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Throughout the night…


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

Visit VICTORY STREET: Spectacular sets, historic exhibits + International foods!

Visit + learn + play our interactive scavenger hunt!

Visit our new WWII Veteran Family Tribute Board! This is a special display for you to post pictures and letters of family members from WWII! Make sure to bring a photocopy (no originals) to hang on the board (1940s civilian tributes are welcome 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 1930s, 40s 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 1940s Drive-In Movie Theatre featuring authentic classic cars + concessions (including the 1949 Blue Ice Cream Truck)!

Join us on the Homefront for a peek into craft-making techniques during WWII. Take your own creation home!

Visit our WWII Veterans’ Outpost historical display and stop by the Veterans table to meet our WWII veterans in attendance.

Visit our secret briefing tent! Eisenhower and Churchill begin briefing at 6:05.

Find a Cigarette girl to get some rations!

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

Tune into the WWII era Radio broadcast with Tiki Brian! Complete with vintage radio commercials such as WAC enlistment announcements, Chiquita Bananas, Pepsi Cola and reminders of American soldiers fighting in places far from home and the rationing required to support them! 

Stop by the Colorado 10th Mountain Division’s Historical Display and meet their living history educators.

SHOP The 1940s Ball Vintage Fair!
Killer-diller deals on vintage finds curated especially for you
A number of vendors offer a wide variety of vintage and collectible items for sale

Main Stage

Hosted by Bob Hope, Dandy Wellington and Swing DJ Greg Kyle!

4:00 – 4:40 pm

Queen of the 1940s Ball Pin Up Contest!

Who will be the Queen of the Ball?!  Details on the competition here!

4:40 – 5 pm

WWII Veterans Tribute!  Tribute with Bob Hope to the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Come down to the main stage and watch as we pay tribute to and tell the stories of the WWII Veterans in attendance!

5 – 5:45 pm

WWII Plane Arrives with the Stars! See the Satin Dollz and a re-creation of an actual 1944 WWII South Pacific USO Show with Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters, Dorothy Lamour, Rita Hayworth, Lucy and Desi, Betty Grable, Carmen Miranda, Betty Hutton and swing dancing GIs!

5:45pm – 8:45pm

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra


6:45pm – 6:55pm (Set Break)

Frank Sinatra



7:35 – 7:45pm (Set Break)

P51 Mustang flyover.  Bob Hope performs!


8:45pm – 9pm (Band changeover)

Best Dressed Contest hosted by Dandy Wellington!



The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

      • 9:00-9:45pm Tammi Savoy! Tammi is coming from Chicago & will be performing with the Hot Tomatoes!
      • 9:45-10:15pm The Satin Dollz perform with the Hot Tomatoes
      • 10:15-10:30pm End of war announcement, confetti drop, and group conga line with Bob Hope!
      • 10:30-10:40 Set Break Swing DJ Greg Kyle
      • 10:40-11:10pm Frank Sinatra performs with the Hot Tomatoes
      • 11:10-11:30 Dandy Wellington performs with the Hot Tomatoes
      • 11:30-11:40pm Set Break, Swing dance DJ Greg Kyle.
      • 11:40-12:30 The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

Casablanca Stage

Roulette Table 6-11 pm
(Winners announced on email list following the event)

5 – 6 pm

Swing Dance Lessons with CM Dance Denver!


6 pm – 7:30 pm  &   8:30-10pm

Jeremy Mohney and his 5 Piece Band 


7:30 – 8:10 pm 

Swing Dance Lessons with Swing Nights Denver! 


8:10 – 8:30 pm 

Swing dance performances with the Mercury Retros, CM Dance, Boulder Swing Dance’s Flatiron Flyers, NOCO Swing Dance and SassiFit Dance!



South Seas Club Stage


6 – 7 pm

Vintage Belly Dance with Angela Merlano.  In the 1940s, Egypt was entering its “golden age” of film and dance, where dancers like Samia and Nadia Gamal portrayed colorful culture in popular films of the time.  Angela will be taking us back to that “golden era!” *Includes audience participation!


7 – 8 pm

1940s Vaudeville Variety Show with magician and mentalist, Professor Phelyx, vintage burlesque starlet, Daize Eleice, and vintage fire dancer extraordinaire, Zia Pixie! 


8 – 8:30 pm

Live Polynesian Band!


8:30 – 9:30 pm

The Kalama Polynesian Dancers Tour of the Islands Finale Show with the Band!

*Includes audience participation!



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energy and upbeat grooves that earned this special time in history the title of the Greatest Generation.”

“Don your classiest dancing duds and join in this celebration of the style,
culture, music and spirit of the Swing Era.”

– Josie Klemaier/Weekly Plus