When: Sat., June 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2014
If idle hands are the devil's playthings, he'd better bring his Nintendo 3DS to the 5th annual NC Maker Faire or he's going to get awfully bored. It's a participatory celebration of creative ingenuity and D.I.Y. derring-do, bringing together home crafters, technological inventors and boundary-blurring artists for a day of skill-sharing. You can hone your breaking and entering chops at the Lockpick Village, take a workshop on "e-textiles" (whatever those are) with SparkFun Electronics, learn to weave on a loom with Durham String Thing or explore the cutting-edge frontiers of 3D printing and robotics.
Originating—natch—in the California Bay Area, Maker Faire has many regional outposts, and N.C.'s is quickly growing into one of the largest, graduating to 50,000 square feet of Expo Center floor space after beginning with a tenth of that in 2010. This year, 5,000 attendees are expected. Faire warning: While the event is kid-friendly, some activities, such as the Learn to Solder workshop, require an ominous-sounding "safety waiver." But if you get through it unsoldered, you'll have a nifty blinking robot badge to prove it. —Brian Howe