Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration guide

Review our Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration guide below to help plan the perfect experience.

Our festival is a family friendly event, and we want all our guests to have a phenomenal experience. All of our rules and regulations exist to help keep our guests safe and to ensure everyone enjoys the festivities throughout the day and concert.

We’ve added several new security measures to improve the overall concert experience and protect your safety. Make sure you arrive at Space Center Houston with plenty of time to find your spot before the main concert starts. It’s always a good idea to give yourself some extra time to park, shuttle over and pass through security.


General admission guests will park off-site on July 20, 2019 at the Challenger Columbia Stadium.


Highway signage will direct concertgoers to parking areas at Challenger Columbia Stadium.

Shuttle service from Challenger Columbia Stadium parking lot will be provided.
1955 W NASA Blvd, Webster, TX 77598

Directions from Downtown / I 45 S

  • Take I-45 South
  • Take Exit 25 for FM 528
  • Turn left onto FM 528
  • Turn left onto W NASA Blvd
  • Turn left into parking lot

Directions from Galveston / I 45 N

  • Take I-45 North
  • Take Exit 25 for FM 528
  • Turn right onto FM 528
  • Turn left onto W NASA Blvd
  • Turn left into parking lot

Arriving at the Apollo celebration

Shuttle buses will pick up guests from the Challenger Columbia Stadium and drop off guests at the main Apollo celebration entrance at Space Center Houston. Guests who need to visit the ticket booths to purchase or pick up tickets may do so. Guests who do not need ticket assistance should go directly through security and bag check. Guests must present their tickets or VIP credentials for scanning. The first 15,000 guests attending the concert will receive two wristbands, including one interactive LED wristband. Wristbands are included in the overall price and for Apollo celebration tickets.

Bag policy

For your safety and the safety of others, all bags must be screened by security officers prior to entering Space Center Houston. Oversized backpacks, large duffel bags and suitcases, cannot be brought into the facility. No bags or purses larger than 8.5″ x 11″ (the size of a standard size piece of paper) will be allowed into the center. Medically necessary bags, including diaper bags, are only permitted when the medical contents will not fit into an 8.5″ x 11″ bag. Storage lockers are no longer available for rental.

Photo policy

Guests are welcome to bring small flash photography cameras. Large camera equipment such as telescoping poles (tripods, monopods, gimbals and selfie-sticks), lenses exceeding 8”, external lighting and audio equipment are not allowed at Space Center Houston. Photography is not allowed inside our theaters. Crew members will point out photo restrictions on the NASA tours.


Space Center Houston has 24-hour on-site security. Security officers will be stationed throughout the center, festival areas, and at the entrance. In the case of a security incident, immediately notify the nearest crew member or visit the Guest Services Desk.

Ticketing & schedule of events

To see the Apollo 50 celebration event schedule and to purchase tickets, visit our event webpage.

Apollo Mission Control Center

The restoration of the Apollo Mission Control Center will be completed soon. The national historic landmark will be open in July. This iconic space will available as part of general admission on the NASA Tram Tour during the Apollo celebrations. Capacity is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis so guests should check in at the Guest Services Desk to get a timed ticket for their tour. On July 20, however, only Golden VIP and Golden Deluxe VIP ticket holders will be able to tour Apollo Mission Control Center.

Local Accommodations

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General Admission

A general admission ticket to Space Center Houston includes all exhibits at the center, such as Independence Plaza, the NASA Tram Tour and the summer exhibit Journey to Space. Simulator rides and the virtual reality simulator are not included.

On July 20, a special Golden Ticket is needed to explore the center. This also provides admission to Apollo 11 50th Live, presented by JSC Federal Credit Union, which includes the special concert that night, entry to the family STEM zone and more. Find out all the day’s activities at the Apollo Celebrations page.

Lunch with an Astronaut/Level 9 Tour

If you purchased a ticket for a Level 9 tour or Lunch with an Astronaut on July 20, you will be able to explore the center before or after your event. However, if you would like admission to the special Apollo 11 50th Live events, you will need to upgrade your ticket at the Guest Services desk.

