Before Wynwood made local art cool, Miamians would scoff at the notion of spending Saturday night trolling galleries. But on the second Saturday of each month, when the neighborhood’s studios, galleries and showrooms open their doors to the public, perusing paintings is infinitely more fun than popping bottles. Stretching into up-and-coming areas (read: not yet safe for pedestrians), Wynwood Second Saturday happenings converge between Miami Avenue and Northwest Second Avenue, where you’ll also find pop-up shops from local artisans and a battery of food trucks swarmed by crowds of all ages. Traffic moves at a snail’s pace but the range of street art is enough to keep you entertained.
Big Night in Little Haiti
Every third Friday of the month, the Rhythm Foundation puts on Big Night in Little Haiti (Fri 6-10pm; $5 donation requested) at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59 Terrace). Bringing together Haitian culture, art, music and food, the space features a marketplace and gallery exhibiting a range of photography and art collections. Musical acts rotate monthly but have included such bands as Klass Band Brotherhood and Zing Experience, popular for blending rock and reggae with traditional Haitian beats.
Between housing a renowned restaurant (Verde), offering some of the most unobstructed views of Watson Island and the MacArthur Bridge, and providing plenty of fun, artsy seating in the form of fiberglass and polypropylene swings, the Pérez Art Museum Miami makes a strong case for its outdoor offerings. If you’re ever inclined to explore its remarkable collection of modern art, however, the time to do it is on the second Saturday of each month (1–4pm). Not only is admission waived for this monthly event, visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy hands-on activities, guided tours and guest performances, among other programming.
From exhibits that underscore responsibility and pet ownership, to hands-on activities that teach about sustainability, to an interactive bank used to educate children on financial literacy, the Miami Children’s Museum (980 MacArthur Causeway, 305-373-5437) is brimming with fun—and educational—experiences. Browse them free every third Friday of the month (3–9pm), when Target picks up the tab for admission. The museum’s art studio is also open during Target Fridays, giving kids the opportunity to explore different media through frequently changing programming in the arts.
Article by: Time Out Miami