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The Oval

Pop-up park on the Parkway

The Oval

The Oval offers a summertime oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Dates:
July 15 – August 21, 2016

Overview

The Oval is a seasonal pop-up outdoor public space that transforms an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Benjamin Franklin 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 space becomes a pedestrian-friendly urban oasis, inviting visitors to enjoy games, outdoor movie nights, free fitness classes, mini-golf and more, five days a week!

And, certainly not to be forgotten, the Oval features a rotating lineup of food trucks where you can score a delicious meal or snack alongside a cold brew from the scenic outdoor beer garden.

Beer Garden and Food Trucks

Yes, beer-garden lovers: The Oval’s tree-shaded beer garden returns from last year on Wednesdays through Sundays during The Oval season. Get ready for alfresco brews and wine under a lush canopy of trees.

To complement the beer garden, The Oval keeps a rotating roster of food trucks, which visitors can also enjoy from Wednesday through Sunday.

The full food truck schedule is available online, but expect favorite food vendors like Waffles & Wedges, Mama’s Meatballs, The Cow and the Curd, Farm Truck, The Tot Cart, Oink and Moo BBQ and more.

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Ongoing Programming

There is something going on at The Oval all throughout its summer season. In addition to the food trucks, beer gardens and oversized games, The Oval is home to special programming like free movie nights, concerts and fitness classes depending on the day.

Wednesdays are for wellness, Thursdays are about arts and culture, Fridays are movie night, Saturdays are game day and Sunday is family fun day.

On Friday nights, The Oval screens movies of all sort with the beautiful Philadelphia Museum of Art in the background. Featured films include recent blockbusters, family-friendly flicks and more. For times, details and more information on all of the events, click the button below.

The Oval teamed up this summer with Warby Parker, an eyeglasses and sunglasses lifestyle brand started by Wharton School grads. Find Warby Parker’s Class Trip, a yellow school bus, at the pop-up space.

Aboard the bus, guests will find plenty of glasses and sunglasses to try on, trained staff members to help guests pick the best pair, an optician, leather seating, classic books and more. For every pair of glasses and sunglasses that are purchased, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone in need.

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Art Installation at the Oval

In advance of The Oval’s opening for the summer season, the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program created 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 is set to take place on select days throughout the season.

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