Summertime in Tualatin Valley
Tualatin Valley really comes alive in the summer months. The valley beckons with fun events, farmers markets, farm adventures, baseball and more. Savor the tastes of summer with succulent berries, heirloom tomatoes and tasty jams and jellies. Explore the waterways on the Tualatin River or Hagg Lake. See what’s in store for this summer and start planning your Tualatin Valley getaway.
Farms are abundant here, and local farmers markets allow visitors to explore and savor the tastes, scents and sounds of the Tualatin Valley countryside.
Every Saturday, the Beaverton Farmers Market, the largest all-agricultural market in Oregon, showcases hundreds of farms and food producers. Buy a tasty cheesecake from Zoe Ann’s Cheesecakes, wild truffles from Temptress Truffles, pepper jellies from Rose City Pepperheads and many, many more. For a festive street market vibe, the Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace and Forest Grove’s Wednesday Market also are local favorites. See the list of all farmers markets in the Tualatin Valley >>>
Home to many working farms, the Tualatin Valley offers a bounty of tasty delights. One of the benefits of being located among the fertile farmlands of the northern Willamette Valley is the abundance of u-pick farms, farmers markets and livestock farms. Pick berries in June and July, peaches and pears in July and August, and apples in September. Read more >>>
One of the best ways to truly experience farm life here is with a relaxing drive via the Vineyard & Valley Scenic Tour Route. This route is a 60-mile drive through rural Washington County, by farms, vineyards, quaint restaurants and small towns.
Summer festivals are plentiful here. Must-see festivals throughout the region include the Festival of Balloons in Tigard (June); the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood (July); Oregon Lavender Farm Tour at Tualatin Valley’s lavender farms (July); the Elephant Garlic Festival in North Plains (August); and the Tualatin Crawfish Festival (August).
Come see the boys of summer play, as the Hillsboro Hops Single-A baseball team takes to the Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro. These Northwest League Champions play throughout the summer months. See more events and festivals >>>
Warm months call for a dip in the water. Paddle along the more than 30 nautical miles along the Tualatin River Water Trail. The river is calm and gentle, which makes it perfect for a leisurely family paddle or standup paddleboarding (SUP).
During summer months the Tualatin Riverkeepers rent canoes and kayaks at Tigard’s Cook Park boat launch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September. Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe’s Tualatin rental location at Brown’s Ferry Park rents canoes and single and tandem recreational kayaks. Traveling with your own boat? You can launch from either park year-round.
For some, a lackadaisical day of fishing is the best reset button. The Tualatin Valley provides plenty of primo spots of anglers of all ages. Cast for crappie, bait the bass and trawl for trout at one of the many fishing holes in the Tualatin Valley. At Henry Hagg Lake, fishing, as well as swimming, boating, SUP and other water sports provide a respite from the heat.