Fall festivities are finally in full swing in Philadelphia. Even Fairmount is adding to the awesome, autumn ambiance that is sweeping the city. Alliterations aside, Eakins Oval is welcoming the season with “Harvest at The Oval, The New Shape of Fall” Thursday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 13.
Each day from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., The Oval invites visitors of all ages to enjoy “fall-themed community” fun! Come play a game of over-sized chess or checkers, try your luck at the bean-bag toss, or show off your bocce ball skills. If you're less of a gamer and would rather take the relaxing route, grab some grub from one of the many food trucks parked around the eight-acre lot and simply enjoy the sights and sounds.
On Thursday at The Oval, check out the Philadelphia Open Air Market (PHAIR), where you will find more than 50 vendors showing off their artistic flair, foods and crafts. Mingle throughout this European-style open-air market while enjoying music provided by DJ “The Magic Message.”
Friday's events include a free screening of October Sky, beginning at 8 p.m. According to the Oval's Calendar of Events, prior to the screening, from 6-8 p.m., the Philadelphia Film Festival will conduct a unique stop motion animation workshop while the Franklin Institute will offer its make-n-take star wheels activity.
On Saturday, the animals come out to play! Enjoy face painting, hay rides and a live petting zoo beginning at noon. At 4 p.m., The Oval invites children of all ages to show off their best Halloween costumes for a chance to win "Best Dressed"
Finally, on Sunday, farewell festivities (TBA) commence. Food trucks on site Sunday include: Lil Dans, Delicias, Mucho Bueno, Pitruco and Cupcake Carnivale.
Marc Wilken, Park Concessions Manager at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, says unlike the summer activities at The Oval, there will be no beer garden for this event. Get ready for some good, clean, fall fun.
Note: Make sure you keep an eye on the day-to-day weekend weather forecast. Wilken notes that The Oval will have to cancel, without postponing, in the case of rain.
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According to Wilken, the summer 'pop-up park' events at Eakins Oval brought in a lot of traffic and he looks forward to continued events in the future.
"The summer (events) brought around 30,000 people through the site" he notes, explaining the positive feedback that they received. "We are really pleased with the response."
At the end of the month, The Oval will be hosting a drive-in movie series for five evening. Wilken notes they will screen double feature movies each Friday night on a 30-foot movie screen. The Oval welcomes all to enjoy snacks from local food trucks while viewing a "drive-in themed movie." Cyclists will be able to ride up and view for free. However, since space is limited, drivers will need to purchase tickets online.
Don't expect events at The Oval to end any time soon. As Wilken explains, they definitely plan to continue these 'pop-up park' programs next year. Wilken adds that the overall goal The Oval is to make the parkway "a true destination for the residents to enjoy."
Harvest at The Oval
When: October 10-13
Where: Eakins Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Pwy
More info: www.phila.gov