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Celebrate Hillsboro: 15 Years of Family Fun and Community Festivities
Join us on Saturday, July 20 for this family-friendly festival!
Whether you enjoy the local musicians performing on the stage, checking out the local artisan vendors, creating fun crafts with your kids in the Arts Village, or just connecting with friends and neighbors in your community, Celebrate Hillsboro has become a pinnacle summer event.
Whether you enjoy the local musicians performing on the stage, checking out the local artisan vendors, creating fun crafts with your kids in the Arts Village, or just connecting with friends, neighbors, and business owners from your community, Celebrate Hillsboro has become a pinnacle summer event since it began in 2005.
Presented by Tuality Healthcare, Hillsboro’s signature event celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year, bringing the community together to rejoice in our thriving city. To commemorate the anniversary, Celebrate Hillsboro has shifted its focus to highlight Hillsboro’s rich cultural diversity. The festival will come alive to honor the collective stories of Hillsboro’s diverse voices, past and present, sharing culturally significant music, food, art, and performance throughout the day.
The Cultural Village on the courthouse lawn will provide hands-on culturally based experiences, with demos, displays, and activities by Salon Amrapali, Matereva Enterprises, Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a, Filipino American Friendship Club of Oregon, and Ballet Papalotl. The lawn will also host the juggling tent and the inflatable fun zone—a returning favorites for kids and families.
New this year, local ethnic groups will share traditional creative expressions from across the globe on the Cultural Stage, including everything from Pre-Columbian music and dance with Huehca Omeyocan to Celtic music by Crimson and Clover to Polynesian dance by Paradise of Samoa—and much more!
Another new addition this year, Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza will transform into the living room of Celebrate Hillsboro, featuring an all-day world music stage, unique eats and drinks, and beer garden, along with shade tents to cool off from the summer heat and the fountain turned up to keep children and families wet and wild. Head inside the Civic Center to shop the first-ever Sequoia Art Marketplace with artisans displaying and selling unique, one-of-a-kind works of art from 10 am – 6 pm.
Partner booths, dining and shopping options, and the Farmers’ Market will fill the streets from 1st to 3rd Avenues and from Lincoln to Washington Streets. The Health & Wellness area returns to 2nd Avenue to offer free health screenings and will include vital information to promote community health and safety. Sustainability will still remain a theme for the event, with booths and activities focused on preserving the environment throughout. At the end of Main Street at 3rd Avenue, the Youth Stage returns, promoting young, promising musicians in our community.
This year, Celebrate Hillsboro is also expanding into the evening hours. After a full day of enjoying diverse cultural experiences, Celebrate Hillsboro “After Hours” will begin at 4:30 pm with an evening of free music on the Main Stage at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza. The concert kicks off with the wildly popular female-led cover band, Dancehall Days, at 4:30 pm, and ends with Kalimba, The Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire, at 6:30 pm. Grab dinner, a glass of beer or wine, and dance the night away as the sun slowly sets over Hillsboro.
With more than 12,000 families, children, and businesses anticipated to attend, this year’s festival is set to be an amazing day of cultural experience, family fun, and community connection.