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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 20 – August 20, 2017

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 all-ages 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 tree-shaded beer garden returns from last year on Wednesdays through Sundays during The Oval+ season. Get ready for al fresco brews, wine, cocktails and delicious eats under a lush canopy of trees.

To complement the beer garden, The Oval+ keeps a rotating roster of food trucks.

The 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.

Ongoing Programming

Throughout its opening, The Oval+ presents a different theme for each day of the week with interactive programming and activities surrounding it.

The week gets kicked of with Wellness Wednesdays, featuring power yoga classes and kickboxing session. Thursdays are Arts and Culture days, when dance parties and hip-hop classes unfold along the Parkway, followed by Food and Flicks Fridays that create a weekly outdoor movie night.

On the weekends, head to the beer garden for Game Day Saturdays, featuring Quizzo and live music sessions, and Family Fun Sundays, when Let’s Rock Recess, a DJ dance party designed for kids, takes over the space.

For the full schedule of events, click here.

More on Ongoing programming

Oval+ Art Installations

New this year, The Oval+ features an interactive art installation by Philadelphia- and Chicago-based design firm PORT Urbanism. The installation encourages people to envision the future of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and its future uses, and features three open-air “rooms” that each focus on a different subject — unfamiliar aspects of Philadelphia culture, hidden Fairmount Park and an evolving mural on which guests are encouraged to draw.

At night, the installations – some extending as high as 24 feet into the sky – are lit up from within to create a glowing effect.

In addition to the themed open-air “rooms,” The Oval+ welcomes a new ground mural designed by PORT Urbanism and painted by Mural Arts Philadelphia.

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