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A Sponsored Message from Meetings + Conventions Calgary


When meeting in Alberta’s biggest city, tap into the craft beer and music scenes to channel some of Calgary’s fun-loving spirit.

Music and beer—it’s a classic pairing. But like most things, they do it a little different in Calgary. So plan to serve up some hometown brews on the exhibit floor, arrange for a music-themed group activity and get ready to see the smiles spread across the faces of your attendees. Because in Calgary, you simply can’t go wrong with these two crowd-pleasing local pastimes.

Get Them Into the Groove

Music can stir your soul and your brain, making it the perfect team-building activity to fuel inspiration. Plan a visit to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Center, located on the city’s beloved Music Mile. Here, attendees can unleash their inner rock stars through Studio Bell’s five-levels of interactive exhibits, all while learning about the eclectic history of music in Canada.

Meetings + Conventions Calgary can also connect you with local bands and musicians to liven up your convention or private event (you’ll have your pick of everything from country to blues to indie rock, opera and jazz). Or encourage your group to meet up for some after-hours networking at one of the city’s eclectic venues. See what’s on the calendar at King Eddy, Ironwood Stage & Grill, Lolita’s Lounge or The Blues Can, all easily accessible along Music Mile.

Taste What’s Brewing

Thanks to the fact that some of the best barley in the world is being grown just outside the city, Calgary is at the epicenter of Alberta’s burgeoning craft beer scene. You’ll also find that native fruits, homegrown hops and local honey are also often thrown into brew kettles here, creating flavor profiles you won’t taste anywhere else. Calgary has become such a beer hotspot that the city is hosting the 2019 Master Brewers Conference, the first time this event is taking place outside of the United States.

With more than 30 breweries to choose from, you’ll have plenty of thirst-quenching options to serve up at your convention, as well as a number of brew pubs to host your group for tastings, private tours or casual happy hour events. Don’t want to choose just one? Plan a group pub crawl or book a 15-passenger bike with Urban Pedal Tours to taste a diverse sampling of what Calgary’s brewers have to offer.

Let Meetings + Conventions Calgary help infuse some of the best music and beer in Calgary into your event. Your attendees will thank you.

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