Public Events

Ongoing Events Open to the Public


A tour of Artisan’s Asylum showcases all of our 14 unique shop areas and the stories of our makers working in our 160 studio spaces. Our tours last about 30-45 minutes and are offered at scheduled times. We are a light industrial space and due to liability and insurance requirements we are unable to allow drop-in visitors to our facility. Tours are offered daily. For the tour schedule see Staffed Hours & Tour Times here.

Looking for a group tour for your school or organization? Contact to schedule something special for your group.


Speaker Series

Artisan’s Asylum hosts a regular Speaker Series featuring the stories of our own members and local community leaders and businesses inspiring us by making the world they want to see. Speaker Series events are free for members and Friends of Artisan’s. $10 suggested donation from the public. Check out the Spring 2016 line-up!


Free Circuit Hacking

Group huddled over an electronics workbenchCome play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced hacker, there will be something for you at Circuit Hacking Night. This one night the electronics & robotics lab will be open for FREE — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them!

The proceeds of all sales and donations will go directly towards funding maintenance and improvements in the Electronics & Robotics lab of Artisan’s Asylum: to buying new equipment, keeping consumables in stock, and towards general upkeep. Please register to attend.

Maker Mondays

Co-hosted with Miranda’s Hearth

Every third Monday, meet from 7:00-9:00 in the social space at Artisan’s Asylum for Maker Mondays. Bring your latest project, the old project you’ve been ignoring for the past several months, or a brand new idea. We’ll have a small collection of materials if you just want to come and play. Everyone is welcome! At Miranda’s Hearth, we believe that when we make things together we are creating the common shared experiences that provide the foundation for real relationships.

So come and create with us! If you feel like you can’t come because you’re not an artist, remember the Hearth Motto: Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something. Registration and check-in handled at our Front Desk.

Open Houses & Special Events

The Maker’s Masquerade

A costume party to support Somerville’s premier makerspace
Saturday October 22nd, 7:00-10:00PM
Join us for an evening to celebrate and benefit Artisan’s Asylum! Learn more here.
2016 October Gala Save the Date


Saturday November 19th, 7:00-10:00PM
Welcome to Makesgiving. This is an event that has been held all over New England that is a time to spend time with our friends and chosen family. On November 19th, we would like to invite all of our members and our extended community of maker spaces, hackerspaces, and community workshops to join us in breaking bread. We will have a potluck Dinner that starts at 7:00 PM. We encourage you to bring your family and friends to see where you spend your free time. Here is the link to the potluck sign-up.

Every year we enjoy vast amounts of food and friendship. We also extend this to our greater community. We ask everyone coming to match what they bring to share with a donation of pre-packaged food or gift card to a local market. All will be donated to the Somerville Homeless Coalition. For a full list of what can be accepted, check out the Facebook event description.

Winter Market & Open House

Saturday December 10th & Sunday December 11th, 12-6PM
Join us at Artisan’s Asylum for the 5th Annual Winter Market & Open House and get your holiday shopping done! 30+ makers & artists selling jewelry, fiber arts, holiday gifts, furniture and more, plus demos, talks & more TBA!