Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary calendar

Get a head start on participating in the activities being planned by cities, agencies and museums across the U.S. and in other countries.

Below is what we’ve learned so far. Stay on top of developments here. If you have an event to add to the online list, contact Debra Werner at werner.debra@gmail.com.

Through Feb. 17, 2019


Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia featured in Destination Moon touring exhibit
Heinz History Center

September (date to be decided)


The 2005 biography “First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong” is scheduled to be re-released with a cover tied to the forthcoming movie of the same name. (see Oct. 12)

Oct. 11, 2018

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Mint releases coin designs commemorating Apollo 11 50th anniversary; National Air and Space Museum


Oct. 12, 2018

In movie theaters

“First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong,” based on a 2005 biography, will be released to U.S. theaters, with Ryan Gosling starring as Armstrong.



The non-fiction book “Honeysuckle Creek: The story of Tom Reid, a little dish and Neil Armstrong’s First Step” scheduled for release; tells how the director of a tracking station in Australia and his colleagues overcame technical challenges and storms to relay Armstrong’s “one giant leap for mankind” transmission.

Dec. 7, 2018

Washington, D.C.

Researchers, writers and scholars will analyze Apollo scholarship in workshop with NASA; National Air and Space Museum

Dec. 11, 2018

Washington, D.C.

Celebration of Apollo 8 Christmas Eve broadcast from space with astronaut Jim Lovell; Washington National Cathedral


Ongoing through July 2019

Flagstaff, Ariz.

Lunar Legacy lectures on the scientific and cultural impacts of the moon landing, in the town where Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins trained for moon walks. Second Wednesday of each month.
Coconino Community College, Lone Tree Campus

Feb. 14 – Aug. 23, 2019

Huntsville, Ala.

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon exhibit, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Feb. 14 to Dec. 1, 2019

Huntsville, Alabama

Apollo 11 moon landing re-enactments 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

March 16 to Sept. 2, 2019


Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia featured in Destination Moon touring exhibit, Seattle Museum of Flight

Dates to-be-determined


Visitors get to imagine they are witnessing the history-making events from the Mission Operations Control Room, Visitor Viewing Area, Simulation Control Room and Summary Display Projection Room, which have been restored to their 1969 appearance, complete with vintage furniture.
Space Center Houston at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

July 2019

Washington, D.C.

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit will go back on display, National Air and Space Museum

July 13-20, 2019


ApolloPalooza, activities and events featuring astronauts and historians.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

July 16, 2019

Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Apollo Celebration Gala alongside a Saturn 5 rocket.

Kennedy Space Center

July 16, 2019

Huntsville, Ala.

Participants will attempt to break Guinness World Record by launching 5,000 model rockets at 9:32 a.m. Eastern time to commemorate the launch of the Saturn 5 on this date and time 50 years ago.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center

July 16-20, 2019

Washington, D.C.

Celebration of the Apollo 11 mission centered on the National Mall; details to come

July 19, 2019

Huntsville, Ala.

A parade from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center museum to Courthouse Square, featuring the Lunar Rover replica from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. A street party with dancing after the parade.
Parade route in downtown Huntsville and including Courthouse Square. Exact route TBD.

July 19, 2019


NASA TV to show anniversary celebrations at NASA facilities across the country.

July 19-21, 2019

Wapakoneta, Ohio

Birthplace of Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong (60 miles north of Dayton) plans exhibits, science demonstrations, races and live entertainment.
Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum

July 20, 2019

Huntsville, Ala.

Rocketfest Moon Landing Concert
U.S. Space & Rocket Center

July 20 (tentative), 2019

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Newton in Space, a family day offering participants a chance to build and launch model rockets.
National Museum of the Air Force

July 20

Tucson, Ariz.

Summer Science Saturday features Apollo 11 lectures, displays and family activities.
University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

July 24, 2019


Johnson Space Center Gala
Johnson Space Center

Apollo-inspired activities

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum invites all interested to share their Apollo 11 moon landing stories.

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