Miami began a new year with optimism. After a quiet hurricane season, and boisterous new-year celebrations, south Florida is ready to begin a new year. And what a great way it was to start off the year with the national college football championship celebration, which was held on January 7 – city streets were filled with fans and spectators from the south-end of town to the northernmost part of Miami-Dade county and into Broward and Palm Beach counties, the city was vibrant. With such a successful outcome, south Florida began a radiant new year.
The second weekend continues to be filled with highlights, celebrations and entertainment – Miami’s top priority.
On January 11 – 13 Bayfront Park at Bayside, located at 301 N. Biscayne Boulevard will feature live music with Allen Stone and Jacob Jeffries Band starting at 5:00 p.m. in addition to free live entertainment for the entire family, the park will offer an art display from local artist and farmer’s market from local growers. Free yoga classes are also offered every Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. This waterfront park has much to offer, including tourist attractions, bus and boat tours, shops, dining and spectacular skyline and ocean views.
On January 11 – 20, at the southeast end of town, Pinecrest Gardens a historical botanical garden with a 500-seat outdoor amphitheater located at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, will be presenting a Shakespeare winter celebration, featuring Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” play and educational literary works. Show times are 2:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., educational events precede the show.
On January 11 – 13, the Lincoln Road Mall in Miami Beach, will have an outdoor antique show, along the 800 to 1000 blocks featuring antique jewelry, clothing and furniture. International dining and live entertainment are also part of this special event.
Schnebly winery the southernmost winery of the U.S., located in the Redland district, at 30205 S.W. 217 Avenue, Homestead. Offers live entertainment every weekend for the entire family, BBQ, wine tasting, and tours. This winery is known for its tropical fruit wines and ales.
The Homestead Fruit and Spice Park also located at the south end of town, at 24801 S.W. 187 Avenue, Homestead, is a botanical park, specializing in natural and exotic fruits, herbs and nuts from all around the world. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offers guided tours on a daily basis. The Mango Café located inside the park, is also open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – the café offers natural fruit smoothies and tropical fruit samplers from the park and other local delicacies.
On the third weekend of January, Miami will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. There are many celebrations in his honor.
On January 15th the Miami tower, formerly known as the Bank of America tower, located in the heart of downtown at 100 S.E. 2 Street, Miami – will be presenting, A Man of Peace in a Time of War, at the 11th floor skyline lounge, a documentary related to civil rights activists. The film features interviews with Dr. King, Reverend Reggie Jackson, and former secretary of state Colin Powell. Marley, a documentary about Bob Marley’s life and music will also be presented, following Dr. King’s documentary. The show begins at 6:00 p.m.
The 24th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade will take place on January 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. along the stretch of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, between 12th and 32nd Avenues. The event will include, marching bands, symbolic floats commemorating Dr. King as well as, local celebrities and public figures. The festivities will continue at the Martin Luther Park located at Martin Luther King Boulevard and 32 Court, Miami. Food, live music and sport activities will be offered at the park.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a national historic landmark located at 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami will have bicycle tours on January 21st from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and moonlight tours with live music and dining on January 23rd starting at 6:30 p.m.
On January 11 to February 24, Circe du Soleil a Canadian-based entertaining company will be presenting Totem, an acrobatic show featuring the evolution of man, at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, located at 347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens.
The month-long celebrations will end at the Miami Beach convention center, located at 1700 Convention Center Drive – where the world’s largest antique show will take place from January 31 to February 4 – from noon to 6:00 p.m. Expert worthologists will be on site to give expert advice and evaluate antiques.
Rare items, exotic household items, clothing, furniture and jewelry will be available for sale.
Miami’s spectacular events will continue in February. Postings will be available on or about January 26, 2013.