Art is a means of self-expression and a manner in which to engage the viewer in the artist’s unique story behind his or her creation. While South Florida is richly blessed with indoor art galleries and magnificent museums, many local communities from Monroe to Palm Beach County have come back to life with outdoor art. There are also many annual outdoor art festivals that draw record-breaking crowds year after year and have made a strong name for themselves in the art world.

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Wynwood Walls
2520 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 531-4411
www.thewynwoodwalls.com

It is an absolutely amazing experience to stroll leisurely through this outdoor graffiti museum and admire how astounding artists have transformed an area that, at one time, was never seen for all its cultural potential. The brilliantly painted walls have that international appeal, painted by artists from South Africa, Japan, Greece, Brazil and many other areas across the globe. This memorable artwork has been featured in Vogue, The Economist and The New York Times. These gigantic artist renderings will keep you mesmerized for hours. In fact, this outdoor museum was awarded the Certificate of Excellence for “Things To Do In Miami,” making number five on a list of 225 prominent ideas. It is located within the heart of the Wynwood Art District in Miami so there is an abundance of galleries, restaurants and shops to check out while there.

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Little Haiti
History Miami
101 West Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-1492
www.historymiami.org

Rich in cultural heritage, Little Haiti is an area of Miami that has begun to flourish over time with outdoor murals that express the history that has made Little Haiti what it is today. Artists are eager to tell their story on the sides of buildings and tall walls. Serge Toussaint is a Miami-based muralist and sign artist who has chosen the buildings of Little Haiti to be his canvas. He has won acclaim for his artwork and the new image that it has given to Little Haiti. See a life-size picture of President Obama and some of the athletes making the Miami Heat famous. Many recognizable faces have been painted on the exteriors of local businesses. Serge uses vibrant hues and is greatly inspired by Haitian history. Talent runs very deep in Little Haiti, bordering on the eclectic Wynwood Arts District. Spend an afternoon in a very historic part of Miami.

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Las Olas Art Fair
600 East Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(561) 746-6615
www.artfestival.com/festivals/las-olas-art-fair

It is the perfect setting to surround yourself with blocks and blocks of outdoor artwork, on display for everyone to admire and purchase. Once a year, this outdoor festival lets art enthusiasts get a taste of the tropical lifestyle through paintings and various mediums lining sidewalks and overflowing into the streets. Not only do attendees get to witness the traditional aspect of art on canvas, but, there are small and large sculptures, photographic art, ceramics and frames to fit your fancy. Each year the crowd seems to grow, welcoming cultural critics seeking a haven to enjoy the South Florida weather and some amazing artwork.

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Downtown Hollywood Mural Project
330 North Federal Highway
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 924-2980
www.hollywoodcra.org

This outdoor mural project, presented by the Community Redevelopment Agency, has had a very positive effect on the City of Hollywood. Visitors come from near and far to experience art at its finest and to see what the city is all about from a cultural perspective. These huge murals are painted at key locations all throughout downtown Hollywood, enhancing the appearance and charm of the city. It is very interesting to see how each of the nineteen artists chosen to paint their picture tell a story and display the talent that distinguishes them as artists. For visitors to see this outdoor art, it is a means to come together and enjoy the outdoors at places such as the popular Young Circle Park while enjoying the ingenuity of some brilliantly crafted artists. Lose yourself in the artwork. It is a great weekend outing for the whole family.

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Coconut Grove Arts Festival
McFarlane Road, South Bayshore Drive and Pan American Drive
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 447-0401
www.cgaf.com

Just minutes away from beautiful Biscayne Bay, this famous arts festival presents blocks and blocks of outdoor artwork. It is one of the most successful annual art festivals in South Florida. Over 360 internationally recognized artists enjoy expressing themselves on canvas, as well as with clay, glass, wood and other innovative methods. Throughout the year, arts programs creating a basis for emerging talent to blossom in the local community have been funded with the proceeds from this festival. Art critics will agree that some of the most outstanding artwork can be found here each year. There is no better way to experience South Florida at its finest.

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A longtime resident of Palm Beach County in South Florida, Hope Wilkos divides her passions between writing, fashion and scuba diving. With the gift of self-expression, Hope has used her writing skills to cover memorable events over the last five years and share that thrill and accomplishment with her readers. To achieve your goals, Hope strongly believes that you must “Follow Your Dream.”

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