Christmas and New Year celebrations may be all over, but the sun is still shining in Miami, and if you’re holed up in a snowy northern city, this warm, welcoming corner of Florida may be just what you need to cure those seasonal blues. Here’s what’s happening this month – why not book a flight and join in the fun!
Art Deco Weekend – Jan 16-18
What began as a grassroots festival to bring awareness to South Beach’s movement to preserve its plethora of neglected Art Deco buildings and hotels, has grown into the largest celebration of historical structures from the 20s, 30s and 40s-era. Today, Art Deco Weekend has evolved to include musical performances, fashion shows, walking tours, movie screenings, lecture series and antique cars. Over 400,000 people attend annually and it’s a must-see event for locals and tourists alike. Art Deco Weekend is a uniquely Miami style soiree, and with the road closed to traffic, you can expect to see drag queens, stilt walkers, musicians and other performers on the beachfront and boardwalk. There is a happy vibe that permeates the entire weekend. It’s considered one of the major highlights on South Beach’s annual calendar, and for good reason.
Martin Luther King Parade – Jan 19th
On the third Monday of January every year, Miami joins the rest of the country in saluting MLK jr. The parade takes place along NW 54th Street on a route from NW 12th Avenue to NW 32nd Avenue. It ends with a celebration at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. Parade goers can expect high school marching bands, athletes, and cheerleaders on foot, floats, cars, and fire trucks bearing local politicians, union leaders, and activists—and, for a Caribbean Miami twist, Carnival dancers taking it to the streets in a colorful dance and music performance. Once the parade reaches the park, revelers can enjoy food, activities for kids, and a variety of vendors and entertainment.
Yoga in The Park – Every Wednesday
If you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit, then why not ease yourself into it with a gentle Hatha Yoga class, and channel your inner Buddha amid the lush foliage of the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. . The all-ages class combines strengthening, stretching, and relaxation on the terrace. Instructor Terra-Nova begins the class with a mini-meditation and offers new themes each week, many of which revolve around our relationship to nature. Mats are first-come, first-served, so maybe bring your own. All donations given at the class support the garden; suggested donations are $5 for garden members and $10 for nonmembers. The class begins at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday.