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Featured Events

Reading & Music Cart

24 July 2019

11:00am - 3:00pm

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

Nature Read-aloud with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

24 July 2019

11:00am - 12:00pm

Join FarmPhilly for a read aloud series with a focus on the natural world. Children ages 4-8 and their caretakers are invited to come listen to stories about plants, animals, seasons and our food systems and participate in a short hands-on activity following the book.

Wellness Wednesdays

24 July 2019

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us every Wednesday for free fitness classes from local studios from 5-8pm. Partner studios/classes include: Power Yoga, Yoga Habit Philly Dance Fitness CKO Kickboxing

CKO Kickboxing Class

24 July 2019

5:00pm - 6:00pm

CKO Kickboxing Class Join us for an hour of intense, calorie burning fun under the sun. We’ve developed a unique group exercise that allows everyone in class to work at their own pace. ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME!! We’ve integrated elements of kickboxing and boxing into a program that utilizes a heavy bag and incorporates […]

Power Yoga, Yoga Habit

24 July 2019

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Power Yoga, Yoga Habit is designed to move you physically and leave you feeling refreshed and energized. A 60 minute power yoga class, free of charge!

League Cornhole (in the Beer Garden)

24 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sign up with a team of friends and co-workers, with a small group and be kept on the same team, or by yourself and be placed on a team with other free agents!

Reading & Music Cart

24 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Philadelphia Freedom’s Tennis

24 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

The members of the Freedoms, the team mascot and local tennis pros will be on hand at the PLAY Block on the Parkway to give tennis lessons to sports fans of all ages.

CKO Kickboxing Class

24 July 2019

7:00pm - 8:00pm

CKO Kickboxing Class Join us for an hour of intense, calorie burning fun under the sun. We’ve developed a unique group exercise that allows everyone in class to work at their own pace. ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME!! We’ve integrated elements of kickboxing and boxing into a program that utilizes a heavy bag and incorporates […]

Philly Dance Fitness

24 July 2019

7:00pm - 8:00pm

No dance experience necessary for this hour-long program – just jump in and follow along! We’ll be dancing outside, so wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget your sunscreen and water.

Arts & Culture Thursdays

25 July 2019

11:00am - 11:00pm

Head to The Oval+ every Thursday for Silent Philly in the beer garden! Plus, enjoy live music and dance performances on the HEAR Block on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Silent Philly is 8-11pm on July 25, August 1, 8, and 15.

Reading & Music Cart

25 July 2019

11:00am - 3:00pm

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

Drag Queen Story Time

25 July 2019

11:00am - 12:00pm

Come hear Philly’s favorite drag queen, Brittany Lynn, read stories about love, diversity, friendship, and acceptance. Dress up time (costumes and props provided), musical breaks, and arts and crafts will have everyone learning while having fun out in the sunshine!

H&H’s Pop-up Bookstore

25 July 2019

11:00am - 3:00pm

The team behind The Head & The Hand Books (H&H Books), an independent, nonprofit bookstore located in Kensington, is popping up on the Parkway! H&H Books will be offering a curated selection of fresh fiction, middle grade, children’s, and local lit titles to bookish passersby on the MAKE block. We’ll also be offering our own […]

Fashion Feature: Lobo Mau

25 July 2019

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Nicole and Jordan Haddad, the brother and sister duo, bring their heritage to their clothing business of ethical knitwear and textile design. Made in Philly, popping up on the Parkway to show off prints and their collection.

Reading & Music Cart

25 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

GLBL VLLG Art by Vic

25 July 2019

6:00pm - 7:00pm

The objective for each class would be to invite the community to indulge in their creative side while broadening their ideas on what wellness truly is. Each class will have a focus for a dimension of wellness and each painting will depict what 1 that looks like to us. Each artist will walk away with […]

BalletX Live Performance

25 July 2019

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy a live performance by BalletX!

