A seven-year Beaverton tradition will return to the streets next month for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic brought public gatherings to a halt.
After taking a virtual route last summer, The Beaverton Night Market will be back in person from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14. The event will take place in downtown Beaverton, around the area of Southwest First Street and Tucker Avenue.
"Beaverton Night Market is excited to bring you a new perspective to an age-old night market tradition—new set up, new collaborations and a wide array of diverse vendors," said Rehana Malik, a member of Beaverton's Diversity Advisory Board and the event's planning committee."The flexibility of the Night Market committee to adapt to the pandemic has been commendable as we bring back the live, in-person market."
The market was previously set up at The Round, but it moved downtown because of ongoing construction as well as the community's desire to bring it to the streets, similar to most night markets around the world.
The streets around Southwest First Street and Tucker Avenue will be closed while the event takes place.
The free event will be family-friendly, featuring 40 vendors and 20-plus performers representing dozens of cultures from around the world. The two food court areas will be in view of stages so attendees can enjoy live performances while they eat.
Organizers will be collaborating with the La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival to feature live artists in three different sites during the market hours.
"Beaverton Night Market represents cultures from all around the world that we have here in Beaverton," said planning committee member Manijeh Mehrnoosh. "No other event so far has been as inviting, inclusive, original, and unique in this city, it shows that diversity is our strength and through community we find unity. No matter where you're from, what language you speak, or what culture you are a part of, you are welcome."
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