Admission: Sci Fi Retro Movies: $10 Laser Shows: $15 Ages 3 and under are free
Join us during the UFO Festival in the Goddard Planetarium as we combine legendary music with laser light visuals. Enjoy music hits from Queen, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and more, all under the Planetarium’s 40-foot dome. New this year, relax and take in a retro sci-fi movie projected on the dome at 1 pm on Friday and Saturday.
(See bottom of page for descriptions and tickets)
Friday, July 1 :
1:00 pm – B movie – The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – 92 minutes, rated G
3:00 pm – LaseRetro
5:00 pm – Laser U2
7:00 pm – Laser Queen
9:00 pm – Laser Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
Saturday, July 2 :
1:00 pm – B movie – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) – 103 minutes, rated PG
3:00 pm – Laser Ready Player One
5:00 pm – Laser Grateful Dead
7:00 pm – Laser Metallica
9:00 pm – Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall
Sunday, July 3 :
3:00 pm – Laser Zeppelin
5:00 pm – Laser Beatles
The UFO Festival Laser Shows are held in the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium located on the northwest side of the Roswell Museum. The Museum is located at 1011 N. Richardson Ave and is accessible via the parking lot off Richardson (between 9th and 11th Streets) and across the pedestrian bridge on the north side of the lot. The Planetarium is located on the corner of 11th and Richardson Ave. You may enter and exit through the Museum to access the Planetarium until the Museum closes at 6 pm or use the Planetarium entrance off of 11th Street. The Planetarium will be open during the festival from 12:30 pm through the last laser show each day.
Tickets may be purchased online, in the Planetarium or at the Museum's front desk. The planetarium seats 96 people. The shows are extremely popular and often sell out, particularly in the evenings. We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance to ensure your first choice of shows. (Children 3 and under* are free, but are required to lap sit during full shows.)
For online tickets: Online ticket sales will end two hours before the start of each show. We ask that the ticket purchaser, bring ID to verify purchase when checking in for show. If purchaser will not be attending the show, please list names of attendees in "Comment" box at checkout.
When to arrive:
Doors open 30 minutes before each show and is general seating. Patrons often start lining up as early as 60 minutes in advance to have their first choice of seats. We are not able to admit patrons after the shows have begun. Tickets for no-shows or late arrivals are nonrefundable. You must have a ticket to be admitted.
Parking is available in the lots south and southwest of the Museum and on the street outside the Planetarium (standard parking regulations apply). Please be respectful of nearby businesses and organizations when parking.
The shows are approximately 45 minutes each, except for Laser Beatles which is 30 minutes.
Laser shows contain loud music and bright, sometimes flashing, lights in the dark environment of the Planetarium that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions. Young children may find the environment scary or over stimulating, and some shows feature music, lyrics, and visual themes intended for an adult audience. We do not prohibit children, but viewer discretion is advised.
Friday, July 1 | 1 pm
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
When a UFO lands in Washington, D.C., bearing a message for Earth's leaders, all of humanity stands still. Klaatu has come on behalf of alien life who have been watching Cold War-era nuclear proliferation on Earth. But it is Klaatu's soft-spoken robot Gort that presents a more immediate threat to onlookers. A single mother (Patricia Neal) and her son teach the world about peace and tolerance in this moral fable (92 minutes, rated G). Popcorn and water included with show. Please no outside food or drink. PURCHASE TICKETS
Friday, July 1 | 3pm
A tribute to the great anthems of the 1980s, laser art is coupled with upbeat rock and pop songs from one of the most exciting periods in mainstream music: the ‘80s! With the latest and most advanced programming techniques used to create spectacular and striking laser effects, LaseRetro will become a favorite with everyone! PURCHASE TICKETS
Friday, July 1 | 5 pm
Listen to one of the greatest bands of the last three decades with U2’s timeless classic and modern hits. Your eyes and ears will be your guides into an immerse journey through this British band’s rise and success! PURCHASE TICKETS
Friday, July 1 | 7 pm
Start with a layer of heavy metal, add a dash of glam, a pinch of astrophysics, and sprinkle liberally with theatrics. Only THEN will you get a sense of what makes up the legendary Queen, the band who are often touted as being the most educated rock band to ever live. Freddy Mercury put it best when he said, “The whole point of Queen was to be original. We’re a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules, It’s unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme, my dear.” PURCHASE TICKETS
Friday, July 1 | 9 pm
Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political, and philosophical empathy, Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time! Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, "Dark Side of the Moon" offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. PURCHASE TICKETS
Saturday, July 2 | 1 pm
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth (103 minutes, rated PG). Popcorn and water will be provided. Please no outside food or drink. PURCHASE TICKETS
Saturday, July 2 | 3 pm
Ready Player One
Remember your first visit to a video arcade? Your first home console experience? The first time you heard your favorite video game theme song? Well, get ready to insert some coins, grab some power pellets, and shoot some robot space invaders! “Ready Player One” is a celebration of our love of pixels, blips, and big red buttons set to music from, and inspired by, video games. “Would you like to play a game?” PURCHASE TICKETS
Saturday, July 2 | 5 pm
Laser Grateful Dead
America’s greatest cosmic rock & roll band — from kaleidoscopic psychedelia to homespun country rock to epic live jams and beyond, The Grateful Dead’s songs are woven into the very fabric of music itself. Now experience “The Dead” on a whole other level – through laser light! PURCHASE TICKETS
Saturday, July 2 | 7 pm
Considered to be one of the pioneering groups in what would become the heavy metal genre, the musicianship and force of this band has been hailed by critics and fans worldwide. Now Metallica’s tempos, instrumentals, themes and sound are joined with laser lights of the same caliber and style. Your pulse and body will pound as the music fills both your ears and eyes. PURCHASE TICKETS
Saturday, July 2 | 9 pm
Laser Floyd: The Wall
"The Wall" is truly the mother of all laser-light shows and a cult favorite throughout the world! "The Wall" is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, "The Wall" is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful, and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best-seller behind "Dark Side of the Moon". Now coupled with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art, Pink Floyd’s 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey. PURCHASE TICKETS
Sunday, July 3 | 3 pm
Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, and their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the 1960s and ‘70s. Indeed, they have been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. Now you can relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery. PURCHASE TICKETS
Sunday, July 3 | 5 pm
The greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll band of all time! Laser Beatles will take you back to a different time in history to re-experience and remember the evolution of this musical phenomenon. The Fab Four’s best spanning 6 years become the background for dazzling laser art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation. PURCHASE TICKETS