NH Maker & Food Fest

June 27, 2020 / 10 am - 4 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Not all of the Children's Museum's normal exhibits will be open during this event. This Fest is a special event that takes place inside the museum and throughout the park. If you join the Fest, you'll have access to not only the entire Maker Fest, but also these hands-on museum exhibits that we keep open during the day:

What is it?

The NH Maker & Food Fest 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!

Questions? Reach out to nhmakerfest@childrens-museum.org

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DATE: Saturday, June 27, 2020, 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 build 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
  • Authors sharing their love of language
  • 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?

New this year!

Pay-what-you-can admission to the NH Maker & Food Fest!
Everyone is welcome, regardless of the ability to pay!
(suggested donation of $5 per person)

At the Children’s Museum of NH we believe that everyone can be a maker. Our vision is to inspire all to become the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers and the NH Maker & Food Fest is one way we fulfill that vision.

In that spirit and new for 2020, we are offering pay-what-you-can admission to the Fest to ensure that every child, family and adult can participate, regardless of their ability to pay. A suggested donation of $5 per person will help cover the costs of running the event.

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 2020 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 27, 2020.

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 8, 2020.

Please note that this is a brand new Call to Makers application for 2020. If you submitted an application any time earlier this year using the 2019 form you need to be sure to re-apply.

We look forward to hearing from you! We expect the 2020 NH Maker & Food Fest - our 8th 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.

Questions? Contact us at nhmakerfest@childrens-museum.org.

Food Vendor

Food Vendors at the NH Maker & Food Fest will be invited to participate by the museum. If you are interested in being a food vendor on Saturday, June 27, 2020, please reach out to Neva Cole at neva@childrens-museum.org and describe your menu. All Food Vendors pay a $75 fee to participate in the day, and must sign a participation agreement stating that they are committing to the Fest date and time. Any cancellations within 48 hours of the event will be subject to an additional “no-show” charge of $50.

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.

Happening on the same day and time as the Maker Fest, in the lower park, is the NH Ukulele Festival, drawing even more people into the park and to taste your food! The Dover Adventure Playground remains open all day as well, and is a huge attraction for area families.

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 27, 2020.

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.

The food area is open to the public, and this year we are asking people to pay by donation to get into the 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!

All Food Vendors pay a $75 fee to participate in the day, and must sign a participation agreement stating that they are committing to the Fest date and time. Any cancellations within 48 hours of the event will be subject to an additional “no-show” charge of $50.

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 paula@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.

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.

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.*

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.

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


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


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

Logo on Children's Museum of NH website.

*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 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.

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.

Parking Lot Monitor: Stationed at the parking lot entrance to direct attendees to an official Fest entrance.


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.


Questions? Reach us at nhmakerfest@childrens-museum.org

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors


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