America was never the same after the summer of 1969: In June, a police raid at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn ignited the national LGBTQ rights movement; in July, nearly 600 million people around the world watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon; and in August, more than 400,000 revelers camped out on a dairy farm in the Catskills for “three days of peace and music” that came to define a generation. Fifty years later, our country commemorates those pivotal months in events, from New York, which will become the first American city to host WorldPride—a month long lineup of concerts, street fairs, and rallies, culminating on June 30th in the city’s largest-ever Pride March—to Seattle, where, through September 2nd, the Museum of Flight is displaying the Columbia, the command module where Apollo 11’s three-man crew lived for the eight days of their history-making journey. “It’s an interesting place to be,” Armstrong once said of the moon, “I’d recommend it.” We may not be able to take you there, but turn the page for the best places along the rails for reliving those momentous summer months. —Lauren Vespoli
OVER THE MOON
This year’s biggest Apollo 11 anniversary bash is happening in Houston: Visit the newly reopened Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (pictured above), where a $4.1 million restoration has returned every detail to its appearance during the moon landing, from the original consoles to the placement of ashtrays. On July 20th, visitors can hear from Apollo 11–era controllers during the Space Center’s Apollo 50 Live celebration.
BOLD AS LOVE
At the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York, catch original Woodstock acts Santana (August 17th) and John Fogerty (August 18th). In New York City, the Metropolitan Museum’s Play It Loud (through October 1st), features the Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix used at the festival and this Gibson Flying V, which he painted with nail polish.
PRIDE OF PLACE
The New York Public Library’s Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 (through July 13th), shows the LGBTQ rights movement through the work of photojournalists Diana Davies and Kay Tobin Lahusen, who captured both pivotal and quieter scenes, like this 1971 Lahusen shot of men reading issues of Gay. At the Brooklyn Museum, Nobody Promised You Tomorrow highlights work by 22 LGBTQ artists born after 1969.