Saturday, July 20 will mark 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon. If you want to geek out over the epoch-making accomplishment and marvel at the power of space science, there’s plenty in store, from the Museum of Flight's three-day Lunar Block Party to a screening of the 1989 documentary For All Mankind to a moon-watching party with the Seattle Astronomical Society. Find them all below and on our Apollo Anniversary calendar.
Rocket Launch Day
The Apollo 11 crew couldn't have landed on the moon without a really powerful rocket (the Saturn V), so in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic occasion, this event invites you to build and set off your own miniature spacecraft.
Pacific Science Center, Seattle Center
We Chose to Go the Moon.... 50 Years On
See images of Americans witnessing the Apollo 11 moon landing from their televisions taken by TIME Magazine photographer Davis Burnett (who will be there in the flesh).
Museum of Flight, Tukwila
Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Party
If you weren't alive to see the Apollo 11 moon landing on television in 1969, here's your chance to catch a screening of the original broadcast.
Greenwood Senior Center
'For All Mankind'
Brian Eno scored this 1989 documentary about NASA's Apollo missions, featuring footage shot by astronauts and unseen by the public until the release of this film. It'll be a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.
SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center
Lunar Block Party
Venture to Tukwila for a three-day 50th anniversary celebration of the moon landing, where you'll get to witness a performance by American Idol season 17 winner Laine Hardy, chat with space experts, look at outer space through a telescope, eat from food trucks, and much more. Plus, since the moon landing happened in 1969, much of the weekend features flash-back events like a performance from Beatles tribute band Britishmania and a classic car show.
Museum of Flight
Salish Sea Anti-Space Symposium (SSASS) 2019
The anarchist gallery is "celebrating" the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing in its own special way: by drawing attention to the Seattle juxtaposition of "constantly-increasing numbers of unhoused people" and "a half-dozen delusional billionaires groping for the stars." This multidisciplinary party will express their anti-space-exploration platform through talks (the Black Panther Party's Elmer Dixon, UW climate scientist and artist Judy Twedt, the Tulalip Tribe's Natural Resources and Treaty Rights Commissioner Terry Williams, and others), a children's "lively musical reinterpretation of the Apollo 11 moon landing," punk music by Pigeon, comedy by Emmett Montgomery, a poster show, and more. Whether or not you agree with their position, this should be a fascinating evening full of local talent and intellect.
Pipsqueak Gallery, Central District
Stephen Edwards' Moon Landing, the Musical
Stephen Edwards's musical retelling of the Apollo 11 moon landing focuses on the lives and families of the 12 men who completed the mission (as opposed to the mission itself). This concert production will showcase selections from the show in its U.S. premiere.
No Saturday show
Museum of Flight
Apollo Anniversary Party
Enjoy lunar-themed activities and drinks, plus discounts and raffles, at this party in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Mercer Island Books
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration
Learn about the past and future of space exploration and witness a planetarium show at this free Apollo 11 celebration.
Pierce College Science Dome, Lakewood
Apollo 11 50th Anniversary - Public Moon Watch Party
Stare up into space with the Seattle Astronomical Society at this moon-watch party. Before the gazing begins, join discussions about space program milestones and hear about the moon's remaining mysteries with lunar photographer Robert Reeves.
Raging River Trailhead, Snoqualmie
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
Local historian and author Steve Bertrand will talk about what made the Apollo 11 landing possible. Stay on for a screening of Todd Douglas Miller's 2019 documentary Apollo 11.
Everett Public Library
Astronomy on Tap: Space Exploration in the Digital Age
Dr. Kim Bott will share her research on astrobiology and its prevalence in video games before Apollo Program expert Dr. Toby Smith takes things in a lunar direction.
Peddler Brewing Company, Ballard
'Apollo 11' Screenings
Todd Miller's superbly edited new documentary on the Apollo 11 mission, which put Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on the moon (and sent Michael Collins around its dark side), adds no narration or talking heads, other than contemporaneous sources. Although you know how things turned out, you're plunged into the suspense of the moment, when even the slightest miscalculation could have doomed the astronauts to a lonely or fiery death. Listen to that amazing sound design!
Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission
This special touring Smithsonian exhibit focuses on the historic Apollo 11 spaceflight of 1969, which landed the first two astronauts on the surface of the Moon, with a display of original Apollo 11-flown objects and artifacts from the "Space Race," including the historic NASA Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, a Soviet Sputnik satellite, an early cosmonaut spacesuit, and the remains of the Saturn V rocket engine.
Museum of Flight
Lunar Focus: A 21st Century Photography Exhibit
Discover large-format photos and 3D images of human tracks on the moon and other stunning lunar sights, taken from 2009 to 2018 by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, in an interactive exhibit.
Museum of Flight
Molly Moon's Shoot for the Stars Sundae
Molly Moon's sundae of the month is the Shoot for the Stars Sundae, made in collaboration with Seattle's Museum of Flight for the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing: "melted chocolate" ice cream coated in hard shell chocolate sauce and topped with sun butter "moon rocks," milk sauce, house-made whipped cream, a Chukar cherry, and stardust sprinkles. Ten percent of proceeds from the sundae will go towards Girl Scouts of Western Washington to support their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs.
In this lunar virtual reality experience, teams of three will be tasked with returning safely to Earth.
(Pacific Science Center)