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BATL Calgary Sets Up Shop At Engage!18 Canada

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BATL Calgary Sets Up Shop At Engage!18 Canada

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Wedding season for 2018 is well upon us, but that doesn't mean that people aren't already planning weddings for 2019 and beyond. Every year a group of wedding influencers get together to put on a show for all those wedding planners to be - this year taking place in Canada, Italy, Ireland, and Mexico. The Backyard Axe Throwing League Calgary got to provide the axe throwing for Engage!18 Canada (the premier luxury wedding business summit) at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The wedding industry elite gather for three days of inspiration, education, and celebration in Banff, Alberta.

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With new event destinations that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests popping up all the time, deciding what is right for your bachelor/bachelorette party can be difficult. Engage!18 is designed for committed wedding industry professionals looking for innovative ideas and practical solutions for strategic growth - dedicated to gathering the best of the best. "Careful attention is paid to creating an intimate atmosphere that blends structure and downtime, allowing for candid networking in a non-client, non-competitive environment. The open exchange of ideas, information, and strategies for facing the challenges of the luxury wedding industry are a hallmark of the event — often imitated, never repeated." Engage! is famous for its keynote speakers, all leaders in the wedding industry. Luxury lifestyle specialists, creative entrepreneurs, and editorial directors of leading magazines and websites are just some of the highlights.

Axe Throwing at Engage! 18 Canada

The Backyard Axe Throwing League Calgary was thrilled to offer outdoor axe throwing for the Engage! 18 Canada guests and keynote speakers during the Welcome Party on 18 June at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The team fit right into the theme of "Canada," along with sled dogs, the Hudson Bay Campany, campfires, dinner, music and drinks throughout the night!

Backyard Axe Throwing League Calgary

BATL Calgary is located just an hour and a half outside of the beautiful surroundings of Banff, and is the perfect setting for a unique stag and doe or bachelor/bachelorette party. Almost 3 years ago the Backyard Axe Throwing League Calgary opened up shop in the North East and has been bringing the urban sport of axe throwing to not just Airdrie, Chestermere, Calgary, and the surrounding area but with guests coming from all over Alberta and Western Canada. Located near Sunridge Mall at Deerfoot Trail and 16th Ave. NE. BATL Calgary offers the best indoor axe throwing experience – pioneered by us at the Backyard Axe Throwing League back in 2006.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties with BATL Calgary

It's well known that the days of traditional bachelor/bachelorette parties are over, and people are looking for new and exciting ways to celebrate with their friends. The Backyard Axe Throwing League offers the perfect opportunity to host a bachelor/bachelorette party that your guests won't soon forget. The competitive aspect of axe throwing is also a great way to kick off any bachelor or bachelorette party. It gets everybody engaged, gets the friendly one-upping going, and gets the adrenaline pumping. There’s a reason why competitive activities are so often used in bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, and stag and does: because it gets everyone involved, no matter what the age or skill.

Our private group tournaments are suited for groups of 2 or more (most BATL venues can facilitate 80+ people), and last 2 – 2.5 hours. Each axe throwing event begins with hands-on training from our skilled and dedicated axe coaches, followed by a round-robin style tournament and single elimination playoff – in order to crown a champion for the day. Our coaches are world renowned for providing the best axe throwing experience possible while providing the utmost hospitality - and a few laughs along the way. Our coaches are even famous for sabering bottles of champagne with an axe - a sure bet to provide an excellent photo documentation of your time with us.

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Not into the idea of spending a day at one of our facilities? Lucky for you, BATL also brings the party on the road. A BATL offsite booking is a perfect way to transform your outdoor gathering into edgy space with an adrenaline-filled friendly competition. Our off-site packages are fully insured, equipped and available for full and half-day bookings – perfectly suited to corporate gatherings, weddings, festivals, private parties and so much more. Our team of expert coaches can provide a personalized event with up to 8 targets based on your specific group size and needs, and the unique experience is sure to leave an impression on your guests. BATL offers offsite bookings within the surroundings of each of our 13 venues.

Axe Throwing Locations

If you're not going to be in or around the Calgary area this summer - no problem! The Backyard Axe Throwing League has 12 other locations across North America: Toronto (Toronto West, Toronto East, and Yorkdale), Pickering, Ottawa, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Kitchener, and London in Canada; and Novi, Chicago, and Nashville in the United States - with many more locations on the way in 2018/2019. Each BATL venue is a unique space, and most are fully licensed with a selection of beer, wine, coolers, and snacks.

When put to the task of planning your next bachelor or bachelorette party, remember that times have changed and there are so many ways to celebrate. Keep the Backyard Axe Throwing League in mind as a fun-filled destination for your next bachelor/bachelorette party and ensure that your guests will be left with a lasting impression!

