Celebrate the Sun and Moon

Cambridge is amped for a sunny summer and the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing.

Have you heard that it’s been fifty years since we landed on the moon? And did you know that summer solstice calls for quite the occasion in many cultures? Here in Cambridge, the sun and moon are cause for celebrating. Read on for ways to have fun with the “lunar-versary” and the summer sun.


Moon Movies: The Harvard Film Archives are honoring the moon landing’s fiftieth anniversary. Through August 3, enjoy their series, "Moon Movies: Apollo 11 to 50.” The series is perfect for history buffs, families and film enthusiasts. Screenings are located at Harvard’s Houghton Library. One highlight is Philip Kaufman’s “The Right Stuff,” which plays on July 20. Another is Fritz Lang’s “Woman in the Moon,” which closes the summer series on August 3.

Lunar Day: Milky Way all day on July 20! MIT will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing with lightning talks, moon films on the big screen and the opportunity to see a rare moon rock on loan from NASA. Unless you are an Apollo astronaut, this could also be your first chance to view the Apollo Guidance Computer. The computer will be on display all day, and presentations at 11a.m. and 2p.m. will allow for a deeper dive into its workings. From 1-3p.m, MIT’s AeroAstro Department, Haystack Observatory and Media Lab Space Group will highlight current research in space with special demos and talks. Hands-on activities will also happen throughout the day.

Moon Shots: Prepare for lift-off with Moon Shots. Moon Shots is MIT's over-the-moon, 21+ event. It features custom cocktails by Short Path Distillery and guests from the Apollo Guidance Computer Restoration Team. The Apollo Guidance Computer will still be on view during Moon Shots as well. The event runs from 6:30-9p.m. on July 20.

Lunar Soirée: Channel your childhood hero, Neil Armstrong. At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, enjoy moon-inspired activities set to 60s music. For guests 21 and over, cocktails and beer are available. Light refreshments are also available throughout the evening. The soirée runs from 7-10p.m. on July 20, and it requires advanced tickets ($20 per member and $25 per nonmember). Free parking will be provided at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.


Summer Solstice Celebration: On Friday, June 21, honor the longest day of the year at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. You can ring in summer with the whole family from 5-9p.m.! From sun-inspired crafting to educational exhibits, there is something for everyone. Take advantage of free admission to four museums: the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Summer Block Party: On Thursday, June 20, countdown to the first day of summer! The Collins Branch of Cambridge Public Library is hosting a block party with face painting, food and games. You can also listen to a performance by Cambridge Family Opera. The party lasts from 4-7p.m. and welcomes people of all ages.


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