Just like Sandy says, there’s something about those summer nights. As the days continue to heat up, we look more and more forward to the evenings cooling down—and drawing us out from indoor air conditioning and into the soft breeze of summer nights.
A palette of colors may streak the skies as we near sunset during the Hillsboro Art Walk (August 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; free). Find colors on the street, as well, with work from local artists on display along Main Street Hillsboro. Creativity flows throughout the town with live music and local businesses offering complimentary refreshments. After your walk, take the MAX to The Orenco Hotel. The brownstone hotel may stir your own creative musings.
Bundle up for a nighttime Star Party (July 8 at 9 p.m.; $5 parking). Led by the experts from OMSI and Rose City Astronomers, telescopes will be available to take a good look of Jupiter, Saturn and the moon’s moody shadows. Clear summer nights are made for celestial sightings like these. You can even book a cabin or campsite at the park.
The Beaverton Night Market is so successful that the event has grown into a two-time affair (July 22 and August 12 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; free). Mirroring the rich traditions of night markets in other countries, the Beaverton Night Market celebrates a diverse offering of ethnic foods, crafts and entertainment. Held in the Beaverton Round—which is right off a Max stop—you can happily chomp on steam buns, tamales and samosas under the glow of strung paper lanterns. More foodie delights can be found with the Shop and Dine hotel package.
Forest Grove is primed for visits as the small college town is cleared of students during the summer months. In their place, dozens of local wineries fill the streets for 9th Annual Forest Grove Uncorked (August 19 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $10 admission). The wineries are joined by craft breweries and bites from local restaurants, as well. Clink glasses in the evening air. The nearby McMenamins Grand Lodge not only has newly-installed air-conditioning in its rooms (hallelujah!), but also a bevy of outdoor seating at its fun bars.
Do you remember the first time you saw a lighting bug? Ignite that same wonder with the glowing costumes and art that fill the forest during Faerieworlds (August 25-27; varying admission and camping costs). Held at one of the best outdoor venues in the Portland area, Faerie Worlds transforms Horning’s Hideout into a magical realm. The night stage is filled with not only music, but accompanying light shows.
Enjoy the season (especially those summer nights)!