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Beakerhead 2018: Calgary’s smash up of art, science and engineering

Written By | Aug 14, 2018
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CALGARY, AB:  One thing Canada knows how to do is have a street party.  And while Montreal, Quebec may be the reigning queen of street fare, Calgary in Alberta is showing them how to do it with some Rocky Mountain swagger.  From September nineteenth to the twenty-third,  enormous electric bolts will light up the sky in downtown Calgary as a cacophony of exhibits and events takes over the city. Beakerhead 2018 and Beakernight is the result of a years worth of educational programs that meets at “the crossroads of art, science and engineering.”

Beakerhead is a registered charity whose mandate is to advance education by bringing people together through a series of year-round programs.  The five-day citywide spectacle in September features more than 60 events centered around bizarre engineered installations and artworks.

Beakerhead is honored to be a platform for projects led by members of the community from all cultures.

The Beakerhead 2018 crew is announcing the official program lineup.

This year’s extravaganza will include remarkable spectacles of art and science, unique activities, and more than 50 distinct events – many of which are free, but still require registration to get tickets.

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The Calgary-born art, science and engineering street party is in its sixth year. Last year, more than 145,000 people participated in Beakerhead 2017 and organizers are planning to top that number during Beakerhead 2018.

“Expect conversations that start with “Wow!” says Mary Anne Moser, President and Co-founder of Beakerhead. “This year’s lineup includes a lot of original concepts, special culinary events, dozens of workshops, shows and tours.”

Beakerhead events take place indoors and out.

Highlights of Beakerhead 2018 are:
  • Light up the Night:
    Giant electric bolts will light up the night sky thanks to two 10-metre Tesla Coils built by a team of artists and engineers.
  • Dinner with Drones:
    This exclusive dinner event will be an international first!
  • Lunch Without Light:
    This special Dark Table dining experience is led by a famous broadcaster and an esteemed neuroscientist.
  • MakeFashion Gala:
    This Calgary based international phenomenon will debut new collections of high fashion wearable tech.
  • Beakerbites and Beakerbar:
    Dining is a whole new experience when chef and bartender become scientist! Creative Calgary chefs and mixologists experiment with a new theme in 2018: canola
  • Four to Six on Fourth:
    Blocks of open-air experimentation including a human-sized hamster wheel, artists, performers, and hands-on or feet-on experiences like walking on liquid.
  • Beacons:
    This series of free neighborhood installations is completely wild! There’s everything from a giant dung beetle to a 3.5-metre lotus that lights up with your heartbeat.
  • Workshops:
    Learn the art of animation, understand cryptocurrency, meet famous scientists and broadcasters, make organic facial oil or a vegan carrot cake and much more.
  • Zorbathon:
    Get inside a zorb and cavort with family and friends in an oversized playground. Participate in rolling races, bump-a-thons, obstacle courses. Make a day of it.

Beakerhead takes place September 19 – 23, 2018 with the ticketed Beakernight on Saturday, September 22 at Fort Calgary. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the official website at

Beakernight, Calgary, AB

Beakernight is science’s biggest ticketed street party the giant electric bolt you’ll see arcing across the night sky is perfectly safe. It’s Beakernight! Add fire, lasers, light and music and you’ve got the making of science’s biggest garden party with installations, hands-on experiences and stage performances spread out across Fort Calgary and the RiverWalk. Check out the drones and linger for a while with an inspirational cocktail in hand. Please, just watch your step – rumor has it that a UFO is on a collision course for Calgary.

Beakernight, Beakerhead 2018, Beakerhead, Calgary, AB, Art, Science, EngineeringBy the way, there is no dress code. Really. This is a time to show the true you – as wild and wacky or as simple and true as you feel in your inner core.

Beakernight’s official afterparty!

Head to The Palace Theatre at 219 8 Ave SW at 11pm. Take in the British electronic music production duo Delta Heavy from London. They found fame with their 2012 single “Get By”.  Their latest album features a single called “Oscillator”

A ticket only event, tickets are now on sale.

About Beakerhead 2018, Calgary, AB

Beakerhead 2018 is a registered charity whose mandate is to advance education at the crossroads of art, science and engineering. We bring people together through year-round programming that culminates in a five-day citywide spectacle in September with more than 60 events centered around delightfully bizarre engineered installations and artworks. Beakerhead is honored to be a platform for projects led by members of the community from all cultures.

For more information visit: where tickets are now available online.

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All images courtesy of Beakerhead / Beakernight and are used with permission

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Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin is an award-winning writer and wanderer. She turns her thoughts to an eclectic mix of stories - from politics to sports. Restless by nature and anxious to experience new things, both in the real world and online, Jacquie mostly shares travel and culinary highlights, introduces readers to the chefs and creative people she meets and shares the tips, life and travel information people want to read.