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Moon Over Griffith Observatory's Apollo 11 Festival

The cosmic party, which'll last for several days, includes screenings, discussions, and more.

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    Moon Over Griffith Observatory's Apollo 11 Festival
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    A giant leap of a mega moon festival will rise at Griffith Observatory, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's trip to the moon, from July 13-July 24, 2019. (Moon photo: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

    What to Know

    • July 13-24

    • Some events are ticketed; the festival kick-off on July 13 is free

    • Star parties, panels, and a rooftop moon party are on the schedule

    How is Griffith Observatory like the moon?

    One is concerned with space while one is in space.

    One sits high above a city, and one sits much, much, much higher above a city.

    And isn't the dome of the iconic observatory rather moon-like in shape and appearance, from a distance? It has a lunar loveliness that can't be denied.

    Courtesy Statement Pictures for MacGillivray Freeman / CNN Films

    That lunar loveliness will only deepen at the Griffith Park-based astronomy institution for several days in the middle of July 2019, which just happens to be the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

    Yes, the historic landmark was around during that amazing week in 1969, even if you weren't quite yet.

    So what can someone who moons over the moon expect during the Golden Moon Festival, which will glow in and around Griffith Observatory from July 13 through 24, 2019?

    Informative, look-back, detail-rich panels full of in-the-know moon pros. "Apollo 11" screenings, sweet (look for "newly discovered film" to be woven through this doc-cool piece). Stations of Apollo on the Front Lawn. An after-hours moonrise party on the observatory roof. And so many other astro-mazing happenings.

    Some things are ticketed, so check prices as you moon over the schedule. And some things are free, like the July 13 kick-off event.

    And on July 20, the actual anniversary of an Earth-made boot meeting moon dust in that ultra-legendary moment?

    Best don your spacesuit and zoom up for a day of "presentations and celebrations" of the freest sorts.

    You probably can't make it to the moon for this major anniversary, but you can be at the nearest place to the moon, in spirit, by calling upon our moon-dome'd, lunar-loving Griffith Observatory.

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