This Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13, the first National Maker Faire takes place on the University of the District of Columbia campus in Washington. In addition to the participation of several federal agencies and makers from around the country, there are several presentations scheduled. There will be screenings of the documentary film Maker, a showcase of makers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, demonstrations of specific maker projects and panels discussing the many different kinds of people that can and do engage in making.
The National Maker Faire is the start of the National Week of Making, which runs from the 12th through the 18th. The White House will hold an event on Friday morning from 8:30-11:30 to kickoff the week, including announcements of the progress the Administration and its partners have made in various making-related initiatives. This website (motivated by, if not officially affiliated with, the White House effort) tracks making events around the country, in case you want to get involved locally.