Southwest Maker Fest Comes to Downtown Mesa Feb. 16

Posted By on February 5, 2019
HeatSync Labs makes Nitrogen ice cream at last year’s event.

The 6th annual Southwest Maker Fest will bring a variety of interactive activities and exhibitors to downtown Mesa on Feb. 16.

The free festival engages visitors in exploring hands-on creation, including activities such as robotics, rocketry and weaving. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Pepper Street between Robson and Macdonald Streets in Mesa.

The nearby i.d.e.a. Museum will be open free to the public that day as part of the festival experience.

Southwest Maker Fest is happy to be partnering with Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts. The two events will happen adjacent to each other, creating a contiguous experience of 100 exhibitors and presenters that combine a vibrant marketplace of original hand-made art, craft and food on Macdonald Street at Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts with a variety of fun and engaging activities at the Southwest Maker Fest. Both events will feature musical performances, and food will be available for purchase.

In addition to Southwest Maker Fest and Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts, February 16 also marks the unveiling of three second generation prototypes from Mesa Arts Center’s Mesa Prototyping Project — which will feature three experimental models of interactive installations in downtown Mesa for two months, through mid-April. All located a short distance from Southwest Maker Fest, the three interactive play experiences, designed to increase activation and connectivity in downtown Mesa, will be complemented by three pianos made into works of art as part of the 2016 Street Pianos Mesa project, which will also be out in public spaces for the public’s enjoyment for two months.

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