Get inspired in Miami this week with lectures, music, workshops, and more. First, head to the free Innovation M Conference to hear from business leaders from all over the nation. Then hear the past and present of Cuban jazz combine at MOCA. Learn to make floral arrangements at Miami’s new flower market, or leave the art to the pros and peruse the sidewalk sales of Coconut Grove’s Fashion + Art + Music Night.
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September 28–30 | Conference
Innovation M Conference
Innovation M is a free three-day conference hosted by the Idea Center at Miami Dade College. Entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators take to the stage for a series of talks on leadership, digital media, social innovation, emerging business, and more. Join in and get inspired and primed for some serious brainstorming.
Times vary | The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, 315 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami | Free | website
September 30 | Music
Cuban band Conjunto Progreso is recreating the kind of Cuban jazz that its parents used to play. Made up, at least partially, of children and grandchildren of famous Cuban musicians, Conjunto Progreso has been playing together since 1999. This free outdoor concert is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Jazz at MOCA series, which features jazz performances on the last Friday of each month, rain or shine.
8 p.m. | 770 N.E. 125th St., Miami | Free | website
October 1 | Festival
Fashion + Art + Music Night
Coconut Grove’s Fashion + Art + Music Night is back in season. Until April, the first Saturday of every month will see the streets, stores, and restaurants of this charming neighborhood host musicians, performers, sidewalk sales and trunk shows, food and drink specials, and more. Come out for the special promotions and extended hours or simply to enjoy the lively vibe of CocoWalk at night.
6–9 p.m. | CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove | Free | website
Now open | Restaurant
Chef Brad Kilgore, a two-time James Beard Award semifinalist, got the Miami foodie scene buzzing with his Wynwood restaurant, Alter. Now he’s bringing his innovative take on modern cuisine to the Arsht Center in Miami, so you can enjoy his adventurous food before a show. At Brava, which opens on September 30, Kilgore will be serving dishes like whipped clam chowder with black truffle butter, scallops and Iberico pork belly, and Maine lobster.
Brava at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami | website
Now open | Market
Miami Flower Market
The new Miami Flower Market is an open invitation for everybody to come by and smell the roses. Wander through the flower coolers, put together your own bouquets and arrangements, and take some of the market’s ongoing classes—everything from arranging succulents to making flower crowns.
Miami Flower Market, 6964 N.W. 50th St., Miami | website
Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.