Thank you for registering for Maker Walk LA on Friday! This will be a really special event. You’ll see how things are made behind-the-scenes in the Arts District on May 31st, with tours from 1-6pm and a private MakerWalk LA Afterparty celebration 6-9pm. We’re eager to share some tips for enjoying the day. Please see below for answers to some frequently asked questions:
Where can I find the #MakerWalkLA 2019 map of tour stops? —-> MakerWalkLA 2019 Map
How will this work? Starting at 12:30, check in at La Kretz Innovation Campus (525 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013). We will sign you in and give you a map and a wristband. And then you follow your own adventure! The wristband will get you into all of the tour stops.
What will I see? A wide range of businesses and factories will open their doors for one afternoon only, for one-of-a-kind tours! They are all listed in detail on the event page. Come and get a tour of Two Bit Circus and find out more about what goes into creating the world’s first micro amusement park. Get an inside look at the world’s first geodesic dome, immersive entertainment art park. Learn why open work environments are more productive and efficient than the corner office and why the era of the cubicle is long gone! Enjoy Conversation with Visionary Artist & Samskara Maker, Android Jones. See how beer is brewed, dtla trees are turned into lumber, and organic spirits distilled. Take a tour at a leather factory to learn how accessories and shoes are made. Come get a lab tour at Oblong Industries of interactive, immersive, and collaborative technologies (with no goggles required.). Visit a co-working space designed especially for fashion designers and learn about stitching techniques. You can even learn how power is generated and distributed at the LADWP substation. Don’t forget your wallets for shopping at the Arts District Co-op or at local shoemaker COMUNITYmade as you watch one-of-a-kind footwear being handcrafted.
How can I see everything I want to see? Well, sadly you probably can’t see everything! We recommend you peruse the lineup in advance and pick your top choices. Please note that some stops have very limited space and specific times, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Sign-ups for Hyperloop One in particular will be designated first-come, first-served at check-in; do not go directly there or you will not be allowed in.
How can I find the tours? Each stop will have a distinctive sign at the entrance. You will get a map and wristband at check-in. Make sure to check in on Friday so you get all of the up to most date info and your creds for visiting all the stops.
Will there be guides? Most of the individual tours will be guided, but some will be open houses. It’s up to you to decide in what stops you want to see and in what order.
How will we get around? Many of the tours are within a couple of blocks of check-in. Lalaland has ample parking, but the rest of the stops have very little. Our recommendation is to park it and walk! Some tours are about a half to 3/4 mile away – you might try a Metro bike, Uber, Lyft, or electric scooter ride-share!
We have partnered with Lime, the electric scooter ride-sharing app to offer a fun and convenient way to get around to each tour stop. We suggest preparing ahead now: download the app on Apple or Android and bring a helmet! New users can use code LIMEXMAKER for two free unlocks. Lime will be available Friday to answer questions, hand out swag, and raffle off helmets. They will even will have their award-winning Gen 3 scooters available for demo rides.
How do we get there? Find information about parking and transit here. There is some limited free street parking and access to public parking lots (day rates vary). Absolutely no public parking allowed at LA Kretz! Nearest public lot is located at the corner of Palmetto & S. Hewitt Street.
What should I wear? Dress is business casual. Wear your walking shoes! Close-toed footwear is required for some of the tours. Otherwise, dress light because it’s supposed to be warm out.
What should I bring? You’ll have access to water fountains, but we do encourage bringing your own water bottle to fill up throughout the day. Bring your wallet if you want to have lunch in advance, or shop at the Co-op or COMUNITYmade. Bring your confirmation print-out or your ID.
Where can I eat lunch? There are several restaurants nearby. The closest ones are Urth Cafe, Resident, and Zinc. There are also often food trucks near La Kretz, The Arts District Co-op, and COMUNITYmade. Grab a coffee at Blue Bottle.
Can we register at the door? It’s best that you register in advance to save time, and because we cannot guarantee there will be tickets left. But if you’re already on your way, please come!
Who are you? MAKE IT IN LA is a region-wide initiative to connect and celebrate the nation’s largest community of makers and manufacturers. Its mission is to support and inspire entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into real products in Los Angeles. The non-profit provides educational programming, factory tours, community-building events, online content, and links to resources to help businesses scale. The initiative spun out of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program and is made possible by numerous partners and supporters. Learn more: makeitinla.org
Why are you doing this? MAKE IT IN LA and friends want to celebrate manufacturing in LA, connect the community, and share inspiration and information about how to make products locally. Join our movement!
THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners for making this event possible! Our supporters include LA2050, Happily, Newsroom PR, KCRW, COMUNITYmade, Califia Farms and Greenbar Distillery. Co-hosts include: Angel City Brewery, Angel City Lumber, Arts District Co-op, Bread Lounge, COMUNITYmade, Crafted Kitchen LA, Green Bar Distillery, inHouse Produce, Journey Foods, Juicebot, Kapsel, La La Land Leather, LADWP Customer Engagement Lab, LADWP Substation, Lime, Lotus Elevated, Oblong Industries, Perch, Scale 1:1, Sew FYI, Soylent Innovation Lab, The Giving Keys, The Spirit Guild and Two Bit Circus.
Visit makerwalkla.com for a complete and up to date list of our supporters.