While it’s easy to think of museums as that dusty place with all the weird art on the walls, that simply isn’t true of what they really are. Museums and galleries have so many things going on now, for all different audience types and interests.
This includes nights out at the museum! Many for adults only. Think wine samples, cool cocktails, pop up restaurants, DJ’s, guitar hero, karaoke, sketch artists, fashion shows…. and no kids. This is a chance to explore, play, and have fun.
Calgary now has many of these nights, and they are definitely all worth checking out. And check back regularly- the themes and activities often change, which means you can easily add these nights into your date night or friend outing schedule, and never get bored.
Here’s a round up of the next night time adventures at our local museums and sites.
Studio Bell After Hours- May 26
The last after hours had guitar hero, retro video games, live band karaoke, wine samples, food trucks, DJ’s, and tons of other programming. It’s also a good chance to check out music legends, learn about Canada’s music history, and try out an instrument or two.
Telus Spark Adults Only Night- Second Thursday of every month (June 8)
Firstly, this is your chance to play with all of the cool hands on activities that you wouldn’t normally get a chance to, since all of the exhibits remain open. Second, there are bars. Third, there’s a new restaurant that sounds fantastic. There are also many different activity stations based around a theme. Have you ever tried a strawberry DNA-quiri? Maybe you can next time you head to Adults Only night!
Calgary Zoo Adult Night – June 15
Celebrate Canada’s 150 and the whopping crane at Calgary Zoo’s first adult only night (I think?) Food stations, wine and beer sampling, live music, lawn games, selfie stations, and presentations are only some of the activities planned for the night.
Glenbow Launch Party- June 16
The last launch party I was able to go to had feature cocktails themed around the new exhibitions, a sketch artist, a photo station, and live music. A great night to see all the new exhibits. Here’s the write up from the Glenbow site for the next one:
“Glenbow celebrates the opening of a new season of exhibitions, including Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, with our art party.Entertainment includes Calgary-based garage-pop band Ghostkeeper, Metis spoken word artist Cobra Collins, DJ Myke Atkinson, arts and crafts in the Discovery Room and beer from Village Brewery.”
Contemporary Calgary Patio Party- June 8
I haven’t really been to a late night event at Contemporary Calgary (yet!) but it sounds great!
“Please join us for Contemporary Calgary’s Patio Party to celebrate the beginning of summer. Our loading dock will be transformed into an urban lounge, with disco balls and video projections! The evening will kick off with a talk by FRANK Architecture & Interiors, whose projects include Calgary’s chicest new bars and restaurants. FRANK will discuss social spaces and urbanism. Afterwards, the patio will be open and drinks, music, and food will complete this celebratory evening!”
Any others to add to the list?