Things To Do

Free Miami Art Week events do exist. Here’s where to find them.

Partying at Hive, the Wynwood pop-up lounge, during Art Basel 2015.
Partying at Hive, the Wynwood pop-up lounge, during Art Basel 2015.

Relax. Take a deep breath. We know Art Basel and Miami Art Week are a tad overwhelming (and that’s understatement of the year). But free Art Basel and Miami Art Week events are out there.

This list will help you skip the expensive art fairs , parties and main event. It will help you get into one big event for free. And that’s good, because you need to save your money for all those holiday gifts, after all.

Instead, spend Miami Art Week at these free events.

BROWSE: Miami Guide – Art Basel

ArtFashion by Patricia Field

Patricia Field

The New York fashion designer presents a pop-up shop for Art Basel with limited edition clothes, accessories and art. Showcased are sculptures by Suzan Pitt, Steven Wine and others.

What: ArtFashion Pop-up by Patricia Field

When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7-10

Where: White Dot Gallery, 174 NW 23rd St.

Cost: Free

561 NW 32nd St., Miami, FL 33127

Bakers' Brunch at Bakehouse Art Complex

Bakehouse Art Complex
Bakehouse Art Complex

Spend the morning at Wynwood’s most established arts complex visiting the studios of the 60 Miami-based artists that work at the Bakehouse.

What: Baker’s Brunch & Art Basel Artist Studio Visits

When: 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7

Where: Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St.

Cost: Free

561 NW 32nd St., Miami, FL 33127

Basel at the Yard

wynwood yard

One of Miami’s most popular venues for live local music, Wynwood Yard welcomes New Orleans-based Nth Power, electronic acts Millionyoung and EONS, DJ Lolo and local darlings Locos Por Juana and Magic City Hippies.

What: Basel at the Yard

When: Nth Power, 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 7

Electric Avenue: 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dec. 8

Locos Por Hippies, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dec. 9

Where: The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St.

Cost: Free

56 NW 29th St., Miami, FL 33127

Basel House Mural Festival


In its fifth year, Basel House is fusing electric music and street art with a Mural Festival featuring more than 40 large-scale mural projects by top street artists from around the globe. They’ll paint live across six city blocks in Miami’s Wynwood Art District based at the iconic RC Cola Plant.

The festival includes interactive digital projection and a virtual reality playground live painting, art installations, live music, late night DJs, mural tours and food trucks.

What: Basel House Mural Festival

When: noon to 3 a.m. Dec. 8 and 9 ; noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: Across six city blocks Northwest 23rd through 26th streets and Northwest Fifth and Sixth avenues.

Cost: Free

RC Coca Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

"Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat"


This film, curated by New York-based film curator Marian Masone, focuses on iconic New York street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

What: Film screening

When: 8:30 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach

Cost: Free

1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Breakfast in the Park

Daniel Joseph Martinez sculpture at FIU
Daniel Joseph Martinez sculpture at FIU. (Facebook)

Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Joseph Martinez is the guest speaker at this annual event. For more than two decades, Martinez has tackled questions of race, identity and the body in his multidisciplinary work. His sculpture “A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love; or, Where You Goin’ with That Gun in Your Hand: Bobby Seale and Huey Newton Discuss the Relationships between Expressionism and Social Reality Present in Hitler’s Paintings,” from 2005, is featured at the museum’s entrance.

What: Breakfast in the Park at FIU

When: 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 10

Where: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU, 10975 SW 17th St.

Cost: Free

10975 SW 17th St. , Miami, FL 33199

Design ME with Amanda Perna

The artist, designer and “Project Runway” alumni presents her ready-to-wear collection and provides custom sketches. Complementary manicures and make up touch ups by PRIV.

What: Artist and designer Amanda Perna

When: 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6

Where: ME Miami Hotel, 1100 Biscayne Blvd.

Cost: Free with RSVP

1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

Hive Pop Up Village & Lounge


HIVE is a complementary four-day pop-up lounge on the main artery of Wynwood. Mixologists pair craft cocktails with food in the Behind the Bar Series. DJs spin into the wee hours.

