53rd Anniversary Celebration

Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon

 July 12-17

TUESDAY,  JULY 12, 2022

Downtown Wapakoneta

5pm – 11pm

Wapakoneta by Moonlight

Join us for an evening of dining, shopping, tours, and entertainment in our historic downtown!  Check out the Facebook Event to see the list of shops open late and local musicians playing on the street!
This event is the official start of the 2022 Summer Moon Festival with six days of activities scheduled downtown, at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum and at the Performing Arts Center.

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

10am – 5pm

Costumed astronaut photo opportunities throughout the day.
Hours and more at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

10am – 5pm

50th Anniversary Exhibit
New fiftieth anniversary exhibit in Modern Space Gallery including new displays and artifacts from the Museum's 50 years of history.
Hours and more at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

12pm – 12:30pm

Gemini VIII Capsule Chat
A member of the museum staff will give a 30 minute in-depth talk at the Gemini VIII capsule, discussing the exciting details of Neil Armstrong's first space mission. Check out more details about the Museum's scheduled events here.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 2021

Wapakoneta High School Performing Arts Center

7pm

Miss Summer Moon Pageant
Join us for the 2022 Miss Summer Moon Scholarship Pageant sponsored by Steinke Family Chiropractic! This year's event will take place at the Wapakoneta City Schools Performing Arts Center on July 14 at 7pm. Doors will open at 6! Admission is $7 at the door!  Learn more here.

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

10am-4pm

New Apollo 11 Exhibit
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is proud to announce a new exhibition featuring one-of-a-kind historic artifacts related to Apollo 11 and Ohio astronaut Neil Armstrong. This exhibition will officially open during the Wapakoneta Summer Moon Festival and be included as part of general admission to the Museum.  Hours and more at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

10am-4pm

Costumed Astronaut Photo-op
As you explore the museum and events on the grounds look out for astronauts!  They'll be photo opportunities throughout the day so keep your camera ready!  Plan your visit at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

12pm-12:30pm

Gemini VIII Capsule Chat
A member of the museum staff will give a 30 minute in-depth talk at the Gemini VIII capsule, discussing the exciting details of Neil Armstrong's first space mission. Check out more details about the Museum's scheduled events here.

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2022

Downtown Wapakoneta

4pm

Festival Opening Ceremony and Beer Tapping
The keg will be officially tapped and the fun will begin Downtown!

4pm - 9pm

Family Zone in Heritage Park
Join us on the riverfront in Heritage Park for Carnival games and prizes for the whole family! We have doubled the size adding a zipline, large slide, bounce houses, a photo booth and more. We also have sugar waffles, cotton candy and slushies!

7pm

Bed Races
Come watch this hilarious and very wild race down Perry Street involving beds, an obstacle course, water and mayhem.  Fastest Teams win the glory and the honor of a donation to the charity of their choice.  Email the Bed Races Registration to chamber@wapakoneta.com to get registered.

8pm - 11pm

Stage - Shifferly Road Band

Ohio Cover Band featuring Modern Country, Blues, Classic Rock and Pop returning again this year.

9pm

Beer Stein Holding Contest  MASSKRUGSTEMMEN!!!
Come to the main stage to watch this crazy fun endurance challenge as contestants attempt to hold a full stein of beer the longest.
Want to enter? Register at the Beer Tent with your name and $20 and make your way to the front of the stage before the start time. All participants get to keep their Stein!!!
Must be 21 to enter!

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

10am - 5pm

Costumed Astronaut Photo-op
As you explore the museum and events on the grounds look out for astronauts!  They'll be photo opportunities throughout the day so keep your camera ready!  Plan your visit at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

10am - 5pm

New 50th Anniversary Exhibit
New fiftieth anniversary exhibit in Modern Space Gallery including new displays and artifacts from the Museum's 50 years of history.
Plan your visit at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

12-12:30pm

Learjet 28 "Talk & Tour"
Special Learjet 28 talk located outside at outdoor exhibit area.  Learn more about the details of this record breaking aircraft.
Check out more details about the Museum's scheduled events here.

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2022

Downtown Wapakoneta

3pm - 9pm

Annual Car Show
Enjoy a stroll through an amazing collection of classic cars while taking in all the great activities happening downtown.  Registration 3-6:30pm so get your ride ready.  Contact Gary McElroy at 419-235-4596.

4pm

Festival Opens
Kegs have been tapped and food trucks are all back open for Friday night fun.

4pm - 9pm

Family Zone in Heritage Park
Join us behind town on Heritage Drive for carnival games and prizes for the whole family!  We have a zipline, bounce houses, a large slide, a photo booth and more!

4pm - 9pm

4th Annual Moon Market
An annual vendor market in downtown Wapakoneta featuring 60 curated vendors of clothing, jewelry, handmade soaps, candles and more. Follow them on Facebook to learn more about this year's vendors from Ohio and beyond!

