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A Guide To Miami's Most Intriguing Art Walks

Wynwood Walls, Miami | Courtesy of Michael Bolton/Flickr
Wynwood Walls, Miami | Courtesy of Michael Bolton/Flickr
Miami is an exceptional place to find talented artists, performers, and cultural enthusiasts. One might say that the hipster and artist communities have made Miami a stronghold for their creative endeavors, collective galleries, studio spaces, and displays of powerful street art. Virtually every neighborhood in Miami and its sprawling suburbs has a center for art and creativity, with an emphasis on harnessing and protecting the rich cultural and ethnic diversity that makes Miami so unique and beautiful. Here, we profile some of Miami’s best art walks, events that are perfect for a date night, family outing, or evening out with friends.

Bird Road Art Walk

What was once an industrial area, lined with railroad tracks and warehouses, is now home to a community of artists who have slowly converted this rundown area into a neighborhood of studios, galleries, and creative businesses. During the summer of 2010 a group of artists came together to organize the Bird Road Art Walk, an event created to revive interest in the area and provide more visibility for the artists and their works. Featuring a broad range of contemporary, emerging, and established artists working in a variety of mediums, Bird Road Art Walk has become one of Miami’s most esteemed art walks and takes place on the third Saturday of every month.

Downtown Miami First Friday Art Night

The Downtown Art Night takes place on the first Friday of every month and covers the area from NE 24th Street along Biscayne down to the south end of Brickell Avenue at Rickenbacker Causeway, centering primarily around Flagler and its core blocks. Among the most intriguing venues on the Downtown Art Night schedule is McCormick Place, a multifaceted space for creative innovation where artists, designers, and musicians go to get their creative juices flowing. Also be sure to check out the Artisan Lounge, a new and innovative artists’ studio community and gallery space.

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Coral Gables Gallery Stroll

Enjoy a myriad of galleries and the casual elegance of the Gables’ pedestrian district during the Coral Gables Gallery Night, which also takes place on the first Friday of every month. This walk is centered around Ponce Circle Park, but it is fairly spread out. It includes the seasonal Art in the Park Concert Series, a big festival with vendors and a live music stage. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and the best part is that most galleries will offer some free food or wine.

Wynwood Art Walk

Street artists and graffiti specialists from around the world know they’ve made it when they get an invite to decorate the walls of Wynwood, Miami’s art district. If you’ve never been to Miami and want to see some incredible murals, sculptures, and art galleries, then head straight to Wynwood, there’s truly nothing like it. There are multiple art tours and walks you can take in Wynwood. The next art walk is October 8th, but you can always sign up for a Graffiti Buggy Tour, a Wynwood Walls & Street Art Tour, a Guided Gallery Tour (second Saturday), and an Underground Tour (second Saturday).

An Iconic Kenny Scharf Mural in Wynwood Walls Courtesy of Michael Bolton/Flickr

Coconut Grove Fashion, Art, Music Night

Taking place every first Saturday of the month from October through April, this signature event invites locals and visitors to discover original and unique art in various forms. This is, without a doubt, a must-see event for all fashionistas, art enthusiasts, and music lovers. The Grove F.A.M. night covers Cocowalk and the Shops at Mayfair, as well as galleries, retail stores, and restaurants on the nearby streets. In addition to the galleries, it includes an artisan festival in the plaza, as well as free live music, performances, foods, and beverages.

Lincoln Road South Beach Art Walk

Consisting of two sets of studios, at 800 and 924 Lincoln Road, this is primarily an art studio crawl. Held on the first Saturday of the month and featuring over two dozen different studios as well as exhibition spaces, it encourages visitors to explore new works by some of South Florida’s most interesting contemporary artists. The Art Center also offers mentorship programs, gallery space, and public art classes.

Viernes Culturales Little Havana Art Walk

The Viernes Culturales Little Havana Art Walk takes place the last Friday of every month on SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between SW 12th Avenue and SW 18th Avenue. Cultural Fridays is intended for all those who enjoy art and culture, and audiences are usually multicultural and representative of the ethnic diversity in the South Florida community. Anyone who enjoys live music, dancing under the stars, art galleries, games, and good food is more than welcome to be a part of Cultural Fridays. In addition to the galleries, there are street vendors and artisans, as well as live music and $5 mojitos served right on the sidewalk.

Street art in Little Havana, Miami Courtesy of Gareth Williams/Flickr