July 16-August 17: Shape of fun on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
July 16-August 17, 2014
Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Noon-7 p.m.
Returning to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for its second season, The Oval once again will transform an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to summertime 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.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, The Oval will host daily free live entertainment, educational programming, food trucks and a beer garden. Highlights include free movie nights, concerts, Quizzo with Johnny Goodtimes, and the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series (July 18).
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 a complete schedule of events, click the button below.
Visit Philly Beer Garden Series
Join Visit Philly at The Oval in the summer of 2014 for the all-new Visit Philly Beer Garden Series.
Look out for beer specials, Visit Philly giveaways and more on July 18 and August 15.
For more information on the Visit Philly Beer Garden Series, click the button below.
Photo Tour: 20 Awesome Things To Do at The Oval This Summer.
Check out our brand new photo tour of The Oval outlining a few of the many, many reasons you will want to visit before it closes on August 17.
The Magic Carpet
New in 2014, the Association of Public Art has commissioned a site-specific installations from local artist and designer Candy Coated to enhance the eight-acre public space.
Visitors to The Oval will be greeted by vibrant swirling colors, a labyrinth-like design, hanging vinyl globes, bright pink sandboxes and — perhaps the best part — a high-design 3-D optical illusion perfect for photo ops.
A multimedia sculptor who earned her MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and previously worked as a master printer at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Candy Coated is a progressive art maker with a self-professed obsession with all things decorative or artistic. Last year, the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibited Candy Coated Wonderland, an installation that reinterpreted children’s costumes from the museum’s collection.
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.
Learn more about The Oval by clicking the button below.
In the neighborhood
Museums & Attractions
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia Museum of Art's East Terrace steps, facing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- The Franklin Institute
- Made In America Music Festival
- The Barnes Foundation
- Cathedral Basilica of
Saints Peter and Paul
- The Awesome Fest
- Sister Cities Park
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
- The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center
- View more attractions
Restaurants & Dining