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Ultimate guide to kick off Art Basel and Miami Art Week

The first weekend of December in Miami each year marks one of the city’s biggest art events, Art Basel. And the week leading up to that marks Miami Art Week.

We’re here to guide you through and let you know the free and cheap events during that week.

Leah Gordon’s “Lyon (Lion)” as part of the exhibition “Kanaval” at MOCA in North Miami

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami, 770 NE 125 St.

Take advantage of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s extended hours. Located in the heart of Downtown North Miami, there will be two exhibitions on view inside by artists William Didier and Leah Gordon plus a public art installation on the plaza by artist Chire “VantaBlack” Regans. The public reception is Dec. 1 from 8-10 p.m., admission is $20, otherwise admission to the Museum is $10.  Click on the link above to see the special expanded hours from Nov. 27-Dec. 4. Admission $10.

LnS Gallery, 2610 SW 28 Ln., Miami

Opening night of the exhibition “Transcendentalism, Distilled” featuring a comprehensive collection of works by modern artist Rafael Soriano completed in the 1990s. Dec. 2 from 7-10 p.m. Free

ArtBeat Miami, various locations throughout Miami

Ninth annual Art Fair showcasing the works of more than 30 emerging and well known local and international artists at various venues throughout Miami including Brightline Miami Central Station, Joseph Caleb Center and Lyric Theater.  Dec. 2-4, Free

Inter-Continental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza

The Downtown Miami hotel’s lobby will be the site of an exclusive sensory immersive multimedia pop-up featuring works by national and international mixed media artists, painters and sculptors. The free two-week showcase runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 10. Free

(Photo courtesy of Juan E. Cabrera)

Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd.

At Miami’s premier museum, there’s plenty to enjoy during Miami Art Week and admission is always $16 for adults, a bargain when there’s so much to see. Aside from their permanent collection, take in five traveling exhibitions on display as well as the works in their sculpture garden and other ongoing exhibitions. There are also plenty of special events during Miami Art Week. Admission $16.

Dasic Fernández painting at Wynwood Walls. Photo by Nika Kramer

Wynwood Walls, 266 NW 26 St.

One of the neighborhood’s longest-running art venues, Miami Art Week will see the unveiling of a new mural by well known street artist Shepard Fairey, along with work by international muralists Dasic Fernandez, Leon Keer, Shok1 and Lelin Alves. Admission $12.

Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

Aside from exploring this museum’s massive permanent collection, check out new works by artist Robert Lugo in the exhibition “Street Shrines,” debuting Nov. 28 during Miami Art Week. Admission is $12, $8 for senior, students with ID and kids 6-18 years old.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, 10975 SW 17 St.

Take time to walk around and view the many sculptures on display. While inside the museum enjoy their trio of current exhibitions, “Rafael Soldi,” “In the Mind’s Eye” and “Rembrandt Reframed” and on Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. enjoy Breakfast in the Park, their free annual Miami Art Week event. Free  

Elevate Espanola, Washington Ave. and 14 St., Miami Beach

Debut of installation “Trapeze Contortionists” by local Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrie featuring the silhouettes of 15 figures of dancers made of lightweight aluminum to be suspended above the pedestrian street on Miami Beach. Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. Free

“Passages” presented by AIRIE (Artists in Residence in the Everglades), Carter Project, 3333 NW 6 Ave., Miami

AIRIE artists Cornelius Tulloch created “Passages,” a journey through The Everglades through projection mapping featuring poetry, song and visual explorations by several fellow AIRIE artists. Dec. 3 and 4 from noon to 4 p.m. Free but RSVP required.

The Art of Transformation, The Arts & Recreation Center, 675 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka

A five-day event featuring a trio of exhibitions including “This Here Place: Africa and the Global Diaspora,” “A Beautiful Human Love” and “The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born” along with a film screening and dance performance. Dec. 1-4, Free 

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Miami Art Week features plenty of special events at The Bass including extended museum hours and a daily highlights tour from 1-2 p.m. from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4. Admission $15, $8 for seniors, students and youth 7-18 years old. 

“Wild Kong” by Richard Orlinski, showcased on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road through March 2023. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Road BID/Richard Orlinksi

Lincoln Road, from Alton Road to Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Stroll along the outdoor pedestrian mall to view 12 monumental bright eye-popping life-size sculptures by renowned French artist Richard Orlinski. Look out for the pink lion, red crocodile, a standing bear and Wild Kong among others. 

FilmGate Interactive Media Festival #09, locations in Downtown Miami and Miami Beach

The Ninth Annual festival merges film and tech telling stories using extended reality and a variety of immersive multi-level experiences. Events take place during Miami Art Week, Dec. 2-5. General admission events on Dec. 4 and 5 are free and students with ID $25 VIP Pass for the festival (excluding opening or closing events). Click here to RSVP or buy student VIP Pass.

INK Miami Art Fair, Dorchester Hotel, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

The five-day fair is in its 15th year and happening Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. This year’s fair will feature works by 20th century masters as well as leading contemporary artists. Admission is free but RSVP is required.

Point Comfort Art Fair + Show, Ward Rooming House, 249 NW 9 St.

This annual event is the perfect opportunity to explore this gallery space in the heart of historic Overtown. View the work of eight artists in a tent at the gallery’s gardens and on view inside the gallery is the exhibition “Charles White, Move on Up!” featuring 40 of the artist’s works. Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, admission varies by day. 

