The Oval Will Return For Six Weeks This Summer With Music, Yoga, Outdoor Movies, A Beer Garden, Food Trucks And More, July 15-August 23

The Oval
Starting on Wednesday, July 15, The Oval, a pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, will return with everything from yoga and outdoor movie screenings to beer garden fun and food trucks. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Get ready for the return of the pop-up park on the Parkway.

Beginning on Wednesday, July 15, The Oval will return for a six-week summer series on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Presented by the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the summertime hangout will once again prove to be a cool spot for activities like live music, outdoor movies, yoga, games, crafts and more.

The Oval’s summer 2015 season will run from Wednesday, July 15 through Sunday, August 23 and the popular outdoor space will be open each week from Wednesday through Sunday.

Read on for more on The Oval’s summer 2015 season.


Tree-Shaded Pop-Up Beer Garden

Wednesday through Saturdays during The Oval season, the beer garden will return with alfresco brews under a lush canopy of trees (read: shade). On Saturdays, guests can stop by for pub quizzo. Take note: The beer garden will be closed on Sundays.

The Oval
(Photo courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy)

Rotating Food Trucks

Wednesday through Saturday, the beer garden at The Oval is a great spot to grab a beer, score food from one of the food trucks that set up just outside of the beer-drinking area.

The Oval
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


Outdoor Yoga at The Oval

Throughout the summer, The Oval will hosts a variety of free outdoor fitness classes on Wednesdays this season. Guests can look forward to everything from baby-and-parent yoga to boot camp.

Yoga at The Oval
(Photo courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy)

More on The Oval, below.

Family-Friendly Outdoor Classes

In previous summers, The Oval has held tree climbing and other outdoor classes. Look for a full schedule of events in the coming weeks.

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Outdoor Movies at The Oval

On Friday nights, The Oval will host free outdoor screenings of blockbuster hits like Night at the Museum and Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Oval
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Live Music

Thursday nights will welcome live bluegrass music for those visiting the pop-up park on the Parkway. Grab a beer from the beer garden and enjoy live tunes at the alfresco hangout.

The Oval
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)


Outdoor Games

On Saturdays, games reign at the pop-up park as game day-themed events take the spotlight. Beyond Saturdays, activities like giant checkers and ping pong fill The Oval.

The Oval
(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Days of Kid-Centric Activities

All week long, The Oval is home to family-friendly fun, think everything from kid’s karaoke to face painting.

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Summer Kaleidoscope

The centerpiece of The Oval will be an art installation by Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn. The Baltimore-based duo creates large-scale, colorful pieces that often break the rules of traditional murals by spilling onto the ground and surrounding area.

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Here’s a photo of Magic Carpet, last year’s art installation.

Admission to The Oval is free, and much of the programming on tap for the summer is free, too. Stay tuned for more on The Oval, which opens one month (!) from today.

The Oval 2015 Season

When: July 15-August 23; Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon-7 p.m.
Where: The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free


Awesome News: The Oval Will Return For Summer 2015 In July With A Massive Beer Garden, A Major Artist Installation, Evening Concerts, Movies Under-The-Stars And So Much More



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