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Top Bachelor or Bachelorette Party Destination Ideas

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Top Bachelor or Bachelorette Party Destination Ideas

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The nice weather is finally upon us, which means that wedding season is kicking into full gear. If you're planning a bachelor or bachelorette party this summer, the choices in this day and age are limitless. With new event destinations that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests popping up all the time, deciding what is right for your bachelor/bachelorette party can be difficult. We've put together a list of our top-rated destinations to ensure that your party will be the talk of the town including a trip to BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

1) Go axe throwing at the Backyard Axe Throwing League

It’s well known that the days of traditional bachelor/bachelorette parties are over, and people are looking for new and exciting ways to celebrate with their friends. A trip to the Backyard Axe Throwing League is the perfect unique setting to host your next bachelor/bachelorette party.

Since our inception in 2006, The Backyard Axe Throwing League has played host to hundreds of bachelor parties, each one guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on all guests. We pioneered the sport of urban axe throwing, so it comes as no surprise that we’re the best at what we do. With 13 locations across North America including one of our newest locations in Nashville, which is a very popular city to host bachelor and bachelorette parties! You can find the rest of our locations in Toronto, Pickering, Ottawa, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, Calgary, and Hamilton in Canada; and Chicago, and Novi/Detroit in the US) it’s never been easier to find a BATL near you.

Each venue can host groups of 2 and up, and your private booking with us lasts from 1-2.5 hours and includes one on one training with our resident axe gurus, followed by a round robin style tournament and single elimination playoff. Axe throwing is an inclusive sport, and it's easy to excel at any age, gender, or ability - which makes it suited for both bachelor and bachelorette gatherings. Most of our locations are fully licensed and offer a variety of food and alcohol, which means you can leave the planning to us and focus on having fun. Find a location near you, and make sure your bachelor or bachelorette party includes a stop at BATL!

2) Head to a live music festival

Live music producers have been pushing the boundaries of the “festival experience” with the explosion of live music events happening all over the world - especially in the summer. Many festivals have become weekend long events that include places to stay and a diverse range of food options and activities. By finding a music festival with a diverse line up, you can be sure to keep both guys and girls entertained. Spend a day or a whole weekend with your closest group enjoying music on the breeze, great food and drink, and sometimes even games and rides. If you plan to spend a weekend camping (or glamping) at a festival, call the festival ahead of time to reserve a spot just for your group as some permit reserved group camping. Don't miss some great live music at the Calgary Stampede near BATL Calgary and Riot Fest near BATL Chicago.

3) Have a backyard barbequeue

Why go out when you can stay home? The best thing about throwing an easy backyard party is that it's, well, easy. There typically isn't a whole lot of planning and coordinating involved, and it is way cheaper than planning a huge destination bachelor or bachelorette bash, so the wedding party doesn't have to worry about emptying their wallets for yet another wedding expense. Creating a theme, finding fun decorations, setting up outdoor games, and customizing an out-of-the-ordinary barbecue menu can give your celebration the playful, youthful party vibe for which bachelor/bachelorette parties are typically known. If you're in Toronto, don't miss Cherry St. BBQ located right beside our Backyard Axe Throwing League location in East Toronto!

4) Have fun on a pub crawl or winery tour

It's hard to so much as turn a corner these days without running into a micro brewery. In addition, craft distilleries and new wineries are popping up everywhere across North America. Whatever adult beverage your locale is known for--embrace it, crawl style. Visit local pubs, breweries, or distilleries, with plenty of carb and water breaks in between. If you will be driving rather than walking, a party bus is probably the safest and most convenient bet. At BATL, we support local breweries be sure to check out Beau's All Natural Brewing co. in Vanek Hill near BATL Ottawa and Woodhouse Brewing co. located in Toronto, Ontario!

5) Head to a carnival or festival

Nostalgia may just be one of the most important ingredients to a successful party. Especially if you have known each other a long time, being a kid again might be one of the best ways to celebrate this next step in your lives. Luckily, summer is also carnival season. Go to a local carnival or arcade. Ride the rides. Lose all of your money at silly games. Eat bags full of cotton candy and popcorn. Just don't forget to take plenty of pictures in that cramped little photo booth! Don't miss the Ex at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, right downtown and located near our Backyard Axe Throwing League locations in Toronto, or the Whitby Rib Fest where you can find BATL Pickering hosting outdoor axe throwing with the 360insights.

When put to the task of planning your next bachelor or bachelorette party, remember that times have changed and there are so many ways to celebrate. Use this list for inspiration when planning your outing to the Backyard Axe Throwing League or another venue, and ensure that your guests will be left with a lasting impression!

