Art Basel Miami Beach 2017
Miami’s Busiest Season
December 7-10, 2017
It may just last a couple of days in December, but Art Basel brings the fury of thousands of bored New Yorkers and Angelinos to Miami. And Miami is ready to deliver. The yearly art fair extravaganza features leading galleries from all around the globe, and displays the most enthralling artworks imaginable. In addition to the official Miami Beach Convention Center event, there’s a number of satellite fairs and music events going down–so pay close attention.
The Art Fairs
Art Basel Miami Beach
The official event hosts over 200 galleries and 4000 artists, including film, video, digital art, installations, sculpture, and paintings. Tickets can be purchased on their site ahead of time, but walk-ins are welcome. https://www.artbasel.com/miami-beach
SCOPE Miami Beach
SCOPE Miami Beach returns for a 17th Basel season. Boasting 140 international galleries from 25 different countries, they expect to draw over 55,000 people over 6 days. Their Miami event is their biggest, but they hold events in NY and Basel. https://scope-art.com/
Art Miami is moving Downtown! And they’re bringing their art and sister fair, CONTEXT, with them. Housed at the old Miami Herald space, Art Miami will be kicking off their 28th year as part of Basel season. Expect great art of all mediums, and crowds. http://www.artmiamifair.com/
Design Miami is a global design forum. They house the most incredible furnishings, objects, and collectibles you’ll ever see. This fair is for the architecture and aesthetic-conscious crowds, whether you’re from Basel or Miami. Check their site regularly for tickets.
There’s plenty more art to see if you can’t make it to any of those four. Miami is an art city year-round, and boasts an exciting scene no matter what time you visit. You don’t have to plan your trip solely during the Basel madness.
First and foremost, it’s a celebrity circus. Don’t even try to get into that Vanity Fair party that your friend said you could sneak into. Avoid the VIP events and opt for something more approachable and accessible to all. Crowds will be way better where there’s zero paparazzi.
Eyes on Red Bull
As strong cultivators of culture, keep your eyes peeled for announcements of a Red Bull event. They promise a stellar event that will surely be at the cutting edge.
Wynwood & Little River
While these are technically not parties, it’s where the parties will take place. Let’s face it, Miami Beach is not the place for artsy revelers to let completely loose. It’s in these two more care-free areas that most after-parties will happen. Don’t miss out. We’ll be posting updates on our Instagram as details come together.
Enjoy walking around and exploring these neighborhoods. There’s plenty of beauty to appreciate, even outside the art circuit. Shop local, ask questions, meet people, but no matter what you do, hear us on this one: please don’t pose in front of the street art. Tell-tale signs of a tourist!
For those looking to come to Miami during high season without going broke in the process, but without throwing your standards out the window. Brickell is a great area to stay at, clean and modern and with loads of bars and restaurants to enjoy. The hotel boasts a decent sized pool, gym, and even snack bar so you can grab a quick bite in between outings.
A classic Art Deco style gem in South Beach, remodeled to fit today’s needs and adding a breath of fresh air. If you’re looking for low-key perks, they offer free wifi, shuttles to MIA airport, and drinks from 7-8pm nightly. You’ll be in the heart of and within walking distance of most shopping, dining, and plenty of night activities. Bonus: top affordability in a typically expensive area.
Family-owned and operated since 1941! This oceanfront hotel offers quaint rooms, nicely appointed to suit every need. True to its Art Deco style, rooms are funky, with a vintage sleek feel. The pool is open year-round and is surrounded by palm trees. The overall vibe is intimate and cozy, not luxurious, but definitely appropriate and of good value.
The Miami Beach EDITION is where the after-parties, the beautiful people, and glitzy art crowd hangs out. At this high-end hotel, expect top notch varied on-site dining by Jean-Georges, multiple bars, a boutique spa, luxurious rooms, and even a basement nightclub and ice skating rink. They’ve left no detail to chance!
Intimate but cool, laid back but always doing something. That’s the typical Standard Miami guest and Art Basel is as busy as it gets. From gallerists to models, everyone will probably be here sipping the best drinks by the pool, while pop-up shows entertain the art crowd. Leave it to these guys to do everything right. Bonus: the Spa is our favorite place to hide in Miami!