Peoria Second Saturdays to return after yearlong hiatus


PEORIA, Ariz. – Second Saturdays will return to Old Town Peoria beginning this fall and continuing through spring 2022. The first return event will take place on Oct. 9 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 83rd Avenue and West Jefferson Street, located in Old Town Peoria near Osuna Park.

Glendale resident Devina Horscroft, who has attended past Second Saturday events with her family, enjoyed the time she spent at one of the pop-up restaurants.

“It’s a really unique experience,” Horscroft said. “The mood was very whimsical—my husband and I were seated at a table with vintage-styled chairs and a beautiful candle centerpiece. The atmosphere was super fun, and the food was delicious!”

Attendees will also be able to enjoy musical performances throughout the evening. Arizona native and singer-songwriter Cameron Degurski, who performed at last year’s Second Saturdays, is set to return to the stage on Oct. 9.

“When I first got the call to perform at Second Saturdays back in February 2020, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised at the talent and culture that was budding in the area… The Valley is brimming with extremely talented musicians, and I consider it an honor to be mentioned in their company,” Degurski said.

In addition to Degurski, musical artists CeCe Oates, DEATHPOP, Jake Ryan Gillespie, Celebration Guns, and AJ Odneal are also scheduled to perform.

This recurring celebration of local talent and culture has captured the attention of varying artists, musicians, food vendors and small businesses, many of which are set to return this month.

Past participants include Nekter Juice Bar, NVS Photography, Tree of Life Woodworking, Arizona Leather Work, Red Ginger Arizona, and The Grand Project Shoppe, all of which have locations in the Peoria area. Jewelers, tattoo artists, gourmet bakers and dancers have also made appearances at past Second Saturday events.

Pop-up restaurants will be featured for attendees to dine at while partaking in the festivities. Guests will be given a choice between several themes and will receive a full dining experience catered by local area chefs.

Steve LeVine Entertainment and Peoria AZ Arts and Events are responsible for this month’s relaunch. Peoria Second Saturdays were first organized in October 2019 and ran until March 2020, when they were forced to cancel due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The monthly event was moved online in April 2020 and remained virtual until going on temporary hiatus the following October.

This event is free to attend and offers members of surrounding communities the opportunity to take part in a host of family-friendly activities. Additional activities include: outdoor games, dining, and live entertainment. Additionally, a night market and pop-up restaurant will be available.

Peoria Second Saturdays are scheduled to take place from Oct. 9 to May 14, 2022. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, event schedules are subject to change in accordance with local and state health guidelines. Those who are interested can visit Peoria 2nd Saturdays’ Facebook and Instagram pages to stay up to date with the latest information on the events.