The 8th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

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**All ticket sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Admission will not be granted if the date on the ticket does not match the date you are trying to attend. Please make sure you purchase tickets for the correct date!! Refunds available only in event of weather cancellation, if purchaser does not choose to redeem on rain date**

The 8th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

on Governors Island


JUNE 15TH & 16TH


AUGUST 17TH & 18TH, 2013

(rain dates June 29th & 30th and Sept. 14th & 15th)

11:00AM to 5:00PM


Advance General Admission tickets: $30

Tickets at the door: $35 Cash Only

Children under 12 free!


Please note:

Only Advance General Admission and Gilt City ticket-holders are guaranteed admission to the event.

Tickets purchases at door are available only as attendance capacity permits; availability not guaranteed.


Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra invite you to the beloved Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island.  Now in its eighth year, the event has become the quintessential outdoor celebration of the Jazz Age and its living legacy.

Under a canopy of century-old trees, caressed by fresh sea air, a sprawling green surrounded by historic architecture is the setting for this trip through time - a dream of the 1920s nestled right in the heart of New York Harbor. 

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 and countless media around the globe.

A delightful array of offerings abound throughout the day, including:



  • MICHAEL ARENELLA AND HIS DREAMLAND ORCHESTRA the world's premier Jazz Age dance band, specializing in the Hot-Jazz of the 1920s.  Conductor, composer, musician and singer Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure

  • THE DREAMLAND FOLLIES an Art Deco spectacle evokes Ziegfield-esque grandeur

  • RODDY CARAVELLA AND THE CANARSIE WOBBLERS this fun-loving dance troupe conjures the rebellious yet exuberant spirit of Roaring '20s youth

  • GELBER & MANNING feuding vaudevillian lovebirds quarrel, coo and make beautiful music together

  • QUEEN ESTHER her vocals pay tribute to jazz royalty of yore

  • PETER MINTUN world's greatest piano man

  • THE MINSKY SISTERS tap dance darlings delight with fancy footwork 



  • ANTIQUE GRAMOPHONES bring to life original recordings from the 1920s 

  • DANCE LESSONS learn the hottest dance steps of the time

  • VINTAGE PORTRAITS you ought to be in pictures, snapped in our Sweetheart Booth or perched upon our Paper Moon 

  • BATHING BEAUTIES AND BEAUS PROMENADE pull that itchy wool number out of the closet and parade it for all to admire

  • 1920s MOTORCAR EXHIBITION get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies

  • TUG O' WAR categories include ladies, gents, co-ed and kids

  • 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:

  • KIDLAND carnival games and prizes for junior gents and flapperettes



  • NEWLY EXPANDED wooden dance floor set up right on the lawn!

  • ST-GERMAIN ELDERFLOWER LIQUEUR presents a variety of refreshing cocktails and sangria 

  • BROOKLYN BREWERY BEER, old fashioned lemonade, soda, juices, water, iced coffee and tea to whet your whistle

  • GOURMET FOOD MENU featuring an assortment of freshly prepared, era-inspired entrées and picnic fare along with treats and snacks including ice cream, hot popped corn and more!

  • VINTAGE CLOTHING VENDORS AND ARTISANS a veritable village of lost treasures and inspired creations to take home

  • DREAMLAND GENERAL STORE for your comfort and convenience offering blankets, parasols, hand fans and assorted sundries
Don't want to carry a picnic to the Lawn Party? Well, have we got just the solution!
We are excited to present "A Taste of the 20s" - carefully crafted and curated by our new chef, long-time NYC-based restaurateur Jimmy Carbone (owner of Jimmy's No. 43 and Mugsy's Chow Chow)

Jimmy knows good food al fresco, and has created many delicious culinary events on Governors Island, including Cook Out NYC, the 5boro PicNYC, Pig Island and more. He is now flipping his cookbook back to the '20s to bring you the best and most authentic, tasty and fun offerings from the Jazz Age. Following is a sampling of what will be on offer this weekend, plenty for all tastes and (most) dietary needs.

~Wimpy Burger~
beef burger on a classic bun with pickles and catsup (cheese optional)
~Grilled Bratwurst~
German style pork sausage with grainy mustard on a bun

~Grilled Cheese Sandwich~
with Cabot cheddar, fancy white bread
~Pickle On A Stick~
whole gherkin from Rick's Picks of New York

~Sliced Beefsteak Sandwich~
grilled sirloin steak on whole grain baguette with parsley sauce and creamy horseradish
~Shrimp Roll~
Fancy shrimp salad with chives on brioche bun
~"Squab On Toast"~
grilled Cornish hen, rosemary marinade with old fashioned garlic toast
Includes choice of 1 side dish:
German Potato Salad, Kale Waldorf Salad or Grain and Parsley Salad

~Oysters on the half shell ~
~Clams on the half shell ~
~Shrimp cocktail~

Top things off with a tasty dessert, including freshly prepared Apple Pie and Strawberry Short Cake, Kreamland Ice cream or mini sundae, and even St. Germain shaved-ice!

Feeling Korny? Well, grab a piping hot bag of "Kornland" fresh popped-corn!

Feeling parched? Cool down with a "Gus's Grown up Soda", "Plantea" Iced-Tea, Coffee (hot and iced!) from "Kobrick's" of New Jersey or a good old fashioned Lemonade. And of course you can always whet your whistle on one of St-Germain's refreshing cocktails and sangria, or an ice cold beer.

Bring your blankets for a fun in the sun picnic or head to our "Dreamland General Store" to buy one of our new signature Jazz Age Lawn Party blankets as a commemorative token of your day on the lawn. 

This is a cash only event. ATMs will be located on the lawn for your convenience. 

Friends, just a reminder: While you are welcome to bring your own picnic, outside alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited by Governors Island and will be confiscated; all bags are subject to search by Governors Island security personnel.

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**All ticket sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Admission will not be granted if the date on the ticket does not match the date you are trying to attend. Please make sure you purchase tickets for the correct date!! Refunds available only in event of weather cancellation, if purchaser does not choose to redeem on rain date**


Colonels Row
Governors Island
New York, USA
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    When: 15 Jun 2013, 11:00 AM to 18 Aug 2013, 05:00 PM. Where: Colonels Row, New York.