The Seattle Center's Next Fifty celebration of the Seattle's World Fair comes to a conclusion Sunday with music, food and exhibits.

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Seattle Center celebrates its past, present and future at closing day of The Next Fifty celebration Sunday, the anniversary of the last day of the Seattle World’s Fair on Oct. 21, 1962.

The 74-acre Seattle Center was created for the World’s Fair and its futuristic science theme left the city with some of its most famous landmarks — the Space Needle, Monorail and Pacific Science Center. It remains a gathering place for events and festivals at those original attractions and newer venues like EMP Museum and the popular Chihuly Garden and Glass that opened in May.

Sunday’s free community event features a closing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. and a concert by Seattle Symphony from 2 to 3 p.m. at Fisher Pavilion. Other performances include local bands Land of Pines (3:30 p.m.) and Seacats (4:15 p.m.) at Fisher Pavilion, and the Pat Graney modern-dance performance “The Chair Spectacle” (4:30 p.m.) at the International Fountain. Food trucks and carts will be on hand from noon-6 p.m., along with the permanent food vendors at the Armory/Center House.

This weekend is the last chance to see MOHAI’s “Celebrating Century 21” exhibit of memorabilia of all kinds from the World’s Fair in the International Fountain Pavilion, a small building tucked between KeyArena and the fountain. If you’re a local history buff and/or old enough to remember the fair, the exhibit and its souvenir merchandise are a delight. The new Museum of History & Industry opening Dec. 29 at Lake Union Park is planning a Century 21 exhibit, but most of the artifacts at Seattle Center’s exhibit are from private collections and will be returned when the exhibit closes. “Celebrating Century 21” is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Sunday and admission is free.

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As part of The Next Fifty celebration, the Space Needle was painted Galaxy Gold, the retro orange hue that was its original 1962 color. Online voting results for its next color scheme or design will be announced Sunday. Keeping the original Galaxy Gold is one of the six options available, along with Deep Blue Sea, Seattle Roots, Trees, Umbrella and Retro Graphical themes; vote at through Saturday.

The details

The Next Fifty Closing Day

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; closing ceremony 1:30-2 p.m.; hours vary for some events and attractions.

Cost: Free.

Location: Seattle Center, Seattle.

Getting there: Metro Transit, 206-553-3000 or; Sound Transit Link light-rail, 206-398-5000 or; Seattle Center Monorail, 206-905-2620 or

More information: 206-684-7200 or

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or

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