your exhibit for identification purpose only. We will also create a Maker/Exhibitor page on our website. We strongly recommend you create or bring your own branded banners, tablecloth, or signage to increase the exposure of your exhibit.

Internet Connectivity: Wireless service will be available throughout the park on the grounds. However, since the bandwidth is shared, the speed and performance is not guaranteed. Therefore, if your build/project/display requires a consistent speed/bandwidth, we suggest you bring your own hotspot or MiFi. If you indicated in your application that WiFi is required for your exhibit to function, then you will be placed in an area with WiFi coverage. Again, uninterrupted connectivity is not guaranteed.

If your project could interfere with our wireless service, please let us know so we can accommodate you and your event neighbors. Please note that a hardwire connection will NOT be available. 

Tables & Chairs: We will provide a table and two chairs, unless otherwise requested in your application. Standard tables are 6ft x 30in folding banquet tables. We do not provide a cover/tablecloth. Please also note that because the tents, chairs, and tables will be set up the day before the event, they will be damp in the morning. Hence, we recommend you bring a rug/towel to dry them if needed. Requesting additional tables and chairs onsite is based on availability.

Special Requests – Water, Flat/Smooth Surface, Blackout Tent, etc.: If your exhibit requires water, smooth ground surface, or blackout tent, be sure to specify in the Call for Maker/Exhibitor application.

Electrical: If you provided details of your power requirements, we will make certain you have power available at your exhibit area. Please bring your own extension cords, surge protectors and/or power strips for power distribution at your exhibit. On-site power requests cannot be guaranteed. Any excessive power will require approval.

Understanding your power usage is important: We need to ensure you have what you need and you will not create a problem for your fellow Makers/Exhibitors by tripping the circuit breaker. Most consumer electronic devices have a small label that will tell you how many watts or amps they draw and at what voltage.

    • Voltage: In North America, normal house and building power is 120 volts. (Large machinery may require 220 volts. If you need a 220v, tell us what phase you need.)
    • Amperage: After you determine the voltage you require (see above), we need to know how many amps you will be using at that voltage. If an item only lists watts and not amps, you can quickly convert watts to amps by dividing the watts by volts (Watts / Volts = Amps.)
    • Examples: A 500-watt light bulb requires approximately a 4.2A (A=amps) on a 120V (normal US) circuit: 500/120= 4.2. Here’s a list of average amperage for common Maker Faire items: Laptop ~2A, Sewing Machine ~0.6A, Lights ~0.3A-2A, 3D Printer ~10-20A, Arduino ~0.1A. Please check your equipment, and don’t guess; Power is expensive! We want to provide enough, but not too much. Thank you in advance.

After Acceptance

Your first message should have arrived immediately after you submitted your entry form. Your next message will arrive within two weeks with news about your acceptance. After that, we will send a message every few weeks with updates, reminders, and invitation to LA Maker Faire + City of STEM Festival Partner Meeting to discuss about the process leading up to the Maker Faire + City of STEM event.

Our emails might be in your spam or junk folder. Please check that folder, and add to your contacts.

If you still can’t find any messages, email

Directions & Parking


Parking arrangements in progress. Please check back for updates.

In general, parking spaces are limited. We highly encourage public transportation and carpooling.


Los Angeles State Historic Park is located at 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, directly adjacent to Chinatown and the Metro A Line (formerly, Blue Line). The park is located just 1 mile away from Los Angeles Union Station, making it accessible from several routes. The Chinatown Station, the nearest LA Metro stop, is just a short walk from the park.

To find a proper route and schedule, check Metro Trip Planner.

Rules and Regulations

As guests at the Los Angeles State Historic Park and the local area, we must abide by all regulations of a public facility. These are designated primarily to ensure public safety, and we thank you for your cooperation in complying with these rules and regulations.

