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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing with movies, a dance party, and other local events

You may have heard that July 20 is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. There are plenty of movies, TV shows, and even Oreos to commemorate the event. Check out these local events to celebrate the moon in all her glory.

The Day We Walked On The Moon at Heinz History Center
Live through the 24-hour period surrounding the Apollo 11 mission with this Smithsonian Channel documentary that features astronauts and members of mission control, as well as pop culture figures like Queen guitarist/physicist Brian May, discuss where they were and what they felt when the first man walked on the moon.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with a curator from the History Center and the opportunity for audiences members to share their memories of the moon landing.

Sat., July 20. 2 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. The event is free with museum admission.


Moon Party at CMOA
The Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting an adults-only (18+) party to celebrate the moon, with crafts, virtual reality, a dance party, and more. Make futuristic art with help from Assemble. Explore the human relationship to wilderness with David Bernabo's new documentary Wild Human. Bust a move with an outdoor dance party by Diamond Life (moonwalking optional), with a view of the actual moon.

Sat., July 20. 8 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The event is free for members, $5 for students, and $10 for adults.

50th Anniversary of the Lunar Landing at CLP-South Side
Few things are cooler as a kid than learning about the moon, the stars, and the great beyond. This Carnegie Library event, recommended for kids in grades 3-5, will teach them about the first moon landing with crafts, books, and other activities.

Sat., July 20 11 a.m. 2205 E. Carson St., South Side.

Apollo 11 at Rangos Giant Cinema
The documentary Apollo 11 was made using only archival footage from the time surrounding the moon landing, including never-before-seen 70mm footage and recently discovered audio. It's sure to be a thrilling ride on the Rangos Giant Screen.


Apollo 11 continues through Wed., July 31. 1 Allegheny Ave., North Side.  Tickets are $7.95-9.95.

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