join the heat
→If you’re hoping the second half of this week won’t be as steamy as the first, you’re not in luck. But thanks to an ongoing sprinkling of fun, local outdoor activities, ditching the AC can still be enjoyable.
For starters, today marks the opening of The Oval, an eight-acre park at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Open through 8/17 (9a.m.-9p.m.), The Oval will feature free daytime and evening programming, interactive games and fitness activities, educational and environmental programs, live entertainment, movie nights and new food trucks daily.
Each day, The Oval will have a different theme:
- Tuesdays: Wellness
- Wednesdays: Arts & Culture
- Thursdays: Environment
- Fridays: Food & Flicks
- Saturdays: Live Music Series
- Sundays: Family Fun Day
Planning a trip from the ‘burbs to the Art Museum or The Franklin Institute with the kiddos? Might want to pencil in a bit of extra time. Once they see The Oval, saying “no” won’t be an option.
If you’d rather wait until the sun goes down, tomorrow night American Idol winner Fantasia, R&B star Joe and Comedian Dominique, will be taking the stage at the Dell Music Center, East Fairmount’s open-air concert venue which features 600 lawn seats and 5,284 reserved seats. The concert series, which just started last Thursday, will continue weekly through August. And lucky for you, tickets are quite affordable ($25-$60).
For those of you don’t mind the heat, but want to wait for temps to drop just a bit, consider heading to Tiny Terra Ferma in Manayunk tomorrow for “Pies for POP”. There, staff from the Philadelphia Orchard Project will share tips on how to grow produce in an urban garden (and you can save your newfound skills for a cooler day; it is supposed to be 97 degrees tomorrow).
The event will benefit the Philadelphia Orchard Project, an initiative that’s brought 34 orchards to Philadelphia and plans to brogan even more orchards to the city. Tickets, which are only $10 in advance and $12 at the door, score you endless pie (sweet and savory) from Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes and thirst-quenching beer from Yards.
And these events are just a taste of what’s going on outside this week alone. To learn about outdoor activities to keep you busy for the rest of the summer, check out this awesome roundup by Philly Fun Guide.
Do you have any fun outdoor plans coming up? We’d love to hear about them…