Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island

Jazz Age Lawn Party
Admit it: You can’t imagine a more adorable photo op for Father’s Day.
Credit: Lev Radin

Sadly, Saturday is sold out for this weekend’s ninth annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. But Father’s Day is not only open, you can save $5 by purchasing your tickets with code JAZZFATHERS.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party partners with St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur to provide New Yorkers with an escape from the urban grind with booze, music, dancing and even a vintage car showcase. Visitors don 1920s-era costumes and lounge on the grass while listening to live jazz on two stages, with the party spanning from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We spoke with founder Michael Arenella — of Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra, performing this weekend — about what you can expect.

(And by the way, if you can’t make it out this weekend there’s a reprise of the event on August 16 and 17 — buy your tickets now before that starts selling out, too! Visit www.jazzagelawnparty.com.)

What can attendees this weekend expect from the fest?
A sun-drenched afternoon of elegance, romance and fun.

Why is the jazz age so popular for us to celebrate today?
Because we are grasping for something tangible, something simple and real. We are recalling an era before many of the distractions that rule us existed. A time when letter writing, dancing, face-to-face conversation and live music were the norm.

Many people dress in period garb — how does that add to the excitement?
Many do, and some don’t. but we notice folks who didn’t dress taking the cue the next time they attend. It adds to the immersion into a sort of alternate, and very fun world .

What other ways do you go about creating the perfect atmosphere?
With fabulous refreshing St Germain cocktails, gourmet picnic fare, a sprawling wooden dance floor under the trees, a village of vintage vendors and artisans, and two stages with the most toe-tapping jazz this side of 1928.

What makes this a unique event for New Yorkers?
Finding themselves in a forgotten world, on a separate island, within their own city.


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