Summer events return to Hillsboro
After more than a year of canceled or substantially limited activities due to the pandemic, several iconic events are returning to Hillsboro this summer.
Starting this month, people can enjoy free concerts and dancing at the Showtime Concert Series at AmberGlen and Shute parks.
On July 18, the city's signature community event, Celebrate Hillsboro, returns with a modified pop-up style format at several locations across the city.
Additionally, Hillsboro residents once again can set up outside in front of the big screen for Pix in the Park at Shute Park.
"It's super exciting to bring this kind of programming back to our community," said Mary Loftin, community resources manager with Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department. "This is community building."
With each event outside, people who still have concerns about COVID-19 will be able to spread out, Loftin said.
Last time the city held its Showtime Concert Series in 2019 was the first year officials held some of the concerts at AmberGlen Park. The decades-old event previously only was held at the stage at Shute Park.
This year, the concert series returns to both parks with a lineup of bands playing diverse genres that are likely to get people dancing, Loftin said.
The concerts are held at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday from July 8 through Aug. 19.
Performances by the oldies-playing band Johnny Limbo and Lugnuts and the Heart tribute band Barracuda will be familiar to Showtime Concert Series attendees from previous years.
For country music fans, the concert series will feature Britnee Kellogg, who was a contestant on seasons 11 and 12 of "American Idol" and has played with some of country music's top stars.
In August, people will hear the Latin rhythms of Sabroso, a group that features some of the most well-known and talented musicians in the Portland area.
Finishing off the series is blues artist Norman Sylvester, aka "The Boogie Cat," who is an Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee.
Amid the concert series on Sunday, July 18, Celebrate Hillsboro will return.
Instead of the typical event on Main Street, this year it will take place at six different locations, featuring miniature celebrations, each with at least one performer, entertainer, food vendor, art activity and more.
Loftin said uncertainty surrounding the pandemic during the planning of the event months ago required officials to plan the event for continued social distancing.
But she said the pop-up events aim to bring the celebration of Hillsboro into each neighborhood of the city, allowing easy access to fun for everyone.
The pop-up events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AmberGlen Park, Butternut Park and Shute Park; from 4 to 6 p.m. at Evergreen Park and Jerry Willey Plaza; and from 1 to 5 p.m. at Tom Hughes Plaza at the Civic Center.
After putting on socially distanced drive-thru Pix in the Park events last year, people once again can bring their picnics and set up for movies at Shute Park.
A movie will be played each Friday in August. The schedule currently includes the films "Trolls World Tour," "Onward," "Raya and the Last Dragon," and Northwest classic "The Goonies."
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