Start the Year Off Right

It’s a new year and a new decade! Celebrate 2020 with these lovely events: a chocolate garden, a jazz festival, Art Deco Weekend, and a pre-game to the Super Bowl madness!

Jan. 3-5

Sometimes you need to take a break from other loud genres of music and turn on some smooth jazz. The perfect place to do that will be at the South Beach Jazz Festival, where you will be treated to lovely performances over the course of three days. A key aspect of this festival is their devotion to helping people with disabilities— Each performance includes at least one musician with a disability. Proceeds will go toward Power Access, which provides programs and produces experiential events centered on building awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.

Jan. 4-5

The 32nd Annual Las Olas Art Fair is back and with more than 300 national and international artists. This stunning showcase displays fine art across all mediums for the enjoyment of art appreciators and collectors alike. Those interested in purchasing art will be thrilled to discover that the artists will be on site, so you can ask about their techniques and learn about their inspirations. Once you’re done browsing the wonderful art collections, you can continue your stroll down Las Olas as you check out shops and cute cafes. Don’t hesitate to bring your pet either—the event is outdoors and pet-friendly!

Jan. 17-19

One of the most anticipated weekends of the year in Miami is here! Art Deco Weekend is the longest running free community cultural festival in Miami Beach and celebrates everything that’s great about Miami, from the architecture to the culture and even the history. More than 85 individual events will make up the festivities of this exciting weekend, including things like a retro fashion show, a classic car show, the Bark Deco Dog Show, and more. You’ll also have the chance to marvel at some art as there will be vintage photos and art on display. Talk about a fun-filled weekend!

Jan. 18-19

Flow Fest presented by Monkey Dust Productions is coming to Fort Lauderdale to teach you how to let go and flow. Flow arts are “forms of movement and dance that utilize props to enter a state of flow, [which is] an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time.” Master workshops will take place during the day with teachings on prop manipulation (hoop dances, juggling), dance (breakdance, belly dance, capoeira), and yoga. At night, parties and performances will take place to celebrate all you’ve learned!

Jan. 24-26

If you’ve ever dreamt about living your craziest Willy Wonka fantasies at the Chocolate Factory, this is the next best thing: The 14th Annual Chocolate Garden! At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, let your taste buds roam free with artisanal chocolate treats and a Fairchild Milkshake Shoppe. There will also be cooking demos, where you will get to see how chocolate is made, and ice cream banana plants, cacao trees, and chocolate orchids for sale. Additionally, enjoy The Garden Speakeasy, Cinema au Chocolat, the Fairchild Marketplace, and some “Sweets and Spirits!” It’s definitely going to be one for the books…the cooking books that is!

Jan. 30-Feb. 1

The Super Bowl is finally coming to the 305 this year with the Super Bowl LIV. You know what that means…Let the partying begin. One of the biggest parties will take place at the American Airlines Arena with the Super Bowl Music Festival. Three days of performances by A-list acts will take over the famous arena. On Thursday, the festival will kick off with DJ Khaled and Friends and DaBaby. Then on Friday, get ready to rock out with Guns ‘n Roses. Finally, on Super Bowl Eve—Saturday— Maroon 5 will perform with a “special guest.” The party is only getting started!

By Aaliyah Pasols