In case you didn’t already know, there is A LOT to do in Calgary this weekend. Here’s the scoop on how to get busy over the next couple of days in YYC!
Beakerhead (All across town, September 16-20) – This amazing Calgary festival of arts and science probably needs its own blog post of things to do, but for the uninitiated, Beakerhead is an entertaining hands on experience that advances the understanding of science and engineering as part of everyday life – through art and culture. It creates a world of collision and collaboration. Yes, indeed, sparks do fly when “things technical” meet “things creative”.
This amazing four day event turns all of YYC into a laboratory of fun and excitement. For more information, head on over to the Beakerhead website for event meets.
Illuminasia (Calgary Zoo, September 17 – October 27) – Cool goes to a whole new level with a garden and lantern festival called Illuminiasia at the Calgary Zoo over the next month. Authentic Chinese lanterns will light up the zoo and set the stage for a unique experience like no other in Calgary. The festival lanterns will highlight some of the zoo’s animals while showcasing culturally symbolic animals such as the crane and iconic Chinese symbols like the Phoenix. The Dorothy Harvie Gardens will provide the backdrop through lush mosaic cultures and vegetation tapestries. Visitors will also experience authentic Chinese, Japanese and Indian entertainment and programs that spotlight food, garden, art and culture.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, head over to the Illuminasia website.
Arctic Astronomy at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (September 17 from 7:30pm to 11pm) – Did you even know that right outside the Calgary city limits we have an astrophysical observatory? And did you know that they frequently host open houses for the general public to enjoy? Well they do, and Friday evening you can celebrate the beauty of the Arctic sky through scientific and cultural lenses. Eric Donovan will explore the science behind the aurora which defines and illuminates the northern skies. John Macdonald will introduce us to the Inuit view of the universe through mythology and sky lore.
Head down to the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory near Priddis to take it all in on Friday night, tickets are $20 per car or $10 per person.