2020/10/09 00:00:00


Thank you to all who joined us in the danger zone for our Top Gun Party & Movie Nights! We turned and burned with two fun-filled back to back nights dancing, grooving, and watching the 80’s classic Top Gun under the stars!

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When are the next Top Gun Movie Night dates?

Our next Top Gun Party & Movie Nights event will take place on October 9 and October 10, 2020.

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

Our next Top Gun Party & Movie Nights event will take place on October 9 and October 10, 2020. The ticket on-sale date has not yet been announced. Click here to be notified via email. 

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.

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 pm. The museum will reopen at 6 pm only for those with Top Gun Party & Movie Night tickets for the appropriate date.

Can children attend?

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

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?


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

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. 

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.


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.

Enjoy Eats by Kansas City BBQ

Enjoy Eats by Kansas City BBQ

Take your pick from a menu of tasty BBQ offering from the iconic Kansas City BBQ for purchase.

"Jet Fuel Mule" Drink Special

"Jet Fuel Mule" Drink Special

Stop by a Midway bar to pick up your themed beverage creation! Sip on a “Jet Fuel Mule” as you stand next to our F-14 and enjoy the breathtaking San Diego views!

Rockin' DJ & Dance Floor

Rockin' DJ & Dance Floor

Turn and burn on the dance floor listening to 80s 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" Social Media Give-A-Way

"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 $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 the ship online, here.

Geedunk Snacks

Geedunk Snacks

Visit our Geedunk, where active military squadrons will be selling movie theater snacks as a fundraising opportunity for the military units.

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”
  • 6-pack sized cooler containing small snack items, non-alcohol beverages in plastic containers.
  • 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)
  • Service animals are permitted (please note, fireworks will be taking place)

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

  • 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, coolers, 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.



Tag your Top Gun event photos with the hashtag #TopGunOnMidway to be featured here!


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