This week Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and its nonproprofit partner Fairmount Park Conservancy unveiled the latest version of summer at The Oval: now called the Oval + (plus) because it includes installations and activities at two other parks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Public events began on July 20 and will run through August 20. This year, the schedule of events at The Oval+ will include programming by The Free Library of Philadelphia at the newly renovated Shakespeare Park and the Franklin Institute and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University at Aviator Park.
The Oval+ will have food, fun, and entertainment for a month between July 20-August 20, Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 am -11 pm. Highlights at the main Eakins Oval site include:
Eakins Tavern, a beer garden serving Meltkraft sandwiches, local wine from Blair Vineyards, craft brews by Yards, and “Adult Water Ice,” a vodka-spiked slushy.
A rotating line-up of food trucks including these that were ranked in the top 101 in the country in April: Chewy’s, The Cow and the Curd, Surf and Turf Truck, Foolish Waffles, and Cupcake Carnivale.
A brand new drinking fountain with water bottle refill station, a wheelchair accessible nozzle, and dog bowl station; free water bottles will be provided by sponsor PNC.
Wellness Wednesdays with CKO Kickboxing, Philly Dance Fitness, Power Yoga with Yoga Habit, CoreFitness, and Dance Boot Camp.
Arts & Culture Thursdays featuring Hip Hop Fundamentals and dancing with DJs lil’ dave, Skipmode, Mike Nyce, Rich Medina, and Matthew Law from 7pm -11pm.
Food & Flicks Fridays with free screening of the movies Clueless, Hidden Figures, Up, Spaceballs, and Invincible at 9pm.
Game Day Saturday featuring live kids’ music jams and the trivia game Quizzo by Johnny Goodtimes in Eakins Tavern.
Family Fun Sundays with an afternoon-long kid-friendly dance party called “Let’s Rock Recess.”
At Aviator Park, the Free Library will host a jazz series on Thursday evenings, storytelling on Saturday mornings, and improvisational theatre (involving kids from the audience) on Sunday mornings.
Also at Aviator Park, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will present “Wild Wednesdays” at 1pm, a learning session about birds, butterflies, small mammals, and other creatures in our neighborhoods.
For an interactive calendar of events go to http://theovalphl.org