  • No drilling of holes, attaching to, or painting of the floor/ground, or any other defacement to floors or walls. When such damage occurs, the Maker is solely responsible and is liable to the owner of the property.
  • Signage and/or decorations may not be taped, nailed, tacked, stapled, or otherwise fastened to any wall, column, stone, tree, or plant on the premises.
  • Do not insert stakes in the ground without specific permission, as it could be costly and dangerous. There may be wire or gas lines underground that will be damaged.
  • No exits, fire-fighting equipment, or emergency equipment can be blocked or obstructed at any time. Fire extinguishers and fire-hose cabinets must remain visible & accessible at all times.
  • Sufficient space must be provided within the booth for the comfort and safety of persons watching exhibits, demonstrations, displays, or workshops.
  • Exit and Aisles: Aisles must be kept clear of all displays and equipment. Entrances and exits shall remain unobstructed at all times.
  • Electrical Devices: All electrical devices with three-wire supply cords shall utilize “UL” ground receptacles. All electrical extension cords must be of heavy-duty three-wire construction.
  • Fireproofing: All draperies, decorations, and materials must be flame-proofed in accordance with local fire code. Materials may be inspected and/or tested by the Fire Marshall at any time.
  • Hazardous material must be disclosed. All hazardous materials must be properly disposed of. Materials such as grout, mortar, tape compound, etc. cannot be poured down the facility drains. The facility will not accept dumped building materials or electronic waste; you are responsible for the removal of these items.
  • Exhibit storage cartons and crates, combustible waste materials, empty cardboard boxes, etc. must be removed from the property and cannot be stored behind the back drapes or display wall. All building materials, supplies, etc. must be taken away after teardown. The facility will not accept dumped building materials or electronic waste; you are responsible for the removal of these items.
  • Propane and Helium will not be permitted without prior review and approval.
  • Combustibles Kept Outside: Additional supplies and inventory must be kept in closed containers and stored in a neat and compact manner.
  • Food Makers need to comply with all Health Code Regulations and cannot serve samples unless arrangements have been made for permission to do so.
  • Do not endanger or harm any person, property, or the environment, including all the Los Angeles State Historic Park property, including the parking lot, entrance ways, and other areas used by Maker Faire or its staff, volunteers, contractors, agents, members, or guests.
  • Management reserves the right to restrict exhibits, displays, demonstrations, presentations, or workshops that become objectionable because of noise, method of operations, materials, safety, or any other reason.
  • The Fire Marshall reserves the right to make any final decision regarding the layouts and floor plans and has the authority to close down and/or fine any exhibit not in compliance.

Every participant, employee, agent, or contractor connected with the use of the premises shall abide by, conform to, and comply with all the laws of the United States, the State of California, as well as the ordinances of the City of Los Angeles and all rules and regulations of the Police and Fire Departments of the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles and make no violation or breach of peace. Exhibits must be in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a legal requirement for public facilities. This law became effective in January 1992. It requires access for disabled persons. A Guide to the Disability Rights Laws can be found at

Insurance: It is your responsibility to ensure the safety and security of your exhibit and its components, visitors within your exhibit area, and your personnel. Reasonable precautions will be taken to protect your property, but Maker Community, LLC, Maker Faire + City of STEM, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Downey, and the LA State Historic Park assume no responsibility for any losses due to fire, theft, accident, or other causes.

Maker Faire + City of STEM Safety Team

To help us produce a fun and safe environment for Makers/Exhibitors and the many attendees, the members of our Safety Team will assist in monitoring our safety program throughout Maker Faire + City of STEM. All individuals who would like to participate in any interactive activity at the event are asked to read and sign a waiver.


No drone flying at Maker Faire + City of STEM on the LA State Historic Park grounds with the exception of the officially sanctioned, monitored and netted drone event areas. Flying in these areas is by appointment only. State and local laws prohibit the use of drones at venues and events like Maker Faire + City of STEM unless they have been pre-approved. Safety is our number one concern.

Fire + Safety

Note: The following are industry standard rules that require full compliance.

Fire Hazard Notification & Special Permits: As a Maker/Exhibitor, if you intend to display, operate, or use any of these items shown below, you must obtain prior approval from the Maker Faire + City of STEM Production Team:

  • Heat-producing or open-flame devices, candles, lamps, etc.
  • Electrical, mechanical, or chemical device deemed hazardous by the Fire Department
  • Internal-combustion engines
  • Flammable liquids, compressed gasses, or dangerous chemicals

All Maker/Exhibitor Safety Plans must be submitted to the Maker Faire + City of STEM Production Team as soon as they are accepted to exhibit. The Fire Marshall reserves the right to make any final decision regarding the layouts and floor plans and has the authority to close down and/or fine any exhibit not in compliance.

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2024 Los Angeles Maker Faire + City of STEM Festival Media Kit

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