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Put Some Swing in Your Step at the Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

We generally keep our heaviest partying to the nighttime hours, and back in Prohibition-Era New York you’d never see thousands of flappers and sheiks dancing and downing cocktails outside in the daylight, but that’s exactly what you’re in for on August 26 and 27 on Governors Island. Just a quick ferry ride from lower Manhattan, the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party promises to bring thousands and thousands of Roaring 20s enthusiasts to the island, where Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra will headline a first-rate lineup of bands belting out the hottest tunes of the 20s and 30s. Work up a sweat moving to the Fox Trot, the Charleston, and the Tango. Then cool down with the finest classic cocktails from Prohibition days. You’ll see hundreds and hundreds of partiers in period-appropriate attire and still others buying authentic 1920s threads from merchants at the event. Don’t worry, though, if you’d rather not splurge on that flapper dress or homburg hat. There’s no dress code. The only requirement is a dedication to fun.

Location: Colonel’s Row on Governors Island

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