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Beaverton Night Market returns Saturday night

Final chance to sample international foods, crafts and entertainment at The Round

FOR THE TIMES: ZACH KRAHMER - The Beaverton Night Market returns Saturday evening with foods, crafts and entertainment from around the world.
Many of the 8,000 people who attended last month’s Beaverton Night Market can double their fun by going to this summer’s second and final edition on Saturday evening.

For those who haven’t yet been to the Night Market, expect food and handiworks and entertainment from around the world all packed into one busy night at The Round, next to the Beaverton Central MAX stop.

The market again will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free but nearby parking is limited, so catching MAX at another station might be just the ticket.

The city’s Diversity Advisory Board founded the market with a single event in 2015 before expanding to two nights this year. This year's opening market was held on July 23.

The market is reminiscent of community markets held across many of the world’s cultures, and many of those cultures are represented by Beaverton’s increasingly diverse population.

“It’s amazing to see how the market brings our community together,” said Monica Estrella, a DAB member who serves on its market planning committee. “It creates a closeness with many cultures and gives hope to small businesses. The Beaverton Night Market demonstrates that together all cultures make a greater future. I feel that I’m helping our city get stronger.”

Saturday’s market features a new lineup of performances, including Japanese Taiko drumming, Native American dance and Mbrascatu, the popular headliner at the market’s 2015 debut, among others.

Many of the same food and craft vendors who were at the July market will be back Saturday. Delicacies represent the tastes of East Africa, Lebanon, Mexico, India, Korea and beyond. Handcrafted items and other merchandise on display and sale have roots in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Japan and the Pacific Northwest.

For more information, go to BeavertonOregon.gov/NightMarket.