New restaurant and local artists joining Peoria’s Second Saturdays

PEORIA – It’s back! Second Saturdays will be in Old Town Peoria on Saturday, November 9, this time with a different lineup of local artists and more gourmet food offerings at three pop-up restaurants.

“Our first Second Saturday event in October was so much fun,” said Peoria Arts and Events Manager Marylou Stephens. “We had such a great variety of music, art and food for residents to enjoy.”

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.

Photo courtesy of the City of Peoria

“I’m excited to see this event continue to grow and provide a regular place for local talent to showcase their artistic skills,” Stephens said.

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

For $30, attendees can pick one of a variety three themed dining experiences with a gourmet menu cooked by a professional chef: “The Road to Salivation” by Chef Michael Irmarosa, “Soul Cooking with G’mamas,” or “A Mayan Thanksgiving” by Mochilero Kitchen, which is a new restaurant opening in Peoria in the spring.

There will be the pop-up restaurants, live musical performances, outdoor games, interactive art, photo booths and food trucks. Musical artists performing at the event will include: AJ Odneal, Nathaniel Walberer, John Caufield, Michelangelo Caggiano, Estevan Corales, Josh Caballes and Aaron Lopez.

For more information and to sign up for dinner at the pop-up restaurants, visit