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The Oval

Pop-up park on the Parkway

The Oval

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


Opens July 15, 2016


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 lawn games, special events including live music, movie nights, performances and workshops, tasty bites from a rotating lineup of food trucks and a cold brew in the scenic outdoor beer garden.

Art Installation at the Oval

In advance of The Oval’s opening for the summer season, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will create a 25,000 square-foot mural on the ground by lead artist Brad Carney. Entitled “Rhythm & Hues”, the bold and vibrant-colored piece incorporates gestures of movement and rhythm to create a music-inspired, abstract experience.

Beyond the mural, the music and art theme extends with installations in the Oval’s trees and around the beer garden and mini golf area. A sound garden called “The Orchestra Pit” offers a collection of instruments for anyone to play, and various activities including instrument-making craft days, music-inspired painting and more will take place on select days throughout the season.

Daily Events & Activities

In addition to being a fantastic “Park on the Parkway,” The Oval offers daily community events and activities for Philadelphia residents and visitors alike.

Participate in health-oriented events on Wednesdays, arts and culture happenings on Thursdays and enjoy food and free outdoor movies on Fridays. During the weekend, every Saturday is game day at The Oval and Sundays are designated family fun-days.

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