Beakerhead 2016 tickets released for Calgary's science extravaganza

Aug 18 2016, 12:04 am

Tickets for Beakerhead, Calgary’s annual smash up of art, science and engineering, have been released, ahead of the huge five-day festival in September.

More than 110,000 festivalgoers and 150 international artists and engineers are expected to attend, to build, compete and exhibit interactive works of art throughout the city.

This year, Beakerhead will include more than 65 mechanical sculptures, interactive street art, classrooms of creators, culinary delights, and spectacular performances.

Plus, Beakernight will light up the streets of Bridgeland with live music, beakerbar and quirky inventions ranging from a hamster wheel-powered tricycle to a can-crushing cow.

The massive, free outdoor gallery of art and engineering will also feature the international public premiere of Calgary’s own Blazin’ Lily Gals and their fire-breathing botany.

While most Beakerhead events are free, some are ticketed, from musical performances to hands-on workshops and tours. For more info, check

10 Beakerhead highlights to look out for


An evening full of quirky surprises illuminate the streets of Bridgeland where everyone will enjoy interactive works and performances, live music, the Beakerbar, a pedal-powered brain, a can-crushing cow and a human-sized hamster wheel, just to name to few.

Torched – An original food experience that will jolt everyone’s expectations. Six top Calgary chefs and mixologists are getting creative in an industrial compound – turned skate park in Ramsay. Imagine a car on its side turning a spit, a giant flame under an array of roasted trout in wire baskets, and a warehouse setting full of surprises.

Cornstarch Walk

The Cornstarch Walk at Beakerhead (Beakerhead)

The Cornstarch Walk at Beakerhead (Beakerhead)

Try your luck at walking across a trough of cornstarch and water – barefoot – without sinking!

BASS Ship – The international premiere of a two-story high communications device for sending messages to outer space – if you can crack the code. Hop in! It’s in the East Village.

Highly Social Science

Highly Social Science at Beakerhead (Beakerhead)

Highly Social Science at Beakerhead (Beakerhead)

A building turned into a social barometer in Mission.

Tentacles – A massive octopus has managed to get inside one of Inglewood’s historic building!

Saturnian – Walk barefoot inside the belly of an inflatable robotic, exploratory, humpback – narwhal hybrid.

Cloud 17

Cloud 17 at Beakerhead (Beakerhead)

Cloud 17 at Beakerhead (Beakerhead)

Three interactive experiences will provide you with light, images and sound in the heart of 17th ave.

Nibbles – For those who remember last year’s rabbits in Central Memorial Park… You know what rabbits do? It has happened. Welcome … baby bunnies!

Engineered Eats

Engineered Eats at Beakerhead (Beakerhead)

Engineered Eats at Beakerhead (Beakerhead)

Explore engineered temptations at 32 participating bars and restaurants during Beakerhead – citywide.


Where: All over Calgary

When: From Wednesday, September 14 through Sunday, September 18