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Thursday, July 11 - Sunday, Aug. 25, 2024

The Oval 2024

Experience eight acres of fun on the Parkway! The Oval features food, drinks, games, and activities for the whole family.

Official event information

When

Thursday, July 11 - Sunday, Aug. 25, 2024

Where

Eakins Oval
2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The Oval is back in 2024! This year, we’re celebrating the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s future as Philadelphia’s central park.

The Oval is the number one spot to hang out this summer in Philadelphia. It’s always family-friendly with activities for all. This lively gathering place welcomes locals and visitors alike to:

  • Relax in the beer garden.
  • Dine at a selection of food trucks and the Libertee Grounds mobile kitchen.
  • Play a round of all-ages mini golf.
  • Join group wellness and fitness activities.
  • Enjoy cultural performances and movies on Fridays.
  • Dance with your friends at concerts curated by local band SNACKTIME on Saturdays.
  • Bring the kids to family-friendly activities on Sundays.
  • Test your trivia knowledge at Quizzo on Sundays.
  • Explore marketplaces and family festivals on select Saturdays and Sundays.

Check the calendar of events and the 2024 Oval Guide for more details. Activities are updated regularly.

Hours

The Oval is open Thursdays through Sundays, from July 11 through August 25. Hours vary depending on the day of the week:

  • Thursdays: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fridays: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturdays: Noon to 11 p.m.
  • Sundays: Noon to 9 p.m.

All programs are outdoors and may be cancelled during inclement weather. Check the calendar of events and The Oval’s Instagram for the most up-to-date information.

Events

  • Jul
    13
    Saturday Night Music: Ivy Sole with DJ Kyon
    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Saturday Night Music: Ivy Sole with DJ Kyon

    July 13, 2024
    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, 2 hours

    Bring your friends, bring your family, and come dance! 

    Saturday nights the Oval presents some of the region's most exciting musical artists in a series curated by homegrown, Philly-favorite band SNACKTIME.

    This week DJ Kyon warms up the crowd and Ivy Sole performs. 

    About the artist: Ivy Sole (she/they) does not fit neatly into any one box—that uniqueness is their superpower. The 28-year old rapper-singer is a rare hybrid of sultry and soulful R&B paired with undeniable hip-hop lyricism. As a Charlotte, NC native and Brooklyn resident, Ivy Sole’s sound draws on a diverse set of influences including southern rap, gospel, spoken-word poetry, boom bap, and more.

    Free 

    Food and drink may be purchased from Libertee Grounds beer garden and pop-up food bar and other Oval vendors (outside alcoholic drinks not permitted)  

    Main stage at the Oval 

    Please note: All Oval programs are weather permitting. Changes or cancellations will be announced on Instagram and Twitter at @TheOvalPHL, or check the full calendar of events for the most up-to-date information. 

     

  • Jul
    14
    Now + Then Marketplace
    12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Now + Then Marketplace

    July 14, 2024
    12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 5 hours

    Visit the Oval for the Now + Then Marketplace, featuring local artists, artisans, makers, and resellers from Philadelphia. To learn more about Now + Then Marketplace visit nowandthenmarketplace.com
     
    Free 
     
    Food and drink may be purchased from Libertee Grounds beer garden and pop-up food bar and other Oval and marketplace vendors (outside alcoholic drinks not permitted) 


    Please note: All Oval programs are weather permitting. Changes or cancellations will be announced on Instagram and Twitter at @TheOvalPHL, or check the full calendar of events for the most up-to-date information. 

  • Jul
    14
    Celebrate the Parkway!
    12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Celebrate the Parkway!

    July 14, 2024
    12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, 5 hours

    Enjoy a free festival day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway! Visit Barnes on the Block, the Rodin Garden Bar, the Now + Then Marketplace, and The 2024 Oval for a family-friendly afternoon of fun that celebrates the Parkway’s future as a great urban park. The north outer lane of the Parkway will be closed from 20th to Spring Garden Streets and activities stretch up to Eakins Oval. 

    Organized by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Parkway Council, in collaboration with the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Now + Then Marketplace.

    Be sure to visit:
    Barnes on the Block
    2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    The seventh annual Barnes on the Block, in collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia, is a free block party that encourages neighbors to connect through various forms of creativity. Barnes on the Block with Mural Arts Philadelphia is presented by PNC Arts Alive.

    The popular event features a variety of food trucks and the Barnes on the Block Beer Garden by Constellation Culinary Group, plus entertainment and activities for guests of all ages, including family-friendly art making, live music, and dance performances. Guests will also enjoy free admission to the first floor of the Barnes collection; the new exhibition Matisse & Renoir: New Encounters at the Barnes; and Visions, an exhibition of original artwork created by participants in Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Guild program and artists at SCI Phoenix, on view in the first-floor classroom of the collection gallery.

    Rodin Garden Bar
    2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Continue to Celebrate the Parkway with a stop at the Rodin Garden Bar pop-up. Explore the Rodin Museum, enjoy refreshing summer cocktails and tasty small plates, listen to music, and take in the garden oasis.

    Now + Then Marketplace
    Eakins Oval and the north outer lane of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 21st and Spring Garden streets
    Now + Then Marketplace is a curated marketplace that pops up here and there highlighting artists, artisans, makers, and resellers in Philadelphia. Now + Then Marketplace is always free to attend and dog and kid friendly.

    The 2024 Oval
    Eakins Oval
    The 2024 Oval, a collaboration between Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Parkway Council, features eight acres of food, drink, art, games, and entertainment. The fun takes place at Eakins Oval, across from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s famous steps. Enjoy a beer garden and mini golf by Libertee Grounds, lawn and children’s games, and the Now + Then Marketplace. Check out the full calendar of events, and return to The Oval all summer long.

    Please note: All Oval programs are weather permitting. Changes or cancellations will be announced on Instagram and Twitter at @TheOvalPHL, or check the full calendar of events for the most up-to-date information.


Partners

The Oval is presented in partnership by:

  • Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
  • The Parkway Council

Sponsors

  • AIR Communities
  • Association for Public Art​
  • The Barnes Foundation​
  • Collaborative Cataloging Japan​
  • Econsult Solutions
  • Greene Towne Montessori School​
  • Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
  • La Cabra Brewing

  • Libertee Grounds
  • Mural Arts
  • Park Towne Place Museum District Residences
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art​
  • Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
  • Prudent Management Solutions
  • SNACKTIME
  • Visit Philadelphia


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