What is it?

theCOtoberfest is a festival for makers, creatives, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts. It's a weekend full of events for the curious, hardworking and inventive among us—young and old!





Film Festival with Gourmet Popcorn Bar 7pm - 9pm

At this year’s #theCOtoberfest, join us for our first-ever film festival featuring original short films. Get to know more about each filmmaker’s process in our panel discussion following the screenings, and don’t forget to fill up at our gourmet popcorn bar.
Escape to Forevertron | Directed by: Ridley Pflasterer and Ryan Pflasterer
June | Directed by: Rachael Camp
Coach Mickey Marley | Directed by: Jon Rawl
Welcome to Ditchville | Directed by: jay Murchison and Tayne Kim
A Truth She Feared | Directed by: Jacob Sipes
Thriller Nights | Directed by: Lorenzo Hart




Maker Demos  2pm - 7pm

The Maker Demos will showcase the work of all kinds and ages of makers-- embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it together) spirit. They are interactive glimpses of the projects happening in our community and they answer the question “how do you do that cool thing you do?”

Be sure to bring a few dollars if you'd like to try out some of these techniques yourselves! Demos include encaustic painting, VEX robotics, alcohol ink painting, hand lettering on pumpkins, video game design for kids 6-12 and more!


CO.STARTERS Showcase 2pm - 7pm

If you’ve been around theCO before, you’re sure to have heard of our CO.STARTERS program equipping entrepreneurs with all they need to see their business ideas actualized. At this year’s #theCOtoberfest, we’re eager to showcase some of our past participant’s finest work and let you know how you can be a part of what they’re doing. Play the Overland Escape Game, get some Random Pieces of Wood, some hand lettered magic from Hub City Love, jewelry from The Spare Room or some indigo goodness from Garner Blue and more!

Festival Booths 2pm - 7pm

  • Test out your business idea on the Fortune500 Teller

  • Raspberry Pi(e) alley where you’ll see $35 micro computer projects alongside fruit pies!

  • Get a photo in front of the life-size Our Jackson Home Journal

  • play VR, see a giant robot and more on theCO’s very own Driving Innovation mobile STEAM lab

  • get lunch and coffee/dessert from La Cubanita and Lagares Coffee Roasters!


#JacksonFamous Pitch Palooza 5:30pm - 7pm

Description: How fast can a crazy business idea be formed? Find out at #theCOtoberfest’s first-ever #JacksonFamous Pitch Palooza. Eight local “celebrities” go head-to-head in our Pitch It game, coming up with their best solutions to crazy market needs. (Think trying to sell hair dryers to gardeners, lunchboxes to lawyers, jewelry to construction workers, etc.)

We’ll do this bracket style with head-to-head competitions-- stay tuned for the list of who’s participating so you can come cheer on your favorites. The competition begins at 5:30pm, and part of determining the winner will be an audience vote.


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