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A Soirée Fit for F. Scott Fitzgerald: New York's Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

August 07, 2017

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Group of young people picnicking in Jazz Age attire

The Great Gatsby, perhaps the preeminent 20th-century American novel, has captured imaginations for almost a hundred years now, inspiring not one but two hit movies and endless cultural references in literature, film, and TV. Regardless which Gatsby you prefer—Robert Redford or Leonardo DiCaprio—you’ve probably thought about what it would have been like to attend one of those extravagant parties of the 1920s. Though we don’t have a time machine for you, we do have the next best thing: the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. This August 26 and 27, between the hours of 11 A.M. and 5 P.M., thousands of celebrants will descend on Governors Island, located a mere 800 yards from the tip of lower Manhattan, to imbibe classic cocktails and dance to the biggest jazz hits of the 1920s (all music will be performed live, of course—nothing canned here). There’s no dress code, but many attendees will be dolled up in their finest Roaring 20s outfits, and some will even purchase period appropriate attire from the specialty merchants at the event itself.

Location: Colonel’s Row on Governors Island