Join us in welcoming the return of a cherished New York summer tradition!
Now celebrating our 12th year, the Jazz Age Lawn Party has awoken the vibrations of a timeless zeitgeist. Originating as a small gathering of friends longing for the simpler charms of a bygone era, the event has evolved into an international destination, the world’s most beloved and longest running events of its kind.
The vibrant optimism and inventiveness of Jazz Age culture and its living legacy continue to resonate with generation after generation. Governors Island becomes the backdrop for this cultural phenomenon for the twelfth year this summer.
This trip through time begins with a breezy ride aboard a ferry boat with breathtaking views of Manhattan and Lady Liberty en route to NYC’s hidden gem, Governors Island. Once ashore, a sprawling green awaits, nestled under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, surrounded by historic architecture—a dream where the clock stops, nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor.
We are delighted to introduce VieVité, Côtes de Provence Rosé as the official wine sponsor of the Jazz Age Lawn Party. In addition, refreshing and fruity cocktails will feature LEJAY, our official liqueur sponsor, which created crème de cassis in 1841.
ICE COLD BEER, lemonade and soft drinks also be on hand.
Also new for 2017, we are proud to debut our Dreamland Gourmet Picnic Totes! – Featuring freshly prepared, custom ordered lunches handed to you right upon entry, complete with a chilled bottle of VieVité Rosé, and other treats! (in all “Bee’s Knees and “Bonnie & Clyde” ticket packages)
Widely anticipated by flappers, sporting gents and tiny tots alike, the event has been revered year after year by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue and countless media around the globe.
Some of our fabulous new features include: great new ticket package bargains, even shorter lines and fun-filled raffles, along with other special surprises.
As always, a delightful array of offerings abound throughout the day, including:
*MICHAEL ARENELLA AND HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA is the world’s premier Jazz Age dance orchestra, specializing in the Hot-Jazz of the 1920s. Conductor, composer, musician and crooner Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed, one-of-a-kind songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure
*DREW NUGENT AND THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY – joining us all the way from Philadelphia. He will win you over with his wry, spry, and certifiably Hot Jazz.
*THE DREAMLAND FOLLIES – an Art Deco spectacle evoking
*RODDY CARAVELLA AND THE CANARSIE WOBBLERS
This fun-loving dance troupe conjures the rebellious and exuberant spirit of Roaring ‘20s youth.
*GELBER & MANNING BAND – feuding vaudevillian lovebirds quarrel, coo and make beautiful music together
*QUEEN ESTHER – paying tribute to jazz royalty of yore
*PETER MINTUN – world’s greatest piano man
*ANTIQUE GRAMOPHONES bring to life original recordings from the 1920s
*DANCE LESSONS teach you the hottest dance steps of the time
*VINTAGE PORTRAITS – You Ought To Be In Pictures, perched upon one of our Paper Moons
*BATHING BEAUTIES AND BEAUS PROMENADE – pull that itchy wool number out of the mothballs and parade it for all to admire (For entry email: [email protected])
*1920s MOTORCAR EXHIBITION get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies
*CHARLESTON DANCE CONTEST see who’s the Bee’s Knees in this lighthearted dance-off
*THE HIGH COURT OF PIE CONTEST categories include “Mom’s Best” “Best Savory ”, “Most Original” and “Hobo’s Choice”
(For entry email: [email protected])
*KIDLAND carnival games and prizes for junior gents and Flapperettes
*TWO EXPANSIVE, JUMBO-SIZED WOODEN DANCE FLOORS set up right on the lawn!
*TWO STAGES featuring the finest Jazz Age entertainment in the world all throughout the day
*VIEVITÉ, CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ, by the glass or bottle
* LEJAY Original Crème de Cassis – in a variety of refreshingly delicious cocktails featuring this artisanal black currant liqueur.
*ICE COLD BEER, old fashioned lemonade, soda, juices, water, iced coffee and tea to whet your whistle
*DREAMLAND GOURMET PICNIC TOTES, in all “Bee’s Knees and “Bonnie & Clyde” ticket packages, custom ordered and handed to you right at the gate!
GOURMET PICNIC MARKET featuring New York’s fanciest picnicking fare and gourmet food along with treats and snacks including ice cream, cotton candy, hot popped corn and more!
*VINTAGE CLOTHING VENDORS AND ARTISANS – a veritable village of timeless treasures and inspired creations to take home.
*DREAMLAND GENERAL STORE – for your comfort and convenience offers picnic blankets, parasols, hand fans, assorted sundries & more