Jersey Shore Makerfest

The Largest Free Maker Event on the East Coast!

About the Jersey Shore Makerfest


Started in October 2015 by two lifelong educators, the JSMF has been an experimental, experiential, educational, and non-profit annual community event. It's been described in the press as a "free-wheeling celebration of creativity and imagination" that's "equal parts MythBusters, science lab, county fair, and art studio." What began as 50 maker tables in a single room evolved into six indoor and outdoor spaces with over 100 maker booths and workshops, a drone/RC field, a motivational "EdTalks" digital TV studio, competitive and instructional robotics arenas, and the annual town Green Fair. Traditional skills frolicked with modern high tech as participants tried their hands at soldering, programming, woodworking, 3D printing, laser cutting, robotics, electronics, engineering design, home repair, and more. Over 400 makers, both big and small, and 14,000 attendees, young and old, joined us over these five years. And we are especially proud to say that it's been free for all, thanks to a cadre of incredible sponsors and volunteers.

JSMF's sustainability commitment

Makerfest has always been an environmentally conscious event, striving to use materials that are recycled or recyclable, minimizing minimize waste, and encouraging refillable water containers rather than single use disposable water bottles.

We were excited to have had join us in the past year: Action Together, American Littoral Society, Apple, Applied Inspirations, Barnegat Bay Partnership, Barnes and Noble, Beachplum Quilters, Boy Scouts of America, Bubby's Beanery, Community Medical Center, Cosplay by Nick Woetko, Ctrl-V, Deep Cut Bonsai, Deloitte Consulting, John DiCapua 3D Printer Hacking, Envision Innovative Solutions, EverFi, FIRST Robotics, 501st Legion (Star Wars), Friends of Ortley Beach, Erin Garcia-Hawes, Get in the Spin, Girl Scouts Transisters, Habitat for Humanity, Ham Radio Fest, Hamilton-Buehl, glass artist Jack Knight, Jersey Shore Amateur Radio Club, Let's Invent That, Likeable STEM, Manalapan High School, Maplewoodshop, Mike Schiarappa's V-cards, Microsoft, Museum of Interesting Things, National Guard STEAM Program, the NJ Department of Education Office of STEM and Innovation, NJ Institute of Technology, NJ Makers Day, Ocean County College Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County Library, OC 4-H STEM Club, OC Modelers (RC planes), Ocean County Vocational Schools, Passion Peaces, Poseidon Cube Club, Robomov, Save Barnegat Bay, South Jersey Maker Meetup, SPINdorato and the Flying Arts, Teq, 3Dducators, Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, Toms River Green Team, Toms River Regional Schools (including the MiniMaker Corner for PreK-2 and the VR Village at our main booth), TRSTV, Vintage Computer Federation, Vorpal Robotics, WAGS Robotics, Zoom Balloons, and Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation.

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Click here to download/access the collectable poster from our final fest!