Among Houston’s many claims to fame is its important role in space exploration. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and everyone from Houston homes should plan to attend at least one of the events around town.
Space Center Houston will have a multi-day celebration, starting on Tuesday, July 16th, the day Apollo 11 was launched into space. Fun events, interesting lectures, and films will run through Wednesday, July 24th, the day Apollo 11 landed safely back on earth. Saturday, July 20th is the big day, because it’s when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their famous moon walk. Come in any day of the 50th anniversary celebrations to take the tram tour and see the Apollo Mission Control Center. There are also daily mission briefings. Budding astronauts will enjoy the hands-on science labs. Each day also features a meal with different people who were important to the Apollo missions.
Saturday, July 20th is the day of the biggest celebration. There will be live music outside and a huge hands-on STEM area. Hear presentations from Apollo flight controllers at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. Houston real estate owners will also be able to find great food and drink options throughout the space center, as well as cooling areas and a beer garden. VIP packages are available, too, with special pre-concert happy hour and preferred seating or a dinner with Apollo program celebrities.
Houston Real Estate Owners Can Choose from Many Moon Festivals
For a free, family-friendly celebration, head to Discovery Green for an evening of moon celebrations. A Giant Leap gets going at 6 p.m. See the Golden Knights, the parachute demonstration team, land in the park. There will be exhibits from the Johnson Space Center and Lone Star Flight Museum. Plan to see the film Apollo 11 (rated G). You can also do some shopping at the regularly scheduled Flea by Night market.
Artistic folks living in Houston homes can plan to go to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for the Summer Festival: Celebrating the Moon. This free event runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Kids will enjoy the many craft stations and can take home a silvery moon and learn marbling techniques using a paper bag. Harris County Library workers will man the Outer Space Storybook Station. Meet NASA experts and see the stars through a telescope set up on the museum roof. There will be live music played by local rock group Flower Graves, and the Midnight Chamber Players will serenade guests with “Night Music”. Feel nostalgic watching episodes of The Jetsons, too!
While the festival is free admission, museum goers should consider purchasing a ticket to see the exhibit “Shooting the Moon”. It’s a collection of photos ranging from official NASA images to Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico by Ansel Adams to imaginative 19th century portraits. The exhibit opens on July 20th and continues through September 2nd.
Houston area bars and restaurants are also serving up special moon landing drinks and menus. The Classic has a great menu of favorites from 1969. Follow their Facebook page to keep up with the latest offerings.