8 predictable and not-so predictable things to catch at the Locales Festival

Locals and tourists dance side by side to the music of the Hialeah Sound Machine in front of Biscayne Bay as Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami celebrates its 25th Anniversary on Saturday, April 14, 2012. The day featured traditional dance and music performances from around the world.

If you’re a landmark in Miami long enough, turns out you get a pretty awesome festival to celebrate. For Bayside Marketplace, this means the first ever Locales Festival by Chef James Tahhan on Sunday. The event is doing double-duty with a party for the marketplace’s anniversary specifically and for Miami as the capital of Latin America in general.

What can you expect? Food and fireworks, of course. But the Locales Festival has some other not-so predictable treats in store, too.


A neon sign hangs outside Panther Coffee, a startup business owned by husband and wife Joel Pollock and Leticia Ramos Pollock.

Duh, right? Locales is putting the “food” in “festival” with samples from Panther Coffee, Mundo Cafe, Miami Smokers, Tradewinds and more.

But with free tastings, you might want to grab your tickets now.

Tickets: Children 12 and under FREE; 12-20 $25; Adults 21 and up $50; VIP options available

2. NOT-SO PREDICTABLE: Beer garden

Barry H. Gump, Ph.D. Eminem scholar in beverage management at Florida International University

The Locales Festival is also offering free beer and wine samples with the Florida International University Beer Science Program. Adults 21 and up will also gain access to a beer garden. A bar is also on site.

3. PREDICTABLE: Sports zone

Miami Heat mascot Bernie

Miami isn’t home to a bunch of sports teams for nothing. Hang out with representatives from the Miami Heat, Miami Marlins and Miami FC at the sports zone, which will include interactive games for the entire family.

4. NOT-SO PREDICTABLE: Free boat rides

The Bayside Blaster pulls out of Bayside Marina on Sunday afternoon. Richard Patterson/Miami Herald

Take a free ride on the Bayside Blaster boats, courtesy of the Locales Festival. The rides will be available throughout the day.

5. PREDICTABLE: Fireworks

Thirty years is a long time for any Miami destination to exist. Now to arrange a firework show for my own 30th birthday.

6. NOT-SO PREDICTABLE: Mini film fest

Fashion students at the Miami International University of Art & Design

Film X Locales will showcase the talents of local students looking to break into the film industry. Other student spotlights will include a culinary competition judged by Ana Quincoces and a fashion show by students of Miami International University of Art and Design.

Film X Locales will take place throughout the day.

The Locales fashion show is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the Main Stage.

Catch the Miami Culinary Institute Cook Off at 2 p.m. on the Main Stage.

7. PREDICTABLE: Mayor Tomás Regelado

The City of Miami mayor officially announced Locales Festival in a video message in March. He will take the secondary stage around 1 p.m.

8. NOT-SO PREDICTABLE: Overlooked star from "Moonlight"

Patrick Decile, 20, may have played the character who drew the most ire from fans of “Moonlight.” For some, the most gratifying moment of the Oscar-winning film was when Decile, as Terrel, was pummeled with a chair by the main character Chiron. But few know the South Florida native is a poet and music artist. He will perform at the festival’s second stage.

If you go

When: Sunday, April 2
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33132
Tickets: www.localesfestival.com