Go Native: Miami’s Local Arts Scene

From touring performances to the local arts community, this is where to start your tour of Miami's art scene

Everyone knows Art Basel, but the artistic pulse is steady year-round. Several neighborhoods, galleries and events are particularly well-known for keeping this energy alive, many of which are even within walking distance to major attractions. With limitless options of visual and performing arts, locals know there is never a quiet night in Miami.

Arsht Center for the Performing ArtsThis state-of-the-art, performing-arts center is the go-to spot for Broadway tours and all types of international concerts, dance performances and operas. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 877.949.6722

Florida Grand OperaOpera might not be the first thing that comes to mind in Miami, but watching a sold-out performance is likely in its 73rd season. 8390 NW 25th Street, Miami, 800.741.1010

Art WalksThese community-oriented walks in different neighborhoods do a fantastic job at giving an overview of what’s new and exciting.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic GardenMy favorite hidden gem farther south; this expansive botanic garden also integrates art into its stunning landscapes, previously including Lichtenstein and Chihuly. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305.667.1651

Bass Museum of ArtThe best part of this museum is its desire to be accessible to everyone, with a mission to explore connections “between our historical collections and contemporary art.” 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.7530

Vizcaya Museum and GardensVizcaya is the early-20th-century, former estate of local businessman James Deering and a fantastic place to explore grand Mediterranean Revival architecture and Miami history. 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami, 305.250.9133

Dara Bramson
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Miami native Dara Bramson is a freelance writer, photographer, and museum educator. She authored The Cheap Bastard’s G...