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Top Things To Do In Calgary This Summer

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Top Things To Do In Calgary This Summer

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Summer in Calgary, Alberta transforms the entire area into one of the most beautiful backdrops in all of Canada.  The city of Calgary sits in the sunny eastern foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet.  It is the major urban centre for the entire southern half of the province of Alberta and is surrounded by an area of profound beauty with an unspoiled, resource-rich natural environment.  The rapid growth of Calgary is largely thanks to its status as the centre of Canada's oil industry, but the city is much more than that.  It's a dining destination, an arts hot spot, a nature-lovers dream, and as evidenced in its nickname, Cowtown, is steeped in Western culture (thanks in large to the Calgary Stampede - a massive rodeo that takes place in July).  No matter what brings you to Cowtown this summer, there's sure to be something for everyone.  Here are just a few suggestions of what to do when you visit Calgary including a visit to the Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL Calgary).

1) Go buck wild at the Calgary Stampede

The 106th-annual Calgary Stampede takes place across the entire city this year from July 6 – 15th, and you can already feel the town starting to buzz. Billed as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” for a reason, the Calgary Stampede is not just midways and rodeos – but a 10-day celebration of all things Alberta, including live performances by Blue Rodeo, Colter Wall, Whitehorse, Lindi Ortega and Mike Plume.

Festivities are stationed at Stampede Park in the heart of downtown, making it easily accessible for anyone. Highlights this year include the Calgary Stampede Parade, Stampede Breakfast, the Thrill Zone, the Indian Oasis, band competitions, and much more. A must see festival for all visitors to Calgary and the surrounding area (Airdrie, Chestermere, Banff, Black Diamond, Canmore, Cochrane, Irricana, Nanton, Okotoks, Strathmore, and Turner Valley) - a trip to the Calgary Stampede is essential when visiting.

2) Go axe throwing at BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Almost 3 years ago the Backyard Axe Throwing League Calgary opened up shop in the North East and has been bringing the urban sport of axe throwing to not just Airdrie, Chestermere, Calgary, and the surrounding area but with guests coming from all over Alberta and Western Canada. Located near Sunridge Mall at Deerfoot Trail and 16th Ave. NE, BATL Calgary offers the best indoor axe throwing experience – pioneered by us at the Backyard Axe Throwing League back in 2006.

You can visit BATL Calgary for our public walk-in axe throwing each weekend, or book your own private axe throwing event. We’re capable of hosting groups anywhere from 2-150, and each private event booking includes one on one guidance from our resident axe gurus (they’ll have you sticking bulls eyes in no time) before launching you into a round-robin tournament followed by a single elimination playoff. Private events run 2-2.5 hours. BATL Calgary also has a fully licensed bar and kitchen for you and your guests to nibble on artisanal cuisine and quench your thirst on our local beer, wine, and cooler offerings. Find out more about BATL Calgary here, and experience the unique thrill of axe throwing.

If you live in Calgary and you’re looking for more axe throwing you can join BATL’s axe throwing weekly league! With no experience necessary you’ll compete individually while receiving tips from our friendly coaches – and plenty of time to hang out between throwing. To learn more and to join a league click here.

3) Spend a lazy day on the Bow River

The lazy river is a tried and true formula for a day of relaxation, and tubing down the Bow River in Calgary is the ultimate activity for a hot summer day. There’s nothing more relaxing than floating on a river. The gentle moving current, the sun on your face and the cool water below have the uncanny ability to make your troubles disappear, one by one. If you're looking for a cool way to spend a few hours, this is it. Many companies just off the Bow River such as Lazy Day Raft Rentals offer affordable rentals with all the necessary equipment provided.

4) Go art hopping around Calgary

While it might not ring as a world-class art city, Calgary is on the up and coming. Art galleries (both private and public) are popping up all over the city, and making an entire day out of looking at art in Calgary is easier than ever before. Your best bets are checking out TRUCK Contemporary Art in the Beltline area, the Esker Foundation in Inglewood, the Wallace Galleries in the Eau Claire area, and the Contemporary Gallery in East Village.

6) Sample Calgary’s Food Scene

The fine dining scene in Calgary has exploded over the past 5 years, and now is the perfect time to explore everything it has to offer. Chris Lorenz, the man behind the menu in the kitchen for the Backaryd Axe Throwing League (BATL Calgary), recently joined the ream at Diner Deluxe offering refined fair at Aspen Landing in the Southwest of Calgary. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, head on down to 17th Ave SW and visit Tubby Dog for gourmet hot dogs, cold beer, and retro arcade games. In the Northeast, head down to Barlow Trail and 32nd Ave NE for an array of multicultural food options. If you're looking for fine dining with the best view in the city, head downtown and check out Sky 360 - a restaurant at the top of the Calgary Tower.

