21 things to do at Beakerhead today: Wednesday, September 19

Sep 19 2018, 3:53 pm

Beakerhead is here at last!

This year’s explosion of arts and science kicks off today, with plenty of amazing events and installations to check out all over the city.

While we’ve already put together the full list of events for you to check out, we decided to break that list down by day to make your first day of Beakerhead a little more manageable.

Here are all the cool things to check out today!

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Beakereats Preview: Chef’s Collaborative Dinner

What: Six esteemed local chefs gather to explore the use of canola in interesting new dishes.

When: Wednesday, September 12

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Cost: $79.99

Dung Beetle

What: Check out this massive insect made entirely from recycled materials.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: All day

Where: SAIT corner of 16th Avenue NW and 10th Street NW

Admission: Free

Treeter Totter

What: Explore the balance between humans and nature with this take on a childhood playground favourite.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: All day

Where: C-Square 4th Street and 7th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

LEDance

What: Hit the dance floor at this impromptu swing dance party as figures groove along with your moves.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: All day

Where: Kensington Crescent NW

Admission:  Free

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Spread from Deane House (Deane House/Facebook)

What: Calgary’s chefs will be trying out some scientific experiments to concoct some delicious new dishes during Beakerhead, check them out at multiple restaurants around town.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: All day

Where: 

  • Shokunin — 2016 4th Street SW
  • Deane House — 806 9th Avenue SE
  • Burger 320 — 814 1st Avenue NE, 126 10th Street NW, 1314 9th Avenue SE
  • Home and Away — 1331 17th Avenue SW
  • Oxbow — 1126 Memorial Drive NW
  • Yellow Door Bistro — 119 12th Avenue SW
  • Brasserie Kensington — 1131 Kensington Road NW
  • River Cafe — 25 Prince’s Island
  • Avec — 105, 550 11th Avenue SW

Cost: Prices vary

Skybridge Syncopation

What: You’ll be able to see sound on Calgary’s +15 walkways thanks to “rippling luminous composition.”

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: All day

Where: 500 Centre Street S

Admission: Free

Dreams Never Die

What: Calgary’s own version of the UP house might not be floating but it will host a serious amount of colourful balloons.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: All day

Where: 1405 4th Street SW

Admission: Free

Hidden Territories

What: It might look like a normal recycling bin, but if you take a look inside you’ll be sure to find a wonderful surprise.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: All day

Where: 120 9th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

Garden Party

What: Get green by checking out all the living things at this beautiful garden, and join in on some yoga on Saturday from 11 am to 12:15 pm.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: 

  • Wednesday to Friday: 3 to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 11 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday: Yoga in the Garden 11 am to 12:15 pm. Bring your mat!
  • Sunday: Bicycle Repair in the Garden noon to 4 pm (Drop-in)

Where: Fort Calgary — 750 9th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

Lunch Without Light

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Exterior of Dark Table Calgary (Photo: Milena Petrovic)

What: Attend a special lunch at Dark Table where the seating is set up in a particular layout just for Beakerhead.

When: Wednesday, September 19

Time: Noon to 1 pm

Where: Dark Table — 731 6th Avenue SW

Admission: $60

Pulse and Bloom

What: A 22-foot lotus will pulse along with your heartbeat once you place your hand on a specific sensor. Up to 20 people can participate at once.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: 

  • Wednesday to Friday: 3 to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 11 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

Where: Fort Calgary — 750 9th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

Sextant Tesla Coil

What: An 18-foot spark will jump between two 32-foot tall towers — and you can be the one to ignite the action.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: 

  • Wednesday to Friday: 3 to 9 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 11 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

Where: Fort Calgary — 750 9th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

Four to Six on Fourth

What: Check out the human-sized hamster wheel, walk on water (well, cornstarch), and see artists and performers along 4th Street.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Friday, September 21

Time: 4 to 6 pm

Where: 4th Street between 23rd Avenue and 26th Avenue SW

Admission: Free

A Matter of Mettle

What: Join physicist Jocelyn Bell as she discusses “one of the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century.”

When: Wednesday, September 19

Time: 5 to 6:30 pm

Where: University of Calgary EEEL Building — 3115 32nd Avenue NW

Admission: Free, but registration required

Cryptocurrency Clinic

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What: Learn the ins and outs of cryptocurrency at this interactive workshop.

When: Wednesday, September 19

Time: 6 to 7:30 pm

Where: BitNational Inc. — 1145 Kensington Crescent NW

Admission: $18

Opening Doors with Technology

What: Find out how local women are using technology to create accessibility and inclusivity in Calgary communities.

When: Wednesday, September 19

Time: 6 to 8 pm

Where: The Inc. — 3553 31st Street NW

Admission: $30 general admission, $20 for students

Within Measure

What: This exhibit uses synchrotron technology to create interactive artwork.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Saturday, September 22

Time: 8 to 11 pm

Where: Phil & Sebastian — 2043 33rd Avenue SW

Admission: Free

The Intuition Project

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Haunted Place (Anki Hoglund/Shutterstock)

What: Observe, analyze, and participate in activities that will delve into whether or not paranormal forces actually exist.

When: Wednesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 23

Time: 8 pm to 10 pm, Late night midnight to 2 am on Saturday

Where: West Village Theatre — 2007 10th Avenue SW

Admission: $32, student discounts available

Build Your Own Organic Facial Oil

What: Make an oil that matches your specific skin type at this hands-on workshop.

When: Wednesday, September 19

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: Neal’s Yard Remedies on Fourth — 2207 4th Street SW

Admission: $68

Animation Atelier

What: Create animation with nothing more than paper and pen.

When: Wednesday, September 19

Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Where: Quickdraw Animation Society — 2011 10th Avenue SW

Admission:  $18

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