With a population of over 460,000, Miami is one of America’s most vibrant cities. It has long since cemented its status as the ultimate vacation and party destination, attracting 23 million tourists in 2018 alone. Aside from its stunning beaches that visitors often flock to, Miami is also known for its melting pot of culture, offering an interesting art and entertainment scene, scrumptious food, and rich heritage. It’s really no wonder why it has also become a popular destination for events.
There’s a wide variety of locations to choose from when choosing an event venue, and before you make your choice, it’s important to know what amenities they have, the size, how many people they can fit, and more. In this article, we’ll go over what you need to know about the best event venues in Miami. We specialize in experiential events by providing experiences that money can’t buy.
Miami is home to swoon-worthy spots, making it the ideal place to host any function, whether it’s a conference, a corporate retreat, or a summit.If you’re thinking of hosting an event in Miami, take our recommended venues into consideration. These venues, along with our expert planning, are perfect for creating incredible experiences and ensuring that your business event goes on without a hitch.
Take your pick:
For corporate retreats
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club
Four Seasons Surfside has beautifully appointed function spaces to host events like product launches, small training conferences, and executive retreats. There are two available indoor rooms: The Executive Boardroom that is perfect for conducting presentations to up to 12 attendees, and the Surf Club Gallery that is ideal for hosting speaker series or a business meeting for as many as 40 people. In between meetings, you can have your attendees unwind in one of the hotel’s sleek accommodations adorned with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unobstructed views of the ocean. If you want something more secluded, there is a Private Dining Room that can host a dinner for up to 12 people.
East Miami is home to a generous 20,000 square feet of versatile function rooms and outdoor venues that can hold virtually any event imaginable. Each space has floor-to-ceiling windows, complimentary WiFi access, up-to-date audio-visual equipment, and technical support. Four workshop rooms are available for intimate meetings and gatherings, while a 3,300 square foot ballroom called The Crush is ideal for executive summits, thanks to its 270 degrees of ocean and urban views. You can also opt for the 1,600 square foot Rise and Set, or the 850 square foot boardroom, High Noon. If The Shrubbery, Sugar, and Pool & Deck areas are also available for your perusal.
For glamorous events
Glitz and glamor are Faena Hotel’s middle name. The property has 12 gorgeous spaces that can accommodate a variety of occasions, including corporate multi-day events, summits, and seminars. First and foremost, there’s the Faena Forum, which is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Rem Koolhaas. It’s an expansive 43,000 square-feet of flexible event space with five meeting rooms and breakout areas that can accommodate up to 1000 guests and be customized to your liking. For themed functions, you can choose between the European-inspired Faena Theater, Asian and Filipino-themed Pao by Paul Qui, and tropical-designed Sun Bar at the Pool, Gitano, and Tree of Life. There are also venues for more intimate gatherings like the La Cava and Tierra Santa Studio.
The Villa Casa Casuarina
Formerly known as the Versace Mansion, this property was once the home of renowned fashion designer Gianni Versace. It has since been transformed into a hotel and luxury event space that can accommodate corporate events. Despite being renovated, it still managed to preserve Versace’s unique touches, including the signature Medusa head, 24-karat gold tiled pool, and the massive rooftop lounge.
St. Regis Bal Harbour
Guests love the privacy that the St. Regis Bal Harbour’s Ocean Palm Court and Terrace provides. The hotel’s signature ceremony venue overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and offers sweeping views of the pool and beyond. When it’s time to get the party started, you can move the festivities to the Astor Ballroom, a 7,800 square-foot venue designed with elegance and modern luxury in mind. With a capacity of 360 guests, it features intricately sculpted ceilings, floor-to-floor antiqued mirrors, and Movinque West African wood paneling. There’s also a designated pre-function area that offers 3,995 square feet of space that offers access to the patio pool and beach areas. As for meetings, the St. Regis Bal Harbour has three meeting venues outfitted with the latest equipment to accommodate up to 200 attendees.
1 Hotel South Beach
If you would like to host an event at a place providing tons of venue options, look no further than 1 Hotel South Beach. It offers several spaces perfect for corporate events and off-site meetings. 1 Hotel is home to a 70,000 square foot private beach club offering a stunning view of the Atlantic. Lemonjoy Events also offers comprehensive catering and amenities services to help your event flow seamlessly.
If you like to take things indoors, the 6,500-square-foot Terra Ballroom boasts a 20-foot green wall made of living moss that can surely be a conversation starter, along with architectural lighting and eigh adjoining breakout rooms. It can accommodate up to a thousand guests, making it ideal for massive conventions. Other options include the North East Terrace with a view of the ocean and a built-in bar, a Rooftop Pool furnished with banquettes, chaise lounges, and cabanas, and the Junior Ballroom with state-of-the-art technology for conducting meetings.
