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Tigard Family Fest returns next weekend

For the first time in five years, the Tigard Family Fest is back.

More than a decade ago, the Tigard City Council received a letter from an 8-year-old girl who wanted the city to start a new family holiday, complete with cupcakes, fireworks and old-fashioned fun.

In September 2005, the city of Tigard celebrated its first Family Fest, coinciding with the city’s birthday and bringing communities together for a weekend of festivities. The festival was held every year until 2011, when it was cut from the city’s budget because of the economic downturn.

“We’re really excited to be bringing it back,” said one of the organizers, Marissa Grass.

The festival opens on Sept. 9 and continues through Sept. 11.

At dusk on Sept. 9, attendees can head to Cook Park, spread out blankets and watch a movie under the stars — in this case, a free outdoor screening of Pixar animated hit “Inside Out.”

On Sept. 10, the Tigard Family Fest brings out its Fun Run and Bike Ride, the Downtown Tigard Street Fair and the Tour of Latin America. For more on each of those, see below.

On Sept. 11, visitors can enjoy a lively morning at the Tigard Farmer’s Market, featuring food, entertainment and fresh, locally grown produce. At 2 p.m., the Tigard Public Library will feature a comedy show by Angel Ocasio, followed by crafts and cupcakes in honor of Tigard’s 55th birthday.

Fun Run and Bike Ride

At 10 a.m. Sept. 10, start the day with a free, family bike ride through low-traffic streets and car-free trails. It’s a chance to explore Tigard parks with family and friends. The bike ride starts and ends at Tigard Transit Center WES Station.

Attendees can also see parks by foot during the Family Fest Fun Run at 10:30 a.m.

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to walk the short, scenic route that winds through a number of parks and trails, including Fanno Creek Trail, Tigard Street Trail, Woodard Park and Dirksen Nature Park.

“I am excited about this event because it will support activities in our own community,” wrote Anthony Markey, the city’s recreation coordinator, in a press release. “My hope is that the folks who participate will do so alongside both neighbors and new friends.”

Participants who register before Monday will also be entered into a prize drawing.

Proceeds from the event fund scholarships to help those in need participate in Tigard Parks and Recreation and Tigard Basketball Association activities.

The run starts at Tigard City Hall and ends at the Downtown Tigard Street Fair on Main Street. Strollers are welcome and children younger than 5 run for free.

For more information, and to register, visit tigard-or.gov/recreation.

Downtown Tigard Street Fair

After the Fun Run, visitors can enjoy snacks and lemonade at the Street Fair on Sept. 10. Indeed, organizers say there’s something for everyone at this free celebration of Tigard’s businesses, people and communities.

More than 100 local vendors are slated to take part in the fair. Food trucks and a beer and wine garden offer refreshment throughout the day. Arts, crafts and jewelry makers will sell their goods, while community and nonprofit organizations will share information with fair-goers.

Live entertainment, including martial arts, dancers and more will take place on the Community Stage.

At the Kid’s Zone, the younger set can play in a basketball tournament, jump in a bouncy house and participate in a host of other age-appropriate activities.

The Street Fair is organized by the Tigard Downtown Alliance and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.

Tour of Latin America

Just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, the city of Tigard is hosting its first festival celebrating the cultures of Latin America, also on Sept. 10.

People of all communities are invited for an evening of arts, food and more.

Live entertainment, from Peruvian to Aztecan dances, to salsa and Latin reggae performances, will add to the lively festivities.

A wide variety of Latin food and beverages will be available to purchase during the event, as will drinks from a beer and wine garden.

The Tour of Latin America is a part of the city’s outreach to its vibrant Latino community and is organized by the Tigard Latino Volunteer Network.

“We asked the community what they’d like to see, and they wanted a festival,” said organizer Betsy Ruef.

The event will also include face painting, dance competitions, community booths and more.

The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on Main Street.