Advance ticket sales end at 5:00pm on Friday, October 25th. Tickets will be available at the door.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) Who will be playing at this year’s Monster's Ball?
This year once again we are excited to partner with 107.7 The Bone rock radio station. The Cocktail Monkeys will be returning for a repeat performance, plus we’ll have a performance by ZEBOP!, a Santana Tribute Band.
2) What activities are planned for the evening?
ZEBOP! (Santana tribute band) will hit the stage at 8pm, and at 10pm, The Cocktail Monkeys will rock the house with music from the 70’s through today. Watch a Silk Acrobat Performer show off her skills, plus a “Day of the Dead” stilt walker will be mingling with the crowds. This year, The Bone radio station will feature special costume contests with a $500 cash prize for the best outstanding costume. Runner up prizes will also be given (not cash). Don’t miss a chance to ride the flight simulator through a Virtual Time Warp ($6/ride per person). If you dare, take a tour of the Haunted Fo’c’sle, which is known as a haunted “hot spot.”
3) How much do tickets cost?
Advance tickets are $30. Tickets will be $35 at the door. Museum members receive a $2 discount off each ticket. All tickets are General Admission and for adults only. Youths are not allowed; please be aware that this is an adult event.
4) Are there any discounts on ticket purchases?
Museum members receive a $2 discount on each ticket purchased, both in advance and at the door.
5) Are tickets tax-deductible?
The dances are a major fundraiser for the Museum and approximately 20% of the ticket price is tax-deductible.
6) How can I order tickets?
You may reserve your tickets immediately. All reservations may be made via our website through the Ship’s Store or by calling (510) 521-8448 ext. 282. Please be aware that due to cost saving issues no tickets will be mailed out. Guests who purchased via our website will be directed to our Will Call desk. Other guests without a reservation will pay $35 at the admissions desk.
7) Will tickets be available at the door?
If the event is not sold out, the cost at the door will be $35 for Adults. Museum members receive a $2 discount on each ticket.
8) Are tickets refundable?
This is a fundraiser for the USS Hornet Museum; refunds cannot be honored.
9) How is the seating arranged? Is there any Reserved seating?
All seats are General Admission — seating is available on a first-come basis on the night of the event.
10) Is a meal included in the price of the ticket?
Food and drink are not included in the ticket price, but a great selection of food can be purchased at a food concession at very reasonable prices. The menu choices include hotdogs, sandwiches, burritos, and nachos. The food concession will be available 7:30pm–11:00pm and the bar will be open until 12:00am.
11) Is there a bar? How much do drinks cost?
There will be several cash bars on the main deck selling both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Beverage prices range from $2.00 for sodas to $5.00 or more for alcoholic drinks.
12) How should I dress?
We encourage Halloween costumes, but they are not required. The Bone’s rock station will be sponsoring the costume contest and there will be a $500 cash prize awarded to the winner; runner up prizes will also be given (not cash).
13) Does the ship go anywhere?
No, the ship does not move. The engines do not function and the ship remains permanently tied to the pier.
14) What time should I be there?
The gates open at 7:30pm. The “Fright Simulator” will be available between 7:30pm and 11:00pm. ZEBOP! takes the stage at 8:00pm. The doors will remain open for arrivals until 10:30pm.
15) How late does the evening go?
The entertainment will end at 12:00am.
16) Is there plenty of parking? How much does it cost?
There is plenty of FREE parking across the street from the pier.
17) Is there an ATM machine onboard?
No. You'll need to bring cash for the concessions.
18) How many people attend Monster’s Ball?
We have more room for dancing than anywhere in the Bay Area, and this event usually attracts about 900+ guests.
19) Are children allowed?
No, please keep in mind that this is a nightclub atmosphere.
20) Is this a safe and secure event?
Yes. We have plenty of security personnel to provide a comfortable, reassuring and safe evening for everyone aboard.
21) Will the ship be heated?
Yes, there will be heating aboard ship if the weather requires it. Please keep in mind that this is a large ship and can be drafty. We recommend that you bring a wrap or light sweater, especially to enjoy the views of the Bay from the Ship’s Fantail.
22) How do I get to the ship?
Directions will be mailed with the tickets. Directions can also be accessed on our website at:
http://www.uss-hornet.org/visit/car/. For online map systems, our zip code is 94501 and we are at the corner of W. Hornet Ave and Ferry Point Way.
23) Are there hotels in the area that you can recommend?
Coral reef Inn & Suites, 400 Park St (510-521-2330
Hawthorn Suites, 1628 Webster St (510) 522-1000
Marina Village Inn, 1151 Pacific Marina (510) 523-9450
Executive Inn and Suites, 1755 Embarcadero 510-536-6633. When making reservations, please mention the promotional code “Hornet” for special discounts.
24) Are there restaurants in the area that you can recommend?
West Alameda Restaurants
1400 Bar & Grill (American Comfort Food) 1400 Webster Street (510) 263-9651
Pasta Pelican (Italian) 2455 Mariner Square Dr (510) 864-7427
Pier 29 Waterfront Restaurant (Seafood) 1148 Ballena Blvd (510) 865-5088
Park Street Restaurants
Speisekammer (German) 2424 Lincoln Ave (510) 522-1300
Gold Coast Grill (Mediterranean) 1901 Park Street (510) 522-5388
For other choices, view the Restaurant Listings on www.alamedamagazine.com or www.dineview.com
25) When is the next dance scheduled? Who will be playing?
Join us November 16 for the USS Hornet Museum Anniversary Gala celebrating two significant Hornet anniversaries—the ship’s 70 years of excellence and the Museum’s 15 years of success. The Sun Kings (a Beatles tribute band), the Hornet Band, and the Swingin’ Blue Stars will all perform during the evening fundraiser. For more information and to purchase tickets, please check our website or call (510) 521-8448 x411.
26) December 31st
Will be our annual New Year’s Eve Gala. Back by popular demand will be the big band sounds performed by 3 O’Clock Jump. Call (510) 521-8448 x282 for more information.