January in Miami is time for the outdoors to enjoy the marvelous weather and so we kick off 2023 with an array of outdoor festivals
and exciting entertainment: Art Deco Weekend, King Mango Strut and the South Beach Jazz Festival! You still have time to catch the tail end of the holiday lights and festivals which come to a close early in the month. Also back this month is the Miami Marathon! In town this January: Billy Joel, Jerry Seinfeld, Riverdance...
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 a 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, 2023
Where? Ocean Drive
How Much? Most of the events at the Art Deco Weekend are FREE, with the exception of the Specialty Tours.
A jazz festival unlike any other, the South Beach Jazz Festival will take pride in featuring talented musicians with disabilities.
The festival takes place throughout various venues in Miami Beach and will be
a combination of ticketed concerts as well as free performances open to the public.
When? Friday through Sunday January 5 - 8, 2023
Where? Several venues. Performances will take place on stages set up throughout Lincoln Road, the North Beach Bandshell and at the Faena Theater
How Much? Free performances and ticketed concerts from $35.
The King Mango Strut is the wackiest of the wackiest, it's a parade that was born as the antithesis of the
King Orange Bowl parade way back, when struters were rejected by King Orange for being too "irreverent" so they decided to start
their own King Mango parade, and irony of ironies, the King Orange Bowl Parade does not exist any more as the King Mango Parade lives on...
So what is it? It's a parade with a party atmosphere on a fun and laid back afternoon the last Sunday of the year.
The theme or rather themes of the parade are anything and everything that made the headlines this year, Mango style of course, meaning, it is a parody of the year's highlights all in the name of fun. Like for example? Everything and everybody is fair game, the TSA, the Pope, twinkies, the Royal Family, politicians, specially politicians ...
Who participates? Anybody can participate, as in, "be on the parade". This is not an over the top parade, the "floats" are not fancy structures or designs, it is all very relaxed with hilarity and fun as the only requirement.
Is it ok for kids? Yes, the Pre-Mango Strut activities begin with the Little Miss Mango Pageant for kids 5 to 12, it is a VERY competitive pageant and all contestants are expected to win, the winners get to ride in the opening "float" of the parade!
So take part or just come to watch, bring a cooler, a folding chair, and be ready to spend the funniest and craziest time, check it out:
When?: January 8, 2023, parade starts at 2:00 p.m., after-strut street party and dancing afterwards
Where?: Downtown Coconut Grove from Green Street to Coco Walk then back to Commodore Plaza
How Much?: Free!
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show plays host to nearly 700 domestic and international vendors of antiques, art, furniture, home décor, vintage fashion, jewelry, watches, silver and collectables.
With brands such as Cartier, Chanel, Rolex, Hermes, David Webb, Van Clef & Arpels, Georg Jensen and many more, the Original Miami Beach Antique Show is a veritable treasure hunt of one-of-a-kind finds.
When? January 19 - 23, 2023
Where? Miami Beach Convention Center
How Much? $30 Your ticket gives you access to all five days of the show
Chocolate Garden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
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? Saturday and Sunday January 21 - 22, 2023 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens
How Much? Included in Garden admission $24.95 for adults, $17.95 seniors +65, $15.95 Students, $11.95 children 6-17
Free for Fairchild Members.
An enchanted, illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment where things like the Wise Talking Tree, Flying Fairies and a Sunflower Maze come to life.
Come and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic.
When? Select dates November 10, 2023 to January 7, 2024
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
How Much? Weekday prices starting at $25. General Admission $35, Children 10 and under $30, plus service fees. Discounts for Fairchild members, students, senior, military, group (min. 6) bundle available.
Chinese New Year Festival 2023 Year of the Rabbit Celebrations - SUSPENDED
Chinese New Year is the largest festival in the Asian community calendar which this year welcomes the Year of the Rabbit.
Colorful celebrations featuring Lion Dances and Dragon Parades as well as cultural performances will
take place over the traditional fifteen day holiday period all throughout South Florida. Chinese New Year Day is on January 22, 2023. The celebrations normally take place over the weekend following the New Year.
Lion Dances and parades are hosted by restaurants and martial art schools throughout the city. Other festivals, spiritual activities and cultural
demonstrations are sponsored throughout the first two weeks of the new year.
The largest celebration takes place at Miami Dade College, Kendall campus, jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute
and the Chinese Cultural Foundation in Miami.
What can you expect? Lion Dances, tai chi demonstrations, calligraphy, face painting, acrobatics, arts and
crafts, bounce houses ans slides, and of course, lots of food and the Dragon Parade.
When? SUSPENDED - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Show Times at 12:30pm and 3:30 pm
Where? Miami Dade College Kendall Fred Shaw Plaza, 11011 S.W. 104th St. Miami
How Much? $10 for adults, $5 children 6-12, under 5 FREE
A fantastic weekend of running events that culminate with the renowned Miami Marathon on the final day. 15,000 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 classic landmarks: Port of Miami, Art Deco District, the MacArthur Causeway...
There is also a Half Marathon or Tropical 5K and Kids Run.
When? Events throughout the weekend January 28-29, 2023. Miami Marathon main race on Sunday January 29, 2023 starts 6:00 am
Where? Start point is FTX Arena in downtown Miami. Finish line at Bayfront Park.
How Much? Registration Fee for Marathon $220, Half Marathon $200. Spectators FREE along the race course.
Take an awe-inspiring journey into the incomparable universe of Van Gogh, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century. Explore his life, his work, and his secrets as never before through cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show.
Become completely immersed in the works of art around you, and feel the shift in reality as you dive deep into the world created by Van Gogh's brush strokes.
