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A group of people dance at the Jazz Age Lawn Party in 2018.
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

The Jazz Age Lawn Party 2024 guide

At the Jazz Age Lawn Party 2024, give ‘em the ‘ol razzle dazzle with a flashy 1920s getup for the Governors Island bash.

Written by
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Contributors
Jennifer Picht
&
Shaye Weaver
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The Jazz Age Lawn Party is one of the most spectacular things to do in June on gorgeous Governors Island. Step onto the ferry—and back in time—with thousands of revelers dressed to the 1920s-nines. During the event, enjoy live music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, learn the Charleston and sip cocktails and have a picnic in the sunshine. It’s one of the best things to do outside (besides hitting the best New York beaches and rooftop bars in NYC, of course).

RECOMMENDED: See the full guide to Governors Island

What is the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is a 1920s-themed party where attendees are encouraged to wear period dress, try classic cocktails and dance along to live jazz!

When is the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

The Jazz Age Lawn Party takes place on two weekends this year for double the 1920s fun: June 8 and 9, 2024 and August 10 and 11, 2024. 

Where is the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

Each year the Jazz Age Lawn Party takes on Governors Island.

How do I get tickets to the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

General admission costs $60/person. You can purchase tickets here.

What can you drink at the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

The shindig offers cocktails from Brooklyn’s Social Hour, a line of canned craft cocktails founded by bartending veterans Julie Reiner and Tom Macy.

You can wet your whistle with the delightfully fizzy G&T made with New York Distilling Company’s Dorothy Parker Gin, or the Pacific Spritz made with a combination of house made Italian aperitivo and Rosé wine. For whiskey lovers, try the fiery Whiskey Mule made with New York Distilling Company’s Ragtime Rye.

There will also be plenty of old-fashioned lemonade, soda, juices, water, and iced tea available.

What can you eat at the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

In case you prefer to travel light and forgo packing sustenance for the event, there are plenty of food vendors and food trucks serving tasty fare on-site. 

Expect a pop-up French market, featuring Centre-Loire wines, Citadelle gin, Lactalis cheeses, sweet treats, ice cream, and old-time snacks.

What merchandise can you buy at the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

Lawngoers can shop exciting vintage merchants, which specialize in old-timey hats and dresses. 

Who will be performing at the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

In addition to Arenella and his indispensable Jazz Age-orchestra, the party features premiere performances from Queen Esther, Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers, Charlie Roman Casteluzzo, and Peter Mintun.

What else can you do at the Jazz Age Lawn Party?

Other event activities include croquet, petanque, dance lessons, photo booths, carnival games, a 1920s motor car exhibition, and a parade of bathing beauties and beaus.