13th Annual 1940s WWII Era Ball with the Glenn Miller Orchestra

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13th Annual 1940s WWII Era Ball with the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Join us for our unforgettably magical 13th annual celebration!

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Boulder Airport 3393 Airport Rd. Boulder, CO 80301

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About this event

  • 7 hours 59 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket
  • Paid parking

"A Trip Back in Time!" -LA Times

Dance under the stars w/your sweetheart, amongst WWII planes, flybys, and vehicles, listening to the most sought-after big bands!!  Enter our hangar made into Rick’s Cafe Americain! With breathtaking movie set props & lights, and even a roulette table you can play!

Walk down Victory St. under a canopy of lights, amidst vintage vehicles, museum displays, and re-enactors!  See exhilarating WWII planes fly overhead and a 1940s DRIVE-IN MOVIE theater!  Join the Best Dressed contest, dance lessons, interactive scavenger hunt and so much more!  Spend a night out in the ’40s!

Get ready to be enchanted by the airport's breathtaking summer beauty, and step into another world and another time!

Don’t miss out on the MUST DO, most celebrated event of the summer!  

Get your tickets early, this event consistently sells out! Escape on an epic adventure!

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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra!

The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra!

Hollywood's Satin Dollz!

NYC's Dandy Wellington!

Chicago's Tammi Savoy!

Frank Sinatra!

Bob Hope!

A South Pacific USO Show!

Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles!

The Queen City Jazz Band!

The Jeremy Mohney Swing Band!

Professor Phelyx!

The Kalama Polynesian Dancers and Band!

The Kelly Van Oosbree Theater Group!

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2023 Theme: Sailing the South Seas!

* Polynesian dancers with leis and live ukulele music with greet you as you arrive!

* VICTORY STREET (South Seas-themed) showcasing: spectacular sets, historic exhibits, multimedia displays, and International foods! Check out our new South Seas Club on Victory Street too!

* Meet 1940s broadcaster, Edward R. Murrow and try your hand with “on air” vintage radio presenting on real 1940s broadcasting equipment!

* Stop by the 1940s and 50s car show!

*Visit the WWII planes, wander through the WWII base camp and talk to our WWII living history re-enactors!

* Check out our South Seas-themed 1940s Drive-In Movie Theatre featuring authentic classic cars + concessions (including the 1949 Blue Ice Cream Truck)!

* Grab a passport + play our interactive South Seas-themed scavenger hunt!

* Carmen Miranda, Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable… Meet the stars of the 1940s!


* Climb aboard the Commemorative Air Force's (Rocky Mountain Wing) TBM Avenger (and several other new planes we will be bringing in for 2023, including a stunning DC3!)

* See exhilarating WWII planes flying overhead and much more!***

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Other fun happenings at the Ball…

Swing dancers will heat up the dance floor under a canopy of movie set lights while cigarette girls hand out rations. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their photos taken with WWII planes and military vehicles, stop by the Tango Tango club tent or the “Cantina” tent, enter the 1940’s costume contest and dance the night away in a Conga Line! And to top the night off in grand style we’ll announce the end of the war with an authentic 1940’s radio announcement complete with a confetti drop and celebration!

Come enjoy Boulder Airport’s breath-taking summer beauty with good friends, good music and good dancing!

The best part? You'll be celebrating this cherished era for a great cause! The 1940s Ball donates a portion of ticket sales to non-profits close to our hearts. We're proud to have donated over $109,000 to our charities.

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Seating & Tables


Except for Reserved Seating, this is not a seated event, however, we will have plenty of table seating in our Mess Hall area for dinner and to rest in between dancing and enjoying the activities throughout the event, on a first come first serve basis. These seats are not meant to sit throughout the event to watch the stage performances and cannot be reserved. If you would like or require a seat throughout the event, we recommend reserved seating.


We will have a section of chairs by the stage for seniors over 65 on a first come first serve basis. There will also be room here for handicap seating.

NOTE: ******* If you are bringing a WWII veteran please email info@1940sball.org to have them registered to be a special honoree. They will be honored from the stage and receive special comped VIP seating for them and 1 guest, (additional guests accompanying the WWII Veteran will need to purchase tickets).

Other Information


1940s themed evening attire, party dresses and/or uniforms. Actual vintage dress is best, however if you cannot find period attire to wear, women can wear a modern dress that is cut like those from the era with vintage accents such as vintage jewelry and/or a flower in their hair and men can wear a modern suit that looks similar to those of the era with accents like a fedora, suspenders or a bow tie. MORE DETAILS here.


Tickets are non-refundable. All sales are final and the event is rain, snow or shine. We do not offer refunds due to scheduling conflicts, illness, injury or other personal issues (under any circumstances, there are no exceptions). Tickets can be sold via our ticket re-selling platform Tixler or transferred to another person here

Group Discounts

Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more (General Admission only, we do not offer any discounts on reserved tables for groups). Please email us for details at info@1940sball.org.


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