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Free Arts Launch at Adrienne Arsht Center – canceled


This event is canceled for 2020 due to the Arsht Center remaining closed.

The biggest free community event in Miami that celebrates performing arts and other disciplines features more than 50 mini-performances, interactive workshops, kids’ activities and farmer’s market tours. Arts Launch is the kick-off to the 2019-2020 arts season at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House Stage.

The venue will be open to all for free from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, for the event. Arrive early because some events will close once they are at capacity.

Here’s the schedule for the day:

10:00am – 10:45am: ArtsTalk
National arts executive and passionate theater fan, Ben Cameron, discusses the state of the live performing arts and the role it plays in communities.

10:00am – 5:00pm: Box Office Opening
Today is the first opportunity to purchase single tickets to a variety of performances in the Arsht Center’s upcoming 14th season.

10:00am – 5:00pm: Miami Book Fair’s Read to Learn for Free
Donate gently used children’s books for Miami Book Fair’s literacy initiative Read to Learn Books for Free. Donations stock 65 bookshelves around Miami-Dade County. 

10:00am – 6:30pm: The Café at Books & Books 
The Café will be open for dining. Reservations encouraged.

11:00am – 11:30am: BRAVA By Brad Kilgore Chef’s Demonstration
James Beard Award finalist Brad Kilgore will demonstrate how to prepare a delicious dish.

11:00am – 11:30am: Miami City Ballet Children’s Workshop
Experience a “behind-the-scenes” workshop for children by Miami City Ballet.

11:00am – 3:00pm: Arsht Center Tours 
Get to know the Arsht Center through tours of the Ziff Ballet Opera House and Knight Concert Hall. Tours commence every hour on the hour.

11:00am – 3:00pm: The Youth Fair Showcase 
Families and children can enjoy a day of family fun. 

11:00am – 5:00pm: Miami’s DDA Community Arts Village
Stroll through the stage where more than 100 of Miami’s cultural organizations will showcase their offerings for the upcoming season. 

11:00am – 7:00pm: Food Truck Alley
Food for purchase from local Miami favorites.

11:15am – 12:00pm: Hip-Hop Dance Lesson
Interactive dance lesson led by ShowStoppers Studio.

11:15am – 4:15pm: A cappella Corner
Miami’s most talented high school and college a cappella groups will provide a day full of vocal harmony and tonal delight!

11:30am – 12:00pm: Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation Mini-Performance 
Intimate 30-minute performance.

12:00pm – 12:30pm: Miami City Ballet Adult Workshop 
The Miami City Ballet Community Jazz Class is class open to all levels and ages 7-70.

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Culturist Happy Hour
Experience an interactive and informational behind-the-scenes look at the Culturist membership program.

12:00pm – 2:30pm: Taste of BRAVA 
Foodies can enjoy a selection of small plates for purchase at BRAVA by Brad Kilgore.

12:00pm-4:00pm: Big Bus Miami Cultural Excursions
Discover Little Haiti and Overtown at your own pace through flexible hop on and hop off bus tours. Arsht Center departures at 12:00pm, 1:25pm, 2:40pm.

12:30pm – 1:00pm: Miami Symphony Orchestra Mini-Performance 
Intimate 30-minute performance.

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Florida Grand Opera Workshop 
Florida Grand Opera previews the 2019/20 season featuring three great composers: Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi.

1:30pm – 2:00pm: Siempre Flamenco Mini-Performance
Intimate 30-minute performance.

2:00pm – 2:30pm: New World Symphony Workshop
Experience a “behind-the-scenes” workshop by New World Symphony.

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Culturist Happy Hour 
Experience an interactive and informational behind-the-scenes look at the Culturist membership program.

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Hamiltunes 
Broadway in Miami invites fans of Hamilton to let their collective voices ring out during Hamiltunes: An American Sing-Along. Click here to fill out the singer application.

2:30pm – 3:00pm: Spoken Soul Mini-Performance
Intimate 30-minute performance.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: BRAVA By Brad Kilgore Chef’s Demonstration
James Beard Award finalist Brad Kilgore will demonstrate how to prepare a delicious dish.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Zoetic Stage
Experience a “behind-the-scenes” workshop by Zoetic Stage.

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Peter London Global Dance Company Mini-Performance
Intimate 30-minute performance.

4:00pm – 4:30pm: City Theatre
Experience a “behind-the-scenes” workshop by City Theatre.

4:00pm – 4:45pm: Flamenco Dance Lesson
Interactive flamenco lesson led by renowned dancer and choreographer Siudy Garrido.

4:00pm – 7:00pm: The New Tropic’s Happy Hour
Enjoy happy hour drinks and food on the Thomson Plaza for the Arts while grooving to the sounds of local DJ Le Spam and performances by artists representing Little Haiti, Overtown and Little Havana. Click here to RSVP for The New Tropic’s Happy Hour.

4:00pm – 8:00pm: Farmers Market
Florida-grown seasonal produce and prepared foods will be available for purchase at the Farmers Market. 

4:30pm – 5:00pm: Lighthouse for the Blind
Intimate 30-minute performance.

6:30pm – 8:00pm: Chef Allen’s Farm-To-Table Dinner
Enjoy a five-course, vegetarian meal prepared by the James Beard award-winning chef and served family-style at a shared communal table under the stars. Click here to reserve


Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami, Biscayne Times, Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL.

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