Miami’s Hottest Events in January

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

By Kara Franker

Don’t miss these Miami events in the month of January.

Start the new year off right with a trip to Miami. Whether you take advantage of all the vacation deals for Miami Cruise Month or spend some time exploring the Magic City by land, January is a great month to skip the cold and head to the warm. And check out our list of not-to-miss events below.

Miami Cruise Month: Jan. 1-31

Miami isn’t called the “Cruise capital of the world” for nothing. With 18 cruise brands and 34 ships, PortMiami is the place to set sail on a tropical vacation. Since January is Miami Cruise Month, it’s the perfect time to book your next cruise and take advantage of all the deals and specials.

Burlesque Magnifique: Burlesque Revue, Cabaret & Variety Show: Jan. 8-9

For an entertaining night on the town, catch a Las Vegas-style variety show at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Entitled Burlesque Magnifique, the show will include classic burlesque dancing, comedy acts, special live musical performances. Tickets start at $37.50.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme: Jan. 8-18

A great event for the whole family, the circus is coming to Miami. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Xtreme will be at AmericanAirlines Arena for shows throughout the month of January. Enjoy high-flying circus acts and colorful performances that will be sure to dazzle audiences of all ages. Tickets start at $16 per person.

YoungArts Backyard Ball: Jan. 9

Give back to the vibrant local Miami arts community by attending the YoungArts Backyard Ball on Jan. 9. This star-studded event brings together the best emerging artists in music, design, visual and performing arts for a magical evening dedicated to fostering our youth’s innovative artwork and talent. Tickets start at $1,000.

2016 South Motors Fine Arts Fest at Pinecrest Gardens: Jan. 9-10

Peruse through paintings, sculptures, photography and other fine artwork at the 2016 South Motors Fine Arts Fest at Pinecrest Gardens. The festival takes place Jan. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to the public.

Redland Heritage Festival: Jan. 9-10

Join the annual tradition and celebrate the Redland's rich heritage at the Redland Heritage Festival at the Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead. Enjoy arts and crafts, historical exhibits, great food and a wide variety of tropical plants. The festival runs each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person and children under 11 are free.

Miami Symphony Orchestra: Ocean Drive in Vienna: Jan. 10

For a romantic night out filled with amazing music by the Miami Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Eduardo Marturet, head to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10. Tickets start at $44 per person.

Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest: Jan. 10

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016, so bring the whole family out to a fun-filled day at Biscayne National Park. Festivities kick off on Jan. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. with educational programs and hands-on activities for the kids. The event is free.

Splendor in the Garden at Fairchild: Jan. 14

Check out the latest fashions and enjoy a lush tropical garden for this unique runway show at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. The Splendor in the Garden fashion show by Ken Downing, fashion director for Neiman Marcus, will raise money for a great cause as proceeds will benefit Fairchild’s education, conservation science and horticulture programs. Tickets start at $300 per person.

Miami Jewish Film Festival: Jan. 14-28

Hosted by the Miami Jewish Film Society, this year’s edition of the Miami Jewish Film Festival will include screenings at various locations throughout the month of January. Visit MiamiJewishFilmFestival.net for a full list of show times and tickets.

Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival: Jan. 15-17

The Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival will bring Sci Fi fans from around the nation to the Magic City for a weekend of fantasy-themed films and forums. The festival is happening at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Downtown and ticket prices vary depending on the event.

Art Deco Weekend: Jan. 15-17

An annual event that takes place each year on Ocean Drive in South Beach is back! The Miami Design Preservation League’s Art Deco Weekend celebrates Miami’s unique architecture, design, history, art and culture. Browse vintage art and photography, catch a fashion show or listen to live music. This free, three-day outdoor festival takes place on Ocean Drive between 5th and 13th streets.

Wodapalooza Miami Fitness Festival: Jan. 15-17

Wodapalooza is a sweat-filled weekend festival bringing fitness fanatics from all over the world together to Downtown’s Bayfront Park. There are intense competitions for athletes and fitness gurus and plenty of interesting exhibitions for spectators, too. Spectator tickets start at $30 per person and for more info on how to enter the competition, visit thewodapalooza.com.

