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The Roaring Twenties Lawn Party Is Back In-Person at the Crane Estate

After going virtual for a year thanks to COVID, the party is back and ready to reimagine the Jazz Age.


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Attendees enjoy some swing dancing at the Crane Estate. / Photo By Aslan Askarov

After going virtual in 2020, the annual Roaring Twenties Lawn Party is returning to the Crane Estate for a live, in-person event, thanks to the lifting of COVID-related restrictions in late May. Tickets are on sale now for the eighth annual event, which will be held at the Ipswich site on Aug. 7 and 8.

While partygoers can expect the traditional aspects they’ve come to know and love from past lawn parties—such as swing dancing lessons and a vintage fair—organizers said the theme of the lawn parties of the 2020s is to embrace the inclusivity of the 21st century while leaving behind the attitudes from the 1920s. This year’s party will have a panel discussion to discuss the 1920s versus now and how values have changed over time.

“It’s a new Roaring Twenties, so we have a chance to define this decade’s roar in our own experience,” says Mike Harbinger of Boston Swing Central, which hosts the event. “And we hope to be inspired by the 1920s, but also not carry forward the mores, attitudes of yesteryear.  We want to leave Jim Crow, Prohibition, women’s rights (issues) in the past and be inspired by the great music, style, and literary vision of the 1920s for everyone of all genders, races, religions, beliefs. That is our theme, which will stretch across the 2020s.”

In addition, attendees this year will get to enjoy the music of Baby Soda Jazz Band with Tamar Korn. Coming all the way from Brooklyn, the band will be playing on the main stage. On the Casino Stage, Cassidy’s Orleans Kids of New Orleans with Amy K. will be performing both days. There’ll also be food trucks, antique automobiles, Florence’s Fashion Parade and a dance contest called the Charleston Challenge. Best to break out your best 1920s inspired looks and start practicing your moves now!

Tickets for adults start at $50 and go up to $80 for a two-day pass. Children under 10 are admitted for free. The event will take place Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8, at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Gates will open at 1 p.m. and festivities will last until 8 p.m.  For more information and tickets, visit roaringtwentieslawnparty.org.

Roaring Twenties Lawn Party

Photo by Jamie Ducharme