The next time you plan a trip to Calgary, let us help you make the most of your time at BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

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Top Things To Do In And Around Metro Detroit

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Top Things To Do In And Around Metro Detroit

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Situated just 8 miles from Detroit, the community of Novi has been one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Michigan for years.  Located in the Oakland County area, Novi is serviced by 3 main highways - making places like Flint, Lansing, Monroe, Jackson, and Grand Rapids easily accessible.  More than just Motown and college sports, the state of Michigan borders 4 of the great lakes, is home to more than 11,000 inland lakes and offers a little something for everyone that pays a visit.  If you're going to be spending time in Novi this summer, we've put together a list of some of our favourite activities in the area including a visit to the Backyard Axe Throwing League.

1) Try Your Hand At Axe Throwing With A Visit To The Backyard Axe Throwing League in Novi, MI

BATL Novi opened earlier this month and is the premier axe throwing facility in metro Detroit.  The venue is located at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk near West Oaks Shopping Center, and is capable of hosting parties ranging from 2 – 100 + people. The Backyard Axe Throwing League Novi is our 14th location in North America (serving Metro Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Monroe, Jackson, Ann Arbor and will boast everything that the Backyard Axe Throwing League has become famous for - the best urban axe throwing in the world. This includes private event bookings for groups of 2 and up (perfectly suited for bachelor/bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building events, and much more), in addition to our public walk-in sessions and weekly axe throwing league play under the National Axe Throwing Federation umbrella.

The Backyard Axe Throwing League was founded in 2006 in a Toronto backyard, making us the first to pioneer the sport of urban axe throwing. Since then, we have expanded to 14 locations in North America including Chicago, Nashville, Toronto, London, Niagara, Calgary, Ottawa, and many more (with even more on the way) - bringing axe throwing to countless guests. Come check out BATL Novi next time you're in the area, and see what all the fuss is about!

2) Take A Day Trip To Detroit

Detroit is so full of history and things to do and see it would be impossible to do it all in 24 hours, but that doesn't mean you still can't have one hell of a day there. A world-class city full of food, art, architecture, music, and everything in between, a trip to Detroit is a must-do while staying in nearby Novi. Start by walking around the downtown core and checking out some of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the world, then hop on the People Mover - Detroit's elevated light rail system - to get a bite to eat in the city's Corktown area. You can indulge in the arts at both the Detroit Institute of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, or see live music at the Fox Theatre. Finish the evening by checking out a baseball game at Comerica Park, or simply just enjoy the sunset by the Detroit River.

3) Visit The Ann Arbor Art Fair

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of Michigan’s finest summer traditions and one of the largest outdoor art fairs in the nation. From Thursday, July 19th to Sunday, July 22nd, the streets of Ann Arbor will transform into an art lover’s paradise where you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales. From seasoned art enthusiasts to novice collectors, thousands will make the trip to discover something truly inspiring.

4) Visit Flint, Michigan

There’s more to the former GM company town than tainted water and blight. The birthplace of General Motors remains a repository of the auto industry’s history with sites like the Durant-Dort Carriage Company, where GM began, and the Sloan Museum, where the Buick gallery displays cars from every era.

5) Spend The Day At Brighton Recreation Area

Sometimes it's nice to just get away. Brighton Recreation Area provides 4,947 acres of refuge for park visitors to use. The area has a combination of high, irregular ranges of hills, interspersed with a number of attractive lakes. Brighton Recreation Area has several miles of trails available for equestrian, mountain biking and hiking. Oak forest, thick hedgerows and open spaces blend on the uplands while grassy marshes, shrub marshes and dense swamp timber mark the lowlands.

6) Go shopping At Twelve Oaks Mall at Fountain Walk

Located just around the corner from BATL Novi at 12 Mile Road and Novi Road, Twelve Oaks Mall, one of the largest malls in all of Michigan. With over 180 shops, activities, and dining destinations, it's an easy place to get lost for a day.

Between art, architecture, history, shopping, dining, and sports - no matter what brings you to Novi, whether it's a trip to the Backyard Axe Throwing League or another adventure, you can be sure there is something to do for everyone.

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Top Things To Do In Hamilton This Summer

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Top Things To Do In Hamilton This Summer

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Long known as the little brother to Toronto, over the past decade Hamilton, Ontario has grown into its own.  Sure, it's a more affordable option than living in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, the list goes on - but it's not just cheap rent that is bringing people to this once thriving industrial city.  Situated on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, Hamilton and the surrounding area provides countless conservation areas, waterfalls, and trails for the outdoor-minded; on top of its vibrant dining, nightlife, arts, and culture scene.  If you're planning a trip to the City of Hamilton or the Golden Horseshoe this summer, enjoy these recommendations on just a few of the amazing opportunities that the city provides including a trip to The Backyard Axe Throwing League.

