If you always wanted to attend a party at Gatsby’s mansion, the Jazz Age Dance Party happening today at Governors Island is as close as you’re going to get (unless you have a time machine). We can just picture it now: Everyone in shimmery flapper dresses and slick black suits with top hats. And that’s just the attire. Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra will provide a breeze of romance with their jazzy tunes that’ll have everyone doing the Charleston, the Shimmy, and the Foxtrot (instructors will be on hand to teach you). Bring a blanket, have a picnic, play some games, dance the day away, and relive the 1920s for the first time. Take the ferry from the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street.
Sat., Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2011