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By: Patricia Azze

While the rest of the country bundles up, it’s all about enjoying the great outdoors in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, all January long. The weather is beautiful, the sun is out and the calendar is busy, busy, busy with possibilities for getting to know this destination better through cultural events and festivals.

Not sure where to start? Check out Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage Months to score great deals, including BOGO tickets throughout the months of December and January to support Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s small business community and local arts institutions.

Deedee Bridgewater Quartet performing
Enjoy a weekend of live jazz at the South Beach Jazz Festival

South Beach Jazz Festival

January 7-9

The South Beach Jazz Festival is back. This three-day festival takes place throughout Miami Beach to showcase world-renowned musicians. All styles of jazz will be represented, from New Orleans to Brazilian, and all performances are free and open to the public. Whether you’re a serious jazz head, a novice, or are looking to introduce your family to the art of jazz, you’re welcome here. The South Beach Jazz Festival is a fundraiser for Power Access, a non-profit that produces events centering around building awareness of the challenges facing people with disabilities.

Juicy Beer Fest

January 8

Juicy Beer Fest is the ultimate beer lover’s winter retreat. Held at Tripping Animals Brewing Co. in Doral, the festival will have more than 50 breweries pouring their signature craft beers. Get your tickets now, and get to know the best of the best breweries in the country all under one roof in January in Miami.

Miami Jewish Film Festival

January 13-27

Regularly ranked as one of the best film festivals in the world, the Miami Jewish Film Festival is back for its 24th year to celebrate top Jewish filmmakers at venues across Greater Miami & Miami Beach. One of the largest Jewish cultural events in the Southeastern United States, this prestigious film festival has screened films from more than 35 countries around the world and will continue this year with an exciting new lineup to spotlight the best of Jewish cinema.

Art Deco Weekend

January 14-16

The Miami Design Preservation League presents the 45th Annual Art Deco Weekend. This year the theme is “Art Deco Celebrates the Radio.” South Beach’s signature and historic architectural style, Art Deco, is highlighted in this free festival celebrating the beautiful and unique buildings, primarily along Ocean Drive.

Abstract sculpture by the Lowe Art Museum's entrance
Celebrate fine art at the 71st Beaux Arts Festival

Beaux Arts Festival

January 15-16

Held on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, the Beaux Arts Festival returns for its 71st year to celebrate fine arts and crafts. Miami’s oldest juried art festival will have a new location on campus this year, but will retain its spirit of celebration of original artwork from more than 220 exhibitors in mediums ranging from jewelry to oil and acrylics. Expect live music, food vendors and art experiences.

International Chocolate Festival

January 15-16

The International Chocolate Festival returns to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. Chocoholics from all over flock to this beloved event. They not only love the tasting stations but also getting to know the process behind making and growing cacao.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

January 17

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the MLK Day Parade. It’s the oldest and largest celebration of its kind. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and runs for 2.5 hours through Liberty City, following the route that Dr. King traveled during his time in Miami.

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show

January 20-23

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is one of the country’s most revered shows of its kind. Taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in South Beach, the four-day-long event will feature more than 650 vendors and a packed schedule to enhance the experience. Take a peek at valued treasures from antiques to jewelry, art, furniture and more at this event showcasing international dealers in fine antiquities and sought-after pieces.

Sailboats, sky & aqua waters
Don't miss the excitement of the U.S. Open Sailing Series

U.S. Open Sailing Series

January 21-23

The U.S. Open Sailing Series is an Olympic Class regatta held by West Marine and U.S. Sailing at Regatta Park in Coconut Grove, the center of Miami’s sailing community.

Panter, Panter & Sampedro Fine Arts Festival

January 22-23

Held at Pinecrest Gardens, the Panter, Panter & Sampedro Fine Arts Festival is a beautiful, free juried arts festival located in a lush, tropical garden setting in Pinecrest. View works by a vibrant selection of artists from around the world and enjoy delightful food and beverage choices at this perfect January-in-Miami event.

Miami Wedding & Quinceañera Expo

January 23

Plan your dream wedding or quinceañera with the help of the Miami Wedding & Quinceañera Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door for this showcase featuring more than 70 vendors to give you all the inspiration you need to plan these big life events. This fun-filled experience will feature florists, restaurants, caterers, entertainers, hotels, planners, designers and more.

Homestead Championship Rodeo

January 28-30

Established in 1943, the Homestead Championship Rodeo is a three-day rodeo in Homestead with events featuring the Miss Rodeo Homestead Crowning, Mechanical Bull Buck Off and Rodeo Bingo and, of course, the signature Homestead Championship Rodeo with bull riding, barrel racing, tie-down roping, team roping and more.

Miami/Coral Gables Art & Mega Festival

January 29-30

The Miami/Coral Gables Art & Mega Festival is, just as the name suggests, a mega-festival with eight events wrapped into one enjoyable weekend in downtown Coral Gables. This free event will feature a plethora of kid-friendly activities like face-painting and kid-focused art, a talent competition, Miami Fashion Fest, The Beat Music Festival and the Miami Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival. Beverage and VIP passes are an option, but entrance to the festival is free for all.

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