For experiential events
Soho Studios Miami
Whatever event you want to do, Soho Studios can make it happen. It’s an incredibly versatile venue space that can be transformed to match your vision, whether it’s a summit, convention, or product launch. The space features high ceilings with an industrial feel, along with built-in skylights, white walls, a bar area, and two outdoor courtyards. To make your event the best it can be, Lemonjoy offers concierge service to help you plan the perfect catering experience. It’s also WiFi ready, capable of providing speeds up to 10 Gbps. With our help, you can deck out your venue with the latest tech equipment like projectors, sound systems, and microphones. And if you want to make a social impact, Lemonjoy has the tools and services you need to reach out to your guests or clients after the event is done!
Bubble City Wynwood
Unlike any other event space, Bubble City is a 20,000 square-foot open garden space with built-in popup structures that are perfect for events that will highlight different products or brands. They also have an expansive social pavilion—a gorgeous glass structure—that is perfect for corporate summits with its modern look. The venue is extremely versatile and with Lemonjoy’s help, you can bring your vision to life so that the summit’s objectives are well met.
The Temple House
Located in the heart of South Beach, this event space is designed exclusively for private, corporate, and social events. It features an avant-garde, all-white canvas that you can customize to fit your event’s vision, whether it’s a corporate summit, a product launch, or a big convention. The Grand Room boasts a 25-foot-high arched ceiling and a mezzanine that offers a full view of the main salon, while the second-floor outdoor terrace is a Grecian-inspired oasis furnished with a stunning water feature and intricate architectural touches.
Penthouse at Riverside Wharf
As one of Miami’s most sought-after event spaces, The Penthouse is a multi-functional venue that can host everything from parties to social mixers. Located high above the Miami River, it offers a 360 view of the vibrant downtown skyline and lush Miami greenery. The venue boasts 11,000 square feet of customizable space with floor-to-ceiling windows and sophisticated touches. It also has a dedicated guest entrance attached to a foyer, ground-level and valet parking, screens and sound systems, and capacity for projection mapping and laser shows.
For a more exclusive event, you’ll love this one-of-a-kind penthouse that doubles as a creative hub located in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. Designed as a “Modern Life Concept House” exclusively for Elle Decor Magazine, it features brand-name furniture, finishes, and original artwork by the region’s top artists. It boasts 3,000 square feet of air-conditioned space and a separate 2,500 square feet of outdoor terrace. The interior space includes a double-height living room, while the roof terrace is covered in a colorful canopy and furnished with a professional bar and outdoor shower.
The M Building
Formerly a 1950’s manufacturing warehouse, the M Building has been transformed by renowned architect Chad Oppenheim to elevate it to a unique event space, showroom, and art gallery. It’s located in the middle of Wynwood Art District, near to places like the Miami Design District and Rubell Family Collection. The space boasts a 12,000 square feet two-story structure composed of five gallery spaces and a garden for outdoor shindigs. There’s also a formal living space and garden terrace inside, both of which are designed by prominent interior designer Chahan Minassian.
For large-scale productions
Originally a production house, the MAPS Backlot is now a unique event space that can be customized to adapt to your vision. It has studios available to hold photo shoots and film and commercial shoots, as well as spaces that can accommodate private events such as off-site meetings and corporate gatherings. Each space is furnished with large cyc walls, in-house lighting and grip rentals, audio capabilities, catering and bar amenities, and drive-in access. Lemonjoy can also help you with any catering and PA needs you may have to ensure your event is a success!
Little River Studios
Located a few blocks from Biscayne Boulevard in Miami’s Upper East Side, this space offers 10,000 square feet of studios situated on an acre of open land. Themed-studios are available to accommodate your shoot, including an original 1880’s wood barn, two 1920’s Beach Cottages and a Beach House situated on the sand with palm trees. A North light studio with white wooden floors, contemporary furniture is also available, along with a spacious courtyard with cabana sets on wheels and outdoor Cyc and a Shark studio with an infinity cove and 14th ceilings, cement floors and walls. If you want to hold an event, this space offers a unique ambiance that will delight you and your guests.
For large-scale conferences
Located in Miami’s former free trade zone, Miami Wynwood Convention Center is the perfect venue to hold conferences that will have hundreds of attendees. It includes a 100,000 square-foot event space that was once the former RC Cola Plant, revitalized with street art and graffiti to make it a space ideal for photo shoots, DJ performances, and live music conferences. There’s a 40,000-square-foot Sound Stadium Hall with air-conditioned rooms and a lobby area.
There is also an Event Hall with the main room boasting 83,000 square feet of space, making it perfect for corporate events, trade shows, and large-scale seminars. If you’re looking for an event venue that has a wide variety of use cases, we recommend the Mana Wynwood Convention Center.
Whatever type of event you’re planning to host, the venues above can accommodate your guests and follow your creative vision. Once you’ve picked your spot, the next step is to collaborate with a reputable event agency that can ensure your business event meets all its objectives. Lemonjoy Eventsjust happens to be an experiential marketing agency! We have considerable experience in creating unique events that our clients love.
We are a Miami-based event and experiential marketing agency specializing in building joyful experiences, driven by creativity and focused on perfection. We offer everything from strategic planning to venue sourcing to design, production, and execution, all the way to digital amplification. By choosing us as your experiential partner, we’ll ensure that your event is operated successfully. If you’re ready to plan your event, get in touch with us and we’ll make magic happen.