Beakerhead 101

Beakerhead 101
Beakerhead 101
Science & Engineering Festival

Beakerhead 101

Tips for taking part in Calgary’s most entertaining arts and science festival.
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Fire and robots and astronauts, oh my!

First off, expect the unexpected with this five-day fall festival. Beakerhead prides itself on its creativity and ingenuity so every single year is just a little bit different. What you can expect are a variety of events and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy – think of it like Burning Man but less desert and more family-friendly activities.

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Get ready to party and learn at Beakerhead

Many Beakerhead events are outdoors and will take place rain, snow or shine! If you know Calgary’s unpredictable weather, be dressed for anything from sunscreen and shorts to layers and scarves. But you can make the most of it by tailoring your outfits Beakerhead-style too! Calgarians and visitors alike take it up a notch by wearing engineered costumes to the various events. It could be a glowing umbrella to light up the night (and protect against the rain) or an astronaut in full gear doing the moonwalk. Check out the Beakerhead shop for accessories and ideas!

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Get hands-on at Calgary’s most interactive festival

If you like to get interactive with your arts and science education then the Beakerhead workshops are the perfect way to experiment with science, arts and engineering. All workshops are hands-on experiences to help you understand an unusual topic like how your olfactory system works with your brain, so you recognize smells. Or it can be learning new technical skills like reconfiguring an old Nintendo Game Boy to become a musical instrument and creating your own drone through thermal casting. No matter the workshop, you’ll learn something unique and interesting and usually have something to take home with you as well.

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More than just science, arts and engineering

Still ready for more? After checking out all these different Beakerhead opportunities, the festival culminates with a huge evening street party on the weekend. You’ll want to make sure you get your tickets early for this one. You might have seen Beakerhead installations in locations all over Calgary in the past. Now, the Beakerhead festival will bring together all these amazing pieces in one location to enjoy. This main event features everything and anything. Previous Beakerhead nights have included crane riding, massive 3D projections, science demonstrations, a human-sized hamster wheel, hands-on encounters with robots, music from humans and machines, edible anatomy, science busking, and a variety of artists and performers.

The best way to prepare for Beakerhead is to check their website for schedule updates leading up to the festival. Make sure to get your tickets early so you don’t miss out and keep an eye out for free community events throughout the festival as well. Get ready to have a blast, learn something new and get inspired by this technically creative festival.

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Irene Seto