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2018 Vanderbilt University Employee Picnic

Thousands attended Vanderbilt University’s first independently hosted Employee Appreciation Picnic: Under the Big Top on Tuesday at Magnolia Lawn. It was a hot ticket but well worth the price of admission.  Picnic volunteers greeted employees as they made their way through the Big Top playing games, taking selfies and visiting the dozens of vendors.

For the first time staff and faculty were able to choose from a diverse menu of 16 different food trucks. After having lunch, employees visited booths to enter in giveaways and pick up swag. Many also enjoyed games of corn hole, hula hoop, air guitar, and pop-a-balloon. PeeWee the Juggling Stilt Walker heightened the fun while Suzie the Tarot Card Reader added to the circus-themed atmosphere.

Special thanks to the emergency preparedness team for notification of the impending lightning storm. Attendees were ushered to the nearest buildings for safety concerns. But, after only 20 minutes event coordinators received the all clear and the festivities resumed.

We would like to congratulate all of the contest winners and those who won prizes in the vendor drawings. If you happened to miss the picnic but want to check out some of the photos, visit the Employee Appreciation event gallery and check out the Employee Appreciation home page for upcoming events.

See the short preview of 2018 Employee Appreciation: Under the Big Top below



calendar     Tuesday, May 15 | 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Magnolia Lawn

Save the date for the Employee Appreciation Picnic: Under the Big Top, Tuesday May 15. What better way to enjoy a beautiful spring day than complimentary food and the company of your colleagues? You won't want to miss out on this new and exciting picnic. Employee Appreciation Picnic: Under the Big Top brings multiple food trucks with a variety of cultural foods to Magnolia Lawn. This is a new location and a new theme for all University employees.

Bring your valid Vanderbilt University ID to the ticket booth under the Big Top on Magnolia Lawn to enjoy a free food truck meal, games, prizes and lots of fun!

Vanderbilt University uses this event as an opportunity to express thanks to the employees for playing an integral part in Vanderbilt’s purpose and mission.

Be sure to share your news and photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #vupicnic to add it to our online collection!

Download the flier to post in your area and save the event to your calendar!


Vanderbilt University Picnic Food Trucks That Attended

Hoss’ Loaded Burgers

Doxie’s Pizza


The Rolling Feast

313 Coney

Muay Thai

King Tuts

Busan Bop

Fire and Ice

Roscoe’s Smoked Bar-B-Que

Slims SmoQe Signals BBQ

Smokin’ Bowls


Mac Attack

Rustic Kitchen

Opry Back Porch BBQ


Vanderbilt University Picnic Food Truck Menus

VU Employees received a ticket from under the Big Top and chose one meal from one food truck of their choice. Check out the  Food Truck Menus.


To view and download photos from all Employee Appreciation Events, visit our event gallery