140 NE 39 Street, Suite 133, Miami Design District, FL 33137
When music superstar couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan opened their restaurant in Craig Robins Miami’s Design District, it was a sure bet they would book musical entertainment. The Palm Court Performance Series, produced by Emilio Estefan, entertains starting at 5 p.m. on Fridays. Past guests have included the Miami Symphony (performing “Golden Sounds from Hollywood”), Project Soul, the Brian Lynch Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble, and Cachao Mambo All-Star Orchestra.
The Palm Court is a popular open-air venue for pop-up concerts in the Design District. It features an iconic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller and more than 50 species of palm trees. The Palm Court Event Spaces covers nearly 5,000 square feet and incorporates folding doors that can be retracted to open the structure to the outdoor space that surrounds it.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami
4040 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, Florida 33137
ICA isn’t what one might usually consider a performance venue, but the museum does sometimes host lively performance art as well as talks from visiting artists. In June 2017, for example, Miami-based performance artist VIRGO debuts a virtual reality program titled “Water Planet,” and members of the museum are invited. Modern dance troupe the Michael Clark Company performed here in 2016. Check the museum’s calendar for upcoming performances.
Deja Vu Audio South
Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 412, Miami, FL 33137
The high-end stereo equipment store in the Moore Building is another surprising venue for entertainment. Still, the Music Break series allows residents of and visitors to the Design District to get together, listen to music, and socialized in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.
The Moore Building is another popular venue in the Design District. Its 2,250-person event space is the building’s atrium. The atrium was once the show floor for the Moore and Sons furniture business, built in 1921.
The Rooftop Garden
175 NE 40th Street, Ste. 300, Miami, Florida 33137
The Rooftop Garden, designed by landscape architect Nathan Browning, incorporates mahogany trees, vines, and a maze of Jamaican spice wood hedges. It can be rented out for a wide variety of events.