PHOTOGRAPHS by JOE CANTRELL
IF YOU CREATE IT, THEY WILL COME. And on Saturday afternoon and evening the crowds flocked to Beaverton Night Market, the first of two such free events scheduled for this summer. (The second will be Saturday, August 13.)
The market, which draws together a broad spectrum of Washington County’s immigrant communities and their friends, is a relatively recent tradition that’s taken off and become one of the area’s most popular summer draws, bringing a taste of the outdoor markets that are central features of life in cultures around the world. A project of the city’s Diversity Advisory Board, it began in 2015 and is now a highly anticipated event drawing about 14,000 visitors every summer.
People come for the food (all sorts, from various spots on the globe), the music, the crafts and art being sold at booth after booth, the Chinese Dragon Dance, the meeting and greeting, and the happy surprises that might pop up around any corner. Saturday’s market had more than 60 vendors and 15 performers or performing groups. It all took place on The Round, Beaverton’s town-center-in-the-making at 12600 S.W. Crescent Street, and this year an added attraction is The Round’s newest addition, the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, which threw its doors open and took an active role in the celebration.
Photographer Joe Cantrell was on hand Saturday and captured the action expected and unexpected, from Ukrainian musicians to traditional drummers to henna artists to a street barber giving beard trims. You can also see his photo essays on 2019’s pair of pre-Covid night markets, here and here. Take a look, and start making your plans for the next market on August 13.