Thank you to those that attended and supported Midway’s 2021 Top Gun movie nights.  We look forward to seeing you again next year in 2022!








Watch "Top Gun" Under The Stars

Watch "Top Gun" Under The Stars

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get comfy on the flight deck as we screen Top Gun from two large screens. Note: This is an open-air space and sweaters or jackets are recommended.

Movie Night Menu

Enjoy Eats by Cafe 41

Café 41 debuts Midway Magic Hazy IPA BBQ! Enjoy your choice of chicken, ribs or Portobello Steak!

Drink Special

The Bar is Open!

Choose from a variety of your favorites including 2 Top Gun themed specialty Svedka Vodka drinks, “Buzzing the Tower”, That Lovin’ Feeling and Midway’s Hazy IPA

Rockin' DJ & Dance Floor

Rockin' DJ & Dance Floor

Turn and burn on the dance floor as DJ Rue plays 80’s and current classics that will “take your breath away.”

Meet the real "Viper" & Midway's Maverick!

Meet the real "Viper" & Midway's Maverick!

Take photos with TOP GUN all-stars including Midway Volunteer and former Top Gun pilot and consultant on Top Gun the movie, Pete “Viper” Pettigrew and Midway’s Maverick [scheduled to appear].

"Best of the Best"

SM Give-a-way

Be the “Best of the Best” in your Top Gun costumes and gear, snap a photo during the event and post it to Instagram with #TopGunOnMidway for a chance to win an amazing prize!

Turn & Burn on Flight Simulators

Turn & Burn on Flight Simulators

Test your pilot skills in Midway’s Flight Simulators located in the hangar bay. Hop in, battle the enemy, and enjoy the ride!

Optional activity, Cost is $7-$8 per rider

Top Gun + Midway Merchandise

Top Gun + Midway Merchandise

Stop by our Jetshop (Gift Shop) located off the hangar to browse a fun collection of Top Gun and Midway merchandise! Get your gear before the movie starts or shop online, here.

Gedunk Snacks

Gedunk Snacks

Gedunk Snacks – Visit our “Gedunk” snack locations and enjoy hot donuts, churros and kettle korn prior to the movie!

General Information

Doors open: 6:30 pm / Doors close: 8 pm, the movie will begin at approximately 8 pm

No in and out privileges during the event for safety purposes.

Seating will not be provided, guests are permitted to bring lightweight lawn chairs and small blankets. Seating areas are first come first serve, please be courteous of those around you while choosing your seating area.

  • Bag Policy:  Find out what you can and cannot bring onboard for this event.
  • FAQs: Questions? Review the FAQs!
  • No outside food or beverages allowed onboard


When will tickets go on sale for the Top Gun Party & Movie Nights?

Tickets go on sale September 23, 2021 at 11 am PDT

Why don't you offer more Top Gun showings?

With the extremely high demand of this event we wish we could, but Midway is home to hundreds of events each year including Youth Overnight Adventures, military ceremonies, community events, membership events, private events and more.

To manage all that goes in to each of those events from staff & volunteers to coordination costs, we are only able to offer this event on two back to back nights at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

How many tickets am I able to purchase?

This event is very popular. To accommodate as many people as we can, there is a limit of 6 tickets per transaction. Once tickets are sold out, no additional tickets will be added.

Can I get a refund or exchange my tickets for the second showing?

There are no refunds or exchanges on ticket purchases due to the overwhelming demand of this event. Thank you for your understanding.

Can I tour the Midway Museum during the Top Gun Event?

The Top Gun Party & Movie Night event takes place on a portion of the hangar deck and the flight deck. These will be the only areas open. All lower deck exhibits will be closed during the event hours.

If I have a museum ticket visiting during regular museum hours, can I stay onboard until the event begins?

No. A separate ticket for the movie is required. All daytime museum guests must exit the ship at 5:00 pm. The museum will reopen at 6:30 pm only for those with Top Gun Party & Movie Night tickets for the appropriate date.

Can children attend?

