Despite the area's immense popularity, finding things to do in Wynwood and the Design District takes some skill and planning. Whether you're looking for free things to do in Miami or an awesome Miami farmers' market—building an itinerary is not as easy as it appears. Sure, you could easily kill all day sipping away at some of Miami's best craft beer bars. But if you really want to have the best day ever in Wynwood and the Miami Design District, you'll need to add a couple of these activities to your list.
The best things to do in Wynwood and Design District
If you’re the type who researches a city’s food scene before booking travel, Miami Culinary Tours will keep you from spending precious hours Googling away. The various gastronomic journeys, comprising groups of up to 16 people, set off daily through Wynwood and the Design District, hitting up places like GK Bistronomie, Wynwood Kitchen and Zak the Baker. Miami Culinary Tours, daily $49–$69, 786-942-8856, miamiculinarytours.com.
Cover more ground while exploring Wynwood’s myriad murals on a graffiti buggy tour. Meet outside of Wood Tavern and you’ll hop on the golf cart for a one-hour ride through the colorful arts district, learning about the popular street art and the artists who created it. The fast-paced route brings you past more than 50 of the area’s galleries and murals. Wynwood graffiti buggy tour, Sat $39, wynwoodartwalk.com.
Owner Bridget Dadd spent most of her life collecting cards and stationary from everywhere she traveled before deciding to leave her lucrative job in hospitality to pursue her passion professionally. Wynwood Letterpress is the result of all she’s amassed and loved through the years, and she's not stingy with her knowledge. The shop offers workshops to anyone interested in modern calligraphy. Visit wynwoodletterpress.com to see a calendar of the workshops.
Miami Design District's high-end pedestrian mall isn't just for shopping. Palm Court's beautiful courtyard boasts an array of exciting programming, from free concerts to outdoor yoga to family-friendly events. All happenings are listed on the Design District's website. Expect the number of events to double once the fall and winter seasons roll around.
Wynwood's art walk (which happens on the second Saturday of the month) is the most popular art walk in all of Miami. Thousands flood Wynwood's colorful streets to enjoy the area's food trucks, bars and—of course—art. Most galleries open their doors to the public and the neighborhood truly comes alive. The actions is at its peak in the evening. Wynwood Art Walk, the second Saturday of the month, wynwoodmiami.com.
A Cycle Party is what would happen if some mad scientist combined a bar, a bicycle and a limo in a lab. The result is a cardio bar crawl where everyone helps pedal to the next boozy destination. In Wynwood, Cycle Party offers food tours, mural tours and—of course—bar crawls. A Cycle Party can fit up to 15. The more people join your party, the quicker you'll go. Wynwood Cycle Party, daily $48–$89 per person, cp-tours.com/miami.
Every Wednesday, more than 40 local vendors gather in the Design District's Jungle Plaza to hawk everything from produce and flowers to artisan goods. If you’re not in the mood to buy ingredients, you can purchase delicious food that will require no cooking on your part. Grab an acai bowl, fresh lemonade or a samosa from Nisha's Flavors of India and just relax while you listen to live music. And stay tuned, because more events are sure to pop up in Jungle Plaza. Wed 3–8pm.
What started as a communal outdoor space with local food trucks and a humble bar has become a one-stop shop for Wynwood culture. On any given week you'll find workshops, markets and delicious things to eat. These days, the Wynwood Yard is one of the best places to hear live, local music. There are shows weekly (check out the venue's Facebook page to stay updated) that range from reggae to folk to Latin. Shakira even stopped by for a surprise show one time.
Wynwood’s non-profit O Cinema proves that bigger is not always better. Opened in 2011, this single-screen gem offers an ever-changing lineup of the latest indie, art house, foreign and family titles, and is one of the venues for the Miami International Film Festival. As a tribute to its creative surroundings, the cinema shows its support of local artists with an in-house gallery, Art at O, and hosts outdoor screenings as part of their Cine Al Fresco series.