Miami’s warm nights offer numerous opportunities to enjoy concerts and films. Many of the events occur in parks and near the beach. Large crowds tend to form, so have your blanket, cell phone, and water ready.
If you’re in the mood for classical music, you may want to check out the “Wallcast” series at the Miami Beach SoundScape. This 2.5-acre park sits next to the New World Symphony’s New World Center. The symphony’s live performances stream through a white grid of high-quality speakers. Live video plays on the center’s 7,000-square-foot white wall.
Orchestra Miami has a number of free live outdoor performances, at locations such as the Banyan Bowl in Pinecrest Gardens and Collins Park in Miami Beach. Free outdoor jazz concerts can be found some weeknights at the Piazza of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. There are also occasional live jams at city parks, like the Sunday bluegrass series at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach.
Free outdoor movies are mainly a summer phenomenon. Most are classics, family films, or foreign films. One online resource is the Greater Miami Events Calendar. The best way to find an outdoor movie near you is to perform an online search with the keywords “open-air movies” or “outdoor movies” and the relevant date. Some screenings are part of larger events, such as the American Black Film Festival.
Movies or film installations are also occasionally shown in conjunction with gallery “happenings” and art shows. These include the December event Art Basel and a monthly event in Miami’s Design District, Wynwood Art Walk.
If you plan to be in Miami Beach in November, check to see if you can make it a Sleepless Night. This annual event features over 150 free live acts, many outdoors, from trapeze artists to rock bands to puppeteers.