Arts in the Parks launched in 2006 in response to the results of community surveys and focus groups that indicated residents would like to see more free cultural events. The Miami Beach Arts in the Parks program hopes to increase the community rating of cultural activities, which is part of the City's overall strategic plan. For more information on Arts in the Parks, contact Gary Farmer, Cultural Affairs Manager, at 305.673.7577.

City of Miami Beach Arts in the Parks presents the following FREE events in 2014:

MISO in Collins Park FREE
Sunday, January 26, 4:00 p.m. 
Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Bass Museum of Art, the City of Miami Beach Arts in the Parks program presents The Miami Symphony Orchestra in Collins Park. Bring a blanket, share a picnic, and enjoy the sights and sounds of MISO while bringing together the wonderful art, music, and people within our South Florida community. Seating at Collins Park is first come first serve.

Tito Puente Jr. and Marlow Rosado FREE
Saturday, February 22, 8:00 p.m.
Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 Street 
Emcee: Jaqueline Mester

Miami Lyric Opera performs "L'amico Fritz" FREE
Saturday, March 22, 7:30 pm. 
North Beach Band Shell, 7275 Collins Avenue

Poetry in the Park FREE
Saturday, April 5, 5:00 pm
Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 Street 
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and 2011 National Book Award-winner Nikki Finney read as part of the first-ever Poetry Wallcast in Miami Beach's Soundscape Park. The festivities begin at 5pm with free performances by New World Symphony musicians, a book exchange by Bookleggers Mobile Library, poems made-to-order on manual typewriters, food, and games. The reading, presented live on the 7,000 square foot projection wall, begins promptly at 8 p.m. In partnership with O, Miami.

Exostage @ Miami Beach SoundScape, 500 17 Street 
The French Embassy Cultural Services (, in partnership with the City of Miami Beach Arts in the Parks ( the Miami Beach Cinematheque (, and Tigertail's FLA-FRA festival (, presents the first edition of "Films on the Beach", featuring outdoor screenings of French films at SoundScape from April 17th to May 15th 2014. All films presented by Films on the Beach are in French, subtitled in English and are free and open to the public. Meals from a local French restaurant will be available on site for purchase during film screening. This first edition will include two programs:
Early Truffaut: The Nouvelle Vague Classics
The two Truffaut films presented are part of the FLA-FRA "Early Truffaut: The Nouvelle Vague Classics" series from April 11th  to April 24th  presented by the Miami Beach Cinematheque. This program also includes Shoot the Piano Player/Tirez sur le pianiste (1960) on Friday, April 11, 7pm, and and Stolen Kisses/Baisers volés (1968) on Saturday, April 12, 7pm which will both be shown at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
     Thursday, April 17, 8:00 p.m. THE 400 BLOWS / Les quatre cents coups Directed by François Truffaut (1959),
     starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier and Labert Rémy
     Thursday, April 24, 8:00 p.m.   JULES AND JIM / Jules et Jim Directed by François Truffaut (1962),
     starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre
Feline films on the beach
Inspired by recent masterpieces of animation in film, Films on the Beach chose two recent French films starring our feline friends. Presentation of The Rabbi's cat is also part of the Miami Jewish Film Festival's continuous programming (
     Thursday, May 8, 8:00 p.m.  A CAT IN PARIS / Une vie de chat Directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli (2010),
     starring Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone and Jean Benguigui
     Thursday, May 15, 8:00 p.m. THE RABBI'S CAT / Le Chat du Rabbin Directed by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux
     (2011), starring François Morel, Maurice Bénichou and Hafsia Herzi

International Jazz Day Concert FREE
Wednesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. 
Collins Park, 2100 Collins Avenue
Celebrate International Jazz Day with a free concert in Collins Park on Miami Beach. Featuring multiple Grammy-winning drummer Will Calhoun, with Marc Cary on piano and Charnett Moffett on bass. The show begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. with Miami's own Araya-Orta Quartet; hosted by Michael Valentine of WDNA and presented by the City of Miami Beach Arts in the Parks.