The Oval Kicks Off with Something New from Yards

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This Wednesday, July 16th, Eakins Oval will transform into more than just a parking lot on the Parkway. For the second summer, The Oval returns, as Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation partnered with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the Association for Public Art, changes the otherwise dull space into a public park. The Oval will be used to promote the parkway as a space all Philadelphians can utilize and enjoy, not just those looking for daytime parking.

The kick-off event will feature music, food, BEER and a performance by the Philadelphia Rhythmic Academy. The space also doubles as a canvas for this year’s art installation and theme entitled, Magic Carpet by the artist Candy Coated.

Yards Brewery will also be debuting something for Philadelphians to get excited about. The brewery will be launching their new concoction, the Fairmount Park Ale. The new brew is “for outbeersy folk” so there’s no better place to enjoy it than outdoors at The Oval, right? Do we even need to say more? Well, Yards will also be the exclusive draught beer at The Oval. The Fairmount Ale will always be available, plus a rotating tap.

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Free Workouts and Juice at Eakins Oval on Sunday

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Summer’s just around the corner, and the warm weather and sunshine means easing up on the gym in favor of breaking a sweat outside. So come ready to work out at Eakins Oval this Sunday, May 18th, for the first-ever Day in the Park event. Hosted by Naked Juice and Philly’s Core Fitness, this event is packed with fitness and fun. There will free fitness activities, like a Core Fitness boot camp class (2 to 3 p.m.) and a massive tug of war competition, plus prizes and giveaways, free juice and live music from 95.7 Ben-FM. You’ll be so busy having fun, you won’t even realize you’re working out—promise.

The event is from 2 to 6 p.m. this Sunday in Eakins Oval—after Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Yoga on the Steps—in front of the Art Museum. People of all ages are encouraged to come out and participate. More info is here.

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The Oval at the Art Museum Announces 2014 Lineup

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The Eakins Oval — aka Philly’s Park on the Parkway that was created last year — has announced its activity lineup for 2014. The Oval is an initiative of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department, a project to bring a little family-friendly entertainment to this six-acre stretch of Fairmount. Last year activities ran the gamut from late-night movie screenings to a food and beverage truck festival. Here’s what they have planned so far for 2014:

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This Friday Is (Kevin) Bacon Fest on the Parkway

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This Friday, July 26th you can watch some Bacon while eating bacon on the Parkway. That’s right, Food & Flicks at The Oval presents Footloose, starring THE Kevin Bacon, while food trucks will be serving bacon focused dishes plus a pig roast from the new Cherry Bomb Bus. Participating vendors include:

  •  Local 215
  • Chewy’s
  • Guerilla Ultima
  • Sweet Box Cupcakes
  • Mac Mart Cart
  • Vernalicious
  • Sum Pig
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream

The event runs from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The Oval [City of Philadelphia]

Food Trucks Head to the Oval

Eakins Oval becomes “The Oval” today, “the new shape of fun.” In an effort to transform the underutilized public space into something more, the area in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been transformed into a new park. The 8-acre space will offer daily programing as well as a sandy beach. Each day the Oval will also be visited by food trucks. Today, Reuben on Rye, Sum Pig, Cosmic Catering and Sweet Box will all be on the scene today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Check out the Oval’s calendar for a complete list of events.

The Oval: The New Shape of Fun [Official Site]

Where the Food Trucks Roam in Philadelphia

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Food truck culture has truly taken off in Philadelphia. Night Markets are supported by than 60 food trucks and on any given day, there are as many on the streets of the city and not just in University City. Nowadays, food trucks find their way to Love Park and City Hall as well as down to the Navy Yard. Open air markets like PHAIR and Brooklyn Flea Philly also make use of mobile food vendors.

Below is our listing of where to find food trucks, from daily lunches to farmers’ market snacks. Among the spots you might not know about:

  • Food trucks become a daily occurrence at the Navy Yard starting on July 1st. 
  • Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway gets food trucks as of Wednesday, July 17th.

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