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City's Diversity Advisory Board gives the internationally flavored event a trial run.



SUBMITTED PHOTO - A night market.The city of Beaverton's Diversity Advisory Board will host its first Beaverton Night Market on the second Saturday in September.

The board initially scheduled the internationally themed event for late August but moved it back three weeks to Sept. 12, the evening after the Beaverton Celebration Parade (the earlier date coincided with another internationally themed event, the Jade Market in Portland).

The market will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the south plaza at The Round, next to the Beaverton Central MAX stop.

The multi-cultural celebration will feature food, entertainment, crafts and other merchandise reflecting the city's increasingly diverse population. If the pilot market goes well, it could be expanded to more nights next year.

The board is collecting applications for about 15 vendor spots through a market page on the city's website. The application deadline is June 19.

The market is among the first action items for the board’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan, which the City Council adopted in January. The market is listed in a subsection of the plan aimed at improving economic opportunity.

Organizers see the market as a venue for family-friendly fun, while at the same time giving all local residents a chance to learn about people and cultures from around the world, many of them represented in Beaverton’s increasingly diverse population. The Night Market will also give new businesses a place to get a toehold in the market.

“I’m really looking forward to our very own international marketplace here in Beaverton,” Mayor Denny Doyle said. “With so many cultures represented in our city, this is a great opportunity to bring the community together for a fun event that promotes both cultural exchange and economic opportunity.”

“The Beaverton Night Market will create more vibrancy and liveliness in our city,” said board member Shariff Mohamed. “What excites me most is having a universal gathering place for diverse Beaverton families.”

For more information, contact Alexis Ball, the city's equity outreach coordinator, at 503-526-2503 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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