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ExpoNica Festival at Marlins Park celebrates cultures from the Americas

A Guatemalan artisan shows off some of her work during ExpoNica 2012.
A Guatemalan artisan shows off some of her work during ExpoNica 2012. el Nuevo Herald File

The Fair of the Americas ExpoNica comes to the heart of Miami this weekend.

The festival, which celebrates traditions and cultures of Latin America, will debut at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Friday through Sunday.

Eduardo Arroyo, executive director of the festival, said he is excited the annual event will be held in an area that is home to many Hispanics.

“There is enthusiasm because we are in the heart of Miami,” he said. “There a lot of Hispanics there. There is a lot of public transportation.”

Last year, the event was held in Miami Gardens at Sun Life Stadium, while in the past the event was held at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition near Sweetwater.

The festival has been held for more than 20 years, bringing together dozens of performers, artists and more. Dominican singer Johnny Ventura will perform his classic hits, and visitors will be able to sample some traditional dishes or purchase native paintings or cultural items. The event will also feature amusement rides for children.

“This is a chance to visit different countries without leaving Miami,” Arroyo said.

ExpoNica will take place inside and outside the stadium.

For more information, visit www.exponica.org.

If you go

▪ What: The Fair of the Americas ExpoNica

▪ Where: Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way

▪ Cost: $20 (children under 8 enter free); free parking

▪ Hours: 5-11 p.m. Friday; 1-11p.m. Saturday and Sunday

▪ For more information: visit http://www.exponica.org

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