Seattle Center's 'The Next Fifty' Celebration Begins 4/21


One month and counting to Opening Day of The Next Fifty, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, Seattle Center announces a packed six months of compelling and thought-provoking community discussions, cutting edge visual arts, live entertainment, exhibits and attractions, and family fun. The Next Fifty begins on Saturday, April 21 with a full day of celebration and concludes on Sunday, Oct 21, dates chosen to coincide with those of the 1962 World's Fair.

Similar to the 1962 World's Fair, The Next Fifty looks to the future for much of its inspiration and programming ideas. The hope is to create synergies that will inspire a shared vision for the region in the years ahead. Hundreds of community volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past 18 months to plan the hundreds of activities and attractions of The Next Fifty. The broad support will bring about an extraordinary golden anniversary celebration that honors the past, celebrates the present, and envisions future possibilities. 


Arts, culture and design and history tie together the six months. The individual months focus on key areas of regional leadership and development, including: 


  • ·         Sustainable Futures, April 21 – May 31
  • ·         Science and Technology, June
  • ·         Global Health, July
  • ·         Learning, August
  • ·         Commerce and the Innovation Economy, September
  • ·         Civic Action, October 


The newly printed Next 50 Guide, now online at, contains descriptions for many of the exhibits, demonstrations, live performances, speakers, panel discussions, films, children's attractions, and community gatherings. Information on additional activities can be found online beginning on April 15 at

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