Reclaim the Roaring 20s this summer at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

April 1, 2021

Photo courtesy of Jazz Age Lawn Party

Obviously, the start of this decade did not go according to plan. But this summer, as New York City returns in all of its vaccinated glory, there’s a chance to reclaim some of what was lost in 2020. The annual Prohibition Era-inspired Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island is taking place in June, for one weekend full of 1920s music, dancing, vintage cocktails, and flapper fashion.

This year marks the 15th event, which was first created by Michael Arenella and his 11-piece Dreamland Orchestra in 2005. From the clothes to the equipment to the hot jazz sound, the band recreates the Jazz Age with utmost authenticity. Taking place on June 12 and June 13, this year’s event theme is “Return of the Twenties.”

After arriving at Governors Island by ferry, attendees will enjoy summer cocktails like gin and vodka drinks from Prohibition Distillery. In addition to the Dreamland Orchestra, expect performances from the Gelber & Manning Band, Queen Esther, and Peter Mintun.

Other offerings include vintage portraits, a 1920s motorcar exhibition, and vendors selling old-school clothing and other treasures.

Capacity will be limited and masks required when not seated. Plus, the event may require proof of a negative COVID test or vaccination. Note that ticket holders from the canceled 2020 event who did not redeem their tickets will be able to attend the event with the same tickets.

Jazz Age Lawn Party tickets went on sale on Wednesday and start at $50. Get the details and buy yours here.

Governors Island will reopen for the season on May 1. In addition to service from Manhattan, this year the ferry for the first time will run from two Brooklyn locations on weekends: Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. Find more details here.


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