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Pop-up park returning for two weekends this October

The Oval

Welcome to the Oval, a summertime oasis on the Parkway. Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia


Fall Celebration

Dates: October 3-5, 10-12

The Oval, a popular pop-up open-air public space on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, returns for two weekends in October. After a fantastic summer of family-friendly fun, food trucks, live music and an incredible beer garden, The Oval is returning with an autumn-centric celebration.

Head to The Oval for the Outdoorsy Weekend, October 3-5, complete with live music, fire pits, sing-a-longs and film screenings, including Wes Anderson’s wry scout adventure Moonrise Kingdom and the 1961 classic The Parent Trap.

The fun continues October 10-12 during the Philadelphia County Fair at The Oval. The makeshift fairgrounds will come complete with carnival games, farm animals, face painting and even a Ferris wheel. Also, look for a wine and cider garden from Frecon Farms, nightly film screenings, live bands and much more.


The Oval is a seasonal pop-up outdoor public space that transforms an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to family-friendly fun.

Located within walking distance from Parkway’s cultural attractions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation and The Franklin Institute, the Oval is a pedestrian friendly urban oasis.

Enjoy giant games of chess, checkers, Jenga and Connect Four in the outdoor space and fill-up on tasty dishes from local food trucks like Foolish Waffles, Guerrilla Ultima and Lil’ Pop Shop.

For the summer of 2014, the space underwent a colorful transformation with the installation of the Magic Carpet by Philadelphia-based artist Candy Coated.

Photo Tour: 20 Awesome Things To Do at The Oval

Check out our brand new photo tour of The Oval outlining a few of the many, many reasons of why we love this seasonal space.

Photo Tour of The Oval

Getting There

Located in the shadow of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval, the space is at the center of a hub of vehicular traffic. By far, the easiest way to arrive at The Oval, though, is by foot or bicycle. There are crosswalks leading from the sidewalks of the Parkway, straight to the park and bike racks are on site.

By public transportation, take SEPTA bus routes 2, 7, 32, 33 and 48. The PHLASH Bus is also a great way to get around, with stop number 14 delivering passengers right to Eakins Oval.

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