New Members

Did you buy a new membership just to get special discounts on Apollo celebration tickets? Thanks for joining! You will receive your Member Pass Number with your membership cards in the mail. If you would like to buy your Apollo celebration tickets before receiving your member cards, please email membership@spacecenter.org and we will send you your Member Pass Number as soon as possible. To purchase Apollo celebration tickets onsite on July 20, members will need to present their membership card at the Guest Services Desk to purchase the discounted Apollo celebration ticket for concert access.

Costumes/dress code

Costumes and character masks are not permitted at Space Center Houston. Guests are advised to wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing as some experiences take place outdoors over extended periods of time. The Apollo 11 Mission Splashdown Party on July 24 is a 1960s-themed event where guests are encouraged to wear outfits from the 60s.

Additional prohibited items

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Inflatables (i.e. balloons, beach balls, basketballs, etc.)
  • Banners
  • Clothing or signs deemed obscene or indecent
  • Fireworks
  • Laser pointers
  • Large umbrellas (compact only)
  • Noisemakers (bells, whistles, vuvuzelas, etc.)
  • Seat cushions
  • Wrapped gifts
  • Folding chairs
  • Hover boards and other personal recreational devices
  • Pets (with exception of service animals)
  • Aerosol cans (hairspray, bug spray, sunscreen)
  • Glass of any kind, including perfume bottles
  • Grills
  • Play pens
  • Signs of any kind or size
  • Tents or sun shades
  • Large umbrellas

Guests will be encouraged to take prohibited items back to their cars. Items left at the gates are not the responsibility of Space Center Houston.

Safety Measures

Each of the below policies is enforced in the interest of safety:

  • Guests are always subject to a search upon entering the facility. Guests who refuse the search will be denied entrance.
  • Soliciting or vending is not permitted on Space Center Houston grounds.
  • Guests who show signs of illegal substance use or possession may be refused entry and/or asked to leave the premises.
  • No throwing of objects of any kind.
  • No reselling (scalping) tickets at any time.
  • No tailgating is allowed at Space Center Houston.

Food and beverage policy

Large quantities of food and coolers are not permitted inside the facility. Exceptions can be made for meals necessitated by dietary or medical needs. Guests are welcome to use the outdoor picnic facility near the front entrance. Empty, reusable bottles and cups are permitted. Water fountains and bottle fillers are available inside Space Center Houston.


Guests are free to leave and reenter the center on the day of their visit only. Guests must present their wristband to a crew member at the ticket turnstiles in order to reenter the center on July 20.

Accessibility options

Space Center Houston wants everyone to be able to visit and enjoy our center. Click here for an overview of our accessibility resources and services.


Smoking, including e-cigarettes and vaping, at Space Center Houston is allowed only in the designated smoking areas. Guests who are found to be smoking outside the designated area will be asked to leave the premises.


Strollers are allowed inside the center. We have strollers for rent for $2 at the Guest Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Strollers are not allowed on the NASA Tram Tour. There is limited stroller parking. If you use a stroller, please consider using a smaller, lightweight “umbrella” stroller.


Space Center Houston has extended operating hours to celebrate the Apollo anniversary. Visit our hours webpage to see the daily operating hours and plan your visit. While the center opens at 9 a.m. on July 20, we invite guests to attend the opening ceremony beginning at 8:30 a.m.


Unlawful resale of tickets (or attempted resale) is grounds for seizure and cancellation without compensation. A ticket shall not be used for advertising, promotions, contests or sweepstakes, unless formal written authorization is given by the Space Center Houston, provided that even if such consent is obtained, any use of Space Center Houston’s trademarks and other intellectual property is subject to the Space Center Houston’s consent.


Performers, Artists, Acts, Players are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice. No refund will be owed if any performer, artist, act, player or any other scheduled performance, person or group is changed or canceled and the event still occurs.


All purchases are non-refundable and not able to be exchanged.


All events are considered RAIN or SHINE. No refunds will be given due to inclement weather.

Policies and procedures and event details are subject to change.

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