When?: Thursdays through Sundays from December to February - visits take around 60 - 75 minutes
Where?: Olympia Theater at 174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131, United States
How Much?: Adult $34.90, Child (4-12) $20.90, Senior/Student/Military $26.90, VIP and Family Passes available
The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back with its millions of dazzling lights, South Florida's tallest christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.
Santa's new home in Doral is bigger than ever with more than 40 acres of attractions, plus 3 entrances and expansive parking. 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 9, 2023 - January 7, 2024
Where? 7400 NW 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33166
How Much? Adults (9-64) $44.86, Children (3-8) and Seniors 65+ $36.45. Season Passes, military discounts, group discounts and express passes available.
With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with
some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie
at a beautiful illuminated Forest.
Holiday treats, hay rides, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!
When?: Weekends from November 24, 2023 to January 1, 2024
Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170
How Much?: $27.10, children under one free, includes paddle boat rides, tractor rides, pony rides, race track, petting zoo, hay maze, and of course you get to meet Santa.
Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape.
Eat yummy treats, pictures with Santa, Story Time nights, face painting, train display, pajama nights, carolers, brewery nights and much more...
When? Select nights from December 9, 2023 to January 6, 2024 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where? Pinecrest Gardens at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156
How Much? $18 - $22
This concert series known simply as "Candlelight" which have had tremendous success around the world has arrived in Miami! Listening to classical or jazz or contemporary music in an intimate and atmospheric setting of a candlelit concert is a delightful and magical experience.
These enchanting concerts feature a wide variety of genres, from Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky, operas and Broadway, to Frank Sinatra, Taylor Swift, Adele, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA... all played by talented musicians at a variety of gorgeous and unique indoor and outdoor venues including Hotel Colonnade, Jungle Island, the Coral Gables Congregational Church...
New Year's Day, is a public holiday throughout the country. Federal government offices and schools are closed on New Year's Day and store hours and restaurant and businesses holiday schedules may vary.
You can expect the following to
be open and closed on New Year's Day:
(check for special holiday schedules)
Shopping Centers and Malls
Most Fast Food and Restaurants
Public Transportation (Limited schedules and routes)
National, State and Regional Parks
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.
The following will be
Shopping centers and malls
Federal, State, Regional Parks
Free Or Almost Free Ongoing Events in Miami
Wynwood Art Walk Block Party
Every second Saturday of the month, the Wynwood Art Walk Block Party is one of the most iconic events in the city in this up and coming neighborhood which has been transforming the art scene in Miami.
Wynwood which is best known for its street art and splashy murals puts together a live art show, pop-up shop & gallery experience where you can mingle among the artists and creators, drink in hand, watch as art is being created in front of you and purchase directly from them.
And beyond the fantastic art there's plenty of gourmet food trucks, cocktails, live music and vendors, yes, it's a party!
These are live classical music performances by the New World Symphony which are projected into a 7,000 square-foot wall at the New World Center for thousands to enjoy in a fantastic outdoor atmosphere.
The concerts are typically on the second or third Saturday of the month and the season runs from October through May.
When? Second or third Saturday of the month
Where? SoundScape Park at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
These are fantastic oceanside concerts featuring our best local talents. Pack a picnic blanket or lawn chair and come and enjoy a relaxing Sunday among the swaying palm trees and experience the best of arts and culture.
The free weekly concert series features anything from Latin, Jazz, Pop, String Quartets, Classical, Marching Bands... you name it!
When? Sunday afternoons
Where? Lummus Park Ocean Drive Promenade between 14th Street and 14th Place
How Much? FREE
More Info and program: www.oceandrivearts.com.
Miami Museums Free Days
Many Miami museums regularly offer free admission days, so take advantage and save if you can!
Here are some of the offerings, and be sure to double check for updates or changes with each venue before you head out.
For our Residents, if you have a Miami Dade Library Card, check out the FREE Museum Pass Program where you can get passes to many of the most popular museums and attractions in the city. Passes are good for a family of 4 and can be easily "checked out" with your library card. Passes are first-come-first-served and as you can imagine, some of the most popular ones get snatched as soon as they become available, each library branch gets a limited number of passes for each attraction.
The Museum Pass Program offers free entry to the following:
Miami Children's Museum
Perez Art Museum (PAMM)
Frost Museum of Science
Frost Art Museum
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Lowe Art Museum
Fruit and Spice Park
... and many more!
Fantasy Theatre Factory at the Sandrell Rivers Theater Series
Fantasy Theater Factory is a non-profit organization that manages the Sandrell Rivers Theater, a state of the art black box theater in Miami. FTF places its greatest programmatic emphasis on Theater for Young Audiences which place a primary focus on childhood literacy and ecology. Other focus areas of programming include: fitness, history, diversity, self esteem, peer pressure and bullying prevention. FTF also produces cultural arts workshop residency programs that serve at-risk youth, children with disabilities and general population students.
Monthly lineups include a bi-monthly film screening series, a bi-monthly live music series, an art exhibition series and a new play competition, where playwrights can have their new works performed as staged readings in front of live audiences.
Each year FTF produces well over 500 programs, many are FREE and open to the public, some offered for a low nominal fee, in many cases if you are unable to afford a ticket, please call their box office, and they will be happy to reserve up to four (4) free tickets for your party.
When? Various throughout the month
Where? Sandrell Rivers Theater at 6103 NW 7th Ave, Miami FL 33127
How Much? Many FREE or offered for a low fee.
More Info and this month's lineup: Fantasy Theater Factory Shows.