5pm

Stage - Fairly Local Band
Wapakoneta cover band playing modern rock, classic rock, alternative, pop, and country songs

6:30pm

Corn Hole Tournament
Bring your partner to play in our annual 20+ team tournament!  Double Elimination tournament with a beer bar close at hand.  Pre-registration available until 3pm on Thursday, July 14th for $20. On-site registration available until 5:30. On site registration is $30 per team. Teams must be on-site and checked in by 6:20. Teams are welcome to bring their own bags. Register completing this form.  Bags fly at 6:30pm.

9-Midnight

Stage - Naked Karate Girls
Back again for SMF and ready to party!

10pm

Beer Stein Holding Contest  MASSKRUGSTEMMEN!!!
Come to the main stage to watch this crazy fun endurance challenge as contestants attempt to hold a full stein of beer the longest.
Want to enter? Register at the Beer Tent with your name and $20 and make your way to the front of the stage before the start time. All participants get to keep their Stein!!! Must be 21!

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

10am - 5pm

Costumed Astronaut Photo-op
As you explore the museum and events on the grounds look out for astronauts!  They'll be photo opportunities throughout the day so keep your camera ready!  Plan your visit at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

10am - 5pm

50th Anniversary exhibit
New fiftieth anniversary exhibit in Modern Space Gallery including new displays and artifacts from the Museum's 50 years of history.
Plan your visit at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

12-12:30pm

Gemini VIII Capsule Chat
A member of the museum staff will give a 30 minute in-depth talk at the Gemini VIII capsule, discussing the exciting details of Neil Armstrong's first space mission. Check out more details about the Museum's scheduled events here.

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2022

Downtown Wapakoneta

8am

Fishing Derby
Enjoy a morning along the Auglaize River in the new Heritage Park.  All ages welcome, ages 12 and under please have an adult present, don't forget your Fishing Derby Registration and a pole.

9am

RC Fun Run
Kids and adults alike love driving RC cars on the Dad's Toy Shop course. Bring your own cars or try out the DTS fleet. Learn how to do cool stunts. It's a great time for spectators too!  Check out the event on Facebook for more details.

11am

Festival Opens
Kegs have been tapped and food trucks are all back open for a full day of fun.

11am - 6pm

Antique Tractor Show
The Buckeye Antique Tractor Club is back at Moonfest to showcase their amazing tractors! Enjoy the stroll down Auglaize Street while you visit the Summer Moon Festival on Saturday!

11am - 6pm

4th Annual Moon Market
An annual vendor market in downtown Wapakoneta featuring 60 curated vendors of clothing, jewelry, handmade soaps, candles and more. Follow them on Facebook to learn more about this year's vendors from Ohio and beyond!

11am - 9pm

Family Zone in Heritage Park
Join us behind town on Heritage Drive for Carnival games and prizes for the whole family!  Zipline, bounce houses, large slide, a photo booth and more.

3pm - 6pm

Stage - T102 Country Star Playoffs
Rowdy Ron & JB In The Morning are back on the road with Exploit for the best local singing competition!

5pm

Kiddie Tractor Pull
Join us behind town on Heritage Drive for a classic Kiddie Tractor Pull!  Ages 3-8 boys and girls are invited to sign up and give it a try!  Get registered at the Game Tent, this event is free to register. You can register here!

6:30pm

Weiner Dog Races
A family and dog-lover favorite!  Register your Weiner Dog to show its the fastest around!  Email Weiner Dog Registration forms to chamber@wapakoneta.com or bring your form (and two dog handlers) the day of the race!

7pm

Stage - Exploit
Exploit will continue to entertain everyone after the T102 Country Star Playoffs on Saturday. Exploit is a classic rock/country band from Lima, Ohio and a favorite in Wapakoneta!  Get a taste of their sound here.

9pm

Stage - Another Round
A Premier Classic Rock Band that's locally grown!  You won't want to miss this fan favorite band!
Preview their sound early on their website!

10pm

Beer Stein Holding Contest  MASSKRUGSTEMMEN!!!
Come to the main stage to watch this crazy fun endurance challenge as contestants attempt to hold a full stein of beer the longest.
Want to enter? Register at the Beer Tent with your name and $20 and make your way to the front of the stage before the start time. All participants get to keep their Stein!!!
Must be 21 to enter!

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

7:30am - 11am

Run to the Moon 5K/10K
Race starts at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. See you at the Moon!  Register online here by July 8th.

10am - 5pm

KONA Ice frozen treats available on the museum's north lawn if you need to cool off. ($)

10am-5pm

Lima Astronomical Society
Lima Astronomical Society on the museum's north lawn will be ready to talk about the sky with telescopes in hand.  Ask them about the stars, planets, nebulas, galaxies and anything else they can see in their telescopes.
Hours and more at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

10am-5pm

Wright State Rocketeers
Truly a fan favorite, this group of rocket builders will be giving periodic rocket demonstrations throughout the day. Be the group's countdown clock as they lift-off your rocket! The rocketeers will be available only on Saturday and Sunday and will be found on the museum's southwest lawn. Check out the full schedule of Museum events here.

