By: Alexandra Varkarotas
Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission launch. To commemorate the Eagle landing on the moon on July 20, 1969, the Houston area will be buzzing with plenty of cosmic and lunar activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Here are a few of the events happening this weekend.
Free Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration at Kemah Boardwalk
Drive down to Kemah tonight at 5 p.m. CDT for live music, moon pies, and lunar crafts. At 9:30 p.m. CDT, sit back and enjoy fireworks. For a schedule of the night, click here.
Summer Festival: Celebrating the Moon at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts downtown is hosting a free festival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. CDT Saturday, July 20. Take some time to check out the museum’s exhibit, Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection 50 Years after Apollo 11. While the event is free, admission to the exhibit is paid. Click here for more information.
NASA night at Discovery Green
Attend a screening of Apollo 11, watch the U.S. Army Golden Knights perform a paratrooper landing, and meet NASA astronaut Steve Bowen on Saturday, July 20 at Discovery Green. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. CDT. For more information and a timeline of activities, click here.
Apollo 11 50th Live at Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston is hosting an all-day festival starting at 9:15 a.m. CDT Saturday, July 20. The event includes panels featuring flight controllers from the time, book signings, activities, and a live countdown to the exact time Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. A concert featuring WALK THE MOON and Phillip Phillips is also set to begin at 8 p.m. CDT. General tickets cost $49.95. Click here to learn more about the event and to purchase tickets.
Movie Screenings at Pleasure Pier
Watch a NASA provided movie at 8 p.m. CDT at Pleasure Pier on Saturday, July 20. On Sunday, July 21, attend a sunset screening of the film First Man. More information is provided here.
Don’t see an event near you? Be sure to check out VisitHouston to see if any events are happening in your area.