When you come for a weekend hang at the Lawn on D, it’s usually the right idea to bring some casual clothes and your favorite flip-flops. But this weekend you’ll want to bring your running shoes instead, as the Lawn wraps up a summer of family fun by hosting its annual 5K road race.
The race begins Saturday morning at 10 a m; you can register in advance at lawnond5k.com (less than 1,000 slots are available). Parking will be available at the Lawn on D lot; the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center also has a lot via Claflin Street from D Street. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, and you’ll be provided with a race bib and long-sleeve racing shirt, plus a finisher medal afterward. The race begins and ends at the Lawn, and takes a scenic route entirely on BCEC property. It should take you about an hour to complete.
Once you’re done running, plan to stick around for the Lawn’s last afternoon of fun for the summer season. The full range of food and lawn games will be in store Saturday afternoon, and there’ll also be live music by the Thomas Park Band. Billing themselves as “Southie’s favorite band,” they do a wide range of cover material ranging from the Clash and the Cure to Stevie Wonder and Justin Timberlake. Frontman Paul Eastman is a lifelong Southie resident who named his band after one of the local landmarks, he’s even got a song called “Sweet Home South Boston” that always brings down the house.
While that wraps up the summer’s formal events at Lawn on D, the fun isn’t over for the year. The Lawn will remain open every weekend through October, and the pre-Halloween weekend will bring one of its most popular events, the Pumpkin Palooza on Oct. 26-27. Perfect for the family, this is a two-day celebration of all things pumpkin: There will be thousands of free pumpkins for carving, plus a costume parade and contest, and plenty of activities and live entertainment for kids, plus live music and party fun at night geared to the adult set. In previous years the Lawn has pulled out the stops with bands, magicians and circus performers for pumpkin weekend; keep in touch at lawnond.com and its social media outlets to hear updates on what will be in store this year.