Relive the Jazz Age on Governors Island this weekend

Governors Island goes back in time at this 1920s-themed shindig

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  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island

Photograph: Luciana Golcman

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2013 at Governors Island


A lot of people don't like jazz but we're not among them. Well-cultured people like you and us, old sport, well, we appreciate the finer things in life—like getting drunk on a lawn with several hundred other people all wearing period clothing from the 1920s. 

There’s a reason why people want to relive the '20s: The accoutrements were a ton of fun. Should you attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party (and you should), you'll find: Charleston dance-offs, old-timey swimsuit competitions, vintage portraits and an honest-to-God pie-baking contest. Those are just some of the many activities offered. Ever seen a DJ spin with 78rpm records? Well, you can here. (To see the fun from last year's event, check out the slide show above.)

While a regular $35 ticket will give you access to the lawn and allow you to view and participate in all the different activities, for the more affluent types there’s a $300 "Gatsby" ticket that will get you access to a special area that serves free St-Germain cocktails and a special 1920s-themed food menu. Ferries leave from both Brooklyn (at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6) and Manhattan (from the Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street). Feel free to beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past, while you return to your regular 2014 life. And don't miss this party, swinger. Lord knows ol' Gatsby was forever living in regret of what could have been…don't make the same mistake he did!

Although…feel free to party like him.

Go to the party!

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Brush up on your Fitzgerald and Hemingway in time for this outdoor bash, where part of Governors Island is transformed into a Prohibition-era soiree. Over two separate weekends, you can Charleston to Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra playing jazz staples, while donning your finest flapper garb and Zoot suits. Then Lindy Hop over to the bar for decade-appropriate cocktails (that promise to taste better than bathtub gin).

  1. Governors Island Governors Island
  2. Sat Jun 14 - Sun Aug 17
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