Silent Philly (in the Beer Garden)

25 July 2019

8:00pm - 11:00pm

Come experience the silent party for free at The Oval+! Silent Philly is a party experience like nothing you’ve had before. Three DJ’s Red (80’s 90’s 2000’s) , Green (Top 40 and EDM), and Blue (Hip Hop), all spin the best music while you sing and dance along. As you flip from one channel to the […]

Reading & Music Cart

26 July 2019

11:00am - 3:00pm

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

Philly Reading Coaches

26 July 2019

11:00am - 2:00pm

Philly Reading Coaches will be on hand to for one-on-one reading sessions with kids to boost confidence and encourage a love of reading. All ages welcome.

Architecture + Design (A+D) Play

26 July 2019

3:00pm - 5:00PM

Have fun and learn about design, build a project from your imagination, and hone your creative problem-solving skills. DesignPhiladelphia offersdifferent activitieseach week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing!

Live with Radio One Radio

26 July 2019

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy live radio with Radio One at the BOOM BOX, a retrofitted double-decker bus on the HEAR Block of the Parkway, offering Rita’s Water Ice, Philly Pretzels, and craft beer by Mainstay Brewing. Radio One is the country’s largest urban radio network.

Ben FM DJ

26 July 2019

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Join BEN FM for some awesome 80’s & 90’s tunes and a chance to win tickets to some of the hottest summer shows in the BEN FM Concert Cube.

Reading & Music Cart

26 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Ping Pong Tournament with SPIN

26 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Head to the PLAY Block on the Parkway for a Ping-Pong tournament with SPIN! 

Live with Radio One DJ

26 July 2019

8:00pm - 11:00pm

Enjoy live music with Radio One DJ at the BOOM BOX, a retrofitted double-decker bus on the HEAR Block of the Parkway, offering Rita’s Water Ice, Philly Pretzels, and craft beer by Mainstay Brewing. Radio One is the country’s largest urban radio network.

Mighty Ducks

26 July 2019

9:00pm - 11:00pm

Movie begins at 9pm.

Rock Band Live! Learn how to play Eye of The Tiger with Ben Bryant of Interface Studio

27 July 2019

1:00pm - 2:00pm

We’ll cover the song structure, guitar riffs, and rhythm parts in an interactive group lesson. Designed for beginners and folks who are new to playing an instrument. All ages and abilities welcome. We will have a limited number of instruments on hand for participants (first come, first serve).

Game Day Saturdays

27 July 2019

11:00am - 11:00pm

Join us every Saturday for Quizzo from 4-6pm in the beer garden and and tons of family-friendly events and activities on the MAKE, HEAR, and PLAY Blocks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway!

Family Design Workshop

27 July 2019

11:00am - 12:30pm

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!

Reading & Music Room

27 July 2019

12:00pm - 5:00PM

Enjoy an outdoor reading and music carts 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

27 July 2019

2:00PM - 3:00pm

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.

PopUpPlay

27 July 2019

2:00PM - 3:00pm

Bring the whole family to the PLAY Block at The Oval+ to play! PopUpPlay be building bamboo forts, creating catapults and the designing our own mini-golf courses. These events are free for families and we provide all the materials necessary to participate. All ages welcome. July 27: Create a Catapult Want to make things fly? […]

Quizzo

27 July 2019

4:00pm - 6:00pm

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

27 July 2019

6:00pm - 11:00pm

Enjoy Summer Sounds in The Oval+ beer garden with DJ’s Mike Maserati, Terrel Clark, and Tony White!

Family Fun Sundays

28 July 2019

11:00am - 7:00pm

Bring the whole family out for Let’s Rock Recess, a free family dance party every Sunday from 2-7pm with prizes, a DJ, face painting and games and activities. Plus: Don’t miss family-friendly activities, a Global Craft Market, and yoga classes with Roots 2 Rise and City Fitness on the MAKE, HEAR, and PLAY Blocks on […]

Global Craft Market

28 July 2019

11:00am - 5:00PM

Sundays will feature a street market along the MAKE Block on the Parkway in partnership with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians’ Global Craft Market and other vendors selling local and global goods.

