Maker Faire San Diego Event Map 2016

Maker Faire San Diego
Saturday, Sunday, October 1+2, 2016
10am to 6pm

Two days, 12 participating venues, two beer gardens, robots, drones, soldering, glass blowing, food trucks, music, crafting, lasers, and that’s only the start! With so much to do and see and hear and make, we want participants to make the most of Maker Faire San Diego! Here you’ll see how to best explore our modern world faire.

We look forward to seeing you at Maker Faire San Diego 2016!

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Travel & Parking

Balboa Park can be accessed from most major freeways, however we understand that driving and parking can be difficult during major events. We highly recommend carpooling and parking at Inspiration Point, then taking the green tram into the heart of the Park. Tram hours of operation are 9:00 AM-8:00 PM. Click here for a Google Map to Balboa Park.

You can also visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), with easy access from the Downtown and Mission Valley areas.

  • Print out a handy map of the bus and trolley systems servicing downtown, the airport, and Balboa Park.
  • Review the times for route Routes 120 (Fashion Valley),  Route 7 (Smart Corner) and Rapid 215, which are the  main bus routes through Balboa Park.
  • For information and custom transportation routes to Balboa Park, visit San Diego Commute or dial 511. You’ll be given the option of selecting transit routes that are: the fastest; have the fewest transfers; or have the least amount of walking.

Ticketing and Information

We recommend purchasing your tickets online before October 1st. You’ll save a few dimes and time! Once you print your tickets at home, you can explore all venues and circuit stops at your convenience. No need to stop at a ticket booth!

There are three info booths and ticket stations at key locations in Balboa Park. You can purchase your tickets and general information about the event at these locations.

If you want to purchase your tickets during the event, look for ticket and info booths at:

  • Plaza de Panama
  • Palisades Lot
  • In front of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Please make sure to have your tickets with you at all times during the event!


You will be able to find the most up-to-date schedule of events, performances, and makers right here. It’s growing by the minute so be sure to check back Saturday and Sunday morning! Check back here soon for highlights! 

You can also browse through some of our 200+ makers on our Meet the Makers page.

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We’re thrilled to be growing our Maker family in Balboa Park! Each venue will have different, fun, and amazing makers. Not to mention you will have general admission to all participating museums! Outdoor areas include the Plaza de Panama and the South Palisades Lot, however most of the even will be inside the venues this year and we encourage you to complete the circuit and visit them all! Well over 200 will be in attendance. All our circuit stops will be different so be sure to explore each.

Food makers on wheels!

During Maker Faire, in addition to Balboa Park’s many restaurants and eateries, we’re pleased to bring the following local food trucks to Balboa Park!


Plaza de Panama

  • Plaza de Panama
  • Beachin’ Boba
  • Caribbean Escape
  • Currywurst Frankfurt
  • Taco Picasso
  • YoYo Bento

South Palisades Lot

  • Aunty Lynne
  • I-Scream Cannoli
  • New Orleans Cuisine
  • Simply Fresh
  • Tacos La Mezcla


Plaza de Panama

  • Aunty Lynne
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • God Save the Cuisine
  • Haad Sai Thai Food
  • I-Scream Cannoli
  • Taco La Mezcla

South Palisades Lot

  • Beachin’ Boba
  • New Orleans Cuisine
  • New York On Rye
  • Taco Picasso
  • YoYo Bento

Beer Makers

Sit back, relax and join us in our two beer gardens, “The Living Room” and “The Garage.” Entry to each beer garden is 21 and up. ID will be checked at the entrance. Take a look at a few of our brewing partners!

The Living Room – Plaza de Panama

  • Golden Coast Mead
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Modern Times

The Garage – South Palisades Lot

  • Sierra Nevada
  • Boochcraft
  • Coronado Brewing
  • Stone Brewing
  • Lost Abbey

Additional Suggestions

With over 200 makers, the San Diego Made Bazaar, two stages for performances and presentations, tons of hands-on activities between venues, exhibitors, and the San Diego Maker’s Guild, and all spread across Balboa Park, we highly encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. (Please note each venue has its own food and drink policies.) Click here for a list of amenities in Balboa Park. Dress comfortably and keep an eye on the weekend forecast.

Be sure to share your experiences with us! We’ll be live on Twitter and Instagram during the event, and you can always check our Facebook Event for immediate updates. Follow and share what you’ve learned or made with us at #MakerFaireSanDiego!

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We hope this helps you plan your day!