1) Try Your Hand At Urban Axe Throwing Aith A Visit To The Backyard Axe Throwing League

While a trip to an indoor axe throwing range might not seem like your classic summer activity, there are bound to be some days that the weather doesn't cooperate and a trip indoors is your only option.  A visit to BATL, The Backyard Axe Throwing League is sure to keep you and your friends entertained and leave a lasting impression.  Located conveniently in the Jackson Square area of downtown, BATL Hamilton is easily accessible from Burlington, Stoney Creek, St. Catherines, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and the entire Golden Horseshoe.

The Backyard Axe Throwing League pioneered the sport of urban axe throwing back in 2006, so it's no surprise that we're the best at what we do.  Our weekly league play is what made us famous, but each of our 14 locations across North America offer other ways to get involved with axe throwing.  Our private event group bookings are offered for groups of 2 and up and are perfectly suited for any occasion - adult birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate team building, or just a summer outing with friends.  Private event bookings include one on one coaching from our expert staff, followed by a round robin tournament and playoff.  If you're looking to get involved in our sport with less commitment, BATL also offers weekly public walk-in sessions with no advance booking required; just show up and hone your skill!  BATL Hamilton offers a fully licensed bar and food menu, meaning all you have to worry about is throwing axes!  Make sure to stop at BATL for some axe throwing next time you're in Hamilton!

2) Visit One Of Hamiltons Many Waterfalls

They don't call it The Waterfall Capital of the World for nothing.  With over one hundred waterfalls just minutes from the downtown core of Hamilton, there's something for everyone when it comes to outdoor adventure in the area.  Most of the waterfalls in Hamilton are situated on the Niagara Escarpment (a UNESCO world biosphere site) in and along the Bruce Trail and can require anywhere from minimal walking to a long distance hike to access.  During the summer months, many of the waterfalls also double as the perfect way to cool down during the heat.

3) Explore The Hamilton Food And Drink Scene

If you think the only restaurant scene in southern Ontario is down the QEW in Toronto, then you obviously haven't visited Hamilton for a meal.  Hamilton (also known as The Hammer) has exploded in the past few years with a number of amazing restaurants and events that celebrate Ontario's rich bounty while remaining earnestly community-oriented.  With places like Jack and Lois, Earth to Table: Bread Bar, and Rapscallion Rogue Eatery there have never been more dining options in Hamilton.  Before you venture out for dinner, consider paying a visit to one of the many breweries in the Hamilton area, such as Collective Arts, Merit Brewing Company, or Grain and Grit Brewing Co.  If beer isn't your thing, downtown Hamilton also offers great cocktail bars such as Bar Sazerac, Two Black Sheep, or L'etranger on James.

4) Visit One Of The Cities Many Museums And Attractions

Hamilton has a wealth of attractions, making this small city seem just as big as any other.  There's the famous Dundurn Castle, a neoclassical mansion on the hill, which was completed in 1835 and is one of the oldest castles in Hamilton.  If you're looking for something a little more contemporary, the Art Gallery of Hamilton might be what you're after.  For the history buffs, Hamilton is also home to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the HMCS Haida National Historic Site - a Tribal-class destroyer that served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1943 to 1963, participating in World War II and the Korean War.  If travelling with kids, a trip to African Lion Safari is guaranteed to be a hit.

No matter what you're into, "The Hammer" has a little something for everyone.  Next time you're travelling the Southern Ontario area, be sure to make time for a stop in Hamilton for axe throwing at BATL!

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Top Things To Do In Chicago This Summer

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Summer is just around the corner, and that means that things are just starting to pick up in the Windy City.  Like most of the Midwest, the City of Chicago isn't exactly known for its warm winter weather, so as soon as spring hits and the sun starts to stay out later, the whole city explodes with vibrant colour, people, festivals, and fun.  Whether you're taking in a ball game at U.S. Cellular or Wrigley Field, checking out The Bean at Millennium Park, riding the rides at Navy Pier, or shopping on the Avenue of the Americas, Chicago offers a little bit for everybody

Situated in Illinois and on Lake Michigan, Chicago is among the largest cities in the U.S.  Known for its bold architecture, museums, and famed sports history (amongst much more), Chicago is a must-see city for anyone looking to spend some time away from home this summer.  With so many activities to do in and around the metropolitan Chicago area during the summer, you might find it hard to narrow it down to just a few, which is why we've put together a list of the top things to do this summer in Chicago including axe throwing at the Backyard Axe Throwing League Chicago.

1) Experience The Thrill of Axe Throwing at BATL Chicago

Just north-west of the popular Bucktown and Logan Square areas is where you'll find BATL Chicago.  In the area of Old Irving Park, and just blocks away from Irving Park Station on the MTA Blue Line, the Backyard Axe Throwing League in Chicago has been bringing the sport of urban axe throwing to the Windy City since 2017. The Backyard Axe Throwing League started back in 2006 in Toronto when founder Matt Wilson got together with some friends and pioneered the sport of urban axe throwing as the world knows it - in a backyard in downtown Toronto.  Fast forward to 2018, the Backyard Axe Throwing League has 14 locations across North America, and is the premiere axe throwing destination in the world.  We're the best at what we do, so it's no surprise that BATL is the authority when it comes to axe throwing.

