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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 2020. 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 stopping in this city on tour. From internationally headlining artists to regional tours, there will be a concert for everyone this month.



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 musicals like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl’s book, and performances like the ever-popular Cirque du Soleil aerial acrobatics. 

Find all the Miami theatrical productions.

(4) 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.

(5) Miami BeerFest

The sixth-annual BeerFest is happening on Saturday, January 4, 2020. The best breweries in south Florida as well as internationally converge at the Marlins Park for a day of beer tasting, music, and food trucks. 



All of the ticket proceeds will go towards an animal rescue nonprofit. 

NOTE: Tickets will NOT be sold at the door, except for $20 designated driver tickets.

(6) 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. Find more free activities in Miami here



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).

(7) See Trevor Noah Live

January sees a major comic stopping in Miami on tour. 



Trevor Noah is the host of The Daily Show and an author. He’s well known for his mastery of multiple accents and languages and incorporating them into his set.

Find all comedy shows 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 day from November through January 5, 2020. See their website for details. 

Hours are 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, though the park remains open until 1:30 am on some weekends, making this a great late night out. 

Find more evening entertainment, see our full post on things to do at night.

(9) See Oprah Winfrey Live

Oprah is an American icon, well known for her talk show, book club, and now TV network and acting.



She is coming to the BB&T Center on Saturday, January 4 for one of her nine tour stops in the 2020 tour. She is focusing on health, wellness, and developing one’s own vision. 

(10) Go to a Comedy Festival

The Miami Festival of Laughs is bringing some popular comics to the stage. Be prepared to laugh with Mike Epps, Gary Owen, Tony Rock, and other funny performers.  



Find all the comedy shows in Miami here.


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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: October 12th, 2021
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