Intrepid Museum 2017 events
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Battle of the bands

Join us for an epic battle of the big bands and swing dancing on Intrepid’s flight deck, presented by Prohibition Productions and the Intrepid Museum.

This special event will conjure the music, dancing and style of the World War II era, right in the middle of Fleet Week. Three of New York City’s best big bands will go head-to-head on the flight deck, with a 2,000-square-foot wooden dance floor. More bands will be swinging below deck, which will have a 1,000-square-foot dance floor. Swing dance performances, a dance contest, swing DJs, a barbershop quartet and beginner swing dance lessons will keep the dance floors moving until midnight. A vintage fashion show and contest will add to the flair.

Enjoy a spectacular lineup of over 90 performers. Costumes and dancing shoes are strongly encouraged!

Last year sold out fast, so buy your tickets today.

Doors open at 7:00pm. Flight deck opens at 8:00pm.


Live music on the flight deck (8:00pm–1:00am)

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (18 piece), with guest vocalist
• Glenn Crytzer Orchestra
(13 piece), with guest vocalist Hannah Gill
• Gunhild Carling
with the Swingadelic Big Band (12 piece)

Each band will play a one-hour set. The fourth set will bring all three bands to the stage to battle it out before they all play together!

Live music on the hangar deck (7:00pm–1:00am)

Jason Prover and the Sneak Thievery Orchestra

The lineup is growing, so check back for exciting updates!


Other highlights:

• Award-winning barbershop quartet Gimme Four
1940s-style cigarette gals
• MC Dandy Wellington
• DJ VaVa Voon and Odysseus Bailer
• Beginner swing lessons by Gaby Galore
• Performances by chorus gals the Bathtub Ginnys
• Dance performances by the Intrepid Swing Dance Brigade
• Best-dressed contest

• Dance contest (Jack & Jill)
• Group dance contest (three or more). Winners perform at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing!
• Guided tours of the Museum (VIP ticketholders only)
• Photo booth with 1940s-era airplane

This event is for ages 21 and over. Cash bar and snacks available for purchase.


Tickets go on sale at noon on each opening day of sale. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.
Tickets are non-refundable, and the event will take place rain or shine!

General Admission

$35 Early bird SOLD OUT
$45 Advance
$55 Week of / at door ON SALE NOW

• Access to the hangar deck and flight deck of the ship (except VIP area)
• Swing dance lesson




$75 Early bird SOLD OUT
$85 Advance
$95 Week of / at door

• Access to the hangar deck and flight deck of the ship
• Dedicated express VIP line at the door
• VIP-only guided tasting, hosted by our liquor sponsors (7:00pm–8:00pm)
• 30-minute, VIP-only guided tours of the ship (8:00pm–10:30pm)
• VIP-only reserved seating and tables in a roped-off area on flight deck
• Swing dance lesson

Limited availability.
For questions, please call 212-245-0072

Museum members always receive the early bird rate on Battle of the Bands tickets and enjoy express admission. Click here to join.
This special event is presented by Prohibition Productions and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.