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In September enormous electric bolts will light up the sky in downtown Calgary when a crazy cacophony of exhibits and events takes over the city.

This year’s Beakerhead extravaganza will include remarkable spectacles of art and science, unique activities, and more than 55 distinct events – many of which are free, but still require registration to get tickets.

Beakerhead is a Calgary-born smash up of art, science and engineering and it is in its sixth year. Last year, more than 145,000 people participated in Beakerhead and organizers are planning to top that number in 2018. “Expect conversations that start with “Wow!” says Mary Anne Moser, President and Co-founder of Beakerhead. “This year’s lineup includes a lot of original concepts, special culinary events, dozens of workshops, shows and tours.

Beakerhead events take place indoors and out. Beakernight is science’s biggest ticketed street party and tickets are now on sale.

Highlights include:

  • Beacons: explore the city through 11 delightfully engineered public art installations.
  • Community Workshops and talks: Learn the art of animation, understand cryptocurrency, meet famous scientists and broadcasters, make organic facial oil or a vegan carrot cake and much more.
  •  Four to Six: Blocks of open-air experimentation including a human-sized hamster wheel, artists, performers, and hands-on or feet-on experiences like walking on liquid.
  •  Ticketed events: Command to be entertained by world famous (and soon-to-be-famous) inventors, scientists, performers (and maybe even an animal or two!)
  • Beakernight: Giant electric bolts will light up the night sky thanks to two 10-metre Tesla Coils built by a team of artists and engineers.
  • Beakerbites and Beakerbar: Dining is a whole new experience when chef and bartender become scientist! Creative Calgary chefs and mixologists experiment with a new theme in 2018: canola.
  • Community programs: Beakerhead becomes a stage for over 100 collaborating organizations, both large and small, to show off their discoveries and creativity through events and programs of their own. Learn how you can take part, too!
  • School tours, talks, and challenges: Beakerhead engages 25,000 students each year.

Beakerhead takes place September 19 – 23, 2018 with the ticketed Beakernight on Saturday, September 22 at Fort Calgary.