Saying goodbye to 2018 was pretty bittersweet but we’re sending all the best vibes for this new year and that includes the hope for even more culture and amazing things to do in our city. Why not make the pact to go do at least one thing you haven’t done around Miami, discover a new spot or catch a movie at that theater you’ve always wanted to check out. There are always wonderful things to do, and the first two weeks are setting the tone. Inspiring concerts like “Simon & Garfunkel Revisited” at SMDCAC, “The Matrix” in 4K at the Gables Art Cinema, or even another great Giralda Under the Stars. See what else is in store:

Tuesday, January 1st:

Miami Lantern Light Festival – A spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes. The Lantern Light festival is a celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive handmade lanterns, inspiring performances, and children’s activities.
Where: Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition. Time: 5PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Wednesday, January 2nd:

Green Book Club Year 12 – The Green Book Club is devoted to the topics that green-thumbs love best: nature, gardens, conservation and the environment. New members are always welcome! The Club meets every first Wednesday of the month starting November until May at the Garden.
Where: Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Time: 11AM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

2018-2019 SoundScape Cinema Series – Enjoy the movies under the stars with another season of the SoundScape Cinema Series. Check out the complete schedule for the Miami Beach 2018-2019 SoundScape Cinema Series: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 – Pather Panchali (1955).
Where: SoundScape Park. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.

BINGO WITH MISS TOTO – Play Bingo for FREE with your supreme hostess: MISS TOTO! Grab your dauber by the shaft to win drinks, swag, gift certificates, vinyl records, and more! This event is so fabulous that it has been featured in international magazines (so if you haven’t made it yet, you are overdue)!
Where: Gramps. Time: 9PM. Tickets: Free.

Thursday, January 3rd:

History of Art and Hip Hop – NSU Art Museum’s History of Art and Hip Hop features artists and performers steeped in Southern hip hop. This symposium explores the musical genre and how South Florida’s unique fusion of Reggae, West Indian, Latino and African music and dance with early rap and Miami bass influenced the work of South Florida artists.
Where: NSU Art Museum. Time: 4PM – 7PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Photo by PAMM.

Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl Film Screening – As part of PAMM Free Community Night, join them for the Miami premiere of the feature documentary film “Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl” directed by Amy Goldstein and produced by Anouchka van Riel. Following the screening, join the filmmaker and producer for a conversation moderated by Sweat Records’ Lolo Reskin and a Q&A with the audience. Space is limited for the film. First come, first seated. RSVP does not guarantee you a seat.
Where: PAMM. Time: 6:30PM. Tickets: RSVP here.

Friday, January 4th:

Friday Night Live at the Fountain – Trek down to Normandy Fountain in North Beach for a free live musical entertainment on the first Friday of every month. Performance by: The Lenard Rutledge Jazz Ensemble. Gather around with neighbors and friends as you listen to great tunes, take a walk around the square and check out the great restaurants that North Beach has to offer.
Where: Normandy Village Fountain Time: 6PM – 10PM.

First Fridays at ICA Miami ft. Bonaventure (Discwoman) – ICA Miami welcomes electronic artist Bonaventure (Discwoman) to First Fridays for a special performance, along with Miami-based artist and Space Tapes founder Nick León and a DJ set by Ashley Venom.
Where: ICA Miami. Time: 6PM. Tickets: Free.

If Beale Street Could Talk at O Cinema Wynwood – Director Barry Jenkins’ ambitious follow-up to MOONLIGHT adapts James Baldwin’s poignant novel about a woman fighting to free her falsely accused husband from prison before the birth of their child. From the director of the Oscar-winning MOONLIGHT comes a plunge into a world of Black love, with all the pain and the joy that can go along with it. In his third feature, Barry Jenkins draws deep from the well of James Baldwin, whose profound insight into African Americans’ unique place in American society serves as inspiration for this gorgeous tone poem on love and justice.
Where: O Cinema Wynwood. Time: 7PM & 9:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Photo by O Cinema‎.

