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A Night Out In Miami

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) can’t be beat for an evening of fun-filled entertainment and cultural enrichment. With its proximity to a vast array of world-class dining venues in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and South Miami, make an entire night of it in the Magic City, Broward’s closest neighbor to the south.

SMDCAC ushered in a new era for South Dade when it opened in the coastal community of Cutler Bay in October 2011. Featuring a 961-seat main stage theater, the design team for this state-of-the-art venue was led by award-winning architectural firm Arquitectonica, internationally acclaimed for such notable projects as Icon Brickell and Brickell City Centre, and the FTX Arena.

Also featuring prominent works of art by Miami artist Robert Chambers, this stunning multi-disciplinary cultural arts center stages everything from opera to film, musicals, bands, dance and stand-up comedy, while also acting as a community gathering place with education and outreach at the core of its mission.

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A calendar of diverse performances every season means there’s something for everyone at SMDCAC. Partnering with a number of top-tier arts organizations, the center presents productions ranging from the Miami Lyric Opera to the Miami Youth Ballet, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, and Sin Salida.

Culture Shock and Much More

A major priority at the SMDCAC is making theater and the performing arts accessible to everyone in the community, so it offers many generous programs including “Culture Shock Miami,” which provides $5 tickets to select shows for patrons ages 13 to 22. Other discounts are available for senior citizens, students, and active military personnel. 

In addition to its beautiful main stage, there’s a collection of smaller venues onsite at SMDCAC. The Black Box Theater and Lab Theater are both multipurpose spaces that can be arranged to stage intimate performances, rehearsals, and auditions. Each has a capacity of 129 people. The Dance Rehearsal Studio boasts high ceilings with sprung wood floors and mirrors with a sound and video system.

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Additionally, a classroom with gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows provides space for workshops, master classes, meetings, or luncheons. Set against the picturesque Black Creek Canal, the center boasts an impressive backyard concert lawn and plaza for festive outdoor performances and events for up to 700 people.

Make it a Magical Outing

Whether it’s a night at the opera or the jaunty notes of a brass band under the stars, the SMDCAC is a world-class venue and a cornerstone of the South Dade arts community that appeals to the entire South Florida region.

SMDCAC is located at 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay, FL 3318. For information and a full schedule of upcoming events, visit SMDCAC.org or call the box office at (786) 573-5300.