Miami Arts and Culture for the Savvy Gay Traveler

By George Neary & Liz Cepeda | Jan 02, 2018
LGBT arts and culture

There is a vibrant LGBT community in Miami and with it a number of opportunities to experience arts and culture through the unique lens and voice of the gay community – not to mention, it's a great place to party with like minds.

Some have said that Miami has the fastest growing arts and culture community in the country. We won't argue with that, but we will point out that Miami really has long been home to museums, artists, world class dance and theater, as well as a thriving community of writers, performers and artists. And some of those giant talents bring a much needed gay viewpoint to their art that allows the rest of the world a glimpse into a perspective that perhaps they may not otherwise see.

Whether you are LGBTQ or not, you will find Miami is home to an arts and culture scene with a unique diversity that will keep you mesmerized and engaged. Here are just a few of the many cultural things to do that you will fall in love with.

Focus on Film

Happening each spring, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is a critically acclaimed event of provocative and relevant new work in culturally diverse film. The mission of the festival is to both entertain and educate through film, video and other media.

The festival is held in popular venues in South Beach and around the city such as The Colony Theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami Beach Convention Center, and The Wolfsonian. Throughout the year these venues, from small art house film houses to mega convention centers, strive to offer programming that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Catch a Show

Whether you're looking to see a NYC Broadway tour currently in town or get wrapped up in a tantalizing tragedy in a fifty-seat black box, Miami is drawing back the curtain on theater productions of all shapes, sizes and varieties.

For the biggest touring acts, check out the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts or The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater. For edgy and fresh live theater productions, visit GableStage at the Biltmore in Coral Gables. One of Miami's leading cultural institutions, the New World Center, home of the New World Symphony, features more than 60 annual performances showcasing leading classical soloists, composers and conductors.

For an edgy and unique Miami hidden treasure, check out Miami Microtheater. From Thursday through Saturday in LGBTQ season - which will be from May 24th to June 24th in 2018 - experience 15 minute microplays performed in a creative ambiance where you can watch as many or as few as you would like each night. There are 14 shows per season - with an emphasis on LGBTQ themes and many performances in Español. Each are performed 6 times a night and at $5 per show, it's a bargain not to miss. So, have a glass of wine, grab a bite from the attending food truck and mingle in the open courtyard as you choose which performance to experience next.

View Works of Art

View world-class exhibits at the Pérez Art Museum Miami situated on picturesque Biscayne Bay in Museum Park.

Or check out the The Bass, The Wolfsonian and the World Erotic Art Museum — all located in the Art Deco District of South Beach.

Every December is another art event you won’t want to miss. Art Basel Miami Beach is North America's most comprehensive international contemporary art fair, with 67 galleries from 31 countries on exhibit this year. Held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the festival draws more than 70,000 art dealers, artists, collectors and aficionados to Miami. It's also spawned over 20 satellite fairs, as well as parties and events in abundance.

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