OM Unity Community Yoga Class led by Gabi Torres – Join OM as they hold space for their community of movers every first Friday of the month! They kick off the 2019 OM Unity Community class series with Movement Leader, Gabi Torres. Bring your friends, your own mat and water, and they will cover the rest!
Where: OM Movement. Time: 7PM – 9PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Coral Gables Gallery Night w/ A Sense of Place by Susan Randall – Held the first Friday of the month, Gables Gallery Nights showcase the various works from European and Latin American art masters to outstanding contemporary artists. Look for the Gallery Night Trolley signs to hop on one of the special Trolleys which loop between Coral Gables galleries and participating art venues. This month we’re hosting: A Sense of Place by Susan Randall.
Where: Books & Books. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Free.

Giralda Under the Stars: Caribbean Rhythms – Downtown Coral Gables & Miracle Mile are bringing back a neighborhood favorite to Giralda Plaza: Giralda Under the Stars! Every first Friday of the month from November 2018 – April 2019, the community promenade will come alive with outdoor dining and music by local bands. Make sure to come early and fill those bellies with the delicious local eats of Restaurant Row’s vibrant selection of eateries.
Where: Giralda. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Steve-O: the Bucket List Tour – Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) was willing to do whatever it took to become famous, even if it meant stapling his ball sack to his leg. Across his social media platforms, Steve-O has amassed well over 20 million followers and counting, providing an intimate window into his colorful life, and sharing his love for animals (including the four dogs and two cats he and Lux have rescued). Steve-O and Lux have plans to start their own animal sanctuary.
Where: Miami Improv. Time: 7:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Saturday, January 5th:

Key Biscayne Kayaking Oceanside – Let naturalists take you on a journey along the shores of a land that has witnessed the comings and goings of man for over 2000 years, from the Tequesta tribes to the pirates that shipwrecked off shore. Paddle over sea-grass beds and sand flats as you make your way past an ancient fossilized reef and into the serene mangrove forests. This trip meets at the Crandon Park Nature Center, please bring plenty of drinking water (at least one quart), closed-toe shoes, and protection from the sun. $30 per person, guided with all equipment provided.
Where: Crandon Park Nature Center. Time: 9:30AM – 12PM. Tickets: Get em here.

MOCA Mini Makers – Celebrate the diverse uses of material in the historic AFRICOBRA exhibition by making your own paper and cardboard collage creations, inspired by the work of Jeff Donaldson.
Where: MOCA. Time: 2PM – 4PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Big Cypress Night Sky Program – An evening of dark sky education and celebration! View one of the darkest skies in the eastern United States this winter by attending this ranger-led astronomy program. A 45 minute interpretive program will begin at 7pm followed by telescope viewing. This event is free and open to the public – no reservations necessary.
Where: Big Cypress National Preserve. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Free.

Jam Life presents Electric Kif! With Special Guests Off Orbit – Jam Life and Bar Nancy present…A night of Psychedelic Jams and Rock & Roll grooves featuring…One of South Florida’s premiere Alternative Jam bands…ELECTRIC KIF! Performing with Special Guests OFF ORBIT and their own unique blend of Funk, Rock, Blues & Country! Dj. Set by Joshy Josh.
Where: Bar Nancy. Time: 10PM. Tickets: Free.

SAFE Sound System – SSS. Music: Terence Tabeau, Diego Andrés, Anshaw Black, and Artime.
Where: The Electric Pickle. Time: 10 PM – 5 AM. Tickets: Get em here.

Goodfellas (35mm) – An additional screening of the 35mm print of Goodfellas on TUESDAY, JANUARY 8 AT 9:00 PM. Please note that tickets to this encore screening are $11.75 regular admission prices. Martin Scorsese’s brilliant mafia classic is narrated by Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he tells the tale of his beginnings selling stolen cigarettes, rising through the mafia ranks by unimaginable means, prison, and ultimate betrayal. With his partners Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), the three blend blue-collar smarts, ambition, and raging ruthless violence into one successful mafia cocktail. Henry’s wife, Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco), narrates her own story of acceptance.
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema. Time: 11:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Sunday, January 6th:

Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Tour – Explore the history of Coral Gables in this leisurely canoe paddle through the City Beautiful. This guided tour will teach you all about the man-made waterway’s delightful blend of unique vistas, abundant wildlife, and historic landmarks. This trip meets at the A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center; please bring plenty of drinking water (at least one quart), closed-toe shoes, and protection from the sun. $35 per person, guided with all equipment provided.
Where: A.D. Barnes Park Nature Center. Time: 9:30AM. Tickets: Get em here.

