Miami’s artistic merits are obvious, even from a distance. Could there be a better creative base? There’s Southern homegrown talent, migratory snowbirds bringing the funding and attention of northeastern galleries, and immigrants from across the Americas. All that adds up to some great live music, theater and dance – with plenty of room for experimentation.

Live Music

There's always something happening on the music scene in Miami. You can catch brassy Latin jazz around town (including in Little Havana), hear indie rockers playing in backyard settings around Wynwood, and see bigger name groups take to big arenas and music halls. The city's packed festival calendar is another great opportunity to catch some live music. Check out listings for upcoming concerts in the Miami New Times (www.miaminewtimes.com/music).

Theater

Miami has a small but vibrant theater scene. In addition to small playhouses around town, you can catch big Broadway shows and marquee groups take the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and other sizable venues. See www.southfloridatheatre.com for a comprehensive directory of playhouses in greater South Florida.

Performing Arts

This well-funded arts-loving city has not one but two world-class performing arts venues on its doorstep. The New World Center and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts are the place to hear symphonies, renowned soloists and global sounds. Some top names occasionally perform in the American Airlines Arena, as occasional Miami resident Andrea Bocelli did in 2017.

Miami’s Small Cinemas

With such a diverse global audience here, you'll find plenty of intriguing foreign fare, as well as indie films and documentaries. Miami has a glut of art-house cinemas showing these sorts of films as well as plenty of Hollywood features. These are our top picks:

The Full Moon Drum Circle

If there’s a full moon, check out the beach between 79th and 85th Sts – a big, boisterous drum circle is held here that doubles as a full-moon party. The beat tends to start between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, and can run well into the wee hours. That said, drinking (and the consumption of other substances) is technically illegal on the beach, and police have broken up the event before. Still, it tends to be a pretty fun party that shouldn’t be missed if you’re in the area and want to see an incredible moonset.