One of the best ways to explore South Florida’s vibrant, diverse cultural scene is to join the many monthly art walks that wind their way through the region’s trendy neighborhoods:
In Miami, thousands regularly turn out each second Saturday of the month in Wynwood to admire the famous Wynwood Walls, as well as the burgeoning nearby Design District and its trendy boutiques and galleries. Food trucks and street musicians contribute to the festive atmosphere. On the first Saturday of the month, art lovers head to Lincoln Road for the South Beach Art Walk, starting at the Art Center/South Florida and winding up at commercial pop artist Romero Britto’s gallery. And for a crash course in Cuban culture, Viernes Culturales in Little Havana takes place on the last Friday of the month. For more information, go to ArtOfMiami.com/best-of/art-walks
In Fort Lauderdale, check out the city’s emerging North Beach arts and design district on the first Saturday of the month, located just north of Oakland Park Blvd. and west of A1A, for a nice mix of boutiques and gallery exhibitions. On the third Friday of each month, November through April, Island City Art Walk (IslandCityArtWalk.com) attracts hundreds of art lovers to the galleries and boutiques along Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors. But, the big event is the last Saturday art walk hosted in trendy FAT Village (FATVillage.com), just north of downtown and off Andrews Blvd. Take in a show at Andrews Living Arts (AndrewsLivingArts.org) or browse the work of many live-in artists.
Delray Beach has emerged as one of Palm Beach County’s redevelopment success stories, attracting dozens of restaurants, boutiques and art galleries along the quaint downtown strip. On the third Thursday of the month, Artists Alley (ArtistsAlleyDelray.com), an exciting new artist’s warehouse complex in the Pineapple Grove Arts District, hosts open studios.
Of course, the pinnacle of the fall visual arts calendar is Art Basel Miami Beach (ArtBasel.com), the international contemporary art fair that has put Miami-Dade on the map each December (Dec. 4-7), attracting jetsetting glitterati and high-end arts collectors alike. While the center of attention will again be the official Art Basel exhibition at the Miami Beach Convention Center, much of the excitement and attendant glamour can also be found at dozens of satellite fairs, such as Art Miami, Pulse, Scope and the Miami Project at galleries downtown, as well as tents in Wynwood, Midtown and the Design District.