Inside Vizcaya: A Day at the Races: Jan. 16

Celebrate a historic race between Miami icons, James Deering and Carl Fisher with a toy boat race at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Coconut Grove. This Day at the Races event will test the skills of local craftsman to find out if their toy boats will float. Admission to Vizcaya is $18 for adults and $6 for kids. Tickets to the event are free with admission.

One-Minute Play Festival: Jan. 16-17

A New York-based theater company is bringing its annual One-Minute Play Festival back to the Deering Estate at Cutler for it’s fourth installation. Just like it sounds, the event will feature a series of one-minute plays by more than 50 emerging South Florida playwrights who have been commissioned for the festival. Tickets start at $20 per person.

Beaux Arts Festival: Jan. 16-17

The Beaux Arts Festival showcases the best art, crafts and other media platforms from more than 220 fine art exhibitors at the University of Miami. The event also features live entertainment, children’s art activities and tasty dining options. Admission to the festival is free and classes are available for a fee. Proceeds from classes benefit the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami.

Gay8 Festival: Jan. 17

Debuting for the first time this year, Gay8 Festival is a free, one-day event in Little Havana on Calle Ocho. Enjoy live music, street performances, and entertainment from the South Florida LGBT community. While general admission is free, VIP tickets are available for $100 per person.

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day Parade: Jan. 18

Celebrate history with great fanfare and marching bands at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Liberty City. The parade takes place at 11 a.m. along NW 54th Street on a route from NW 12th Avenue to NW 32nd Avenue and ends with a celebration at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Concert: Jan. 19

Famous for their smash it “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are performing a show at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Tickets start at $59.50 per person.

Coral Gables Festival of the Arts: Jan. 23-24

For a weekend full of artsy entertainment, head to the Coral Gables Festival of the Arts. Enjoy the finest of visual arts during the street festival as well as a special feature area presenting The Art of Fine Wine & Craft Spirits event (tickets start at $59 per person). The street festival is free and will take place on Gerald Avenue between Ponce de Leon and Le Jeune Road.

67th Annual Homestead Championship Rodeo: Jan. 22-24

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! The 67th Annual Homestead Championship Rodeo is sure to be a weekend full of fun for the whole family, including the crowning of the Homestead Rodeo Queen and a free parade in downtown Homestead. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids and tickets are available at the door.

Fairchild’s Chocolate Festival: Jan. 22-24

Forget those New Year’s resolutions just for this one chocolate-filled weekend. Unleash your sweet tooth at the tenth annual Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Enjoy chocolate treats, learn about cacao trees and watch cooking demonstrations. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $12 for kids.

Miami Antique, Design and Art Show: Jan. 22-24

Head to the Miami Airport Convention Center for the annual Miami Antique, Design & Art Show, featuring more than 100 exhibitors and antique art dealers. Tickets start at $20 per person.

Madonna Concert: Jan. 23-24

Madonna hits the road for her “Rebel Heart” nationwide tour, and her first stop includes two shows at AmericanAirlines Arena in Downtown Miami. Rumor has it that tickets are sold out, but check your favorite ticketing site to see if you can score a seat.

Miami Marathon and Half Marathon: Jan. 24

The Miami Marathon and Half Marathon is back and features a new expo location for 2016. Attracting more than 25,000 participants, the race showcases notable city landmarks and killer views. To register, visit themiamimarathon.com.

Ranger-Led Tamiami Trail Triathlon: Jan. 24

Discover the wild side of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Nature Preserve during the Ranger-Led Tamiami Trail Triathlon. Not your average triathlon, the event isn’t a competition to beat the clock or other participants. Instead, it’s a fun way to explore the Everglades by paddling, hiking and biking with park rangers. For more info and to sign up, visit nps.gov.

Avenue J Music Festival: Jan. 24

The second annual Avenue J Music Festival will feature performances from pop singer Alex Clare along with Moshav and Zusha. Listen to a combo of rock, soul and Israeli sound under the stars at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove with kosher food and wine available for purchase. Event starts at 5 p.m. and tickets start at $36.

Miami Beach Jazz Festival: Jan. 25-30

Featuring an array of global talent, the third annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival will showcase international artists in a variety of performances throughout Miami Beach. Ticket prices vary depending on the event.

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show: Jan. 28-Feb. 1

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show brings together nearly 1,000 antique dealers from all over the world to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Shop antique furniture and jewelry collections dating as far back as the 17th century. Tickets start at $20 per person.

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