Joyful January

Festivals of all kinds will fill up the first page of your 2018 calendar: art, fitness, seafood and even chocolate. If you’re looking to go at a slower pace after a busy holiday season, book a cruise, play in the snow, become a butterfly, or immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind art exhibit on the beach.

January 1-31

Miami Cruise Month celebrates this well-earned title, as PortMiami is the place where 18 cruise companies’ 34 ships set sail full of eager travelers all year long. Book your next cruise during the month of January to take advantage of all the deals and specials, including pre and post-cruise Miami hotel stays, attraction visits, heritage tours and much more…Your tropical getaway is ready, are you?

Part I: January 6-7; Part II: March 3-4

Start the year off in style and join your fellow art aficionados at the 30th Anniversary of the Las Olas Art Fair in what looks like an art gallery lining the iconic Las Olas Boulevard. This colorful street festival is considered a South Florida tradition and is nationally recognized as one of the top events in America. Come out to see more than 1,200 artists display their work where you can meet the creators, commission your own piece, ask questions, and learn about techniques and their sources of inspiration. Once you’ve had your fill of wandering the streets, purchase your favorite and show it off as part of your art collection.

Through January 7th at Dolphin Mall

Gather your family and friends and head over to Dolphin Mall as the Ramblas Plaza gets a mystical coating of snow everyday at 7:00 pm through January 7th. Inspire the joyful spirit of the holiday season and bring out everyone’s inner child when they enjoy the unexpected cool magic of a winter snowfall in South Florida.

Through January 7th at MODS

Have you ever dreamt of flying free like a butterfly? The Museum of Discovery & Science offers you a first-hand look into the life of one of the most extraordinary creatures on earth. Embark on a journey; explore. Venture through the leaves, and discover their natural surroundings and unusual friendships. Learn how to move like a caterpillar before you transform into a butterfly and take flight! This interactive showcase lets you experience the surprising challenges butterflies face every day.

January 11-14 at Bayfront Park, Miami

The Wodapalooza Miami Global Athletic Competition & Family-Friendly Fitness Festival returns for its 7th year of celebrating fitness, community and life. Spectators will watch as athletes from around the world compete for pride, passion and their share of a $200k cash prize. Attendees can also check out the vendor village featuring over 150 exhibitors, attend educational fitness seminars, enjoy interactive entertainment, fuel up with a vast array of food options, and dance to world-class DJ’s. Tickets available online: two-day packages start at $80 with children under 10 free.

January 13 at Esplanade Park, Fort Lauderdale

Florida Stone Crab Season is upon us. Get your belly ready for the 7th Annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival, a free crustacean celebration where Fort Lauderdale’s top seafood restaurants will be serving up all kinds of seafood delicacies—and fresh stone crab claws, of course! Seafood lovers will surely leave satisfied as dishes start at only $5 and are accompanied by cold drinks, live entertainment and family fun favorites like the Hermit Crab Race.

January 20-22 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Chocolate fans get a pass from the New Year’s resolution restrictions between January 20th and the 22nd so they can unleash their sweet tooth at the 11th Annual International Chocolate Festival at Fairchild. If the delicious chocolatey flavors aren’t enough, there will also be educational benefits to this chocolate-filled weekend. Learn about cacao trees and watch cooking demonstrations as you enjoy the endless treat offerings during this month’s most delicious event.

Through February 19th at The BASS Museum

The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, is back! Good Evening Beautiful Blue took over the newly designed second floor with a unique exhibit by Ugo Rondinone. Encounter a multi-wall installation comprised of 52-mirrors, each representing a week in the year, on a backdrop of distressed local newspapers; 22 male and 23 female life-size clown figures reflecting the artist’s quotidian activities, and an immersive six-channel video installation where slow-motion loops are framed in a blue tinted room. Rondinone places visitors in an arena of contemplation and introspection—confronting them and stimulating self-reflection.

By Bianca Sanchez