Plan Your Day


Two days, 10 venues, two outdoor zones, robots, drones, soldering, beer, food trucks, music, crafting, 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 2018!

The 2018 Map!

Maker Faire San Diego Map 2018

The 2018 Schedule!

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Schedule for 2018 Maker Faire San Diego


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Travel & Parking


The Park is biking and walking distance from popular neighborhoods, including South Park, North Park, Hillcrest, Little Italy, Downtown, Gaslamp District, East Village, Banker’s Hill, and University Heights.  There are bike racks situated throughout the Park where you can lock up your own bike, or there are a few DecoBike Stations located in or near the Park.  Please check their website for station locations.


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.

Public Transit

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 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.

Ride share

We also suggest ride-sharing services, such as Lyft!

Ticketing and Information

We recommend purchasing advanced tickets online before October 6th. 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!

Don’t want to stand in line? You can purchase tickets online all weekend.

There are two info booths and ticket stations at key locations in Balboa Park. You can purchase your tickets and find 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
  • Inside the Comic-Con Museum

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



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 with 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 Bea Evenson Fountain, however, most of the event will be inside the venues this year and we encourage you to complete the circuit and visit them all! Over 200+ makers will be in attendance. All our circuit stops will be different so be sure to explore each one.

Your ticket will give you access to the following venues:

  • MF1. Comic-Con Museum: Comics and Cosplay Zone
  • MF2. San Diego Automotive Museum: Steampunk!
  • MF3. Japanese Friendship Garden: Biomimicry and Green Tech Zone
  • MF4. San Diego Art Institute: Beyond The Age of Reason
  • MF5. Museum of Man: Human-Made Zone
  • MF6. The Old Globe: Costume and Stage Set Design Zone
  • MF7. San Diego History Center: Robotics Zone
  • MF8. Robot Resurrection: Craft Makers Zone
  • MF9. The Fleet Science Center: Science & Technology Zone
  • MF10. Cox Outdoor Zone
  • MF11.  The Nat: Antiquarian Curiosities and Techno Fun Zone
  • MF12. Spanish Village Art Center: Local Made Zone

Food Trucks!

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

Additional Suggestions

With 200+ makers, all the museum exhibitions, stages for performances and presentations, tons of hands-on activities, all spread across Balboa Park, we highly encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water or snacks. (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. Rain or shine, the show will go on!

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!