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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.