Roots 2 Rise Yoga by City Fitness

28 July 2019

11:00am - 12:00pm

Join Roots 2 Rise for a yoga class on the HEAR Block of the Parkway, presented by City Fitness.

Reading & Music Room

28 July 2019

12:00pm - 5:00PM

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

Amazing Arthropod Table with Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

28 July 2019

12:00pm - 1:00pm

From beautiful to bizarre, insects, spiders, and other spineless wonders elicit a reaction from every age. Meet some of the most amazing invertebrates on Earth, including live specimens!

Let’s Rock Recess!!!

28 July 2019

2:00PM - 7:00pm

A kids DJ dance party in the beer garden

GLBL VLLG Dance

28 July 2019

2:00PM - 3:00pm

Join Ashley Simone for an hour long dance class aimed at freeing the soul, moving the body, and getting out of our comfort zones. Ashley Simone combines anywhere from hip hop to Afro Beats to in order to teach the many different ways of self-expression. Classes are for ALL ages and ALL levels.

Reading & Music Room

31 July 2019

11:00am - 3:00pm

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

Nature Read-aloud with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

31 July 2019

11:00am - 12:00pm

Join FarmPhilly for a read aloud series with a focus on the natural world. Children ages 4-8 and their caretakers are invited to come listen to stories about plants, animals, seasons and our food systems and participate in a short hands-on activity following the book.

CKO Kickboxing

31 July 2019

5:00pm - 6:00pm

CKO Kickboxing Class Join us for an hour of intense, calorie burning fun under the sun. We’ve developed a unique group exercise that allows everyone in class to work at their own pace. ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME!! We’ve integrated elements of kickboxing and boxing into a program that utilizes a heavy bag and incorporates […]

Power Yoga, Yoga Habit

31 July 2019

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Power Yoga, Yoga Habit is designed to move you physically and leave you feeling refreshed and energized. A 60 minute power yoga class, free of charge!

League Cornhole (in the Beer Garden)

31 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sign up with a team of friends and co-workers, with a small group and be kept on the same team, or by yourself and be placed on a team with other free agents!

Reading & Music Room

31 July 2019

6:00pm - 8:00pm

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.

CKO Kickboxing Class

31 July 2019

7:00pm - 8:00pm

CKO Kickboxing Class Join us for an hour of intense, calorie burning fun under the sun. We’ve developed a unique group exercise that allows everyone in class to work at their own pace. ALL FITNESS LEVELS ARE WELCOME!! We’ve integrated elements of kickboxing and boxing into a program that utilizes a heavy bag and incorporates […]

Featured At The Oval

Opening Day at The Oval!

Opening Day at The Oval!

Join us on opening day for the brand new Oval+ 2019 season! Come see the new installation, enjoy food trucks, our new beer garden, special activities and more!

Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays

Join us every Wednesday for FREE fitness classes like yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and more from 6-8pm.

Arts & Culture Thursdays

Arts & Culture Thursdays

Join us every Thursday night for Silent Philly from 8-11pm in the beer garden and live performances from 7-8pm on the HEAR Block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Food & Flicks Fridays

Food & Flicks Fridays

Join us for tasty food trucks and a great lineup of movies every Friday night during the summer season at The Oval+. Movies begin at 9PM.

Game Day Saturdays

Game Day Saturdays

Join us for Quizzo from 4-6pm in the beer garden and family-friendly activities on the MAKE, HEAR, and PLAY blocks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway!

Family Fun Sundays

Family Fun Sundays

Bring the whole family out for Let's Rock Recess, a free family dance party every Sunday from 2-7pm with prizes, a DJ, face painting and games and activities. Plus: Don't miss family-friendly activities, a Global Craft Market, and yoga classes with Roots 2 Rise and City Fitness on the MAKE, HEAR, and PLAY Blocks on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway!

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About The Oval

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

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