On the eve of Yuri’s Night, we bring you two Party Profiles from two of the most iconic locations in the history of space exploration: Houston, Texas and the Space Coast of Florida.
Yuri’s Night Houston has traditionally been one of the most consistently exciting parties in the YN cornucopia, and this year’s event is sure not to disappoint. The day begins with the sixth annual Yuri’s Night 5K Fun Run/Walk, starting at 8 AM on April 4th at Challenger Park. All proceeds are being donated to the Challenger Center, an international organization dedicated to promoting space and science education for students and children. Online registration is currently closed, but you can still show up early Saturday to sign up and take part.
After getting some rest during the day, YN Houston participants will be heading to The Meridian, an exciting new venue in the center of Houston, for the Yuri’s Night Celebration, starting at 8:30 PM. (Doors open at 8.) DJing, live music, door prizes and space exhibits will provide entertainment all evening long–but make sure to be present for the Zero-G raffle, sponsored by Jacobs Technology. All attendees will receive a raffle ticket, and during the event, one lucky partygoer will be selected to take a trip on an actual Zero-G flight! Admission tickets are $10 and include the cost of the raffle ticket; VIP tickets are $30 and must be bought in advance. For more information, visit http://yurisnighthouston.net/; tickets can be bought online through Ticketmaster. Other YN Houston sponsors include Boeing, Lockheed-Martin and ERC. YN Houston is hosted by the Houston Section of the AIAA.
A bit further east, Yuri’s Night Space Coast is planning their own all-day extravaganza. The day kicks off at 8:30 AM on the 4th with a 5K Fun Run at Lori Wilson Park on the coast of Cocoa Beach; race registration is $10 and includes a gift bag, along with water and Tang stations. All proceeds go to non-profit organizations. Also in Lori Wilson Park, from 8:30 to noon, is the Education Expo, co-hosted by NASA and the National Space Society. Space enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to come out and learn about the latest programs at NASA.
From 7 PM to 10, YN Space Coast will be closing the day’s activities with a “Space Invasion” celebration at The Redhead in Port Canaveral. Music, drink specials, raffle prizes, and a space-themed costume contest will keep the entertainment going throughout the evening. Admission is a $5 cover charge at the door. For more information about Yuri’s Night Space Coast, visit http://yurisnightspacecoast.com/. YNSC is a project of the Florida Space Coast chapter of the National Space Society and the Launching Leaders Group at Kennedy Space Center.