Proceeds benefit the USS Hornet Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
and a registered State and National Historic Landmark.
USS Hornet Museum
707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3
Alameda, CA 94501
(located at the corner of W Hornet Ave and Ferry Point Way)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) Who will be playing at this year’s Monster's Ball?
This year we are excited to partner with 107.7 The Bone rock radio station. The Cocktail Monkeys will be returning for a repeat performance and the Bone will provide additional entertainment as this year we have extended this event until 1:00am. Please check our website for updates.
2) What activities are planned for the evening?
This event will feature fun dance music by The Cocktail Monkeys, plus The Bone present Long Gone Bon (AC/DC Tribute Band). This year we will feature a special adult rock themed costume contest, as well as our traditional costume contest, with prizes provided by 107.7 The Bone. 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 below decks through the Hornet hospital, this is known as a haunted “hot spot”
3) How much do tickets cost?
Advance tickets are $25 for Adults and $10 for Youth. Adult tickets will be $28 at the door. Museum members get $5 off each ticket. All tickets are General Admission. Youths are allowed, but please be aware that this is an adult event
4) Are there any discounts on ticket purchases?
Museum members receive a $5 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) When will tickets be available?
Tickets will be mailed out starting the week of October 1. Orders received after Sunday, October 23 will be placed in Will Call.
7) How can I order tickets?
Tickets can be ordered by calling the USS Hornet Museum at 521-8448 x 282 and x 285 on weekdays between 10:00am and 4:00pm. For your convenience, tickets can also be purchased through the Ship’s Store at our website http://usshornet.stores.yahoo.net/monsterbash.html
8) Will tickets be available at the door?
If the event is not sold out, the cost at the door will be $25 for Adults. Museum members receive a $5 discount on each ticket.
9) Are tickets refundable?
This is a fundraiser for the USS Hornet Museum; refunds cannot be honored.
10) 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.
11) Is a meal included in the price of the ticket?
Food and drink is 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 1:00am. Prices range from $3.00 - $7.00.
12) 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.
13) How should I dress?
We encourage Halloween costumes but it is not required. Prizes will be awarded in different categories. You may want to dress up like your favorite rock star as 107.7 The Bones rock station will be sponsoring the costume contest.
14) 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.
15) What time should I be there?
The gates open at 7:30pm. The “Fright Simulator” will be available between 7:30pm and 11:00pm. The Cocktail Monkeys take the stage at 8:00pm. The doors will remain open for arrivals until 11:30pm.
16) How late does the evening go?
The entertainment will end at 1:00am
17) Is there plenty of parking? How much does it cost?
There is plenty of FREE parking across the street from the pier.
18) Is there an ATM machine onboard?
No. You'll need to bring cash for the concessions.
19) How many people attend these dances?
We have more room for dancing than anywhere in the Bay Area and can easily accommodate 1,500 to 3,000 guests.
20) Are people under 21 years old allowed?
Children are welcome but keep in mind that this is a nightclub atmosphere.
21) 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.
22) 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.
23) 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.
24) 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.
25) 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
26) When is the next dance scheduled? Who will be playing?
The next dance will be held on New Year’s Eve with the big band music performed by 3 O’Clock Jump.