What to Do in Miami in January

Updated: 29 octubre 2023
 By Nichole

This post lists things to do in Miami this January, updated for 2024. We include family-friendly activities, events, concerts, festivals, and things to do at night.

If you need more ideas, check out our comprehensive post on Things to Do in Miami.


TOP 12 THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY

This section features our top 10 activities to enjoy in Miami this month. 

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Some of the items below are already included with a Miami tourist attraction discount pass. These passes can save you up to 50% off the retail prices of popular tours and attractions.


1. See a Concert

Miami has a number of performers in the area in January.

From internationally headlining artists to regional tours, there will be a concert for everyone's tastes.

Concerts

Music Festivals

Find other concerts taking place in January in the Miami area here. 


2. Attend a Sporting Event

Florida has a wealth of professional and college-level sports teams, which means you'll have plenty of options in Miami this January.

You can find multiple home games for basketball, football, and hockey.

Basketball

Football

Hockey

Find other sporting events taking place in the Miami area this January here.


3. Enjoy the Theater

Fans of music and theatrical productions will have no shortage of great options to choose from in and around Miami this January. 

Musicals/Theatre

Family Friendly

Click here to find more productions taking place in the Miami area in January.


4. A Sightseeing Tour

After the New Year’s crowds dissipate, January is a perfect off-season time to take a sightseeing tour with smaller tour groups. 

Of course, there are several great walking tours in the city. If you’re interested in architecture and getting to know downtown, we offer a free, self-guided Art Deco tour.

A convenient way to get around Miami while learning about the city is to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

These tours make stops at over 20 popular points of interest and attractions and include live English commentary (or recorded commentary in 11 languages).

If you've already decided this fits your travel plans, you can purchase one here: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Everglades & Boat Option.

Find more free activities in Miami here


5. Attend a Great Gatsby Party

Fitting in well with the Art Deco Weekend is an amazing Roaring 20's event that channels "the exuberance, decadence, and spirit of revelry" of that decade.

You'll find live music, burlesque stars, aerialists, dancers, showgirls, and so much more.

There are VIP tickets that offer early access to certain experiences, including reserved seating with view of the main stage.

The fun takes place January 12th, and 13th at the Alfred I. Dupont Building.

To purchase tickets, visit the Great Gatsby Party website.


7. Go to a Comedy Show

Miami is a great place to enjoy a comedy experience, and there are some fantastic comedians in town in January.

Comedy Shows

Comedy Festivals

Find additional comedy shows in January in the Miami area here.


7. Attend an Arts Festival

The newly renamed Miami Brickell Art Festival (formerly the Miami/Coral Gables Art & Mega Festival) takes place January 27th–28th.

You'll find fine arts, crafts, fashion, food, drink, and plenty of other ways to be entertained.

Events include:

  • The Miami/Brickell Beer, Wine & Spirits Festival | January 27th
  • Brickell SeafoodFestival | January 28th
  • Burgers, Beer, and Babaloo | January 28th

Admission is free with online registration. Learn more about the event here.


8.  Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Tropical Park

It isn't too late to visit the largest holiday theme park in the world! A visit here is the best way to experience ‘a holiday winter’ in Miami.

There are over 100 rides, shows, and activities, and of course, the winter forest.

The park is open every evening from November through January 7th, 2024. Visit their website for details. 

Find more evening entertainment in Miami by reading our full post on things to do at night.


9. Celebrate Art Deco Weekend

The architectural history of Miami is inextricably tied to the Art Deco movement, so it makes sense that the Miami Design Preservation League celebrates Art Deco Weekend.

You can usually look forward to dozens of fun activities and events, including walking tours, car shows, street fairs, live music, and more.

The 46th Annual Art Deco Weekend will take place from January 12th to the 14th. Visit the Art Deco Weekend website for more information.

If you're not able to attend this three-day event, you can always take our self-guided Art Deco walking tour.


10. Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

Getting a tourist attraction discount pass is the best way to see multiple popular attractions in Miami while saving time and money.

These passes work by bundling admission costs to give you a discount, often saving up to 45% of retail prices.

Attractions Included in Various Passes: 

  • Fort Lauderdale Half-Day Tour
  • Wynwood Art Walk Tour
  • Gator & Wildlife Park Safari
  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour

Find our full comparison post on the Miami passes available here.

Or, if you've already decided which discount pass best suits your purposes, you can purchase one here: All Inclusive Miami Go City | Explorer Pass Miami Go City | Day Pass Miami Sightseeing | FLEX Pass Miami Sightseeing


11. Cheer on or Run the Miami Marathon

Calling all runners! This is arguably the biggest annual fitness event in Miami, with over 20,000 runners from all 50 states and over 80 countries each year.

The marathon takes place January 29th, starting in Downtown Miami, crossing over into South Beach, and coming back again to Downtown where the race finishes.


Even if you're not a runner, being a spectator for the event is a really fun experience. And it's free!

Do keep traffic and road closures in mind if you're making other plans that day.

Find more information here.


12. Watch the King Mango Strut Parade

Every year, locals and visitors come out to watch or partake in this unique and wacky parade in Coconut Grove.

The parade was started by rejects from the King Orange Bowl Parade.

Floats and costumes parody current events and pop culture. 

The parade starts at the corner of Main Highway and Commodore Plaza and winds its way through the streets of the eclectic Coconut Grove neighborhood.

The parade takes place on January 7th at 2:00 p.m. Be sure to go early to get a good viewing spot. See here for more details.


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About The Author

Nichole

Nichole's love for Miami began when she chose the Magic City as her future home, after living overseas in Singapore. She cannot get enough the city's food scene, culture and 'multiple boroughs,' each unique in their own way. She is an avid worldwide traveler and thrives on learning about new cultures in each place her feet land. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2017, first as a part of administration and then later as a writer. She's a chiropractor and yoga teacher with a full-time business in Miami. Her motto is "Peace, Love, & Travel.”
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