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Oval News

Upcoming 2014 Events at The Oval:
  • Farm Festival: Thursday, April 17-Saturday, April 19
  • PHAIR Open Air/Artisan Market: Thursday, May 22-Saturday, May 24
  • Summer Season: mid-July through mid-August
  • Fashion Festival: Thursday, September 18-Sunday, September 21 
  • Architects of Air – Miracoco: Thursday, October 9-Monday, October 13
In Summer 2013, Eakins Oval, eight acres of public space at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was transformed into Philly’s new “Park on the Parkway” for the first time. Also known as the City of Philadelphia’s “New Shape of Fun,” The Oval featured a wide variety of community programming, ranging from interactive games and activities, to educational programs, to entertainment, food and beverage trucks and much more.

After a series of fashion-themed events in September and fall-themed events in early October, The Oval closed its 2013 season with a series of double feature drive-in movies in conjunction with The Awesome Fest.   

The Oval is an initiative of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy. It is made possible thanks to the support of the William Penn Foundation and City of Philadelphia.

Never been to The Oval?
The Oval is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philly’s “Avenue des Champs-Élysées.” It is near a few of the most popular tourist destinations in Philadelphia, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rocky statue, The Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, Free Library and Rodin Museum.

How can you get to The Oval? 
The most convenient ways to get to The Oval are to walk, use Uber (new users: use promo code FARMFESTIVAL14 for a free ride up to $20 in value), bike (bike racks on site), or take public transportation via the PHLASH downtown loop (May-September); SEPTA bus routes 2, 7, 32, 33, 48; regional rail at Suburban Station; or City Hall stop on Market-Frankford and Broad Street subway lines. If you decide to drive, metered parking kiosks are available along the outside lanes of the Ben Franklin Parkway between The Oval and Logan Square. For other public parking options, please visit philapark.org.