NH Maker & Food Fest

June 29, 2019 / 10 am - 4 pm

PLEASE NOTE: The Children's Museum's normal exhibits will be CLOSED during this event. This Fest is a special event that takes place inside the museum and throughout downtown Dover. If you purchase tickets to the Fest, that does not mean your family will then be able to play inside the museum. The entire museum, including exhibit spaces, is occupied with Makers for the duration of the Fest.

What is it?

The NH Maker & Food Fest (Formerly the Dover Mini Maker Faire) is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists, to chefs, the Maker & Food Fest is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects, and for all of us to enjoy fantastic food!

We call it the Greatest Show & Tell (& Taste) on Earth - a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Bring your appetites, glimpse the future and get inspired!

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NEW DATE: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10am-4pm

I loved the diversity in the exhibits and the ability for my son to create things and bring them home. He absolutely loved the robots (that's something you don't see everyday) and being able to use his hands to make something grown-ups make.

What makes this day so unique?

There is no better place to meet and learn from some of the most talented people living in your community, all the while enjoying some amazing food from local chefs and food trucks. 

The people who participate in this event might be...

  • Makers who have built robots
  • Tinkerers who have invented something new
  • Chefs sharing their love of cuisine
  • Artists who have crafted unique objects
  • Homesteaders and engineers who can build anything
  • Coffee brewers serving it up hot or cold
  • Entertainers with music in their souls
  • Educators and community leaders who want to share opportunities
  • Bakers selling delicious in every color
  • Kids with big dreams
  • Technology geeks sharing a love of new innovations

As a guest at the NH Maker & Food Fest you might get to...

  • Interact with robots
  • Play with rockets
  • Try your hand at science experiments
  • Geek-out with innovative technology
  • Build something crazy
  • Craft something beautiful
  • Eat an amazing meal
  • And so much more!

What does it cost?

Ages 5 and under are FREE

Early Bird Tickets: April 1 - May 31* $8/person
*Sold online April 1 until midnight on May 31, 2019

Advance Tickets: June 1 - 28* $10/person
*Sold online June 1 until noon on Friday, June 28, 2019

At-the-door tickets: $12/ages 6-Adult;  $10/Seniors ages 65+



Family Fun Pack - Two adults and up to 3 children ages 6-17: $35 in advance* / $40 at-the-door
*Sold online April 1 until noon on Friday, June 28, 2019

Ages 5 and under FREE
Advance Tickets for Ages 6 - Adult: $5/person*
*Sold online April 1 until noon on Friday, June 28, 2019
At-the-door: $6/person

$1 per person for up to two adults and 3 children with EBT Card and ID.
*Must purchase tickets at door

Ages 65+ pay $10 at the door

Discounted admission for up to 4 individuals at the event with a CMNH library pass, $7 per person. Proof of Library Card/Membership DOES NOT count towards a discount.  You must reserve the CMNH Library Membership Pass from your local library. These are not special passes specifically for the Maker & Food Fest event.
*Must purchase tickets at door

Discounted admission for up to 4 individuals with military ID, $7 per person.
*Must purchase tickets at door


Calling all Makers, Inventors, Artists, Engineers, Performers, and more!

Cut to the Chase! Fill out a Maker application here.

Have you made something really cool you want to share with the world? Or do you have a special skill you would like to demonstrate? There are many options for participating in the NH Maker & Food Fest. You can have a table or booth to share what you're working on, or you can apply to do a talk or group presentation. You might be a performer, or your company might have a cool new product to showcase. Your project can be as complex as a robot or drone, or a creative activity just for kids.

The Call to Makers for the NH Maker & Food Fest 2019 is now open. Whether you have joined us before (for the Dover Mini Maker Faire), or you are brand new to the Maker Fest experience, we want to hear from you about what you're making how you'd like to share it on June 29, 2019.

To apply to be a Maker, just fill out this form and you will hear back from the committee in 6-8 weeks, or sooner if they have a question for you. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 7, 2019.

Please note that this is a brand new Call to Makers application for 2019. If you submitted an application any time earlier this year using the 2018 form you need to be sure to re-apply.

We look forward to hearing from you! We expect the 2019 NH Maker & Food Fest - our 7th event - to be even bigger and better this year. This event is still the first and largest in the state of New Hampshire so don't miss this opportunity to share your stuff with hundreds of interested people of all ages.

Become a Food Vendor

Be a part of this festival of innovation, creativity and amazing food!

Cut to the Chase! Fill out a vendor application form here.

Every foodie worth their salt knows food trucks are the next big thing - the culinary innovators bringing creative, high-quality, and downright delicious cuisine to the streets. Many of you are also doing your part to support the growing local food movement.

What we're looking for in a food vendor?

Every year, the New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest brings around 1,600 crazy cool, innovative, and artistic folks to Dover for just one day in late June. And while they're here, we'd like to get them hooked on your delectable fare.

A lot of our visitors are families with kids ranging in age from birth to teens, so offering a kid's menu is important.

We're open to all different kinds of food. In the past we've happily and hungrily welcomed ice cream vendors, coffee brewers, bakers of all kinds, beer brewers offering small samples, local chefs, local food trucks, Colombian food, and much more!

