5 things to do in Calgary today: Wednesday, September 14

Sep 14 2016, 2:20 pm

It’s hump day! Which means you’re halfway to the weekend.

Here are a few things happening around town today that will help you get back into the groove.


Calgary’s annual smash up of art, science and engineering, is here this 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.

Where: All over Calgary
When: From Wednesday, September 14 through Sunday, September 18
Tickets: beakerhead.com

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September Wine & Art Wednesday

A perfect Wednesday night hosted by Calgary’s Gerry Thomas Gallery. Listen to the soulful sounds of Mo Stitt on the sax and enjoy cocktails and dining options from Chefbar. No cover charge.

Where: Gerry Thomas Gallery – 602 11th Avenue SW
When: Wednesday, September 14 – Doors at 5pm, Performance at 7pm

Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival 2016

The Illuminasia Lantern and Garden Festival returns to the Calgary Zoo for the second year in a row, and this time around there are 145 extra lanterns to dazzle you. The lanterns are seasonal-themed this year, so you’ll be taken on a journey from winter to spring, and they’ll depict culturally significant animals as well as zoo favourites. Relish in the arts of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean cultures, and check out live music, an art gallery, and garden displays as well.

Where: Calgary Zoo – 1300 Zoo Road NE
When: Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, October 16

Wine-Ohs Open Mic

Grab your instruments and head to Wine-Ohs tonight for the ultimate jam session. Lee Taylor kicks off the evening with some songs. There is no cover charge and minors are welcome.

Where: Wine-Ohs – 811 1 Street SW
When: Wednesday, September 14 at 9 pm

Million Dollar Quartet

The Tony® Award Winning musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956. History was made when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions ever. It brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four friends that is altogether poignant, heartwarming and funny.

Where: Stage West – 727 42 Avenue SE
When: September 9 to November 13
Tickets: $119 (includes dinner)

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