Just live every other venue across North America, BATL Chicago offers many ways to get involved with the sport of axe throwing.  On top of our world-famous weekly axe throwing leagues, we also offer weekly public walk-in axe throwing sessions (no reservations required) and private event bookings for groups of 2 and up - perfectly suited for adult birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, corporate team building events, or a summer outing with friends.  Make sure to plan a trip to BATL the next time you visit Chicago!

2) Take in Live Music Across Chicago

Chicago might be synonymous with blues and jazz, but you can find music of all genres all around town.  Indulge in one of the many music festivals that take place in the summer, from the more casual affairs like the Do Division Street Festival and the Chicago Blues Festival in Millennium Park, to the more raucous affairs like Lollapalooza in Grant Park or Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park.  If you're looking for something more laid back, try checking out live music venue Silvie's Lounge or Fuller's Pub in the Irving Park area.

3) Explore the Navy Pier

Chicago's Navy Pier is a bustling 1.5 mile-long boardwalk that is sure to please people of all ages.  Attracting well over 8 million visitors per year, Navy Pier is lined with restaurants such as Bubba Gump, Billy Goat’s Tavern and Capi’s Italian Kitchen and studded with small shops selling everything from apparel to toys to Chicago souvenirs. If shopping isn't your idea of a good time, not to worry: Navy Pier is also home to a large arcade, mini golf, and plenty of amusement park-style rides.

4) Experience Chicago's Famous Wrigley Field

The Chicago Cubs are already one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball (MLB), and coming fresh off a 2016 World Series victory a ticket at Wrigley Field is a hot commodity these days.  Situated in Wrigleyville, Wrigley Field is the second-oldest baseball stadium in the major leagues, and a must-see stop on any trip to Chicago.  After the game, the streets of Wrigleyville are packed with fans enjoying a walk down the street or stopping in at one of the many bars in the area.  If Chicago's Northside isn't your thing, head on down to the Southside and take in a White Sox game as U.S. Cellular Field.  Situated just south of The Loop and Chinatown, be sure to grab a hot dog while you're there - just make sure you don't ask for any ketchup.

5) Taste the City of Chicago

Chicago is known across the world as a major foodie destination - which makes eating throughout the city a delight for all visitors.  It may be a highly contested topic in the world of Italian food, but a Chicago-style deep dish pizza still remains a must try.  For the authentic taste, check out Lou Malnati's Pizzeria on North Avondale Avenue in the Irving Park area.  While you're in Irving Park indulge in another Chicago classic - the Italian beef sandwich.  Roma's Italian Beef Sausage on North Cicero Avenue is an area staple.

No matter where your interest lie, Chicago has something for everyone.  Make sure axe throwing at the Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL Chicago) is on your list this summer, and enjoy everything Chicago has to offer!

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Top Things To Do During The Calgary Stampede

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Axe Throwing in Calgary During Stampede

It's springtime in Calgary, and you know what that means: the Calgary Stampede is just around the corner. The Calgary Stampede takes place across the entire city this year from July 6 - 15th, and you can already feel the town starting to buzz. Billed as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" for a reason, the Calgary Stampede is not just midways and rodeos - but a 10-day celebration of all things Alberta, including live performances by Blue Rodeo, Colter Wall, Whitehorse, Lindi Ortega and Mike Plume.

With festival headquarters stationed at Stampede Park in the heart of the city, its easy to get anywhere around you and experience all that Calgary and its surroundings have to offer whether you have a car, enjoy the increased public transit services, or are navigating the city by bike. Here is a short list of things to do while you're visiting Alberta for the Calgary Stampede.

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1) Experience The Thrill of Axe Throwing at BATL Calgary 

Almost 3 years ago Backyard Axe Throwing League Calgary opened up shop in the North East and has been bringing the urban sport of axe throwing to not just Airdrie, Chestermere, Calgary, and the surrounding area but with guests coming from all over Alberta and Western Canada. Located near Sunridge Mall at Deerfoot Trail and 16th Ave. NE, BATL Calgary offers the best indoor axe throwing experience - pioneered by us at the Backyard Axe Throwing League back in 2006.

When visiting the Calgary Stampede, you can visit BATL Calgary for our public walk-in axe throwing each weekend, or book your own private event. We're capable of hosting groups anywhere from 2-150, and each private event booking includes one on one guidance from our resident axe gurus (they'll have you sticking bulls eyes in no time) before launching you into a round-robin tournament followed by a single elimination playoff. Private events run 2-2.5 hours, which create the perfect diversion from a hectic day at the Stampede. BATL Calgary also has a fully licensed bar and kitchen for you and your guests to nibble on artisanal cuisine and quench your thirst on our local beer, wine, and cooler offerings. Find out more about BATL Calgary here, and experience the unique thrill of axe throwing while visiting this year's Calgary Stampede.

