Bow After Hours

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 6 PM to 10 PM

Welcome to Bow After Hours, an adults-only series designed with guests ages 18+ in mind. Take part in indoor and outdoor activities, and revel in a relaxed, adult-exclusive access to the Discovery Centre and Aquariums. Being an adult has never been this much fun!

At Hot Bug Summer we're bugging out in style! Prepare to delve into the clandestine love lives and dramatic survival struggles of those who dwell in the murk of the marsh. It's aquatic invertebrates like you've never seen them, bringing the heat to the party!

What's on the menu for Hot Bug Summer?

  • Join naturalists at the Interpretive Wetlands for a close-up look at the secret lives of aquatic invertebrates, including all the salacious details of strategies for survival and reproduction.
  • Channel all that awe and wonder for invertebrates into an art project inspired by the fabulous work of mid-century artist, Charley Harper, famous for his geometric bug designs.
  • Enjoy live theatrical programming that takes a sassy, irreverent look at the role of bugs in a wetland, with a show hosted by an invertebrate sex lives specialist.
  • Bug out with our community partners for bonus games, giveaways and gabfests exploring the wild world of invertebrates and their scandalous shenanigans.
  • Feed over 30,000 rainbow trout to see why fish are fierce predators of insects in nature.
  • Delight in delectable bites, and tantalizing bug-inspired cocktails, all to be enjoyed at our cocktail garden.

Leave your larvae at home! This is a night for you and your hive or your lovebug. Sorry kiddos, this one's for the grown-ups!


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Bow After Hours is an adult only program. Minors (under the age of 18) are not permitted.

This program is not included with your annual Bow Habitat Station membership.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or you can take your chances by purchasing your tickets on-site on the day of the event.

Adult (18-64 years) $22.95 plus GST
Student (18+ with ID) $19.95 plus GST
Seniors (65+ years) $19.95 plus GST

Pre-purchased tickets are strongly encouraged. To ensure the best possible guest experience this program has limited tickets available for sale.

Doors open at 6 PM. We recommend giving yourself two hours to enjoy the programs and activities.

Admission includes entry to all programming and one entry per person to feed the fish in the hatchery.

Scheduled activities for Hot Bug Summer:

  • Bug Soup: 6:15, 7:15, 8:15, 9:15
  • Geometric Bug Art: 6:00 - 9:45
  • Sex Lives of the Six Legged: 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30
  • Fish Feeding: Last entry at 9:30
  • Bugs Fight Back & Vigilante Bats: 6:00-9:45

Beer, canned cocktails and craft cocktails will be available for purchase by Confluence Distilling. Please note: drinks must be enjoyed in designated areas.

Cocktail garden opens at 6 PM, with last call at 10 PM. The garden will remain open until 10:30.

Limited free parking is available in the lot for Pearce Estate Park. Consider an eco-friendly mode oftransportation including biking, busing or carpooling.

Your safety is our top priority, if you will be consuming any alcoholic beverages please arrange for a safe ride home.

The following vendors will be on-site:

Family Fry Guy Food Truck Confluence Distilling

Promotional coupons and vouchers are not valid for this program. With extra activities in place, discounts are not applicable to any admission rates for this program (i.e. Canoo, Access2, City of Calgary Fair Entry).

No. Please visit during regular hours of operation instead.

Bow Habitat Station and the Fish Hatchery are fully wheelchair accessible. The classrooms, theatre, exhibits and hatchery welcome visitors of all abilities. An elevator is available for visitor use to access the Discovery Centre spanning two floors.

Join us Thursday, August 22 from 6 PM to 9 PM for Getting Fishy With It.

Updated: Jun 3, 2024