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7 best free things to do during Miami Art Week

Bakers' Breakfast at Bakehouse Art Complex. Photograph by BAC.
Bakers' Breakfast at Bakehouse Art Complex. Photograph by BAC.

Because every arts aficionado appreciates a good deal (and by good, we mean free): Seven ways to get a taste of culture during Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach without paying a dime.

1. Guided Public Art Tours at Miami Design District

The next installment of the twice-monthly tours, led by arts critics and educators, falls on December 3. The hourlong, behind-the-scenes walking journey through the Design District’s public art (like Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome) and architectural highlights begins at 2:30 p.m. from a location TBA.

1 Free art tours of the Design District – Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome – photo by Caitlin Granfield
Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome at the Miami Design District. Photograph by Caitlin Granfield.

2. Free Yoga at Bayfront Park

Relax and de-stress from Art Week madness with free yoga by the bay. Sessions at 9 a.m. on December 2 and 9, and at 6 p.m. on December 4 and December 6. Meet at Tina Hills Pavilion, 301 Biscayne Boulevard.

2 Yoga at Bayfront Park – image by Prism Creative Group
Yoga at Bayfront Park is free. Photograph by Prism Creative Group.

3. Cultural Marketplace at Pinecrest Gardens

Take the family for a stroll through the stalls of local food, arts and crafts, plus a pop-up exhibit from Miami artist Xavier Cortada, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 3. Enjoy free admission to the Gardens and view a new installation created by Knight Arts Challenge winner Patrick Dougherty.

3 Cultural Marketplace at Pinecrest Gardens – image by the South Florida Garden Show
Cultural Marketplace at Pinecrest Gardens. Photograph by the South Florida Garden Show. Fred Holmstock

4. After-Hours at Museum Park

From 7 to 10 p.m. on December 4, get in free to Frost Science and PAMM, and catch performances by Knight Arts Challenge winners, browse a literary alley and see a projected broadcast of New World Symphony’s “Project 305.”

PAMM after dark. Photograph by World Red Eye.

5. Basel House Mural Festival in Wynwood

A free Wynwood block party from December 6 through 10 features live music, art and magic. More than 60 local and international street artists will be creating murals, while dozens of food trucks, vendors and a virtual-reality playground will keep everyone fed and entertained. Hours vary.

Basel House Mural Festival 2 – image courtesy of Basel House
Basel House Mural Festival. Photograph by Basel House.

6. Bakers’ Breakfast at Bakehouse Art Complex

Nosh on a complimentary breakfast prepared by BAC resident artists, then chat them up over coffee and OJ during open studio tours from 9 a.m. to noon on December 7.

6 Bakers Breakfast at Bakehouse Art Complex – image courtesy of BAC
Bakers' Breakfast at Bakehouse Art Complex. Photograph by BAC.

7. Live Music in the Design District

Special Art Basel music performances are set for 6 p.m. on December 8 and 15, in Palm Court. Grammy Award-winner Emilio Estefan and Miami Symphony Orchestra maestro Eduardo Marturet produce the concerts. The symphony performs on the 15th.

7 Live music in the Design District – image courtesy of the Design District
Live music in the Miami Design District. Photograph by Miami Design District.