Don’t break the bank attending Art Basel and the tons of satellite fairs and parties that all have admission fees during Miami Art Week. Here’s a list of some free events and parties during Art Basel week to keep the art and culture machine running. Come back often as we update this list frequently and ongoing.
Cocktail & Culinary Experience
Four-day event with handcrafted cocktails in the Mixology area, live performances and DJ’s, live street art and pop up installations by local artists and food hall with exclusive bites. Food and drinks are for purchase.
When: Dec. 5-8 – Thursday and Friday 3 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Saturday noon to 5 a.m., Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
Where: Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW 2 Ave.
More Info: Hive
BASEL HOUSE MURAL FESTIVAL
Street art, eclectic music and innovative, unique vendors come together along with new-age art installations.
When: Dec. 6-8; Friday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 1-9 p.m.
Where: RC Cola Plant, 2308 NW 5 Ave.
More Info: Basel House Mural Festival
ANDY WARHOL & FRIENDS AT ACQUALINA
Mingle around original works of art by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein and other legends of contemporary art.
When: Dec. 5 & 6, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Acqualina Resort & Spa, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach
More Info: Art Basel & Miami Art Week at Acqualina
Art Basel activation in the hotel’s backyard pool area with live painting, entertainment, drinks, and bites.
When: Dec. 6, 8-11 p.m.
Where: National Hotel Miami Beach, 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
More Info: PunkMeTender Art Installation
SAGAMORE IS ART
The art hotel is featuring a solo show “I’m Not an Artist” by artist, photographer and wildlife activist Arno Elias.
When: Opening reception Dec. 4 at 9 p.m.
Where: Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
More Info: Sagamore Is Art
BASECAMP AT MAGIC CITY INNOVATION
Internationally known Haitian Band Tvice performs alongside DJ Bullet at this gathering space where a variety of art installations are on display.
When: Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: 286 NE 61 St.
More Info: BaseCamp at Magic City Innovation
Showcasing “The Last Supper,” the show features seminal works new commissions, installations, videos and performances by various artists throughout the entire Faena complex.
When: Dec. 2-8, various times
Where: Faena, 32-36 Streets and Collins Ave., Miami Beach
More Info: Faena Festival
BREAKFAST IN THE PARK
This annual event welcomes guests to enjoy a complimentary breakfast and listen to contemporary sculptor and photographer Petah Coyne. Coyne’s elaborately detailed assemblages hang from ceilings and erupt from the floor. She uses molten wax, silk flowers, fabric and taxidermy to create works that evoke gothic narratives and the excess of the Rococo.
When: Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17 St., Miami
Tickets: Free but RSVP is required, click on link below
More Info: Breakfast in the Park
MANA CONTEMPORARY MIAMI
The artists of Mana Contemporary open their studios plus, there will be daily performances and activations including a live podcast with Orchid.FM, DJ sets at the Dale Zine window and several after-parties.
When: Dec. 4-8, various times
Where: Mana Contemporary Miami/777 Mall, 145 E. Flagler St., Miami
More Info: Mana Contemporary Miami
BOTERO ON LINCOLN ROAD
Stroll up and down Lincoln Road taking in the 14 recently-installed Fernando Botero sculptures that adorn the pedestrian mall. The monumental sculpture series is presented by Nader Art Museum and Lincoln Road Business Improvement District (BID).
When: Throughout Art Miami Week and through Feb. 20, 2020
Where: Lincoln Road Mall
More Info: Botero on Lincoln Road
MIAMI ART MOB
See the work of new emerging artists whose work will be showcased at ITG Miami (formerly the Macy’s store in Downtown Miami). There will be DJ’s and a cash bar at the opening night party.
When: Dec. 4 from 6-11 p.m., Dec. 5-9 from 3-10 p.m.
Where: 8 South Miami Ave., Miami
More Info: Miami Art Mob
THE COLLECTIVE ART BASEL BLOCK PARTY
See the latest exhibition by Norman Reedus featuring celebrity portraits, live music by Uncle Scotchy and Shira Lee, food for purchase from Ms. Cheezious and King of Racks and drinks by Mac’s Pubs.
When: Dec. 7 from 6-11 p.m.
Where: 3408 NW 7 Ave., Miami
More Info: The Collective Art Basel Block Party
ART FAIRS WITH FREE ADMISSION
Ink Miami Art Fair
When: Dec. 4-8
Where: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
More info: inkartfair.com
Art Beat Miami Art Fair
When: Dec. 4-8
Where: Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE 2nd Avenue in Little Haiti
More info: artbeatmiami.com
Miami River Art Fair
When: Dec. 2-4
Where: James L. Knight International Center, 400 SE 2nd Avenue in Downtown
More info: miamiriverartfair.com
MUSE Art Fair
When: Dec. 3-8
Where: The Gates Hotel South Beach, 2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
More info: museartfair.com
Prizm Art Fair
When: Opening Day, Dec. 4 from 5-10 p.m.
Where: Alfred I. DuPont Building, 169 E. Flagler St., Miami
More info: prizmartfair.com
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