What: HIVE Pop Up Village & Lounge

When: 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dec. 7;  3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dec. 8;  noon to 3 a.m. Dec. 9; noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: MANA Wynwood, 2250 NW Second Ave.

Cost: Free

2250 NW Second Ave. , Miami, FL 33127

INK Miami Art Fair

INK Miami Art Fair
INK Miami Art Fair (Facebook)

Here’s one of those free art fairs we were talking about. This one’s not under a huge tent like the other ones. Instead, it’s in a small hotel on South Beach. You go room by room checking out different art.

What: INK Miami Art Fair

When:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7-9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Cost: Free

1850 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Miami River Art Fair

A waterfront contemporary art fair that features works on display by various galleries, individual artists as well as of cutting edge projects.

What: Miami River Art Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Dec. 5-6

Where: James L. Knight International Center, 400 SE Second Ave.

Cost: Free

200 SE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33131

Miami Street Photography Festival

The Miami Street Photography Festival features the work of up and coming photographers from more than 50 countries.

What: Miami Street Photography Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Dec. 7-10

Where: HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler St.

Cost: Free

101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130

PULSE Miami Beach

PULSE Miami Beach
Get in free to PULSE Miami Beach Saturday and Sunday morning. (Facebook) Aria Isadora/

Attending PULSE, one of the major and pricy art fairs, for free is a major bonus. You have to get up pretty early, but at Miami Mornings, this contemporary art fair shows off the most cutting edge art during Miami Art Week.  Must show proof of residency for free entry and arrive between the allotted hours.

What: Miami Mornings at PULSE Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair

When:  10 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 and 10

Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Cost: Free

4601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140

The Rinse Cycle & Film Series

Wallcast at NWC

The book “Jim Shaw: The Rinse Cycle” by Anne Carson and Robert Currie, about the life of prolific contemporary artist Jim Shaw, is presented as a progressive rock opera for one night only as a Wallcast.

The following three nights, the program features a Sound Work and Short Film Program  on the WallCast.

What: The Rinse Cycle & Film Programs

When: “The Rinse Cycle,” 8-9 p.m. Dec. 6, ; Sound Work, 7 p.m. Dec. 7-9, ; Film Program, 8 p.m. Dec. 7-9

Where: SoundScape Park at New World Center, 500 17th St., Miami Beach

Cost: Free

500 17 St. Miami Beach, FL 33139

Sex & Takeout

From the "Sex & Takeout" series.

Sarah Bahbah’s first solo exhibition features her entire collection of work, which explicitly examines female voices.

What: Sarah Babah Solo Exhibition

When: 7-11 p.m. Dec. 7

Where: W Miami Hotel, 495 Brickell Ave., 50th Floor

Cost: Free

495 Brickell Ave., Miami, FL 33131

Territorial at Collins Park

Collns Park public art
Collins Park will once again host public art and performances during Art Basel. (Art Basel)

Independent curator and critic Philip Kaiser presents the Public Art installation “Territorial” at Collins Park. It features outdoor sculptures, interventions and performances.

What: Territorial, Public Art at Art Basel

When: 4-11 p.m. Dec. 5-10

Where: Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Cost: Free

2520 NW 2 Ave., Miami, FL 33127

Urban Legends

An exhibit paying homage to the history of urban street art and featuring the works of Bansky, Bambi, ABSTRK, Keith Haring, Obey, Inkie and L’Atlas, among others.

What: Urban Legends Art exhibition

When: Dec. 6-10

Where: Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Cost: Free

1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

Wynwood Walls Humankind


Wynwood artists Seth Globepainter, 2Shy, Pro176 and Elseed from France; Americans Risk, Tavar Zawacki, Audrey Kawasaki, Joe Iurato, Tristan Eaton and Lady Pink; Leon Keer from The Netherlands; Bordalo II from Portugal and Findac from England  are part of this Goldman Global Arts Exhibition entitled “Human Kind,” producing new murals at Wynwood Walls for Art Basel.

What: Goldman Global Arts Exhibition “Human Kind”

When: 10 a.m. to midnight Dec. 7-10

Where: Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW Second Ave.

Cost: Free

2520 NW Second Ave., Miami, FL 33127