Maker Faire Atlanta will once again be free in 2014, but we will be using an online ticketing system called EventBrite to help us get a good head count of attendees. We’ll be creating the event on EventBrite soon, so please check back later in the year to secure your tickets.
Maker Faire Atlanta 2014 will be taking place over the weekend of October 4 and 5. On Saturday, October 4, the Faire will be open from 10am-5pm. On Sunday October 5, we will be open from 12pm to 5pm.
Maker Faire Atlanta 2014 will be taking place in Downtown Decatur this year! We will have two main exhibition areas set up south of Decatur Square. Exhibition Area A will be in the large parking lot beside the Calloway Building and Exhibition Area B will be along both sides of N McDonough Street near Decatur High School. The best address to feed your GPS will be: 125 W Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030. That will put you at the parking deck right across the street from Exhibition Area A.
We would love for you to choose MARTA if at all possible. We have limited parking, so everyone that takes public transportation frees up a space for someone who can’t!
- Take the eastbound MARTA train to the Decatur MARTA station
- Take the Swanton Way exit out of the station
- Walk west towards the gazebo and then south on N McDonough Street (heading towards Decatur High School) until you run into the Faire!
Where to Stay
We made the decision to avoid getting group rates at hotels around town because they lock you into a contract that requires you to fill a certain amount of the rooms in your block, and we just don’t have enough data to back up how many rooms we might need. Here are the hotels closest to the Faire, and some sample rates, but remember that because this event is so close to a MARTA rail line, as long as you stay close to any of MARTA’s stops, it’ll be easy to get to the Faire.
Courtyard Decatur, 130 Clairemont Ave, Decatur GA, 404-371-0204, 0.2 miles from venue, $169/night
Super 8 Decatur, 917 Church St, Decatur, GA, 404-378-3765, 0.6 miles from venue, $68/night
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2183 North Decatur Rd, 404-320-0888, 2.0 miles from venue, $145/night
University Inn at Emory, 1767 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA, 1-800-654-8591, 2.4 miles from venue, $115/night
Thanks to our new Decatur location, parking will be easier than ever before! For those of you driving to the Faire, there is a parking deck that will be open, cheap, and an incredibly short walk to the Faire (right across the street!). Plug 125 W Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030 into your GPS for directions to the parking deck.
Food, Drink, and Restrooms
Having our Faire in Downtown Decatur means that you are within easy walking distance from a huge variety of restaurants and shops. Find a list of the food choices in the Decatur area here - we highly recommend you support these local spots. As for restrooms: this year, we will have porta-potties convenient to both exhibition areas.