Beakerhead: The Smashup of Calgary

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Every year the ‘Stampede For Geeks’ stages a Calgary takeover.

Beakerhead, a unique international festival of art, science and engineering started small and quirky in 2013. Today, thousands of  scientists, inventors, artists and visitors from all over the globe love this September event because it is still quirky. But now it’s big. Bigger than its founders — the brilliant minds of former hosts of the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet Jay Ingram and a local Mary Anne Moser – PhD Science and Society — could have dreamed.

From mechanical creatures to palaeontology digs, time travellers’ costume parades to science rap battles, engineered eats to engineered art and everything in-between, Beakerhead is truly a creative festival for science enthusiasts of all ages.

29167084842_3cb5c2da67_zIt’s delicious.
Known for its strong culinary focus, Beakerhead challenges Calgary chefs to explore their scientific side with Engineered Eats, themed ingredients and techniques lead to inventive dishes and drinks like 2016’s milk-themed molecular cocktails. For the ultimate culinary experience foodies are invited to dining extravaganzas, like Torched in 2016 —  at The Compound, a warehouse turned skate park — presented a multi-sensory event where six local chefs, award-winning mixologists presented their best with a backdrop of crane rides and live music.


It’s thought provoking.
Art lovers appreciate the abundance of public art installations created for this annual event. 2016 saw the Chain Reactions of Incredible Encounters: visits to Sandbox of Human Ingenuity for Yoga in the Sand and the  BASS Ship, a two-storey communications device for sending messages to outer space set up right in downtown Calgary’s happening East Village. While in the East Village head down to Simmons Building for Cafe au Lait Scientifique at Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters to learn from engineers-turned-coffee-experts Phil and Sebastian why milk can make or break the perfect cup.

After a morning of urban exploring dive into an afternoon enjoying Rock ’n Roll History of Space Exploration with Jay Ingram and his band, the Cosmonauts or a Science Genius Rap Battle at Studio Bell, Home of Canada’s impressive new National Music Centre.

And it’s wild!
Do not miss the science street party of the year – Beakernight – with fire-erupting installations, rocket ship crane rides, 3D projection musical parties and live music. Join Bike Your Beakerhead to get to the party and visit all the must-see public artwork on the way.



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