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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We recommend checking out these events going on around Philly this week:
The Phillies is hosting its annual fundraising day at Citizens Bank Park this Monday. Fans of all ages can take pictures with some of their favorite players while enjoying a host of games across the field. Those looking to channel their inner Steve Carlton can also sign up to take a few throws in the bullpens. A silent auction will round out the phestivities. All of the money will go to help strike out ALS, the neuromuscular condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Monday, May 19th, 4:30 p.m., Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
In a story slam local poets and artists deliver five-minute narratives built around a given theme. More than a storytelling competition, these artists invite listeners into their lives with passionate and real anecdotes. Expect a unique experience connecting with others as local raconteurs offer an intimate glance into their personal lives. All of the stories Monday night will be based on the theme of “Busted.” Monday, May 19th, 7:30, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
Get a look behind the curtain of an actual performing group at this exclusive open rehearsal. Two aspiring playwrights and two actors will bounce ideas off each other, channeling new means for inspiration and playing with different creative techniques. See the artistic process on full display with this behind-the-scenes glimpse into theater production. Monday, May 19th, 8 p.m., Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street.
Only 1 in 10 registered voters went to the polls last election. That's just crazy. No matter what your politics, make your voice heard on Primary Election Day in Philadelphia. Check out Committee of Seventy for a great rundown of local elections, and its superb polling-place finder. Also keep track of the day's election coverage via Philly Mag's news blog. Tuesday, May 20, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., various locations.
A handful of some of Philly’s best local talent will perform intimate acoustic sets upstairs at World Café Live. Along with them will be recently signed recording artist Lindsay Cohen, who will be playing from her new EP. That's five artists for $5 — a steal, no matter who you are. Tuesday, May 20th, 7:30 p.m., World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street.
From Be Well Philly: This Wednesday, Bryn Mawr Running Company’s Bryn Mawr location is hosting a Prediction Run, sponsored by Brooks. The idea is this: Leave your Garmin at home, and try to predict your finish time for either a five-, seven- or 10-mile course. The 10 people who finish closest to their predicted finish time will win shoes, clothes and other prizes from Brooks. The run costs just $5. Runners will gather at the Bryn Mawr store (828 West Lancaster Avenue) at 6 p.m., and leave by 6:15. More here.
Art never tasted so good. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting a 90-minute cooking class lead by Executive Chef Gerald Drummond this Wednesday. Those who sign up will learn the recipes of fashion designer Patrick Kelly, who was known to entertain guests with comfort food favorites he learned from his grandmother. Kelly is the focus of a must-see exhibition being held at the museum, "Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love." Participants will be able to sample the food they create and will receive recipes for all dishes. Wednesday, May 21st, 6 p.m., The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Birthdays are the theme for Tell Me a Story's three-year anniversary show at Shot Tower Coffee. The Queen Village shop will host a series of comedians and story tellers as they reveal comical yet true stories based around the theme. Producer and curator of “Tell Me a Story,” Hillary Rea will host. Nothing is off limits in this romp down memory lane. Wednesday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m., Shot Tower Coffee, 542 Christian Street.
William Shakespeare turns the big four-five-oh this year, and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater is pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Dust off your high-school copy of Hamlet to join one of said festivities this week. On Wednesday, Ursinius College English Professor Matt Kosuzko will host a discussion on the influence of Shakespeare’s tale of the tragic prince of Denmark. Wednesday, May 21st, 6 p.m., Parkway Central Library – Room 108, 1901 Vine Street.
Eakins Oval will play home to a festival of art, food and music beginning on Thursday. Shop, dance and stroll in front of the Art Museum on the first of this three-day soiree featuring food trucks, and live DJ’s. This open-air market is partly hosted by PHAIR to create a community of unique shopping and artistic businesses. Thursday, May 22nd, 5 p.m., Eakins Oval on the Parkway.
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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 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, 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
- Guerilla Ultima
- Sweet Box Cupcakes
- Mac Mart Cart
- Sum Pig
- Little Baby’s Ice Cream
The event runs from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Oval [City of Philadelphia]
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]
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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