Miami’s cultural scene is catching up to the urban metropolises of the world, absorbing an appreciation for its local arts community the likes of which it’s never had before. It may be a slow growth, but the city isn’t where it was five years ago, and the same phenomenon will happen in five years time, we’re sure. One recent addition to the landscape is the increase of the open-air markets that have peppered the world for centuries. Markets like New York’s The Brooklyn Flea and London’s Portobello Market are great excuses to drop some dimes while supporting the local artisans that have helped lift the city up throughout the years. Check out South Florida’s take on the age-old classic:
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Created by Miami’s Arts + Entertainment District, The Miami Flea brings together local artisans, artists, and thrift hunters to showcase their best creations every third Sunday of the month. It’s not just stall after stall of vintage finds, but a deeply curated maze of kind-hearted creatives eager to connect with fellow artists and the local community alike. That’s not all, The Miami Flea also boasts live music by local singer-songwriters, refreshing handmade drinks, and a colossal grub garden featuring the best eateries, all local of course. The next one’s on Aug. 21. Find out more here.
Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, Miami’s largest outdoor mall, Lincoln Road, comes alive to the hustle and bustle of one of the city’s oldest open-air markets: The Lincoln Road Outdoor Antique & Collectible Market. For decades, the Miami Beach attraction has brought together some of the best antique collectors in the land, intermingled with youthful thrifters, local artists, and so much more. Fall’s schedule has not yet been announced, but keep an eye here.
Bringing in the younger crowd of artisans and thrift-hungry hippies, The Allapattah Market will be the newest indoor/open-air market to come to Miami. Created by The Wood Tavern Group, this market is slated to launch soon and initially will be open every Saturday, with additional openings and offerings to come. But if you can’t take the wait, you can swing by Wood Tavern’s “El Mini Market” which pops-up every fourth Sunday of the month at the Wynwood hotspot.
If you’re in with the local arts scene, you know that Hialeah has been putting itself on the map as of late, with the shiny new Leah Arts District coming on a year of community support. But in the neighborhood is one of the largest open-air markets in the city, and it’s open every day of the week. The Opa Locka Hialeah Flea Market has more than 800 vendors, multiple food options, and the sunny outdoor vibe you’re looking for while searching for your next treasure-hunting find.
If you’re looking to take a little drive and get to know more of Florida, might we suggest turning your wheels northward and heading towards Tampa for the Tampa Indie Flea. Another deeply curated market filled with local creators, the Indie Flea brings together the Tampa community every third Sunday of the month. Grab some local craft beers and sniff some freshly poured soywax candles while you get your hands on some fresh new finds from our sister city.
The Prism Music Group is a community building and cultural programming agency that nurtures our creative community through experiential events and storytelling. For more information visit theprismmusicgroup.com