If you live in Calgary and you're looking for more axe throwing you can join BATL's axe throwing weekly league! With no experience necessary you’ll compete individually while receiving tips from our friendly coaches – and plenty of time to hang out between throwing. To learn more and to join a league click here.

2) Visit The Rockies

The Calgary Stampede is an extremely busy festival, with people rambling around the city of Calgary virtually 24 hours a day during the entire span of the event. If you need a dose peace, quiet, and nature, Alberta has got you covered. Take a short drive west down the Trans Canada Highway and you'll be smack dab in the middle of the Canadian Rockies. Banff National Park is a mere hour and a half drive from Calgary and provides a beautiful contrast to the chaos of the Calgary Stampede - home to Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Sunshine Village, and a major destination for outdoor sports such as hiking, skiing, and biking.

3) Visit The Calgary Tower

Right in the heart of downtown, and a mere 15-minute drive from BATL, you will find the Calgary Tower. Originally known as the Husky Tower, the Calgary Tower is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and is a defining feature of the Calgary skyline. Located 191 metres (626 feet) in the sky, the Tower not only offers a stunning 360° view of the Stampede, it also dishes up views of the Rocky Mountains, the prairies, the foothills, and offers fine dining at Sky360 - the Tower's own upscale eatery. Make sure you take some time out of the hectic Stampede schedule to visit this must-see tourist destination.

4) Sample Calgary's Food Scene

It's not just deep fried foods and BBQ dished up at the Calgary Stampede. Though carnival fare is a staple of this festival, the town itself is budding into its own culinary destination in Western Canada. Chris Lorenz, the man behind the menu in the kitchen for BATL Calgary, recently joined the ream at Diner Deluxe offering refined fair at Aspen Landing in the Southwest of Calgary. If you're looking for something a little more casual, head on down to 17th Ave SW and visit Tubby Dog for gourmet hot dogs, cold beer, and retro arcade games. If you're leaving BATL and in the Northeast, head down to Barlow Trail and 32nd Ave NE for an array of multicultural food options.

5) Experience Shakespeare by the Bow

10 days of parties can take a toll on your body, so perhaps you'd like to spend a relaxing night in watching a historical drama. Skip the Netflix in the hotel and head over Prince's Island Park and catch a live version of Shakespeare's The Tempest under the starry skies. Plays happen every evening from Wednesday to Sunday during the Calgary Stampede and are pay what you can.

No matter how you choose to spend your time, you can be sure that a trip to this year's Calgary Stampede will be an action-packed adventure with a little bit for everyone. Stampers, it's time to Join the BATL at the Backyard Axe Throwing League Calgary.

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Complete Country And Meghan Patrick At BATL

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Meghan Patrick From Complete Country Visits BATL
Complete Country is Canada's voice for country music coverage from coast to coast.  More than just a news outlet, they keep fans up to date by offering in-depth looks at popular stars through constant engagement and unique audio/video content production.  Recently the Toronto East location of The Backyard Axe Throwing League had the pleasure of hosting Canadian country music star Meghan Patrick, with Complete Country in tow.  We had her out to throw a few axes while she was filming a video promoting her new album, Country Music Made Me Do It, before going off on a summer tour in support of the album.  Plaid shirts and axe throwing go together like cookies and milk, so it's no surprise that BATL venues across North America have played hosed too many country music stars donned in plaid.  With the guidance of our skilled staff members (axe gurus, as we like to call them) Meghan was sticking bullseyes in no time.  If you're a Meghan Patrick fan, luckily for you Complete Country caught the whole thing on film - and you can check out the entire interview here.

Celebrity Visits at the Backyard Axe Throwing League
When you do something for 12 years, you're bound to get noticed.  The Backyard Axe Throwing League has been host to countless celebrities over the years - both for recreational fun and for filming.  Athletes such as NBA star Rick Fox, NHL players Mike Cammalleri and George Parros, George Armstrong, and Darren Pang; actors and actresses such as Ruby Rose, Vin Diesel, Gerrard Butler, Rick Mercer, and Alex Høgh Andersen; and musical acts such as Amon Amarth, The Washboard Union, Terri Clark, and the list goes on.  It's easy to see the appeal of throwing cold steel into the wood, for celebrities and non-celebrities alike.

Luckily, making a trip to BATL doesn't require being a celebrity.  We pioneered the urban axe throwing back in 2006 - and have been known as the foremost authority on the sport and the best at what we do ever since.  The Backyard Axe Throwing League has 14 locations across North America (in Toronto, Ottawa, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Calgary, Squamish, Chicago, Nashville, and Detroit) with more locations set to open later this year, so finding a venue to sharpen your skills has never been easier.

