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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


July 20 – August 20, 2017


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 al fresco 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.

The Oval’s beer garden will also host Game Day Saturdays, featuring quizzo and live music, as well as Family Fun Sundays, featuring a kids’ DJ dance party 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 bring Quizzo and Sunday is family fun day.

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Oval+ Art Installations

Coined Oval+, visitors can find focal points all along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Logan Circle designed to create a dialogue about the public usage of the Parkway and its future. Three immersive open-air “rooms” are set up to explore topics like Fairmount Park and Philadelphia’s culture and recreation. One of the rooms, encompassing a giant mural of the city, invites locals and visitors to draw onto the city what they imagine their Parkway to look like in the future.

Other elements include a dynamic maze which will wind through the trees and a stage to accommodate a rotating schedule of public events.

At night, the installations – some extending to 24 feet in height – will be illuminated from within, creating a glowing effect for viewing from afar.

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