Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration

​We are the Midwest destination for celebrating the Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary!



Location: Hutchinson Community College Lawn on Plum Street between 12th Ave and 13th Ave.

Click here for the map of available parking. 

Click here for schedule of events and map of activities. 

Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Man’s first stepson the Moon with this FREE public, family-focused event!

Free and open to the public, this family-focused community event will feature hands-on, Moon and space-themed activities from various community organizations (see list below) and live science demonstrations from Cosmosphere Space Science Educators.

After dark, a showing of the 1969 CBS footage of the Moon landing will be shown, followed by a Smithsonian Channel documentary, titled “The Day We Walked On The Moon”.  This documentary, exclusively available for screening to Smithsonian-affiliated museums, tells the mission’s story through interviews with key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronauts and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

To wrap up the event, Cosmosphere Space Science Educators will host a Moon and planet observing, using a giant 16” diameter telescope. Held in conjunction with Hutchinson Community College and Hutch Rec

Schedule of Activities 

6:00 pm      Event Kickoff with Musical Performance by Hutch Municipal Band
6-9 pm        Free popcorn from HCC Alumni and Friends
​6-9 pm        Food trucks on-site
6-11:30 pm Adult Beverage truck on-site

6:35 pm      “Meet Mr. Moon” Puppet Show
6:50 pm      Story Time with Hutch Public Library
7:10 pm      Astronaut Training Presentation
8:00 pm      Opera Kansas Performance
8:30 pm      All community booths shut down
9:00 pm      Winner of Cosmosphere raffle is announced. Must be present to win!

9:15 pm      Showing of 1969 CBS Moon landing footage on outdoor screen
10-11:30 pm Star & Planet Viewing
10:15 pm    Smithsonian Channel Documentary Showing: “Day We Walked on the Moon” on outdoor screen
11:30 pm      Event Ends. Thank you for coming!

• Live science demonstrations
• Hands-on, Moon and space-themed activities
• Musical performances
• Children’s storytime
• Inflatables
• Puppet Show
• Giant lawn Games
• Corvette Show
• Food and adult beverage vendors
• Moon and planet observing
• CBS footage of the 1969 Moon landing, plus a special Smithsonian Channel screening of “The Day We Walked on the Moon”
• And more! 

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray, and don't forget to wear your favorite attire from 1969!

To see all the fun Apollo 11 50th Anniversary activities we have going on at the Cosmosphere, click here.

In partnership with the Kansas Space Grant Consortium.

*In the case of inclement weather, the event will take placeat the Cosmosphere. 


Hutchinson Community College

Hutch Rec




The Clayworks at Disability Supports, Clay Artwork

Dillons Food Stores, Hydration Station (water) Sponsor, coloring sheets and bubblues

KU School of Engineering

Midway Motors Inflatable Sponsor



Cosmosphere, Oreo Moon Phase Activity and Solar System Bracelets, Star Observing

Central Kansas Corvette Assn., Vintage Corvettes on Display

Kansas Organization for Space Modeling (KOSMO)/EAA Chapter 88, Model Rocketry Display

Hutchinson Art Center, Sidewalk Chalk Moon Boot Print Activity

City of Hutchinson, Touch a Truck

Hutchinson Municipal Band, Patriotic Musical Performance

Hutchinson Public Library, Moon-Themed Yard Games

Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System

Hutchinson Zoo, Learn About the Nocturnal Animal, the Ferret!

Kansas Department of Transportation: Division of Aviation, Balsa wood gliders

KPTS PBS Channel 8, Pictures with Ready, Jet, Go!

Opera Kansas, Moon-Themed Musical Performance

Reno County Museum, Spacesuit arm reach activity and coloring sheets

Stage 9, Face Painting

YMCA of Hutchinson and Reno County, Giant Twister Game



Comfort and Joy

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Reflection Mobile Bar

SnoKo Shaved Ice

The Traveling Bowl