Your Private Axe Throwing Event
A trip to BATL offers a chance to unwind for you and your guests, in an exhilarating yet safe environment.  It's an outside the box way to plan an outing for you and your friends or colleagues and will guarantee to leave a lasting impression on them while you're at it.  Each BATL venue across North America takes bookings for groups of 2 and up, 7 days a week, and our private group bookings are perfectly suited for any event/occasion.  If you're trying to find a unique way to enjoy your "last fling before the ring", a trip to BATL is your go-to spot for your next bachelor or bachelorette party.  Looking for an adult birthday party that not only gives you a chance to converse with friends but also engage in some friendly competition?  Look no further than a trip to BATL.  And if it's a corporate team building event that you're after, you'd be surprised to know that the power of the axe is one of the best ways to build camaraderie, positivity, and engagement.  Nothing says team building like beating your boss in a match of axe throwing!

BATL offers two types of private event bookings: 1 hour bookings for groups of 2-5 people, and 2-2.5 hour bookings for groups of 6 and up.  No matter which private event you book, you'll get the same thing that BATL has become famous for: the best one on one instruction from our skilled and friendly staff members, followed by a round robin style tournament and single elimination playoff - all orchestrated by our staff, leaving you with nothing to do but throw axes and enjoy the company of your guests.  Many BATL locations offer complete bar and food services, which means even less planning for you.

Axe Throwing Can Come to You
Planning an outdoor event and want to include axe throwing in the festivities?  BATL can also come to you!  The Backyard Axe Throwing League offers mobile axe throwing targets in the vicinity of all of our existing venues.  Our outdoor axe throwing packages are fully insured, equipped and available for both full and half-day bookings.  Our team of expert coaches can provide a customized axe throwing experience based on your specific group needs to make your next event one of the most incredible memories of the year for everyone who participates.  BATL's mobile targets have graced outdoor weddings, music festivals, charity BBQ's, and much more.

When you're planning your next spring or summer outing, let us do all the leg work.  Make axe throwing with The Backyard Axe Throwing league the choice for your gathering, and join the BATL!

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A Thank You To Our Open House Guests

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We here at The Backyard Axe Throwing League couldn't be more proud of the community we've built since our inception in a Toronto backyard in 2006 (hence the name).  Over 11 years, BATL has been a breeding ground for a diverse and talented community, brought together by the axe.  Our league members and guests have come from all walks of life - musicians, lawyers, doctors, trades workers, restaurant industry staff, and the list goes on.

Last night, all 13 BATL venues across North America opened their doors to the public for a night of free axe throwing as a way to give back to the community, and it was a huge success.  Hundreds of both experienced and new axe throwers came out in hoards last night to enjoy an evening of fun and friendly competition, all under the guidance of our world-renowned staff - the best in the world at what they do.  Our venue in London, Ontario even treated its guests to a live music performance after the axe throwing, spearheaded by a band consisting of league members.  Like we said, our community is awesome.  Keep your eyes peeled for our next open house, and in the interim consider visiting us for a private event (for groups of 2 and up, perfectly suited for bachelor/bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building outings, and much more) or registering for our weekly league play (with new seasons starting up in two week time!).  It's time to join the BATL!

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Open House Axe Throwing At BATL

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This is a final reminder that all BATL venues across North America will be offering FREE open house axe throwing this coming Thursday April 26th from 7 - 10PM.  This is our way to say thank you to the thousands of guests that have visited The Backyard Axe Throwing League since our inception in 2006 - and to give an opportunity for those that have never got around to checking us out! It'll be a party, that's for sure.

Our skilled coaches will be on hand to give one on one instruction and make sure that you're sticking bullseyes in no time.  All of our coaches are also league members with plenty of experience, meaning that they are the best in the world at what they do.  Since it all began in our backyard 11 years ago, we've been cultivating the best axe throwers in the world - and you could be next!

In addition to our free open house on April 26th, our newest location will be opening in Novi, Michigan (just outside of Detroit) - hosting open house axe throwing each and every Friday and Saturday evening (from 6 - 9pm) throughout the month of May.  BATL Novi will be the premier axe throwing facility in metro Detroit.  Our venue is located at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk near West Oaks Shopping Center, and is capable of hosting parties ranging from 2 – 100 + people.  BATL Novi will be our 14th location in North America, and will boast everything that the Backyard Axe Throwing League has become famous for – the best urban axe throwing in the world.  This includes private event bookings for groups of 2 and up (perfectly suited for bachelor/bachelorette parties, adult birthdays, corporate team building events, and much more), in addition to our public walk-in sessions and weekly league play under the National Axe Throwing Federation umbrella.  Mark your calendars starting May 4th and Join the BATL, Detroit!

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