Sunday Stories – Visit MOCA for a live reading of “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats followed by a puffy paint project in the pavilion. Get inspired in the first of our new Sunday Programs here at MOCA. Listen to a story in our gallery surrounded by our new AfriCOBRA exhibit, and then join us in the Pavilion Gallery for a hands-on early childhood art project. Every first Sunday of the month.
Where: MOCA. Time: 11AM – 12PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Photo by MOCA.

Monday, January 7th:

Serving Up the Bizness: Industry Night at Gramps – Gramps is serving up service industry discounts! Monday nights, from 9pm-2am. $5 Fernet, $5 Jameson, $5 Crown. 20% off Drafts, Wells, and Cocktails. Public service counts, too! Teachers, first responders, fire, police, City, County, etc.
Where: Gramps. Time: 9PM – 2AM. Tickets: Free.

Tuesday, January 8:

Curator’s Tour –  Join Chief Curator, Amy Galpin on a special tour of the current exhibition “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.” This exhibition is the first major survey of twenty-first century art of the Caribbean. This event is free and open to the public. No need to register, just drop in.
Where: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. Time: 1PM. Tickets: Free.

Wednesday, January 9:

WaveMaker Grants: Info Session – WaveMaker Grants – Cycle 5 applications are open now. Attend an information session to learn more about the grant application process and requirements! WaveMaker Grants brings critical support to the growing number of innovative, artist-driven endeavors that make up Miami-Dade County’s burgeoning cultural landscape. WaveMaker Grants focuses on experimental, artist-centric projects and activities that operate without traditional funding sources and outside the demands of the marketplace. WaveMaker Grants provides monetary awards—individual grants of up to $6,000—to foster the development of non-commercial, non-institutional projects that are accessible to the public via process, presentation, production, or publication, and profoundly impact the critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Miami’s vibrant arts community.
Where: The Bass. Time: 7PM – 8PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

2018-2019 SoundScape Cinema Series – Enjoy the movies under the stars with another season of our SoundScape Cinema Series. Check out the complete schedule for the Miami Beach 2018-2019 SoundScape Cinema Series: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – The Band’s Visit (2007).
Where: SoundScape Park. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.

Photo by SoundScape Cinema Series.

2019 YoungArts Week | Dance Performance & Film Screenings – During National YoungArts Week, experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in the YoungArts Gallery.
Where: New World Center. Time: 8PM – 10PM. Tickets: Get em here.

BINGO WITH MISS TOTO – Play Bingo for FREE with your supreme hostess: MISS TOTO! Grab your dauber by the shaft to win drinks, swag, gift certificates, vinyl records, and more! This event is so fabulous that it has been featured in international magazines (so if you haven’t made it yet, you are overdue)!
Where: Gramps. Time: 9PM. Tickets: Free.

Thursday, January 10:

Isaac Sinclair Teel (of Tauk) & friends – Join The Yard for this very special night featuring Isaac Sinclair Teel (of Tauk) and friends.
Where: The Wynwood Yard. Time: 8PM. Tickets: Free.

Blame it on the Disco [1/10] – Come out and get your disco on, Thursday, January 10th. They’ve got a talented crew of local DJs supplying the party vibes: Enrique Quintero, Jorge Sotolongo, and Miks (fresh to Miami from our nation’s capital, Washington, DC). Thursday night is for the ladies at Boombox, so expect complimentary drinks and specials from 9-11 pm. As always, no cover!
Where: Boombox. Time: 9PM – 3AM. Tickets: Free.

Friday, January 11:

2019 YoungArts Week | Exhibition Opening – During National YoungArts Week, experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator in the YoungArts Gallery.
Where: YoungArts. Time: 7:30PM – 10PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Photo by YoungArts‎.