10am-5pm

Parachute Museum activity on the museum's north lawn.
They'll have amazing items on display to share the impressive history of
jumping out of planes!
Check out the entire schedule of Museum events here.

10am-5pm

Lunar Rover Replica Demonstrations
Lunar Rover display and demos on the museum's north lawn.  Learn about the complexity of driving a vehicle on the lunar surface and explore the interesting history of the museum's replica, perhaps even catch a driving demo too!
Check out the entire schedule of Museum events here.

10am-5pm

Education tent activities on the museum's north lawn.
Our STEM education tent will have fun, science-based, activities for kids to test out. These activities include stomp rockets, water rocket demos, Mentos-geyser demos, circuit-building, energy sticks, static-electricity and bubble demos, balloon twisting, face-painting, and more.
Check out the full schedule of Museum events here.

11am-5pm

Inflatable rides located on the museum's south lawn.

12:30-2pm

Astronaut meet & greet in STEM center Frogman in outdoor pavilion.
We're excited to host Mike Foreman (Space Shuttle Missions STS-123 & STS 129), Doug Wheelock (Space Shuttle Missions STS-120, SOYUZ TMA 19 & EXPEDITION 24/25) as well as our four Apollo 11 US NAVY UDT Frogmen: Clancy Hatleberg, Wes Chesser, Mike Mallory, and John Wolfram.

3-4pm

Frogmen presentation in the museum's STEM Center.
We're excited to host our four Apollo 11 US NAVY UDT Frogmen: Clancy Hatleberg, Wes Chesser, Mike Mallory, and John Wolfram.
Follow Armstrong Air & Space Museum on Facebook for detailed updates.

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2022

Wapakoneta Family YMCA
YMCA Bike Tour

7am-2pm

Summer Moon Festival Bike Tour
Enjoy the 20th annual Summer Moon Festival Bike Tour on Sunday, July 17, 2022! The YMCA has different routes for every level.  The routes will take you through the flat terrain and rolling hills of Auglaize County. The Tour is sponsored by the Wapakoneta Family YMCA and is open to all cyclists. In addition, we invite you to stay and enjoy the YMCA facilities after the ride.  This is the second event of the Triple Crown Fitness Challenge.  More details and registration can be found at the Wapak Family YMCA's website.

Wapakoneta High School Performing Arts Center

7pm

Lima Area Concert Band
Doors open at 6pm. Concert is free sponsored by First on the Moon Inc.

Armstrong Air & Space Museum

10am-5pm

Kona Ice frozen treats available on the museum's north lawn. ($)

10am-5pm

Wright State Rocketeers
Truly a fan favorite, this group of rocket builders will be giving periodic rocket demonstrations throughout the day. Be the group's countdown clock as they lift-off your rocket! The rocketeers will be available only on Saturday and Sunday and will be found on the museum's southwest lawn. Check out the full schedule of Museum events here.

 

10am-5pm

Lima Astronomical Society
Lima Astronomical Society on the museum's north lawn will be ready to talk about the sky with telescopes in hand.  Ask them about the stars, planets, nebulas, galaxies and anything else they can see in their telescopes.
Hours and more at www.armstrongmuseum.org.

10am-5pm

Parachute Museum activity on the museum's north lawn.
They'll have amazing items on display to share the impressive history of
jumping out of planes!
Check out the Museum's entire schedule of events here.

10am-5pm

Education tent activities on the museum's north lawn.
Our STEM education tent will have fun, science-based, activities for kids to test out. These activities include stomp rockets, water rocket demos, Mentos-geyser demos, circuit-building, energy sticks, static-electricity and bubble demos, balloon twisting, face-painting, and more.
Check out the Museum's entire schedule of events here.

11am-5pm

Inflatable rides located on the museum's south lawn.
Check out the full schedule of Museum events here.

12:30-2pm

Frogmen meet & greet in outdoor pavilion, astronauts in STEM Center.
We're excited to host Mike Foreman (Space Shuttle Missions STS-123 & STS 129), Doug Wheelock (Space Shuttle Missions STS-120, SOYUZ TMA 19 & EXPEDITION 24/25) as well as our four Apollo 11 US NAVY UDT Frogmen: Clancy Hatleberg, Wes Chesser, Mike Mallory, and John Wolfram.
Follow Armstrong Air & Space Museum on Facebook for detailed updates.

3pm-4pm

Frogmen meet & greet in the museum's STEM center.
Frogmen presentation in the museum's STEM Center.
We're excited to host our four Apollo 11 US NAVY UDT Frogmen: Clancy Hatleberg, Wes Chesser, Mike Mallory, and John Wolfram.
Check out the full schedule of Museum events here.

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