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 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.

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.

YoungArts Week: Jan. 7-14

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 curated by Pérez Art Museum Miami. Ticket prices vary.

Miami Jewish Film Festival: Jan. 11-25

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. Show times and ticket prices vary.

Art Deco Weekend: Jan. 12-14

This annual event takes place 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.

Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival: Jan. 12-15

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. Show times and ticket prices vary.

Beaux Arts Festival of Art: Jan. 13-14

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. 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.

Redland Heritage Festival: Jan. 13-14

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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person and children under 11 are free.

Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest: Jan. 14

Bring the whole family out to a fun-filled day at Biscayne National Park for Family Fun Fest. Festivities kick off on Jan. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. with educational programs and hands-on activities for the kids. The event is free.

Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day Parade: Jan. 15

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.

Splendor in the Garden at Fairchild: Jan. 16

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.

Homestead Championship Rodeo: Jan. 19-21

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. Admission is $20 for adults and $5 for kids and tickets are available at the door.

Fairchild’s Chocolate Festival: Jan. 19-21

Forget those New Year’s resolutions just for this one chocolate-filled weekend. Unleash your sweet tooth at the 12th 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.

Fine Arts Fest at Pinecrest Gardens: Jan. 20-21

Peruse through paintings, sculptures, photography and other fine artwork at the 2018 South Motors Fine Arts Fest at Pinecrest Gardens. The festival is free to the public.

World Cup Series USA Miami: Jan. 21-28

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.

World Cup Series Festival: Jan. 27-28

What better way is there to enjoy and celebrate a competitive sporting event then with a big party? 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, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will even be a jumbotron for those who prefer to watch the action from the comfort of shore.

Miami Marathon and Half Marathon: Jan. 28

Put your running skills to the test at the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon. Attracting more than 25,000 participants, the race showcases notable city landmarks and killer views. To register, visit

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