If you’re a lover of the arts, warm weather, or both, you really should make a point of heading down to Miami Beach, Florida this April
to attend the Miami Beach Festival of the Arts. You can feed your soul some of the beautiful art it craves, and maybe get a little sunbathing and swimming in while you’re there (temperatures in April average in the low 80s).
Miami Beach Festival of the Arts History
The Miami Beach Festival of the Arts was established as a small street show in 1974. Since then it has grown considerably, and is now one of the biggest and most prestigious events of its kind. As many as 200 artists from across the country come here to showcase and sell their art. Some of that art is evaluated by a panel of judges, with cash prizes being awarded to the most impressive works of art. Over 40,000 people come to Miami Beach every year for this event, drawn by the paintings, photographs, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics on display, and by the city of Miami Beach itself, with its warm sun and clean, sandy beaches.
A Cultural Event for Travelers on a Budget
The event lasts two days in early April, and admission is free. What this means for you, the traveler, is that you can enrich yourself spiritually with this experience without impoverishing yourself financially—if you travel wisely. Traveling wisely means diligently searching for the lowest airfares and availing yourself of the best deals you can find on lodging, such as one of the abundant vacation rental homes in Miami Beach
. That should free up some cash to spend on taking home some art!
Invest in Art
Whatever your budget, you will almost certainly find something that moves you to purchase. There are handmade crafts and jewelry that can be purchased on a whim for as little as $15; oil paintings and photographic prints for as little as $100 or as much as $500; and giant sculptures going for as much as $50,000 (better ask your spouse before you write a check for one of those).
The Miami Beach Festival of the Arts is generally held at the intersection of Collins Avenue and Ocean Terrace
, between 73rd and 75th Streets. That puts it squarely between the ocean and the city’s commercial district, so after visitors have finished with the festival for the day, they can entertain themselves with fine dining, shopping and nightlife, or by spending the rest of the day at the beach.
While you are in Miami Beach, you may also want to explore the rest of the city. Not far from the Arts Festival is the Art Deco District
, which features the world’s largest concentration of Art Deco architecture. In this one area can be found hundreds of apartments, houses and other buildings dating back as far as 1923. If you need a little peace and quiet, you can investigate the 4.5-acre Miami Beach Botanical Garden, admission to which is also free.
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