NYC’s annual Jazz Age Lawn Party gets a second weekend this year, on August 25 and August 26, at Colonel’s Row on Governor’s Island in New York City.
It’s a festival that encourages attendees to dress up in 1920’s attire while spending the day enjoying the sunshine. Traditionally at this event, it’s all about the picnic lunch. There will be plenty of food vendors sharing their goods, and of course, plenty of not-to-miss cocktails being served.
The first weekend happened in the middle of June, so for those of you who realized too late that you could use this event to dress up… Here’s your second chance!
You can dance along to jazz music by Michael Arnella and his Dreamland Orchestra. There will be a host of other Jazz ensembles and groups performing. For a full list, check here.
Guests get to take part in 1920’s swing dance lessons right on the lawn, along with a variety of other activities. You can even show off your new dance moves in the Charleston and Peabody dance contests. And If you love dancing, check out the Dreamland Follies, a 10-woman dance crew that invokes all the Ziegfeld nostalgia.
For fans of vintage cars, check out the 1920’s Motorcar exhibition to see some 20’s classics.
There’s fun for the whole family, including activities that children will enjoy. One of New York’s most iconic festivals, despite being only 13 years old, the Jazz Age Lawn party has tickets that start at just $35 – for the entire weekend.
Arnella created NYC’s annual Jazz Age Lawn Party to celebrate and showcase the realities of the 1920’s era and says he resents that the entire era is represented by the Great Gatsby.
Arnella told the New York Times in an interview last year,
“The era was more than that. The lucky few were able to live in a world of comfort, but most were hard-working people giving birth to the modern era, creating things with their hands and minds.”
Celebrate the best parts of the 1920’s by bringing your family and friends do the Jazz Age Lawn Party!
Yelena Mandenberg is a staff writer at Grit Daily with a passion for news of all sorts. A Brooklyn, New York native, she is living with cat + tortoise. IG: ymand123