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Things to Do in Miami in January 2024: Sun, Sand, and Fun-Filled Events and Activities

by Roslie L.
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When it comes to things to do in Miami in January, we are spoiled for choice. Whether you are a local looking to add excitement to your post-holiday calendar or are a tourist chasing the winter sun, you’ll find a world of opportunities here.

From pickleball to parades, Miami’s January event calendar will keep you on your toes. To help you plan the perfect night out or weekend away, here is everything you need to know about what’s happening in South Florida this month.

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January 2024 Miami Events & Festivals

January 12 – 14: Art Deco Weekend

Held in the Miami Beach Architectural District, this free three-day festival celebrates all things tropical retro, featuring guided walking tours, a classic car show, live music, and food, all with the district’s colorful art deco buildings as the backdrop.

January 11 – 25: Miami Jewish Film Festival

 Experience the finest in classic and contemporary Jewish films, screening around the city at venues including the Miami Beach Bandshell, O Cinema South Beach, Miami Theater Center, and more. Check the official festival website for the program lineup and event tickets.

January 13 – 14: Miami Comedy Festival

In the mood for a laugh? For the best comedy show in Miami, look to this fabulous festival. Hosted by Hard Rock Hollywood, this hilarious series of shows is the perfect Miami weekend activity. Grab the details here for one of the most fun things to do in Florida.

January 13 -14: The Pickle Games Miami

Ready for the biggest pickleball festival in the world? For the ultimate pickleball weekend, mark your calendar for the famous Miami pickleball competition.

Whether you’re a serious fan or just looking for things to do in Miami, you won’t want to miss this. Come hungry for the best street food in Miami and plan plenty of time to stick around for the live music.

Planning Tip: Visiting Miami in January? Check out our Guide to the Best Hotels in Miami at Every Price Point.

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

New clipping and posters of Black History Figures on wall

Join the Liberty City Martin Luther King Parade to celebrate Miami’s Caribbean and African heritage and honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

After the parade, explore the diverse menu of global flavors and check out the best local rap, hip-hop, R&B, soul, jazz, reggae, and salsa.

Jan 27 – 28: Miami Brickell Art Festival

Lobster roll on newspaper

Formerly known as the Miami/ Coral Gables Art & Mega Festival, this much-loved art festival has officially moved to Brickell and is better than ever.

To sample the ultra-fresh local seafood, you’ve got to check out the Brickell Seafood Festival. Expect a fun weekend of fantastic food, music, and, of course, art. Foodies, craft beer, and wine lovers will have a ball at this fun January event. Book your tickets in advance online.

Planning Tip: Want to whet your appetite before the event? Eat your way through the best restaurants in Miami. Here is your insider guide to local favorite eateries.

More Inspiration for Things to Do in Miami in January

Explore South Beach like a local

Family riding bicycle on Ocean Drive Miami Beach Art Deco District in South Beach Florida

From Lincoln Road to Lummus Park, beaches to city sights, Miami Beach has an attraction for every visitor. Learn about the historic roots of South Beach and the vibrant Art Deco District and get to know the area like a local with these tour highlights:

Planning Tip: Want to make a day of it and discover more things to do in South Beach? Grab our guide for insider tips on exploring this popular neighborhood.

Explore the Florida Everglades

Everglades Safari Park Airboat Miami Everglades Florida

Take the opportunity to explore Florida’s wildlife and embark on a thrilling airboat ride through Everglades National Park. Learn about the delicate ecosystem and get up close and personal with wildlife in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, egrets, and coral snakes as you weave through mangroves tunnels.

Insider Tip: Visit Everglades via the Homestead Trolley for free park admission to both Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park to those riding on the National Parks Trolley. Find out more info here.

January is the perfect time to visit the Shark Valley Visitor Center. Grab our complete guide here and plan your own ultimate South Florida adventure.

Get Wild at the Miami Zoo

Zoo Miami Florida camel eating

Whether you’re an animal lover or looking for a fun activity with the kids, Zoo Miami is a great option! Home to over 3000 animals, including over 30 endangered species, the zoo is one of the most exclusive and wildlife-friendly zoos around the world.

And the best part about it is that the animals aren’t confined to cages with other animals, instead they live in large areas of land which predominantly imitates their natural habitat. They also interact with other species as they would in the wild.

Planning Tip: Get your tickets in advance to save time (and consider doing the VIP upgrade).

Be Dazzled at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens House and Courtyard Coconut Grove Florida

Miami is famous for its architecture, and there are countless gems around the city to admire. Enjoy the grandeur of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, take a stroll through the immaculately designed Italian-French renaissance gardens learning about Miami’s Golden Age.

Whether you are a design aficionado or not, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a perfect January afternoon stop. Book online to jump the line.

Grab a Miami Explorer Pass

Red Big Tour Bus

To see all of the top attractions in Miami, opt for the Go City Miami Explorer Pass. With access to over 25 different sights, experiences, and tours in Miami, you can save big when combining attractions with this pass. It’s a smart way to save money traveling through South Florida while bypassing the ticket booths.

Planning Tip: To see the top attractions of Miami without all the hassle of planning, connect with a local for a guided experience. Here’s a rundown of our top ten best tours in Miami to help you hit the ground running.

Catch a Game

Big white building

When you visit Miami, you’ve got to catch a game! Cheer alongside the locals and get in the Florida spirit. January is the prime time to catch a Miami Heat Basketball game (you can find the schedule here) or a Florida Panthers Hockey game (full details here).

Miami Travel FAQs

Is January a Good Time to Visit Miami?

Palm trees and cyclist at South Pointe Pier Park and Miami Beach Boardwalk, South Beach Florida

Absolutely! Winter in Miami is unbeatable. It’s one of the best winter sun destinations in the United States. The weather is comfortable and sunny, making it perfect for exploring and lounging at the beach.

This is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors. Get our guide to Miami’s best parks and trails to plan your path. And when you’re ready to refuel, head up to the dazzling rooftop restaurants of Miami.

What Is the Weather in Miami in January Like?

In January in Miami, you can expect weather in the 70s fahrenheit. It is rarely over 82-83 degrees and not often under 68 degrees. Generally speaking, that means you can enjoy the best Miami beaches in January and go around in a t-shirt in the afternoons. It is a good idea to bring a sweater or a light jacket for chilly mornings and evenings (as well as a few indoor spots that are a little too zealous with the AC!).

With its beautiful January weather in Miami, eclectic cuisines, art and culture this magical city is a hard pass for anyone who wants to relax and have some sun winter fun in Miami!

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