Events you can’t miss in Miami in January 2017

By Josie Gulliksen for

Shen Yun

Jan. 6-8

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Dancers soar through the air, presenting classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance and story-based dance performed to orchestral music.

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus

Jan. 6-18 & 12-15

Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Their new experience “Out of this World” is a cosmic voyage and interactive experience with gravity-deying acrobats, thrill skaters and an adventure with the Circus Space Fleet.

National YoungArtsWeek

Jan. 8-15

Where: Various venues throughout Miami
This event brings together approximately 170 young artists from the visual, literary, design and performing arts for workshops, classes and intense mentoring with experts in their fields which culminates in a series of screenings, art exhibits and performances.

Miami Jewish Film Festival

Jan. 12-26

Where: Various venues throughout Miami
For the event’s 20th Anniversary it’s a line-up of more than 60 films from 20 countries.

Miami City Ballet: Program II Serenade

Jan. 13-15

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Miami’s celebrated ballet troupe performs George Balanchine’s “Serenade” set to music by Tchaikovsky, as well as “Carousel Pas de Deux,” “Calcium Light Night,” the first ballet by Peter Martins, Balanchine’s successor at New York City Ballet and “Glass Pieces” by Jerome Robbins set to music by Philip Glass.

Art Deco Weekend

Jan. 13-15

Where: Ocean Drive between Fifth and 13th, Miami Beach
Celebrate the best of Art Deco at this three-day festival featuring vendors, film screenings, lectures, classic cars, a street parade, children’s area, filmmaker discussions and more.

Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival

Jan. 13-15

Where: Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami
The fourth season of this festival offers 60 features and short films, awards, explore social gamer fandom, discuss scientific topics.

Redland Heritage Festival

Jan. 14-15

Where: Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead
Celebrate the 41st year of this tradition with local arts and crafts, historical exhibits, a large selection of tropical plants, food, a petting zoo, pony rides, magic shows, and an interactive Everglades wildlife show.

Beaux Arts Festival

Jan. 14-15

Where: The University of Miami campus, Coral Gables
Miami’s oldest juried fine arts show, the 65th annual edition of the Beaux Arts Festival features over 220 fine art exhibitors, live music in the Main-stage tent, the Family Fun Zone and more.

Gay8 Festival

Jan. 15

Where: Southwest Eighth Street from 14th to 17th Avenues, Miami
Get ready for the first Latino LGBT art, music and food street festival in Miami’s historic Little Havana, with some of Miami’s most celebrated musical talent including bands like Palo!, Suénalo, Picadillo and the Spam Allstars.

Screendance Miami: Dance on Film Festival

Jan. 19-21

Where: Various venues throughout Miami
This Tigertail-produced festival offers workshops, panels and screenings that highlight national, international and Miami-based choreographers and filmmakers who are working with emerging and new concepts to capture movement and dance on film and video.

Homestead Championship Rodeo

Jan. 20-22

Where: Doc’ DeMilly Rodeo Arena at Harris Field, U.S. 1 and Southwest 312th Street in Homestead
Homestead Championship Rodeo and Rodeo Days bring together the toughest competitors for bare-back and saddle bronco riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, cowgirls’ barrel racing and the crowd favorite, bull riding.

International Chocolate Festival

Jan. 20-22

Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables
Three decadent days of chocolate with chef demonstrations, lectures, a Choco-Walk, plant sales and more.

Florida Grand Opera’s “Eugene Onegin”

Jan. 28-31

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Tchaikovsky’s most beloved opera about a narcissistic young man who spurns the affections of a young girl and turns the pistol on his best friend in a fatal duel.

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