Along the Miami River in the 80s, it wasnt uncommon to see bloated human bodies, Santería offerings, and criminal activity. It was one giant toxic dump, and back then the idea of hosting a festival on the river would have been sacrilege. But coming up on its 15th year, Saturdays Miami Riverday is everything the citys central water artery should be: fun, frolicky, and free. Theres still a lot of action, legal and otherwise, on the river, but today new buildings and life dot the winding waterway. The festival takes place at Lummus Park and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities includes free river boat rides, historical re-enactments by more than 50 actors, and live music from Iko-Iko, Luis Bofill & Band, and Lanny Smith & the Earthman Project. During the festival, explore Miamis oldest home, the Wagner Homestead, built in 1856. And get a look at the native oolitic limestone of Fort Dallas, Miamis first courthouse, which also served as slave quarters for the William English Plantation. Food will be available from river staples such as Garcias and Casablancas, and there will be kids activities and prizes.
Sat., April 2, 11 a.m., 2011