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What to Do in Miami in January

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This post lists things to do in Miami this January, updated for 2023. 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.


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

For tips on the most popular activities in Miami, check out our popular posts: 

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 tastes.

Just some of the concerts are:

In Aventura, just 19 miles from Miami, the Miami International Piano Festival is taking place on January 8th.

Find all the Miami concerts 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.




Find all the Miami sporting events here.

3. Enjoy the Theatre

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

You’ll find popular musicals, some direct from Broadway, in and around the city this month. 

Find all the Miami theatrical productions here.

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 the South Beach Jazz Festival

The South Beach Jazz Festival will be taking place at multiple venues across three days, from January 5th - 8th, 2023.

This event brings awareness the artistic abilities of world-renowned musicians with disabilities.

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.

The Miami Comedy Festival takes place in Hollywood, FL on Janauary 14th and 15th, 2023.

This year’s lineup includes: Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Lavell Crawford, Don DC Curry, Big Mac, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, Tony Roberts, Ali Siddiq, Ryan Davis and Daphnique Springs.

Other shows taking place in January include:

There's also The Second City Swipes Right: An Incomplete Guide to the Ultimate Date taking place on January 28th, in Fort Lauderdale.

Find all the comedy shows in Miami here.

7. Attend an Arts Festival

The 9th annual Miami/Coral Gables Art & Mega Festival takes place January 29th & 29th in Coral Gables.

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

Also part of it is: Miami Kid Fest, Bo's Dog & Pet Fest, The Beat Music Festival, and Miami Beer, Wine & Spritis Festival.

Tickets are $35-$89 and can be found 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 8th, 2023. Visit their website for details. 

Find more evening entertainment, see 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 shouldn't come as a surprise that the Miami Design Preservation League celebrates Art Deco Weekend.

The 46th Annual Art Deco Weekend will take place from January 13th - 15th, 2023.

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

Even if you miss this weekend of events, 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

Honorable Mention: 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.

Even if you're not a runner, being a spectator for the event is a really fun experience! Do keep traffic and road closures in mind if you're making other plans that day.

  • When: January 28th, 2023
  • Where: The course for both the half and full marathon begin in Downtown Miami and then cross over into South Beach, and finally finish in downtown again.

It is free to be a spectator!

Find more information here.


About The Author


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.”
Updated: November 22nd, 2022
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