Mercado on Fifth, the Quad-Cities' newest farmers market, is slated to kick off this weekend.
The open-air, multicultural market, featuring 30-plus food and crafts vendors, kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday on the corner of 5th Avenue and 12th Street in Moline's Floreciente neighborhood. It will be open every Friday through Oct. 28.
"There's been a lot of collaboration to make this happen," organizer Bob Ontiveros said. "And this first event is only the starting point."
On Tuesday, the Moline City Council voted to close a portion of 5th Avenue so vendors could operate in the street, according to Ontiveros, who is the founder of Group O, a multi-faceted global business headquartered in Milan.
Ontiveros grew up in Floreciente and his parents emigrated from Mexico in 1918. The idea for the market goes back to 2007, before the recession, he said.
"Before, it was an immigrant community that was very quiet and now, there's a lot of activity," he said. "I'm excited to finish what I wanted to do almost 10 years ago."
On Friday, hear live music from The Crooked Cactus at 7 p.m. and stay for an outdoor showing of "Selena" at dusk outside the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center, 1118 5th Ave., Moline.