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About Michael Arenella's 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party - SATURDAY JUNE 16, 2018

Jazz Age Lawn Party, now celebrating its 13th year, is the world’s original and largest prohibition era inspired gathering. The event started in 2005 as a small gathering on NYC’s Governors Island, and has since grown into one of the worlds most beloved events. This historically sold out event attracts thousands of time travelers each year, who come together to discover the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s. Consistently selected by the New York Times as one of the year’s most memorable events, Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a unique, interactive opportunity to relive one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.


What if it rains?

The event is rain or shine. There are no cancellations, no exchanges and no refunds.

Is there re-entry into the event?

There is no re-entry permitted. Wrist bands will be collected upon exit.

Is picnicking allowed on the lawn/is there food available?

Picnicking and outside food is allowed. Additionally, the Jazz Age Lawn Party is pleased to offer fabulous gourmet options for purchase on site.

Can we bring our own booze?

OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY GOVERNORS ISLAND AND WILL BE CONFISCATED UPON ENTRY TO THE JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY. All bags are subject to search by Governors Island AND JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY security personnel. Before entering the Jazz Age Lawn Party, all opened beverages regardless of ingredients/type will be confiscated by JALP Security and disposed of appropriately. Security reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to confiscate any beverage of any size or type of bottle or container, whether opened or unopened, that they feel may contain alcohol. There is no re-entry into the event.

Do I need to Purchase a ticket for my child?

While tickets for children under 12 are free, tickets still must be reserved by their adult chaperones here:

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Can I bring my pet to the party?

Although we love all canines, felines, and other assortments of pets, Governors Island maintains a strict “no animals” policy.

Who attends the event?

Everyone! One of the most unique aspects of the Jazz Age Lawn Party is the diversity of the crowd. It is one of the only events that is appropriate and friendly to families, couples and singles of any age, ethnicity and gender identity. Although the music may be from their great grandparent’s time, the event attracts Jazz Babies of all generations of life’s beautiful tapestry.

Do I need to dress up?

While 1920’s attire is not mandatory, it is encouraged!

Can I use a credit card on the lawn?

For on-site drink purchases, (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) only cash is accepted.

However, many of our food and vintage vendors accept credit cards. In any case, there are ATM’s within the event for your convenience.

Is there seating?

There is no seating at the event. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to relax on the lawn. If you do not have a blanket, limited edition Jazz Age Lawn Party blankets are available for purchase at the Dreamland General Store.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes, both the ferry and the event are wheelchair accessible!

Is the event appropriate for the elderly?

Yes! Keep in mind that we do not have any seating, so we recommend that you bring lawn chairs if someone in your party will have trouble standing for long periods or sitting on the ground. If someone in your party cannot walk the distance from the ferry to the lawn, please speak to uniformed Governors Island personnel and ask for a golf cart escort to “Colonels Row”.

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