Another of Philly’s awesome annual pop-up parks takes up its 2016 residency this July and August. Drumroll, please: The Oval opens Friday, July 15 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
With the grand opening comes the return of all the amazing aspects of the free seasonal park — beer garden, food trucks, movie nights — and the addition of attractions like a brand-new art installation, a Warby Parker pop-up shop and more.
The Oval Fast Facts
- The Oval is free and open to the public July 15-August 21
- Five days a week, check out food trucks, games, movie nights, mini-golf, a beer garden and more
- Park hours are Weds.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Beer garden hours are Weds.-Fri., 5-10 p.m., Sat., noon-10 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Located right in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval, The Oval takes over a parking lot on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for five days a week until Sunday, August 21.
Over the next six weeks, the pop-up park will be the go-to spot for outdoor fun for folks of all ages. Click here for the full schedule of programming.
Check out our guide to The Oval, below.
Beer Garden and Food Trucks
Yes, beer-garden lovers: The Oval’s tree-shaded beer garden returns for the summer of 2016. Wednesday through Sunday during The Oval season, the beer garden will return with alfresco brews and wine under a lush canopy of trees.
Excitingly, the beer garden offers extended hour this summer – from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
To complement the beer garden, The Oval will once again host a rotating roster of food trucks weekly from Wednesday through Sunday.
The food truck schedule is available online, but the pop-up park will welcome 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.
Movies, Fitness, Games and More
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. Films all start at 8 p.m. Featured films include recent blockbusters, family-friendly flicks and more.
Upcoming movie nights include…
- July 15: Pitch Perfect
- July 22: Finding Nemo
- July 29: Men In Black
- August 5: Dodgeball
- August 12: Big
- August 19: Can’t Hardly Wait
On Wednesdays, The Oval focuses on fitness with a Baby and Me yoga class from 11 a.m. to noon, free yoga class from 6 to 7 p.m. and a kickboxing class from 7 to 8 p.m.
Returning this year are all of the great, family-friendly games on the Parkway. The Oval will be home to mini-golf, oversized chess, sandboxes for youngsters, oversized checkers and more.
This summer, The Oval is teaming up with Warby Parker, an eyeglasses and sunglasses lifestyle brand started by Wharton School grads. At The Oval this year, Warby Parker’s Class Trip, a yellow school bus, will park at the pop-up space for the summer with a selection of glasses and sunglasses to shop.
Rhythm & Hues Installation
A beautiful mural by the Mural Arts Program once again adorns the ground below The Oval. This year, the piece, which is entitled Rhythm & Hues is a colorful mural that is mean to signify musical rhythm and music.
Led by Philadelphia-based artist and art educator Brad Carney, the 25,000-square-foot mural both adorns the space and will inspire special events and activities at The Oval.
Democratic National Convention Week at The Oval
From Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 29, The Oval will be home to a slew of political-themed events in celebration of the Democratic National Convention (which runs from July 25 through 28 right here in Philly).
Special events during this monumental week in Philly include political quizzo on Monday, July 25 at 7 p.m., $1 off beer from 5 to 7 p.m. throughout the week, special Ales of the Revolution beers from Yards and more.
One of the centerpiece events of the week is the Truth Booth by Cause Collection. The Truth Booth is a giant video-recording booth that gives the public two minutes to speak their mind (and start their thought with “The truth is…) about the upcoming election.
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 is also a great way to go, with stop number 13 delivering passengers right to Eakins Oval.
See you at The Oval!