Candy-coloured streetscapes. Art Deco hotels. Flawless beaches. There’s no denying that Miami combines culture and nature to high-wattage effect. Although Florida’s biggest city might be known for its year-round sunshine, it also reels in art lovers from around the world, courtesy of audacious galleries, bold architecture and an annual version of Art Basel.
Miami’s free monthly art walks unfold across buzzing precincts such as Lincoln Road, Wynwood and Little Havana. They take in everything from freewheeling artist-run initiatives to world-class commercial galleries, and are a shortcut to sampling the creativity that’s made the city an unlikely art world mecca. Here are four walks worth penciling into your Miami agenda.
Wynwood Art Walk
This walk takes place in Wynwood, an up-and-coming neighbourhood where graffiti-scratched streets play host to over 60 galleries. The walk – which also covers the Design District – features trailblazing work by some of the city’s emerging art stars.
Make sure you linger at the Pan American Art Projects, a sprawling space featuring technicolour pieces from the likes of Haitian-born Edouard Duval-Carrié before refueling over a smoky beef hot dog from gastroPod, a food truck that’s a local staple.
Street art fans take note – Wynwood is also home to hyper-real murals by renowned urban artist Claudio Picasso.
36th Street South to 20th Street between Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest Sixth Avenue, second Saturday of the month
Viernes Culturales In Little Havana
Little Havana channels the addictive energy of its namesake city, thanks to shoebox cigar shops, moody samba clubs and the lingering aroma of Cuban coffee.
Luckily, this monthly cultural showcase is the perfect way to drink it up. Enjoy outdoor exhibitions, live performances from Afro-Cuban musicians and food stalls doling out specialties such as Cubano sandwiches and deep-fried plantains.
Tired of the street party? Catch a film at the Tower Theatre, an Art Deco cinema that once served as fundraising venue for Fidel Castro.
Southwest Eighth Street between Southwest 13th Avenue and Southwest 17th Avenue, last Friday of the month
Lincoln Road Art Walk
Featuring open studios and an abundance of wine, this low-key art walk invites you to go behind the scenes with South Florida’s growing community of artists and makers.
It’s also a chance to explore ArtCentre/South Florida, a creative hub that offers drawing and photography classes, while doubling as a hangout for international artists. And, don’t miss the Romero Britto gallery, Miami’s temple to Pop Art.
ArtCentre/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, first Saturday of the month
Coral Gables Gallery Night
Hosted by the Coral Gables Gallery Association and Virginia Miller, this popular walk winds through boulevards where palm trees share pavement space with elegant Mediterranean Revival architecture.
Lose yourself in Coral Gables Museum, The Americas Collection and Jorge M. Sori Fine Art before decamping to Books and Books, a much-loved bookstore that serves up jazz and Latin rhythms in the outdoor courtyard.
ArtSpace Virginia Miller Fine Art, 169 Madeira Avenue, and along Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Aragon and Miracle Mile, first Friday of the month