If you can provide your own electricity, that is ideal.

You need to have a food service permit from the City of Dover good through June 29, 2019.

What you get out of joining the NH Maker & Food Fest

This is one of the first festivals of the summer, before families go on vacation, so lots of people are looking for something fun and educational to do this weekend.

New this year, we are opening up the Food to the public, and are only charging people to come into the Maker Fest.

It's super cost effective to join us. There is just a small $75 fee.

The Children's Museum of NH, the organizers and hosts of the NH Maker & Food Fest, is the most visited cultural institution in NH, with over 101,000 visitors coming through our doors every year. We advertise the Maker & Food Fest to all our social media followers, newsletter subscribers, members, and visitors to the museum. You'll get lots of attention leading up to the event!

Where do I sign up?!

It's easy to apply to become a food vendor at this day-long festival of food and making! Just fill out a vendor application form here and submit it no later than Friday, June 7, 2019. Once you've been accepted we'll reach out with a confirmation and info on how to pay the vendor fee.

Why sponsor the NH Maker & Food Fest?

Because this is New Hampshire's FIRST and LARGEST Maker Festival. Because everyone needs a little more S.T.E.A.M. in their lives. Because it's going to be AWESOME!

Cut to the Chase! Fill out a sponsorship form here and email it to carolyn@childrens-museum.org or mail it to the Children's Museum of NH at 6 Washington Street, Dover, NH 03820.

Find your sponsor level and be part of this incredible community extravaganza!


Sponsor recognition in promotional and marketing materials including e-blasts and here on the Children's Museum of NH website.*

Name or logo featured in digital sponsorship ads on a closed circuit TV inside the Children's Museum of NH.

E-blast and mentions on our extensive social media network including Facebook and Twitter.

MASTER MAKER : $5,000(non-exclusive)

Company banner displayed at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Link to sponsor's homepage from the Children's Museum of NH website.

Free booth space at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

30 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo representation on the NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirts.*

INVENTER: $2,500

Company banner display at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor logo on the Children's Museum of NH website and all promotional and marketing materials.*

Free booth at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

20 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo representation on the NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirts.*

ENGINEER: $1,500

Company banner displayed at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor logo on all NH Maker & Food Fest promotional materials.*

12 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo representation on the NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirts.*


Company banner display at the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Sponsor logo on Children's Museum of NH website.

6 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Logo representation on the NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirts.


Sponsor name on the Children's Museum of NH website.

3 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.


Recognition as a "media sponsor" in all NH Maker & Food Fest marketing.

Logo on Children's Museum of NH website.

2 tickets to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

*Subject to printing deadlines. Sponsor to provide logo in required format.

Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer at the NH Maker & Food Fest! We depend on our volunteers to make the NH Maker & Food Fest a success.

Cut to the Chase
Sign up to be a volunteer here.


Volunteer shifts are about 3 hours in length, with a little extra required at the beginning of some shifts to help transition between the arriving and departing volunteers. If you commit to volunteering, then you will need to commit to at least one 3-hour block, but you are also welcome to volunteer for more. Additionally, some volunteer jobs may require a time commitment for training, which will be held prior to the NH Maker & Food Fest.

We require volunteers to be at least 16 years old. Also, volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from the NH Maker & Food Fest and any necessary training sessions.


These are the things we'll need help with:

Setup/Tear-Down: Help Makers load-in and setup their booths on Friday evening and Saturday morning, assist with hanging banners, signs, flags, etc. Saturday Tear-Down volunteers are asked to assist Makers in the swift removal of their equipment, stacking chairs, folding up tables, removing banners, signs, flags, etc. This job has the potential to be physically demanding.

Ticket Sales and Ticket Taking: Sell tickets, take tickets, help with pre-sold check-ins, distribute wristbands, collect emails, monitor venue entrances and exits.

Merchandise & Water Sales: Sell maker-related merchandise and t-shirts.

Check-in and Information Booth: First point of contact for makers and volunteers. Assist makers in finding their table and provide badges. Briefly orient makers to layout and available services. Check-in and check-out volunteers and maintain the list of active volunteers. Answer attendee questions and help visitors plan their day.

Maker Assistance: Respond to odd jobs from staff such as re-stocking drinks, helping the exhibitors move things, standing in at exhibitor booths if they need a break, or helping any of the other jobs as the need arises.


NH Maker & Food Fest t-shirt.

Free entrance to the event.

Free entrance to the invitation only Makers party held the night before the NH Maker & Food Fest.

Our unending gratitude and appreciation.




The 2019 Derby is happening during Maker Fest!

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and SEED (Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover) will team up again for the 2nd annual Dover Ducky Derby and it will be in conjunction with the Maker Fest. The Maker Fest is a special ticketed event, but you can still view the Dover Ducky Derby for free from Henry Law Park behind the museum and along the river. If you want to adopt a duck to participate in the derby, those can be purchased here online. This is a fundraiser to benefit both the museum and SEED which does amazing work for Dover's schools and educators.

Adopted rubber ducks will be launched from Washington Street bridge at 1pm. Duck adoptions are available now! Learn more here.

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors



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