Now in its 19th year, the Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market will return to the city's historic downtown June 13. The weekly summer outdoor festival and family destination features a farm and foods marketplace, art and shopping, live music, international cuisine, local events and activities presented for the community by volunteers.
This year's market is stuffed to the brim with vendors, with some new appearances coming from events like the Portland Saturday Market and Beaverton Wednesday Market.
The Tuesday marketplace originally started in 1998 as a way to bring people to downtown Hillsboro, as well as provide local farmers and crafters another market venue for selling their goods. The event was embraced by the community and has since grown in size and popularity to become the premiere event it is today and a favorite summertime tradition for people of all ages and all walks of life.
Each night draws in a crowd of 5,000 to 7,000 people.
This year, new hot vendors like Spice of Africa, Cajun Papa's and others should attract folks looking for more fiery tastes. Vietnamese spot Saigon Bowl and bubble tea vendor Bobablastic will also be joining the fold for the first time.
Live entertainment has always been a hallmark of the marketplace, and this year a slew of acts — both old favorites and new — are planned to make appearances.
"For the main stage, we've got a wide variety of genres — reggae, country, soul, jazz, funk, blues, there's something for everyone," said market manager Patti Russell.
Another notable event this year will be the #88 Pit Stop on Aug. 15, which will allow patrons to see the NASCAR #88 Nationwide Chevy SS show car. This year's science and tech night, which was a hit last year, is expanding to include high schools.
Each week local artist Linda Holland invites other artists to display, teach and get others involved in the art process. She and the Una Voz Mariachi Band were nominated and selected last year as recipients of Endowment Awards for the long-lasting impact they've had on the downtown creative community. Holland volunteered to organize the artist area of the Tuesday Night Market, coordinating a different artist each week to do a demonstration there.
Another big day for the market lands on July 4. Russell noted that the market will definitely be open during this time, both as a way for people to enjoy barbecue and great tunes and also to salute veterans.
There'll be no shortage of food, fun and entertainment for anyone who shows up to the event that fills three city blocks closed to traffic (Main Street from First to Third Avenues, and Second Avenue between Main and Lincoln Streets). The Tuesday Night Market will run until Aug. 29 — each one runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m.