5 must-do events at Beakerhead 2014

Monday 01st, September 2014 / 17:15
By Sara Elizabeth Taylor
Be sure not to miss out on the fire-breathing animals during Beakerhead. This year's Beakernight will feature an octopus. Photo: Neil Zeller

Be sure not to miss out on the fire-breathing animals during Beakerhead. This year’s Beakernight will feature an octopus.
Photo: Neil Zeller

CALGARY —

The Tremendous and Curious World of Beakerhead
Jack Singer Concert Hall
September 10

This 75-minute performance opens the festival and provides a window into the Beakerhead experience. Enjoy entertainment at the crossroads of art, science and engineering, including Heather Knight (Marilyn Monrobot), Mark Stevenson (An Optimist’s Tour of the Future), robotic jellyfish, the science of sword swallowing and more.

Little Big Street
Olympic Way and 12 Ave. SE
September 10-14

Each element in this miniature neighbourhood – from the human-sized nest to the giant fire-breathing garden gnome – explores the engineering and science of solving social and environmental challenges. Admission is free.

The Periodic Table
Fort Calgary
September 11-13

Enjoy a multi-course molecular gastronomy meal crafted by esteemed Calgary chef Nicole Gomes on Canada’s first sustainable energy Ferris-wheel-turned-dining-room, powered with used cooking oil from downtown restaurants. Can’t make it to The Periodic Table? A number of other Calgary bars and restaurants are also engineering mouthwatering experiments throughout the festival (see the Beakerhead website for a full list).

Beakernight
Olympic Way and 12 Ave. SE
September 13

A massive outdoor spectacle of art and engineering, Beakernight features a giant fire-breathing octopus, a cat projecting artwork through its laser eyes, a drive-in video game, art cars, live music, and so, so much more. Even better: it’s free and open to all ages.

Catharsis Catapult Competition
WinSport
September 14

Beakerhead closes with this competition featuring local teams pitting their throwing contraptions against one another. This free event is open to the public and will have food and a beer garden on site.

For a full list of the over 50 events at Beakerhead 2014, visit beakerhead.org.

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