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"Come explore the library on Saturday, Oct.19, at the Peoria Main Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m."

If you’re looking for fun activities, Peoria is the place to be, this month.

The city of Peoria is partnering with Street Market to bring Second Saturdays, a free event series taking over Old Town Peoria starting Saturday, Oct. 12 and occurring every second Saturday of the month through May 9, 2020.

 Besides live performances, there will be interactive art and local vendors such as Iron Key Studio’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit, Norma’s Wish Boxes and Sew Ashtastic. Second Saturdays will also feature themed pop-up restaurants. The restaurants provide a unique, intimate dining experience complete with gourmet food, vintage furniture, dishware, linens and centerpieces. 

For $30, attendees can pick one of three themed menus cooked by a professional chef: Frank Sinatra’s Favorites, One Night in Paris and A Taste of the Islands. Each Second Saturday will have different pop-up restaurant experiences from which to choose. Get your dinner tickets at www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.

The Peoria Police and Fire-Medical Departments are hosting the 2019 G.A.I.N. Public Safety Night on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pioneer Community Park, located at 8755 N. 83rd Ave.

Kids of all ages will learn about safety and enjoy the chance to get an up-close look at police cars, fire trucks, specialty emergency vehicles and equipment. Admission is free as are the bouncy activities, face-painting and even more kid-friendly activities. For more information, call 623-773-7099 or visit www.peoriaaz.gov/gain.

Join the family fun at the Peoria Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson St. This free event includes a pumpkin decorating contest, Halloween arts activities, pumpkin pie eating contest, carnival games, a selfie photo booth, a spider cupcake walk, and cookie decorating. For more information about the event, call 623-773-7436.

Come explore the library on Saturday, Oct.19, at the Peoria Main Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can participate in a scavenger hunt, make crafts, browse the book sale and more. Participants can check out some critters with Deb’s Dragons, James the Juggler, Arizona Rick: The Balloon Cowboy, inflatables, rock wall, children’s face painting, and more. For more information, call 623-773-7555 or visit www.peoriaaz.gov/library.