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Top Gun Days 2023 San Diego

Top Gun Days 2023 San Diego

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Top Gun Days 2023 San Diego

When: Friday, May 12, 2023 06:00 PM - Saturday, May 13, 2023 06:00 PM PST
Where: Building 177, 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, USA


Event Overview for Friday 12th May 2023

The Welcome Reception.

On Friday 12th May, from 6 pm to 10 pm, we'll be hosting a family-friendly, welcome reception for all event attendees at Building 177, 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106.

Located at the beautiful Liberty Station, Building 177, originally the Naval Library has been newly renovated with wood floors and white walls.

Our welcome reception could be thought of in the same way as a wedding reception where friends and family come together to enjoy a great atmosphere. This means it’s a family-friendly environment where children are also welcome and enjoy themselves.

There is a live DJ so you can get your groove on if you want to but if dancing isn’t your thing then you can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere with a drink and a bite to eat as you chat with other attendees.

As well as enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and bar service at the reception, our renowned DJ, who was the drummer for the group ‘Berlin’ for more than 19 years, will be helping you to get your groove on so bring your best moves and get ready to mingle and dazzle in the company of your fellow Top Gun Fans.

All you need is your event ticket that has your QR code which you received after ordering your tickets online. We’ll scan your QR code, giving you access to the welcome reception where you can enjoy the evening with friends.

Your event pass can be collected during this reception or on Saturday 13th at the start of the VIP Speakers Event.


Event Overview for Saturday 13th May 2023

The VIP Guest Speakers.

On Saturday 13th May 2023 from 9 am - 6 pm we'll be hosting the VIP Guest Speakers event at Building 177, 2875 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106, United States.

Located at the beautiful Liberty Station, Building 177, originally the Naval Library, is where our Vip Guest Speaker event will be hosted. Building 177 has been newly renovated with wood floors and white walls. The space has grand vaulted ceilings, and exposed beams, and offers over 7,000 square feet of versatile space. Designed specifically with events in mind, guests flow naturally from our scenic outdoor patio, an entry foyer, and our main hall.

Our lineup of speakers creates a 'Top Gun (1986) meets Top Gun: Maverick' event as we have speakers who were directly involved with making both movies.

They will be sharing their never before heard, behind-the-scenes stories of their time working on the making of Top Gun and Top Gun Maverick, as well as some of the new CGI technology and the technical advisors from the military who worked on the set to pull off an amazing film.

We will also have some of our all-time favorite guest speakers returning to go into further detail on how things differ from our original beloved 1986 movie and today’s tricks of the trade. This was a 'fan favorite' during our Top Gun Days 2022 event and is back by popular demand. We’re bringing you what you ask for and adding in some new dimensions.

Each speaker will have a microphone and audio equipment will be in use at the event to ensure that all attendees will be able to clearly hear everything that's shared by these awesome VIP Speakers.

As well as getting to hear, first hand, everything they share about their time on Top Gun and Top Gun Maverick, there will also be a Q&A session with each speaker. Before the event concludes there will be an opportunity to get signed photos of each speaker as well as snap a selfie or two with them.


We will conclude the day's event at 6:00 p.m. allowing you to explore the wonders of San Diego on your own terms.

Paul 'CHAPPY' Ward, who is a Docent at the USS Midway, will have a stand at this event where he'll be providing attendees with help and advice about visiting the Midway on Sunday. What Paul doesn't know about the Midway isn't worth knowing. He can help to make sure you get the most from your trip to the Midway. Paul was invaluable when he did this at the 2022 event; attendees benefited from the advice and information he provided them when planning a trip to the Midway.


Event Overview for Sunday 14th May 2023

The USS Midway in the morning.

Sunday 14th May: Visit USS Midway located at 910 N. Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101

Start your morning off with a relaxing tour of the USS Midway. Our very own Paul "Chappy" Ward will be aboard the ship on Sunday but all tours on Sundays are self-guided. The ship is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased directly from the USS Midway at the link below:

During Saturday’s event, Chappy will be on hand to give you insider info on how to best make the most of your time aboard the Midway.

Kansas City BBQ in the afternoon

Sunday 14th May - We'll be at Kansas City BBQ located at 600 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, United States

From 3 PM onwards, come and hang out with us at the iconic filming location of the 1986 blockbuster film in the afternoon, Kansas City BBQ. Give your best rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” as you enjoy camaraderie with your fellow Top Gun enthusiasts. This is a great way to wrap up the weekend events. We'll be there from 3 pm onwards and we look forward to you joining us there as well.



Building 177 was originally the NTC Library and is known for its grand vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. This is a magnificent space to hold the Top Gun Days 2023 event as it offers lots of natural daylight and gives attendees plenty of room to enjoy the event. 

 Building 177 interior

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Building 177 Interior with example set-up


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 Building 177 Interior with example set-up


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 Building 177 Interior with example set-up


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