One of the most iconic depictions of the New York City high life, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby has captivated readers for almost a century with its penetrating commentary on class and the American Dream in the Roaring Twenties. Though we would hardly recommend Jay Gatsby as a role model, no one can deny that the man knew how to throw a party. On August 24 and 25, from noon to 6 P.M., thousands of celebrants will don their finest flapper dresses and homburg hats as they head for Governors Island to party like Gatsby at the 14th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Located just a few hundred yards from the southern tip of Manhattan, and accessible by ferry, Governor’s Island provides an idyllic setting for this hugely popular outdoor event. Live musical performers, headlined by the acclaimed Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, will entertain with the biggest hits of the 1920s as partygoers picnic, drink, and dance the Charleston, foxtrot, tango, and other favorites. Though many revelers will wear period-appropriate attire, there’s no dress code. All are welcome to come as they are. You’ll also be able to purchase a wide variety of refreshing summer cocktails and sumptuous cuisines from onsite vendors.
Address: Colonel’s Row on Governors Island