Down South: Where to Go When You’re Looking For Miami Culture

January 17, 2018admin

A big part of our mission to make culture accessible means shedding light on all the destinations to absorb it. Although much of our usual go-tos tend to stick inside Miami’s main core, there are many great places to catch vibrant culture in all corners of the map. If you venture down south or if that’s your proverbial hood, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center should be your first stop for epic happenings.

Whether you’re down in the area or not, we know you’ll love what the performance space has up their sleeves this season. From tributes to world-renown theatrical performances, there’s something for everyone at SMDCAC. Chances are you’ve passed the modern art complex on your way deeper south. But their lineup will definitely give you cause to make a stop.

Photo by Wharton Center.


Take a trip down Motown lane with a special tribute to Ray Charles on February 3rd at To Ray With Love. The legendary Maceo Parker, former James Brown saxist and jazz pioneer joins forces with The Ray Charles Orchestra & The Raelettes for a spectacular program honoring his hero. Or see modern dance and multimedia blend with the famed troupe, Pilobolus on February 18th at “Shadowland.” They merge choreography with projected images and moving screens. This creates a dream-like narrative powered by the grace of acrobatic dance.

Photo by AT&T Performing Arts Center.


The New Golden Age of Latin Music in the US comes to the center on February 24th for globalFest. Mexico and Cuba combine musical forces at this one. Infectious indie mambo band Orkesta Mendoza and the Chicano band Las Cafeteras team up for an explosive evening.

Photo by NPR.


More movement returns to the center with Dance Theatre of Harlem on Saturday & Sunday March 10th – 11th. The first-ever black classical ballet company returns to South Florida after an almost twenty-year absence. And their annual funk getdown, BAM! Beer and Music Backyard Festival returns on March 24th for the ultimate Spring Break jam. Sample local craft beer and spirits while listening to live music. Check out Il Sont Partis Band & Electric Piquete, all on the Center’s Backyard Concert Lawn.

If this doesn’t give you enough of a clue into the vibrancy of their programming, check the full calendar here.