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The Complete Guide to Calgary’s Beakerhead

The Complete Guide to Calgary’s Beakerhead (+ Exciting tips from a local!)

Get ready for a fusion of worlds like no other at Beakerhead, where art, science, and innovation form an unbeatable camaraderie to make thrilling discoveries for anyone to enjoy. 

We still remember the first time we stepped into one of their events. It was like stepping inside Iron Man’s room of innovations!

To help you get an equally exciting experience, we’re here to guide you to everything you need to know for the ultimate Beakerhead experience. 

Don your thinking caps and pristine white coats because there are plenty of discoveries ahead!

What is Beakerhead?

Beakerhead is a Calgary festival that happens every September and encourages innovation and science education through exhibits and activities from the arts, science, and engineering sectors. The festival requires no tickets or registration to enter.

What to Expect in Beakerhead 

1. Art Installations

Beakerhead is extremely popular for their art-meets-science installations, consistently soliciting awe and surprise from unsuspecting visitors. 

While there’s something different to explore every year, you’re assured of fantastic engineered art that challenges the usual displays, making it extra exciting. 

2. Workshops and Talks 

A visit to Beakerhead is a guaranteed educational experience. Not only will you be exposed to fascinating and innovative works of art, you’ll also get to learn firsthand with scientists, artists, and other experts in the field. 

Through the help of these workshops and talks, experts will be able to impart the audience with a deeper understanding of creativity and innovation in the field of art and science. 

3. Creative Performances

Surprisingly, you’ll also get a chance to watch creative live performances of participating artists at the Beakerhead. 

While we have yet to hear about the exciting things they have in store for us next year, we were able to catch a quirky show of poetry reading and an enthralling performance by the Mirror Man in the past. 

4. Robotic Creations

Visitors will also be able to take a deep plunge into the world of science by discovering fantastic robotic creations – and even get a chance to interact with some! 

In the past, kids were even able to create their own robots at a workshop called Build a Robot and Learn AI, which brings us to another addition to this list of what to expect – immersive experiences. 

5. Immersive Experiences

Get the opportunity to engage in several art displays while attending Beakerhead. With the chance for a hands-on experience, it makes up an even more fun and educational experience people of all ages would enjoy. 

6. Kid-Friendly Activities

As mentioned, Beakerhead is extremely family-friendly. In fact, plenty of activities are designed especially for kids! 

So what are you waiting for? Call up the whole family and plan an exciting visit to Beakerhead! 

Be on the lookout for the next scheduled Beakerhead event by giving their website a visit. Here’s the link for it, by the way. 

Where to Stay in Calgary During Beakerhead

1. Sandman Signature Calgary Downtown

Address: 888 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3J3, Canada
Phone: +1 403-237-8626
Pricing: $
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Sandman offers relaxing accommodation without visitors needing to empty their wallets. 

In addition to their comforting offerings, their interior embraces a delightful contemporary aesthetic people with an affinity for sleek designs would obsess over. The simplicity actually makes it feel elegant and luxurious! 

When you consider their sparkling amenities, the stay is extremely affordable. It includes access to their gym, meeting rooms, pool, and the like. 

2. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Calgary 

Address: 1020 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1J2, Canada
Phone: +1 403-269-8262
Pricing: $$
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Holiday Inn has tastefully designed rooms adorned with 42” TV, a balcony, a fridge, a workspace, and more. 

With it being a mere 1-minute drive or 7-minute walk away from the Beakerhead festivities, attendees of the event will surely enjoy the easy convenience of unwinding here afterward.  

3. Wicked Hostels Calgary 

Address: 811 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1Z5, Canada
Phone: +1 403-265-8777
Pricing: $
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For budget and adventurous travelers, Wicked Hostels is the obvious standout choice – if you don’t mind sharing a space with strangers, that is. 

Featuring bunk beds and a stylish shared living room, it’s ideal for those who want to meet fellow travelers – whom you might even be able to explore Calgary with!

Where to Eat in Calgary During Beakerhead 

1. Pizzeria GAGA

Address: 1236 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 1A7, Canada
Phone: +1 403-264-2421
Pricing: $

Complete a day filled with new discoveries by discovering fresh flavors at Pizzeria GAGA. The signora gaga is our favorite. This delightful dish is made with mozzarella, spinach, olives, prosciutto, bocconcini, and figs.  

Before you take a bite though, get ready for a burst of rich and savory flavors that would have you coming back for more! 

2. Monki Breakfast Club & Bistro Beltline

Address: 1301 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J4, Canada
Phone: +1 587-352-7131
Pricing: $$

Monki is one of the hottest spots in this area of the city to get a delicious breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Visit this exciting establishment before you start an exciting day at Beakerhead, so that you’re perfectly fueled up for the interactive activities ahead. 

They have plenty of tasty options, but if we were to round up our top favorites, it would be the brisket breakfast tacos with birria and the pork belly sisig. 

3. Bridgette Bar

Address: 739 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B3, Canada
Phone: +1 587-319-6827
Pricing: $$$

The Bridgette Bar offers exciting innovations in the form of tasty meals that have seen many a foodie knocking on their door. Though on the pricey side, their adventurous plates are surely worth the try. 

Their grilled lamb sirloin is truly fascinating. A well-balanced dish like this one would treat your tastebuds to a world of sophistication. 

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