Saturday, January 12:

Palm Beach VegFest – Come enjoy the good vibes, play games, and spoil your taste buds with your favorite vegan treats. It’s not just food! There will be a variety of vendors selling yoga apparel, tea, essential oils, jewelry, skincare, and more. Bring a friend who loves eating, shopping, and lawn games! We have corn hole and giant jenga.
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater. Time: 10AM – 6PM. Tickets: Free.

Juicy – includes all you can drink draft along with a custom festival glass. Confirmed Brewery List: Aardwolf Brewery, Angry Chair Brewing, Aslin Beer Company, Calusa Brewing, Casa Agria Specialty Ales, Civil Society Brewing, Equilibrium Brewery, Hidden Springs Ale Works, Moksa Brewing Company, Southern Swells Brewing Co., Southern Prohibition and Tripping Animals Brewing Co.
Where: Boxelder Craft Beer Market. Time: 11AM – 3PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Wynwood Art Walk Presented By EFFEN – Celebrate ART and community and come together for this all-inclusive, all-day long festival. Shop a curated selection of art, jewelry, handmade goods and the hottest new fashion trends at the Thrifter Market where we show love to ALL of our local, Miami-based vendors.
Where: The Wynwood Marketplace. Time: 12PM. Tickets: Free w/ RSVP.

Uncorked: Miami Wine Festival – Uncorked Wine Festivals is coming to Miami! Join them and enjoy over 100 wines from across the globe, bubbly bar, gourmet food trucks, live DJ, lawn games and more.
Where: 2700 S Bayshore Dr. Time: 1PM – 5PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Soul Clap Residency w/ Lonely C + A-Rock – We’re kicking off SOUL CLAP Pickle residency series with these two! LONELY C [Soul Clap, DJ set] and A-ROCK [Crew Love, NYC].
Where: The Electric Pickle. Time: 10PM – 5AM. Tickets: Free.

The Matrix (4K 20th Anniversary) – Noted sci-fi author William Gibson described as “the ultimate ‘cyberpunk’ artifact.” 20 years later, The Matrix’s influence still reverberates throughout the cinematic landscape, not least in part thanks to masterful fight scenes choreographed by martial artist Yuen Woo-ping (Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master; Iron Money; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), revolutionary visual effects that include the film’s iconic ‘bullet time’ sequences, and a complex, layered narrative that still raises questions about the nature of our reality.
Where: Coral Gables Art Cinema. Time: 11:30PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Photo by Coral Gables Art Cinema‎.

Sunday, January 13:

Edouard Duval-Carrié Lecture – Featured in the exhibition “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” Duval-Carrié addresses political, social, and historical themes of Haitian culture in his work. Born in Port-au-Prince in 1954 and based in Miami, Duval-Carrié is an internationally-renowned artist known for his large-scale paintings and sculptures that address the Caribbean diaspora. In his landscapes, the real and the imagined combine to create haunting and emotive compositions.
Where: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. Time: 3PM. Tickets: Free.

Live In Central Park (Revisited): Simon & Garfunkel – A re-creation of Simon & Garfunkel’s iconic 1981 concert in New York’s Central Park. Veteran Broadway singers and entertainers Johnny Rogers and Lee Lessack, who’ve collaborated with the likes of Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein, will perform the legendary duo’s full set list, including classics like “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Where: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Time: 7PM. Tickets: Get em here.

Monday, January 14:

Jam Cruise 17 Official Kickoff Party – Official Pre-Cruise Kickoff Party with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.
Where: Blackbird Ordinary. Time: 6 PM – 12 AM. Tickets: Get em here.

Serving Up the Bizness: Industry Night at Gramps – Gramps is serving up service industry discounts! Monday nights, from 9pm-2am. $5 Fernet, $5 Jameson, $5 Crown. 20% off Drafts, Wells, and Cocktails. Public service counts, too! Teachers, first responders, fire, police, City, County, etc.
Where: Gramps. Time: 9PM – 2AM. Tickets: Free.