As the school year kicks off, many of us will be looking for activities to enjoy without breaking the bank. Look no further than the Reunion Lawn Party on Saturday, Aug. 29. With access to the event set at the very low price of free, the evening of food trucks, craft beers, lawn games and live music is ideal for the anyone looking to burst the University of Dallas bubble on a budget.
The Reunion Lawn Party takes place at the base of Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas. Parties have been scheduled for the last Saturday of every month throughout the summer, making this Saturday’s the third and final celebration.
The June event drew a crowd of approximately 3500 people, more than anticipated, and the next one in July drew around 5500.
“We are hoping for the highest attended event to be this August 29. You can RSVP on the Reunion Lawn party Facebook page. It is not required but is a great way to invite all of your friends,” said General Manager of Reunion Tower, Dusti Groskruetz.
Attendance is also expected to be very high this coming Saturday because the Dallas Mavericks have partnered with organizers for a “takeover.” This includes performances from the Mavs ManiAACs, according to Robin Skinner, who has organized the food trucks for the event throughout the summer.
The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A DJ will operate until 7 p.m., at which point local folk artist Chap Bernet will take over. At 8:15 p.m. the headliners, the Bird Dogs, will fill the stage with their chill, country-like sounds.
As with the past two events, Saturday’s lawn party will also feature the local cuisine.
“Dallas is lucky to have such great food trucks and a wonderful selection of craft beer and wines, so our selection process was made very easy. I love grilled cheese so my go-to is ‘The Boss’ at Ruthie’s Rolling Café,” said Groskreutz.
The event also provides good business for the food trucks, according to Terrie Mooney of Jack’s Chow Hound, a food truck which features American style barbeque.
“The weather’s been nice, the crowd is good. It gets bigger and bigger every time,” said Mooney.
In the likely event that the weather is on the hot side, there will be dessert trucks to help people cool off, including What’s the Scoop, Parrot Ice and Steel City Pops.
The Nodding Donkey, a Dallas area restaurant, also sponsors a beer garden with a selection of craft beers and wines. According to the Reunion Lawn Party website, “the August event will highlight beers from Peticolas Brewery and additional local craft brews.”
The parties have drawn crowds of all ages, though according to Skinner the majority of the crowd consists of younger adults
“You see a lot of kids playing, but you’ve got adults and grandparents playing with the [lawn] games too,” said Skinner. Some of the games include tossing footballs and throwing frisbees.
The night also includes a light show on Reunion Tower, which can be seen throughout the city.
“[Reunion Tower] did it, really, to drive traffic. They have this beautiful green lawn that’s unused, so they wanted to drive people down there,” said Skinner, regarding Reunion Tower’s motivation behind hosting the free event.
Groskruetz added, “Reunion Tower loves to be a part of the community, and what’s better than hosting a party in your own backyard in downtown Dallas?”