Creative Summer Family Outings
When the leaden skies of late winter and spring finally clear to reveal a sky so blue a new crayon should be named in its honor, and the sun warms the air enough to coax neighbors into long evening conversations, it’s time to get out and explore summer community events. Hillsboro offers a wide range of outdoor concerts, festivals, plays, and films, as well as great classes to learn a new skill. Make a date for your family or friends to meet at one of the following events!
Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets
One of the longest running farmers’ markets in the Northwest, the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market was established in 1981 and has become a traditional community gathering place as well as a favorite venue for obtaining fresh, local products, culinary arts and crafts, live music, and educational information. The Market hosts over 100 vendors and 11,000 shoppers weekly.
April 28 - October 28
Saturdays, Downtown Hillsboro
8 am to 1:30 pm
Sundays, Orenco Station, 10 am to 2 pm Free
Tuesday Night Market
Join the Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market for their 20th season featuring the best local bands and musical entertainment; family activities; fresh locally grown produce, flowers, and plants; art and crafts from local artists and artisans; dining options from foods carts and local restauranteurs; and a classic car display.
Tuesdays, June 12 - August 28
5 pm to 8:30 pm
Chill to a different live music act each week at this monthly community gathering. Grab a bite and a drink at one of the featured food trucks, partake in a quick art activity with friends, or head over to the youth craft area with your little ones. Mark your calendar and attend one or all of these relaxing Second Sundays.
Sundays, July 8, August 12
3 pm to 7 pm
Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station
Showtime at Shute
Showtime at Shute is an outdoor summer concert series that has provided the Hillsboro community free, family-friendly entertainment for more than 30 years. A culturally diverse event, Showtime at Shute brings neighbors together and contributes to the quality of life and pride in Hillsboro.
Thursdays, July 12 - August 23
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Shute Park
Hillsboro Arts Summer Camp Showcase
Hillsboro Arts Summer Camp gives kids entering 6th grade through High School the chance to spend the summer developing their creative skills while studying with renowned musicians and arts educators. Join them for their final showcase featuring theater and music performances, viewing of short film productions, and an art exhibit.
Thursday, July 19
Century High School
Camp Amp Showcase Performance
Camp Amp is a rock ‘n’ roll camp for kids entering 6th grade through High School, where students are empowered, given the freedom to be creative, develop skills and confidence, and can play as loud as they want! Get a taste for the rising talent in our community at their end of camp performance!
Friday, July 20
Century High School
Celebrate Hillsboro Free Family Festival
The 14th annual Celebrate Hillsboro, presented by Tuality Healthcare, brings the City together on the streets of Downtown Hillsboro to honor and celebrate our thriving community. Event village areas showcase a wide variety of interactive activities for the entire family. Be entertained with live music, arts and crafts, free health screenings, eco-friendly activities, and the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market.
Saturday, July 21
9 am to 4 pm
Bag&Baggage’s "As You Like It, or Love In A Forest"
Adventure. Mistaken identity. Romance. Rivalry. Comedy. Love. Shakespeare’s classic comedy, As You Like It, receives the full Bag&Baggage treatment in a world premiere adaptation by Associate Artistic Director Cassie Greer and presented in a new summer location (outdoors in The Vault Courtyard and inside The Vault Theater). B&B is breaking barriers and digging deep into the literary history of the Bard’s brilliant romantic comedy by combining it with the almost completely unknown Restoration-era play Love In A Forest by Charles Johnson. Shakespeare’s play has been “tidied up” and romantic entanglements made more entangled, resulting in a thrilling new take on the Forest of Arden.
July 12 – 29
The Vault Theater
Pix in the Park
Catch a free family movie at a different park each week from August 3 - 23. Movie begins at dusk; arrive at 7 pm for pre-show live music and light concessions. Bring a blanket and stretch out in front of the big screen!
Aug 3, Magnolia Park, Song of the Sea; Aug 10, Shute Park, Coco (en español with English subtitles);
Aug 17, Ron Tonkin Field, ParaNorman (6-Year Anniversary Screening and Q & A w/ Special Guests from Laika);
Aug 24, Orenco Woods Nature Park, Teen Night! A Wrinkle in Time (recommended for kids 12 and up).
ArtFest on the Plaza
Discover hidden treasures from Hillsboro’s art scene at the ArtFest on the Plaza, a Hillsboro Arts Month Kickoff event. Featuring free popcorn, street magic, live performances, family activities, and demonstrations, ArtFest takes place alongside the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market.
Saturday, September 22
9 am to 1:30 pm
Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza
Plein Air at Washington County
Sequoia Gallery + Studios invites you to watch as artists capture moments in time, from farm to forest to downtown, at various outdoor venues. Reception, People’s Choice voting, and Award Celebration on September 29 at Sequoia Gallery + Studios. Artists register in advance.
September 26 – 29
Wednesday – Saturday, various locations