Second Saturdays bringing new vibe to Old Town Peoria

PEORIA – The city of Peoria is partnering with Street Market to bring a new vibe, pop-up restaurants, live performances, cool tunes and specialty vendors to Old Town Peoria. Second Saturdays is a fresh, hip event series taking over 83rd Avenue and Washington Street starting October 12.

“Second Saturdays is a series of events that will feature blocks of art, music and unique vendors in historic Old Town Peoria,” said Peoria Arts and Events Manager Marylou Stephens. “You can drop the kid off and enjoy a date night or take the whole family.

Second Saturdays is free and will occur every second Saturday of the month through May 9, 2020. It will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Washington Street and 83rd Avenue in the heart of Old Town Peoria, near Osuna Park, the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA), Iron Key Studio, Lucidi Distilling Co. and Driftwood Coffee.

Unique to Second Saturdays, is the pop-up restaurants, complete with vintage furniture, dishware, linens and centerpieces.

For $30, attendees can pick one of three themed dining experiences with a gourmet menu cooked by a professional chef: Frank Sinatra’s Favorites, One Night in Paris and A Taste of the Islands are October’s restaurant themes.

Each Second Saturday will have different pop-up restaurant experiences from which to choose.

“We’re excited to show off local talent and create a dining and entertainment experience unlike any other in the Valley,” Stephens said.

Along with the pop-up restaurants, live musical performances, outdoor games, art, custom photo ops, and food trucks, there will be an art mural dedication of “Curtain Call” at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. Local students who participated in the summer Gallery 37 program collaborated with the West Valley Arts Council and the city of Peoria to create the mural that will be displayed.

For a full list of events and to purchase tickets for dinner at the pop-up restaurants, visit