Bayside Marketplace Celebrates 25 Years in Downtown 4/14/12

Bayside Marketplace Celebrates 25 Years in Downtown
Saturday, April 14, Beginning at 11 a.m.
downtown Miami
401 Biscayne Blvd., R106
Miami, Florida 33132.

While it may be a bit premature to finalize championship celebration plans for this year’s Miami Heat season, another block party is soon to happen in Downtown. On Saturday, April 14, Bayside Marketplace will kick off its 25th anniversary with family activities, food, and wine tastings, music and dance performances, prizes and even a fireworks show.

Beginning at 11 a.m. with a special presentation led by City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, the landmark retail center will award an official proclamation and a key to the City to 13 of its original tenants when the retail center opened in 1987. Shortly after, the Honorable Commissioner Marc Sarnoff will assist Bayside Marketplace in presenting a check of $330,000 to the Miami Bayside Foundation – an organization established in 1988 to advance economic development in the City of Miami through the support of minority businesses.

Continuing with its “Fete de Soleil” (Celebration under the Sun) theme, Bayside Marketplace will feature “Windows of the World” – a series of dance, theatre, and musical performances at different stage locations. Highlighting international cultures, artistic groups such as the youth dance troop from Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Balet de danzas Bolivia Magica and Folklore San Sebastian de Nicaragua will be featured among many others. There will also be a special musical tribute to all the Parrot Heads.

Children visiting Bayside can enjoy the carousel, train and pony rides free from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will also be clown, face painting, and balloons in Banyan Park. Making special appearances throughout the day are Bayside neighbors Bernie and the Miami Heat Dancers, as well as The Extreme Team. Appearances by more local icons are soon to be announced.

Visitors are invited to tour the various businesses throughout the center to taste local fare, redeem discounts, and enter contests for prizes. Many will be eligible for several great drawings including Miami Heat game tickets for two, dinner reservations, free parking and more.

Bringing the night to a close, guests can catch a glimpse of a boat parade featuring many of the original 1987 boat captains from some of center’s top floors, while a thrilling fireworks show lights up the marina skyline at 9 p.m.

The Bayside Marketplace 25th Anniversary Celebration is free and open to the public. Giving visitors a luxury shopping and entertainment experience while dazzling guests with breathtaking views, Bayside hosts more than 140 shops and restaurants, including familiar chains and local Latin cuisine. For additional information, please call (305) 577-3344 or visit

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