Miami's Hottest Events In January

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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 or spend some time exploring Miami by land, January is a great month to skip the cold and head to the warm.

South Beach Jazz Festival: Jan. 4-6

Presented by founder David New, the third annual South Beach Jazz Festival is truly a unique music festival. Featuring talented musicians from around the world, most of the performances will also showcase the artistry of at least one person with a disability. Performances will take places at venues throughout Miami Beach including the Colony Theater and Temple Emanuel. Ticket prices vary and proceeds benefit Power Access, a non-profit organization that provides programs and produces experiential events centered on building awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.

Youngarts Week: Jan. 6-13

Support the vibrant local Miami arts community during YoungArts Week by experiencing the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery. Ticket prices vary.

Miami Jewish Film Festival: Jan. 10-24

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. The festival began in 1996 and the annual attendance continues to grow. Venues include Regal South Beach Cinemas, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema, Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Temple Beth Am, Miami Beach JCC, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and Miami Theater Center. Show times and ticket prices vary.

Beaux Arts Festival of Art: Jan. 12-13

Back for its 68th annual edition, the Beaux Arts Festival of Art showcases the best art, crafts and other media platforms from more than 200 fine art exhibitors at the University of Miami. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival. 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.

Art Deco Weekend: Jan. 18-20

The longest running free community cultural festival is Miami Beach, 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 at Lummas Park on 11th Street and Ocean Drive, and feature more than 85 individual events. Highlights include the Bark Deco Dog Show, Retro Fashion Show, Classic Car Show, Deco Kids Club, plus loads of live entertainment, lectures and guided tours.

Homestead Championship Rodeo: Jan. 18-20

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! The 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. This is the 70th edition of the annual Homestead Championship Rodeo, an event officially sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids and tickets are available at the door.

Miami Antique, Design and Art Show: Jan. 18-20

Head to the Miami Airport Convention Center for the annual Miami Antiques, Art & Design Show, featuring more than 100 exhibitors and antique art dealers offering antiques and vintage decorative arts. Exhibitors will showcase works representing design movements from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, as well as vintage 20th century modern. General admission tickets start at $15.

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day Parade: Jan. 21

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.

International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild: Jan. 25-27

Forget those New Year’s resolutions just for this one chocolate-filled weekend. Unleash your sweet tooth at the 13th Annual Chocolate Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Enjoy chocolate treats and watch cooking demonstrations. You can even learn how to grow and take care of your own cacao tree. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $12 for kids. Children 5 and under are free.

Fine Arts Festival at Pinecrest Gardens: Jan 26-27

Located at the picturesque Pinecrest Gardens, peruse through paintings, sculptures, photography and other fine artwork at the 2019 South Motors Fine Arts Festival. It’s the 16th edition of the festival, where you’ll find both local and international art in a lush tropical setting. There will also be live music, food vendors and activities for children. The festival is free to the public.

Coral Gables Festival of the Arts: Jan. 26-27

Featuring more than 200 fine art and craft vendors, the annual Coral Gables Festival of the Arts is the perfect opportunity to explore the City Beautiful during one of the most beautiful times of the year in Miami. There will also be cooking demonstrations and a kids zone with plenty of activities for children. The festival is free with registration, and will take place on Alhambra from Ponce to Le Jeune.

World Cup Series & Festival: Jan. 27-Feb. 3

What better way is there to enjoy and celebrate a competitive sporting event then with a big party? U.S. Sailing’s premier event, the World Cup Series Miami is one stop on sailing’s World Cup Series tour. Witness top-level Olympic sailing hopefuls from all corners of the globe battling for top honors on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. This is the premiere competitive circuit for sailors aspiring to represent their country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Come out to Regatta Park, located at 2700 S. Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove, for the World Cup Series Festival. Enjoy food, fun and activities for all ages. There will even be a jumbotron for those who prefer to watch the action from the comfort of shore.

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show: Jan. 27-30

Shop antique furniture and jewelry collections dating as far back as the 17th century at The Original Miami Beach Antique Show. Known as the largest indoor antique show, the four-day event will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Check out more than 600 dealers, including vintage pieces from luxury brands like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, Rolex and more. Tickets start at $20.

Miami Marathon and Half Marathon: Jan. 27

Put your running skills to the test at the 2019 Fitbit Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Attracting more than 20,000 participants every year, the race showcases notable city landmarks and killer water views. To register, visit

Splendor in the Garden at Fairchild: Jan 31

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, Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President and Fashion Director, 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.

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