Beakerhead is an annual program that brings together the arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to build, engage, compete, and exhibit interactive works of art, engineered creativity and entertainment.
Year-round programming culminates in a five-day citywide spectacle – with interactive street art, feats of engineering, larger-than-life theatre, and spectacular performances.
Snakes and Ladders (Sept 13-17):
This year as part of Canada 150, Beakerhead will celebrate the ups and downs of Canada’s own story of invention. Public spaces will be made playful by engineered art installations and experiences that are mapped together as a connected experience through the City’s downtown core à la Snakes and Ladders.
Beakernight (Sat, Sept 16): Beakerhead’s fiery and mechanical nighttime street party celebrating engineering and science. In 2016 over 50,000 people attended – and this year we expect the crowds to be even bigger.
As always, it’s a night filled with surprises around every corner – robots, lasers, fire, and music are always core ingredients!
Four-to-Six (Sept 13-15): Take to the streets with live experiments, installations, performances, and parades of engineered contraptions and art cars livening up streets during Calgary’s rush hour (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Stephen Avenue Walk).
Unique Ticketed Events and Workshops (Sept 13-17): The Science of Cats and Dogs (a bizarre variety show), the Seven Wonderers (a science storytelling event), The Ape Inside Us (a date night filled with scientific discovery), Scent (an olfactory exploration)… As always the five days of Beakerhead will be chalk full of opportunities to roll-up your sleeves and discovery through wired and whacky ways.
Engineered Eats and the Beaker Bar (Sept 13-17): Over two dozen restaurants will take part in an culinary challenge to create specialized menu offers during Beakerhead for hundreds of experiment-savvy foodies. After all, cooking is chemistry and chefs are artists. Add on to this the fun fact the Beakerhead plans to launch a pop-up Beaker Bar for five days, and it’s safe to say that no one will go hungry or thirsty while exploring this year’s many event sites.