Exhibition “Rosie’s Fare,” by Germane Barnes. Photo by World Red Eye

Open Studios, Brunch and Tour, Oolite Arts, 924 and 928 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

Spend a few hours touring the two current exhibitions, “Rosie’s Fare” by Germane Barnes and the group exhibition, “Miami is Not the Caribbean. Yet It Feels Like It,” enjoying brunch and meeting with the artists. Event is Dec. 3 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Trio of exhibitions at Nina Johnson Gallery, 6315 NW 2 Ave., Miami

Opening on Nov. 28, head to this chic gallery in Little Haiti to view works by artists Nadia Ayari and her paintings and clear cast glass sculptures, Minjae Kim’s functional furniture and objets d’art and Raul de Nieves and his beaded childlike sculptures and small ceramic works.

Sagamore South Beach Miami Art Week Takeover, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Known for it’s extensive art collection, this year’s Art Basel theme “Into the Wild (Future)” will feature hotel-wide art displays, immersive audiovisual experiences, mural artists and the exhibition “Streams of Consciousness” in the lobby and gallery room. Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.

Museum of Graffiti, 276 NW 26 St., Miami

Miami Art Week events include opening of the interactive exhibition “Writers on Wax: The Sound of Graffiti” on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m.; the live art activation “Stack the Deck” featuring live painting by eight graffiti artists Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Mi Campo Artist Lounge featuring DJ’s, art installations, painting, fashion customizations and Mi Campo tequila tastings, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Admission $16, kids 13 and under free.

10th Annual Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival, Futurama at 1637 SW 8 St., Miami

Head to Little Havana to see 25 newly-designed hand-painted patio umbrellas as well as a variety of other art displays. Dec. 2-4. Free

Miami Design District, between 38th and 41st St. and NE 2 Ave. and North Miami Ave.

Stroll through the chic Design District and view the many pop up outdoor installations including “Rock | Roll” by Germane Barnes, “The Ares House” a 30-piece collection of NFT’s by Daniel Arsham, “100 Years” group exhibition at the Buick Building, Craig Robbins Collection at DACRA Building 3841 NE 2 Ave., “I Don’t Need it but I Want It” The Office & F2T Gallery at 3930 NE 2 Ave., Ste. 202.

N’Namdi Gallery, 6505 NE 2 Ave., Miami (Little Haiti)

“The Art of an Athlete” exhibition featuring the mixed media works by Harlem Globetrotter Maxwell Pearce, whose pieces explore diversity within black athleticism. Dec. 2-4. Free

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More Miami-Dade events

Sunday, November 27, 2022

A Bridge of Light

All Day | FREE | Maurice A. Ferré Park

Ice skating in Miami? Miami Children’s Museum says yes

$0-26.00 | Miami Children’s Museum

Women Championing Freedom

$0-12.00 | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Sunday kids' art class for under 13

10:00 am to 12:00 pm | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Experience more 'Stranger Things' this Halloween season for free

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Free Family Day at Bass Museum of Art

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bass Museum of Art

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, November 28, 2022

A Bridge of Light

All Day | FREE | Maurice A. Ferré Park

Ice skating in Miami? Miami Children’s Museum says yes

$0-26.00 | Miami Children’s Museum

Experience more 'Stranger Things' this Halloween season for free

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

A Bridge of Light

All Day | FREE | Maurice A. Ferré Park

Ice skating in Miami? Miami Children’s Museum says yes

$0-26.00 | Miami Children’s Museum

Experience more 'Stranger Things' this Halloween season for free

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | CityPlace Doral

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

A Bridge of Light

All Day | FREE | Maurice A. Ferré Park

Ice skating in Miami? Miami Children’s Museum says yes

$0-26.00 | Miami Children’s Museum

Experience more 'Stranger Things' this Halloween season for free

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

School choir caroling competition

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | 550 Biltmore Building

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

Thursday, December 1, 2022

A Bridge of Light

All Day | FREE | Maurice A. Ferré Park

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Ice skating in Miami? Miami Children’s Museum says yes

$0-26.00 | Miami Children’s Museum

Women Championing Freedom

$0-12.00 | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Experience more 'Stranger Things' this Halloween season for free

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

The Moth - Miami StorySLAM

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Friday, December 2, 2022

A Bridge of Light

All Day | FREE | Maurice A. Ferré Park

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Ice skating in Miami? Miami Children’s Museum says yes

$0-26.00 | Miami Children’s Museum

Women Championing Freedom

$0-12.00 | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Experience more 'Stranger Things' this Halloween season for free

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

holiday market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Free Gallery Night entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

A Bridge of Light

All Day | FREE | Maurice A. Ferré Park

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Ice skating in Miami? Miami Children’s Museum says yes

$0-26.00 | Miami Children’s Museum

Women Championing Freedom

$0-12.00 | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Master Naturalist (55 minute) Tours

9:30 am to 2:30 pm | $10.00 | Big Cypress Gallery, Big Cypress National Preserve

Experience more 'Stranger Things' this Halloween season for free

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Winter Kiddos Land

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

Free holiday concert at church

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

South Florida Symphony Orchestra "Messiah" in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-95.00 | Parker Playhouse

Free holiday concert at church

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Live in the Park! Tito Puente, Jr.

8:00 pm | Discounted | Westchester Cultural Arts Center

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami, Biscayne Times, Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL.

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