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Pegasus World Cup Invitational
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The best January events in Miami

The first month of 2021 is looking pretty chill but there are still plenty of January events in Miami to experience

By Virginia Gil

Our list of January events in Miami is usually brimming with parties and outdoor festivals, but 2021 has other plans. The year is getting off to a slow, cautious start with most of the city’s planned happenings rescheduled for down the line or even postponed until 2022. While we await their return, let’s focus on the positive: things to do in January. It’s one of our coldest months but still temperate enough to enjoy a day on any of Miami’s Beaches or picnic at a Miami park. Honestly, it’s pretty much the best time to be outside. If you’re looking for something more seasonal, there’s always a Miami ice skating rink. For more ideas of ways to spend your January in Miami, check our list below.

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Digital Art Month
Photograph: Courtesy Digital Art Month

1. Digital Art Month

Things to do Exhibitions

Art is everywhere this month, you just have to know where and how to spot it. From virtual roses surrounding a stop sign and trippy formations on a building to a cyclone of letters emerging from the sidewalk, augmented-reality pieces are on display throughout Miami as part of Digital Art Month. The Contemporary and Digital Art Fair (CADAF) is behind the public art festival, featuring 50 works installed in the Wynwood and Coconut Grove neighborhoods as well as on Lincoln Road in South Beach. Folks will need to follow an interactive map to find the “exhibitions” and use a QR code at each location to activate the augmented reality filter. From there, you’ll get to snap your favorite works of art and celebrate the experiential event on social media using the hashtag #DigitalArtMonth.

Peruvian clothes
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2. The Artisan Market Company

We hope you didn’t blow all of your cash on holiday gifts because there’s a new antique market coming to Coconut Grove this month. Put on by the same company that produces the holiday markets in New York City’s West Village, Miami’s artisan market takes place in the evening at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Shop local vendors, produce, food and more. Jan 8 2–9pm

Seven Deadly Sins
Photograph: Justin Swader

3. Seven Deadly Sins

Things to do Performances

Seven of the country’s most accomplished writers and playwrights, including Hilary Bettis of The Americans and Nilo Cruz of Anna in the Tropics, take on the seven deadly sins for this one-of-a-kind, socially distant performance on Lincoln Road. In rotation over 90 minutes, small audiences will watch actors play out gluttony, envy, wrath, greed, lust, pride and sloth from inside vacant storefronts while listening to the action on headphones. Two performances take place nightly on weekends and the entire performance is outdoors.

Elastic Bond at Arsht Center
Photograph: Courtesy Arsht Center/Alissa Christine

4. Live on the Plaza: Elastic Bond

Things to do Performances Omni

Miss concerts? The Arsht Center’s Live on the Plaza series is here with a much-needed dose of live music. On Thursday, January 21, catch an outdoor performance by psychedelic tropical soul duo Elastic Bond. The group—a collab between Venezuelan producer-musician Andrés Ponce and Honduran singer-songwriter Sofy Encanto—has been making locals’ hips sway since 2006 with its unique blend of bilingual funk, hip-hop and soul tunes. Guests are asked to check-in at the Ziff Ballet Opera House doors on NE 13th Street. Masks are required.

Pinecrest Gardens
Photograph: Courtesy Pinecrest Gardens/ARDZPhotography

5. JazzAid Live from the Banyan Bowl

Things to do Pinecrest Gardens, Pinecrest

Lockdown has impacted every single one of Miami’s beloved attractions, including Pinecrest Gardens. Forced to cancel its anticipated all-star jazz series in the fall of 2020, the botanical garden reimagines it as JazzAid Live from the Banyan Bowl—an eight-part virtual event that helps raise money for nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen, which has been feeding vulnerable communities in the U.S. since the crisis began. The shows will be broadcast live from the Banyan Bowl for one night only and feature Grammy-winning artists and international superstars, including the world-renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra on January 16. 

Classic Car Tour
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Alex Read

6. Vintage Auto Show at Deering Estate

Things to do

Car aficionados, rejoice! The Deering Estate’s annual vintage auto show returns with an epic showcase, featuring rare and collectible vehicles from 1969 and older—plus, a rare sighting of the 1950 International Harvester Truck in honor of Charles Deering. Not into cars? Visit the outdoor event for guided nature tours, an art installation and the opportunity to picnic on the grass when you visit one of the many food and drink vendors on the premises.

Lowe Art Museum
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Adrian Salgado

7. Beaux Arts Festival

Things to do Festivals Online, Grapeland Heights

This annual arts festival in support of South Florida’s first art museum, the Lowe, returns to the University of Miami’s campus virtually. The event, encouraging an appreciation of the arts across Miami, features online exhibits, interactive activities, online art classes and more.

Pegasus World Cup Invitational
Photograph: Courtesy Pegasus World Cup

8. Pegasus World Cup

Things to do Sport events Gulfstream Park,

The million-dollar horse race ($3 million, to be exact) returns to Gulfstream Park this January. Not into horses? Come for the atmosphere, which, if similar to years past, will likely border on South Beach nightclub thanks to a day party and live musical performances at the Pegasus LIV Stretch Village. 

Ballet slippers
Photograph: Unsplash/Alexandre Tsuchiya

9. Miami City Ballet presents Love Letter Pop-Ups

Things to do Miami, Miami Shores

Miami City Ballet continues to find ways to perform despite these weird times. As a follow-up to the company's genius production of The Nutcracker in the park, MCB pops up at attractions, museums and other public places this winter. The company has yet to share what it’ll be performing but we can tell you the schedule, which we’ve included below. Mark your calendars and prepare for a series of spectacular, captivating and uplifting shows in the coming months.

Aqueous - new
Photograph: Courtesy Aqueous/Steph Estrada

10. Aqueous

Things to do Exhibitions Artechouse, South Beach

Aqueous, the latest immersive installation from ARTECHOUSE, examines the calming qualities of Pantone 2020’s Classic Blue and its connection to water. Step inside the South Beach museum and prepare to chill out staring at trippy ocean vistas, listening to the sounds of falling rain and experiencing other aquatic-themed moments. The piece is part of ARTECHOUSE’s newest series, Submerge, spanning other cities with different elemental installations relating to earth, water and air.

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