Free Event: “Summer Kaleidoscope” at The Oval this Summer!

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For The Oval’s third summer season – themed to “Summer Kaleidoscope” – the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation have created a packed program of free day and evening activities including a 25,000 square foot mural on the ground, seasonal beer garden made from recycled bulb crates, gourmet food trucks, live music, film screenings, an all-new disc golf course, and BMW test drives. Available new this year are opportunities for Sunday birthday parties.

The summer season runs for six weeks starting on Wednesday, July 15  ***Rain Date July 16th*** at The Oval, Philadelphia’s “Park on the Parkway” (2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) with the Opening Day celebration from 5p-10p.

Opening-Day-Graphic the oval

There’s themed days like “Wellness Wednesdays,” “Arts & Culture Thursdays,” “Food & Flicks Fridays,” “Game Day Saturdays,” and “Family Fun Sundays,” this year’s schedule of special events rotates on a daily basis with a huge variety of happenings.

Other highlights of the summer season include:

  • Visit Philly Happy Hour series every Friday in the beer garden, 5 – 8 pm, Yards and Victory beer specials
  • Live bluegrass music every Thursday evening and a variety of bands on Friday nights
  • Games in the beer garden including interactive “Quizzo” on Saturday afternoons, plus cornhole and jumbo Jenga
  • Kid-friendly recreation like sandboxes, ping-pong tables, oversize chess and checkers, a water feature for splash play, and an all-new disc golf course
  • Free screening of family-friendly classic films like My Cousin Vinny and Back to the Future
  • Karaoke, hoop dancing, and face-painting for kids on Sundays
  • Test drives of BMW vehicles on Sundays

The Oval Summer Season July 15 – August 23, 2015:

  • Wednesdays (Wellness): 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Thursdays (Arts & Culture): 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Fridays (Food & Flicks): 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Saturdays (Game Day): 12 PM – 7 PM
  • Sundays (Family Fun): 12 PM – 7 PM

Please note – the beer garden is closed on Sundays. This year, for the first time, The Oval can be reserved for birthday parties on Sundays.

For the daily schedule of events please visit

The Oval is made possible thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor PNC as well as Saint-Gobain, Aimco/Park Towne Place, BMW of the Main Line, Cabot Creamery, Commonwealth Connections Academy, Greater Media, Inc., Mid Atlantic Dairy, and Philly Pretzel Factory. Saint-Gobain also sponsored a special exhibition at The Oval this spring – Future Sensations – featuring pavilions celebrating its 350th Anniversary.

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