All ages are welcome but all guests are required to have a ticket no matter the age. This will be an adult environment with adult content in the movie, as well as alcohol being served.

Can a cell phone be used to show proof of ticket purchase?

Yes, you may use your mobile devices to have your ticket(s) scanned. Phone screen must not be cracked and phone brightness must be turned up for scanning.

Can group tickets be purchased?

We are unable to offer group ticket purchases. Due to limited availability, tickets are first come first serve.

Can a ticket(s) be transferred to a friend or family member if I am unable to attend?

Yes. They will still need to have ticket(s) for admission. Please note, we are unable to hold tickets for guests at the entrance. Make sure everyone has their ticket in advance if you purchase for them and if they are coming separately. Again, please note there are no in and out privileges.

Will there be activities prior to when the movie starts?


  • Virtual Reality Flight simulators *Additional Fee
  • Air Combat flight simulators *Additional Fee
  • The Jet Shop will be open for purchases, featuring Top Gun merchandise
  • Photo opportunities
  • DJ & Dance Floor
  • Interactive activities

Is there food/drink available for sale?

Yes. Midway’s Cafe 41 will be onsite selling a variety of food options. A menu is coming soon. Midway’s Beverage services will also offer specialty and non-alcoholic drinks.

What is the parking situation?

There is parking located on Navy Pier, owned and operated by the Port of San Diego for passenger vehicles only.

Parking rates are generally between $10 – $20 subject to change at the discretion of Ace Parking and the Port of San Diego. Parking rates generally increase for special events and holidays and parking is first come first served.

Front-row handicapped parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guests are highly encouraged to take public transportation to the Midway due to very limited parking on the pier. Nearby trolley stops to the ship are the Santa Fe Depot and Seaport Village Station. Click here for more information about directions and parking. 

What can guests bring onboard?

ONLY the following will be allowed on board and will be subject to search:

  • Lightweight lawn chairs and small blankets. Be advise placement for chairs and blankets will be first come/first serve
  • Bags, backpacks, purses, tote bags, diaper bags that are no larger than 14” X 14” X 6”
  • Strollers and wheelchairs, only if appropriately occupied by an individual
  • Please Note – No outside food is allowed onboard

What are items not allowed to bring onboard?

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to the following:

  • No outside food or drink
  • Since the USS Midway is a non-smoking facility, no cigarettes including e-cigarettes are allowed
  • No reusable water containers or opened water bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Glass containers
  • Weapons
  • Briefcases and luggage
  • Wagons
  • Unoccupied strollers or wheelchairs
  • No Coolers of any size

Will there be an ADA location?

Yes, we will have limited reserved ADA areas on a first come first serve basis.

Is there an elevator for public use?

One passenger elevator is available. Priority usage will be for guests with wheelchairs and guests with difficulty climbing stairs.

Are you showing Top Gun Maverick?

No, we will be showing the first iconic Top Gun Movie. Top Gun Maverick is now scheduled for release in 2022.

Bag Policy

To ensure our guests’ safety and to get all guests onboard as quickly as possible, please note the safety measures now in effect for TOPGUN Movie Nights.

Guests with special-event tickets will be permitted to carry the following:

  • Bags, backpacks, purses, tote bags, diaper bags that are no larger than 14” X 14” X 6”
  • All plastic water bottles must have factory seal intact
  • Strollers and wheelchairs, only if appropriately occupied by an individual
  • Lightweight lawn chairs and blankets (seating will not be provided)

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to the following:

  • You may NOT bring food onboard for this event. Only factory sealed water bottles will be permitted
  • The USS Midway is a non-smoking facility, no cigarettes including e-cigarettes are allowed.
  • You may NOT bring reusable water containers, opened water bottles, alcohol, glass containers of any kind.
  • You may NOT bring briefcases, luggage, wagons, inflatable or bean-bag seating, unoccupied strollers or wheelchairs.

Please note:
All bags, pockets, and the like are subject to be checked by USS Midway Museum Safety staff for the security of all guests.  Thank you for your cooperation.




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