Events & Activities

Look no further than the palette that is the historic Art Deco cityscape to understand that Miami Beach has been a source of artistic inspiration as far back as the 1920s. Today, Miami Beach attracts art enthusiasts with its internationally renowned institutions and exhibits. In fact, the region’s first public exhibition space for fine arts was Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art – today the centerpiece of the city’s Cultural Arts Neighborhood District Overlay, which includes arts-related, mixed-use and community gathering spaces.

The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, known for its fascinating collection of objects from the modern era (1885-1945), and the Jewish Museum of Florida, round out the perfect trifecta of art mixed with history and trends.

But it is Miami Beach’s role as host of the largest contemporary art fair in the Americas – Art Basel Miami Beach – that cements its place as a trend-setting cultural destination. Each December, 200 leading galleries exhibit more than 1,500 artists, attracting art collectors, artists, dealers, curators and art enthusiasts from around the world, while temporary art exhibitions in public areas provide a free sensory treat for fair-goers.

Year-round, the city’s impressive Arts in Public Places program offers endless access to contemporary and classical pieces, by artists such as Lichtenstein and Cano, and new exhibits by Tolle and Manglano-Ovalle.

The performing arts are also ‘on display’ at exciting venues throughout the city. The Art Deco Colony Theater on Lincoln Road hosts live productions, world class film festivals and first rate comedy shows, while the Byron Carlyle is home to one-of-a-kind local theater and dance programs. The New World Symphony, the prestigious classical music academy, presents a full season of concerts from October to May at the Lincoln Theatre on Lincoln Road, and will soon move into an adjacent Frank Gehry-designed performance space.

“Movies at the Park,” an Arts in the Park program that offers everything from the drama of Shakespeare and opera to tango and contemporary dance, provides visitors and residents with cultural choices under the clear tropical sky.

For live entertainment, nothing can rival the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. From contemporary to rock, Latin and country music, comedy and awards shows, the Fillmore Miami Beach continues the long tradition of excellent live entertainment at this grand facility that the “Big One,” Jackie Gleason, made famous four decades ago.

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