We are kicking off the year with an array of outdoor festivals and exciting entertainment, January is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the marvelous weather, there's much to keep us all busy this month!
We start off 2017 with our magnificent fireworks display over Biscayne Bay and in January right on the heels of the holiday season, some fantastic festivals await.
This month's top events include the Art Deco Weekend, the Miami Lantern Light Festival, Cirque Du Soleil Kurios is in town as well as the Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world's premier classical Chinese dance company.
Sports fans won't be dissapointed, the Miami Heat, the Dolphins and the Florida Panthers are well underway on their regular seasons and for runners and fans, the Miami Marathon is here, don't miss the stunning course with even more stunning sights.
For kids and families, the Circus is in town!
For our nature lovers, this is the perfect time to get out and soak it all up, our State and National Parks are teeming with wildlife, enjoy!
Hosted by the Miami Design Preservation League, the Art Deco Weekend is a tribute to the Art Deco era and involves a series of top notch events over this three-day weekend including Classic Cars, the Parade, Fashion Shows, children's performances, Films and Lectures, Live Music, Antiques, Street Festivals and more.
In addition, the League sponsors an array of great specialty tours offered uniquely during the weekend.
When? Friday to Sunday, January 13-15, 2017
Where? Ocean Drive
How Much? Most of the events at the Art Deco Weekend are FREE, with the exception of the Specialty Tours.
A spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes.
The Lantern Light festival is a six week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine.
Each Chinese lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes four weeks and a team of seven to complete.
The lanterns are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth. Some are over 30 feet high and others are up to 300 feet long.
When? November 30, 2016 -
January 8, 2017 Extended to January 29, 2017 Fridays to Sundays - 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where? Miami - Dade County Fair Expo Center at 10921 SW 24 Street, Miami, FL 33165
How Much? Adults $27, Children (2-15) Seniors and Active Military $21, Season Pass $62, Parking $5
More Info, tickets: www.lanternlightfestival.com
Selected dates Groupon discount tickets Adult
$27 $21 More details at Groupon.
Calling all chocolate lovers! This weekend is all about chocolate at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens.
Featuring cooking demonstrations and samplings as well as lots of activities for kids, learn how chocolate is made and hundreds of ways to cook with chocolate.
When? Friday to Sunday January 20-22, 2017 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
How Much? Included in Garden admission $25 for adults, $18 seniors +65, $12 children 6-17
Free for Fairchild Members.
More info and event schedule: www.fairchildgarden.org
If you love gymnastics and ice skating, this is your event. Who's in town? Gold medallist gymnast Simone Biles, Olympics and World Champion figure-skating team Meryl Davis and Charlie White and figure-skating legend Nancy Kerrigan. Hosting the event: a who's who of champions, figure skaters Kristi Yamaguchi and Michael Weiss and gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner.
When? January 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much? $25 - $125 Find discount tickets at Groupon
$47.75 - $68.25 $22 - $37
Step out of reality and immerse yourself in a world filled with music, art, and color! LIC's purpose from day 1 has been to create a blank canvas for fans to PAINT new memories! To create experiences with your best friends and to meet new ones along the way.
Art Installations, Attractions, Live Music, Chill Zones... LIC is so much more than just a concert, its an experience.
When? Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 2 pm onwards
Where? Mana Wynwood and RC Cola Plant
More Info and this year's line-up: www.licmiami.com.
A fantastic weekend of running events that culminate with the renowned Miami Marathon on the final day. 25,000 runners, a beautiful course, fantastic views, electric atmosphere! Runners and spectators alike will enjoy what has to be one of the most stunning courses, passing along some of Miami's favorite hotspots: Port of Miami, Art Deco District, the MacArthur Causeway...
There is also a Half Marathon or Tropical 5K and Kids Run.
When? Sunday January 29, 2017 starts 6:00 am
Where? Start point is American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.
How Much? Registration Fee for Marathon $125, Half Marathon $105. Spectators FREE along the race course.
More info, event schedule and race course: www.themiamimarathon.com
Madrid's historic Mercado de San Miguel comes back to Miami! Tapas, ham, paella, gazpacho, gambas, fish... and a tinto de verano to wash it all down...
Selected Spanish chefs and vendors will set up kiosks and small carts at the wide open air area in Bayfront Park, recreating the atmosphere of this beloved food market.
When? Thursdays thru Sundays - Now through January 31, 2017
Where? Bayfront Park at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
How Much? Admission is FREE, food prices range from $2 for small tapas to $8 for larger dishes.
More Info: www.laferiamsm.com
When? December 10, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Where? The Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) Next to Hard Rock Stadium (formerly SunLife Stadium)
When? January 19 - February 5, 2017
Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
$47 $23.50 - $37 Check for half-price tickets at Goldstar, you need to be a member but membership is FREE, just sign up, it's worth the savings!
When? Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
When? Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Where? Parker Playhouse at 707 NE 8th Street, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304
When? January 30 - 31, 2017 - 7:30 pm
Where? Au Rene Theater at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
When? Home game schedule below
Where? American Airlines Arena
How Much? As low as $15 but they go quick! Tickets for 2 40% - 55% OFF at Groupon
Panthers are pouncing, get over to the BB&T Center to see first-class teams battle it out on the ice!
When? See home game schedule for this month below
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much? As low as $10, but they go quick!
When? Home game schedule below
Where? Hard Rock Stadium (Formerly Sun Life Stadium) Miami Gardens, Florida
How Much? $28+
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This is a public holiday held on the third Monday in January. It celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights leader that fought for racial equality in the United States.
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The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back on its 26th year with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.
Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.
It is a huge sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!
When? November 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017 - 5:00pm to Midnight
Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155
How Much? Adults (10-64) $31.78, Children (3-9) $22.43, Seniors (65+) $22.43 Season and express passes available.
More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest
Family Fun Fest is a FREE program at Biscayne National Park brought to you thanks to the many volunteers and park sponsors. It is held on the second Sunday of the month during the "dry and cool" season, December through April with lots of fun and educational activities for kids and adults alike.
When? January 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00 pm
Where? Biscayne National Park - Dante Fascell Visitor Center
How Much? FREE!
More info: Biscayne National Park Family Fun Fest
The Circus is in town! with an All-New show. Jam-packed with entertainment and jaw-dropping acts, this is an amazing spectacle that certainly does justice to their motto "The Greatest Show on Earth"™.
Great family fun entertainment full of non-stop thrilling and exciting acts, just what a circus should be and more!
Don't forget to arrive at least a half hour before show-time for the pre-show event (which starts an hour before the performance), where kids can mingle and take pictures with the performers and clowns, try-out their juggling skills, or simply absorb all the fun atmosphere.
When? Several performances January 6 - 15, 2017.
Where? American Airlines Arena
How Much? Ticket prices start at $24.95. Discount tickets at Groupon from $20 ($29.25-$39.50 value) limited quantities, hurry!
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