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Saturday August 3

Free Paint


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free Paint is a free community painting event. Participants are invited to paint freely and learn about color relationships and mark-making while creating a large-scale collaborative painting. Happening on the Ben Franklin Parkway, the color pallette for Free Paint is inspired by the collection at the Barnes Foundation. Participants will connect to the past through […]

Family Design Workshop


11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

DESIGN + MAKE with us in an exciting workshop exploring the building blocks of architecture, design, and our city.Dive into the design process through stories and fun activities each week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing! This is a special guest workshop by Girls, Inc.

CoLab Philadelphia: Pop-Up Health Fair


11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The CoLab Philadelphia Airstream Trailer will be out providing free blood pressure screenings, family friendly games, activities, and refreshments!

Reading & Music Cart


12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy an outdoor reading and music room designed and fabricated by Tiny WPA and Interface Studio! Read a book or play an instrument on the MAKE Block of the Parkway.

Franklin Institute


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Blast off with educators from The Franklin Institute to explore rocketry in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic voyage to the Moon. A combination of activities and demonstrations will be sure to ignite your curiosity for space travel.

Philly CAM Radio


2:00 PM - 11:00 PM

The Oval returns to the Ben Franklin Parkway across from the Art Museum for a month of events free to the public. This Saturday, WPPM programming will be featured from 2:00-8:00 pm, followed by a live broadcast by several of our DJs spinning records atop a double-decker bus until 11:00 pm! Don’t miss the party.

Mighty Writers


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

What does it mean to be Mighty? Does it mean you’re brave, strong, and bold? Or maybe it means you’re kind, sincere, and thoughtful. It can mean all those things, but most importantly it means being yourself. Join us to write your best self and meet a community of positive & supportive writers. Recommended Ages: […]



4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bring your friends and family for a fun afternoon of tough trivia in our beer garden for a chance to win a great prize plus ultimate bragging rights.

Summer Sounds in the beer garden


6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Enjoy Summer Sounds in The Oval+ beer garden with DJ’s Venus7, Shango, and Lil’Dave!

  • The Oval
  • Fairmount Park Conservancy
  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department
Presented By:
A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
  • Knight Foundation
  • Visit Philadelphia
  • Inspire
  • diadora

About The Oval

The Oval is an initiative of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

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Please call Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's Special Events office at 215-685-0060.


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