Intrepid Museum 2019 events
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Battle of the bands
Because of inclement weather, the Battle of the Big Bands will take place on the hangar deck of the ship.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us for an epic battle of the big bands and swing dancing on Intrepid’s flight deck, co-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 3,200-square-foot wooden dance floor (60% bigger than last year!). Head below deck for more live music and swinging dancing on 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 all night. A vintage fashion contest will add to the flair.

Enjoy a spectacular lineup of over 80 performers. Vintage stylings and costumes, as well as dancing shoes, are strongly encouraged!

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


Check-in at the box office starts at 7:15pm for General Admission and at 7:00pm for VIP. The ship opens at 8:00pm. Arrive between 7:00pm and 8:00pm to enjoy live music by the Madhattan Quartet on the pier, explore the new exhibition A View from the Deep: The Submarine Growler & the Cold War, and get complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments (while supplies last) before boarding the ship!

Live music on the flight deck:

• Artie Shaw Orchestra (17 piece)
• Eyal Vilner Big Band (17 piece), with guest vocalist Brianna Thomas
• George Gee Swing Orchestra (17 piece), with guest vocalist John Dokes

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:

Queen Esther & The Hot Five

Other highlights:

Madhattan Quartet (barbershop quartet) 
1940s-style cigarette gals
• MCs Velvetina Taylor and radio host Simon Rentner from WBGO Jazz 88.3FM
• DJ VaVa Voon, Lainey Silver and Odysseus Bailer
• Beginner swing lessons by Jaime Shannon & Tony Fraser
• Performances by chorus gals the Bathtub Ginnys
• Dance performances by the Intrepid Swing Dance Brigade (choreo by Gaby Cook)
• Best-dressed contest and promenade
• Dance contest (Jack & Jill)
• Solo jazz dance contest. Winner performs at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing!
• Guided tours of the Museum (VIP ticketholders only)
• Photo booth with 1940s-era airplane


Please read carefully! This event is for ages 21 and over. Tickets go on sale at noon on each opening day of sale.
Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets are nonrefundable, and the event will take place rain or shine! (In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on the hangar deck.)

This event will be Will Call only. Tickets must be picked up at the Box Office upon arrival.


General Admission

$39 Early bird SOLD OUT
$49 Advance SOLD OUT
$59 Week of / at door (May 21–26 or at door) ON SALE NOW

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


$85 Early bird SOLD OUT
$95 Advance SOLD OUT
$105 Week of / at door (May 21–26 or at door) ON SALE NOW

• Access to the hangar deck and flight deck of the ship
• Dedicated VIP line at the door with early check-in (7:00pm)
• VIP-only guided tasting, hosted by our liquor sponsors (8:30pm–9:30pm)
• 30-minute, VIP-only guided tours of the ship (8:30pm–11:00pm)
• VIP-only reserved seating and tables in a roped-off area on flight deck
• Swing dance lesson

Limited availability.
VIP check-in will be on the second floor of the Museum’s Welcome Center, accessible using the pedestrian bridge across 12th Avenue.


Add one drink voucher to your admission ticket now for $6. Additional drink vouchers will be available for purchase at the event for $7 (cards only). Drink voucher good for one beer, wine, bubbly or cider. Must be 21+ to redeem. All tickets are nonrefundable.
Online ticket pre-sales will end at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 26. Tickets may be purchased in the Box Office at the event.
All tickets are nonrefundable
. The event will take place rain or shine.
Museum members always receive the best price on Battle of the Big Bands tickets.
Click here for member tickets.    Click here to become a member.
This special event is presented by Prohibition Productions and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.