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20 Awesome Things To Do At The Oval This Summer

The pop-up park on the Parkway is a must-visit attraction for summer 2015, July 16 – August 23

If you're a fan of outdoor awesomeness, good news: For the third year in a row, The Oval is back.

The pop-up park is set to begin its six-week stay on Thursday, July 16, which means there's a new opportunity to take in the beautiful weather at one of the most scenic spots in the city.

From concerts to outdoor movies and beer gardens to food trucks, The Oval, located in Eakins Oval at the northwest end of the parkway across from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has put together a seriously stacked events and programming schedule to keep people coming back for more.

In fact, there's so much to do at the space that it can be hard to keep track of it all. That's why we've put together a list of the 20 things you have to do at The Oval this summer.

But hurry: The park closes on Sunday, August 23.

Take a lap around the park and get the lay of the land.

The Oval is located at Eakins Oval at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway just across from the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.


And make sure you check out this year's very-cool pop-up art installation.

The centerpiece of The Oval will be an art installation by Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn. The Baltimore-based duo creates large-scale, colorful pieces that often break the rules of traditional murals by spilling onto the ground and surrounding area.


See what games you feel like getting into. There are A LOT of options.


Look out for fun activities like ping pong.

Table tennis at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The Oval also offers tons of gaming options for people of all ages, including table tennis. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


Or maybe some giant chess.

Chess at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti at Visit Philadelphia)

Take on a friend at The Oval's giant chess board. (Photo by M. Fischetti at Visit Philadelphia)


Or perhaps giant checkers.

Giant checkers at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti at Visit Philadelphia)

If chess isn't your thing, there's life-size checkers nearby, too. (Photo by M. Fischetti at Visit Philadelphia)


In fact, there's a whole day devoted to games: "Game Day Saturdays."

Cornhole at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti at Visit Philadelphia)

On Saturdays, games reign at the pop-up park as game day-themed events take the spotlight. (Photo by M. Fischetti at Visit Philadelphia)


Adult gamers, don't fret: There's Quizzo every Saturday as well.

The beer garden at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Head to the beer garden every Saturday afternoon for Quizzo from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


There's also plenty of hands-on fun and programming for the little ones.

Five days a week, The Oval has a calendar bursting with scheduled events and activities.


Like story time in the shade.


And family-friendly outdoor classes like tree-climbing lessons.


And "Baby & Me" Yoga classes.

There are awesome yoga classes for adults as well.

 yoga at the oval

Throughout the summer, The Oval will hosts a variety of free outdoor fitness classes on Wednesdays this season. Guests can look forward to everything from baby-and-parent yoga to boot camp.


There are really just tons of kids activities.

All week long, The Oval is home to family-friendly fun; think everything from kid’s karaoke to face painting.


After all of that fun, it's probably time for a snack. Cue the food trucks.

Wednesday through Saturday, the beer garden at The Oval is a great spot to score food from one of the food trucks that set up just outside of the beer-drinking area.

The Food Truck lineup changes daily but you can bet it's always delicious.

Look for trucks like Delicias Sum Pig, The Tot Cart, Lil Pop Shop, Flying Deutschman and more.

For a full lineup of food trucks coming to The Oval this summer, click the button below.

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And for the adults: Check out the amazing pop-up beer garden.

The beer garden at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Wednesday through Saturday, the Beer Garden at The Oval pours great brews, including Yards Fairmount Park Ale, 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon, Troegs Perpetual IPA and more. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


It's ridiculously good looking. Both at day...

The beer garden at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The beer garden will return with alfresco brews under a lush canopy of trees (read: shade). (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


And at night.

The lights at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Seriously, it's like something out of a movie. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

For more on beer at The Oval, click the button below.

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And be sure to stop by the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, every Friday through August 23.

The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Beer lovers, rejoice: The "Visit Philly Beer Garden Happy Hour Series":http://www.visitphilly.com/itineraries/philadelphia/visit-philly-beer-garden-series/ sets up shop at The Oval every Friday from July 17 through August 23. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Click the button below for more info on the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series.

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Now that you have a beer, how about seeing an awesome concert or show?

A concert at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Macaulay Culkin’s band The Pizza Underground performed at The Oval's opening weekend kick-off event in 2014. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


The Philly skyline serves as a pretty spectacular concert backdrop...

A concert at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

This year, visitors can look forward to performances from instrumental rockers Los Straitjackets, the School of Rock, the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and more, plus live bluegrass music every Thursday evening. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

To check out the upcoming concert schedule at The Oval, click the button below.

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Or how about catching an amazing free movie screening under the stars on Friday nights?

An outdoor movie screening at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

On Friday nights, The Oval screens a great movie outdoors. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


Seriously. Venues for outdoor movie screenings don't get much better than that.

An outdoor movie screening at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Films on tap for this summer: Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Night at the Museum, Elf and more.

Click the button below for the full movie schedule. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

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And be sure to make a night of it by packing a picnic and bringing a blanket...

Picnickers at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

If you're just looking for a relaxing day in the park, The Oval has you covered, too. Bring a blanket and some treats and enjoy the weather. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


Close your evening with a quick nightcap under the awesome lights of the beer garden.

The lights at The Oval (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Once night has fallen, take a stroll through the park and take in the fantastic lighting fixtures strung through the trees. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


So yeah, The Oval is pretty epic. Check it out now. It's open daily through August 23. Click the button below for more info.

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