Miami Arts & Culture

There's more to Miami than bright lights, big clubs and beautiful beaches. The city is a cultural hub, with plenty of places to please your eyes, ears and mind...

Miami has a (justified, we'll admit) reputation for being party central, but there's lots here to keep your brain busy too. Its diverse population brings an infusion of different influences to the art, music and theater scenes, and it's tough to find a better place, outside Latin America itself, to delve deep into Latin American culture. Whether you're looking for a quiet gallery to help you recover from last night's mojitos or an energetic music festival where the fun goes on for hours, Miami is more than happy to oblige.

If you're ready to set off on your voyage into the heart of Miami's cultural scene, we have some pretty great ideas for where to start.

Visual Art in Miami

  • At Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most famous art fairs in the U.S., you'll be torn between looking at the artworks and the many celebrity guests.
  • The fantastic Pérez Art Museum Miami sprawls over 200,000 square feet. Now that's a lot of contemporary art.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, or MOCA to the locals, is another highly regarded contemporary art gem that's not to be missed.

Music in Miami

  • Want a side of spectacular architecture with your concert? Take a trip to the Frank Gehry-designed New World Symphony Center. Bonus: it does theater too.
  • Soak up some sounds with Caribbean, African and Latin origins at the Afro Roots World Music Festival, held every July.
  • November is Miami Live Month, an extended celebration of the power of live music, with a flurry of events across the city.

Performance in Miami

  • The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is the second-largest arts center in the U.S.
  • For something more out there, head to the Goldman Warehouse, where the Miami Light Project promotes experimental performance.
  • The Lyric Theater has played an important role in Miami's African-American community for decades. Over 100 years after its founding, you can still catch comedy shows, music and more here.

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