Join the National Air and Space Museum and NASA for the Apollo 50 Festival on the National Mall, an outdoor celebration of the first Moon landing. 

The Festival will take place on the Mall between 4th Street and 7th Street on July 18 to 20. Hours:

  • July 18: 9 am to 5 pm
  • July 19: 9 am to 5 pm
  • July 20: 9 am to 8 pm

At the Apollo 50 Festival’s stage and 20 tented display’s visitors can enjoy:


Stage Schedule

(Schedule subject to change)

Thursday, July 18

  • 10:00 am: Ready Jet Go! performance
  • 11:00 am: Preparing Astronauts for Science on the Moon and Mars" with NASA’s Dr. Kelsey Young 
  • 11:30 am: “The Oceans on Earth” with NASA’s Dr. Laura Lorenzoni
  • 12:00 pm: “The Artemis Program” with NASA’s Marshall Smith
  • 12:30 pm: “Past, Present, and Future Lunar Exploration” with NASA’s Dr. Noah Petro
  • 1:00 pm: “STEM Magic Show” presented by Raytheon and the Children’s Science Center
  • 1:30 pm: Museum programming
  • 2:00 pm: Ready Jet Go! Performance
  • 3:30 pm: “Robots in Space” presented by Dr. Ben Reed

Friday, July 19

  • 11:00 am: Discover the Moon Day featuring Dr. Alex Morgan, Paul Fjeld, and Marv Rosenberg
  • 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm: Broadcast of NASA TV’s Live Apollo 50th Anniversary show

Saturday, July 20

  • 10:00 am: Ready Jet Go! performance
  • 11:00 am: “Space Journalism: From Apollo to the Future” featuring Emre Kelly, Florida Today; Ray Soto, USA Today, and Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony, National Air and Space Museum
  • 11:30 am: “Project Egress” discussion featuring Adam Savage 
  • 12:00 pm: “Frozen Water in the Lunar Craters” with NASA’s Dr. Jim Green
  • 12:30 pm: “Benefits of the International Space Station” featuring NASA’s Dr. Tara Rutley
  • 1:00 pm: “Lunar Science” presented by NASA’s Dr. Barbara Cohen
  • 1:30 pm: “From Moon Rocks to Mars Rocks: Lessons from Apollo for the Red Planet” featuring NASA’s Dr. David Beaty
  • 2:00 pm: “Earth Science from Space” presented by Sandra Cauffman
  • 2:30 pm: “A Day in the Life of a Space Engineer” panel presented by Raytheon
  • 3:00 pm: Ready Jet Go! Performance
  • 4:00 pm: “Planetary Exploration” featuring NASA’s Bobak Ferdowsi and the Museum’s Dr. Emily Martin
  • 4:30 pm: “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon” panel about the Museum’s Saturn V projection
  • 5:00 pm: LEGO “Rocket Building Challenge” Awards Ceremony 
  • 5:30 pm: Museum programming
  • 6:00 pm: Ready Jet Go! performance
  • 7:00 pm: Museum programming



Support for Apollo 50 programming is generously provided by

With additional support from