“Basel on a Budget”

Written by judyholm on . Posted in Art Fairs

Art Week Options for “Basel on a Budget”

Hi! I’m Kristina, your average 20-something, recent college grad and DEFINITELY living on a budget. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to soak up everything Miami Art Week has to offer, it just limits my possibilities.

Thankfully, Art Week has something for every pocketbook. There are several options for the budget-conscious art lover to enjoy. Of course, most after-parties and special events have a hefty price tag (or are VIP only), but there are some budget friendly events. For those of you who are in that boat, here are some great options to maximize your time and money!

Monday, Dec. 3: Select Fair starts the week off for fair-goers with its Wynwood Warm-Up Party from 8 p.m.-10:30pm. It’s a free event, so why not? You could get a coffee and get to know the area before the party and then go! Don’t get too tired though, you’ve got a long week ahead!

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Seven starts today, and it’s free! Open from 1 p.m. -8 p.m., it’d be a perfect place to start your afternoon.  If you head there early, you could leave with time to make it to some of the openings and previews of the night. It’s perfect too, because they’re close to each other! You could make your rounds in any order, but I would start South at ArtExpo’s Opening Preview. It’s from 6 to 10 p.m. and only $25 to get in. You could then hop RIGHT NEXT DOOR to Red Dot Fair’s Opening Reception. Of course, it’s from 6-10 also, and also only $25. Then, if you’ve still got time and energy, you could walk three blocks north to The Urban Collective for ArtAfrica’s Opening. It’s also from 6-10 and it’s free! Granted, four hours really doesn’t give you much time to spend at each opening, but you could get a sneak peak of all three. If none of those sound your style, there’s also the Vanity Fair party at MOCA in North Miami. It’s from 7 to 9 p.m. and only $35!

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Several fairs start on Wednesday, so it’s all about figuring out how to organize your schedule. I would start geographically (believe me, the less driving, the better!) and then financially. You could start in Miami Beach and head over to INK Miami for its free Preview Breakfast at 10 a.m. You could stay until 5 (when they close) or you could head over to Midtown and visit a few fairs over there. I would suggest starting at Miami Project, where you can buy a one day pass for $20 and visit until 3. You could move to Art Expo and then Red Dot, which are side by side and both $15 for a one day pass, open until 7. Then, if you have time, you could go to Overture, which is also $15 for a one day pass and closes at 7. There is also Seven, which is free and open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., if you have the chance. Or, if you decide to bypass Midtown, you could head to Downtown and visit the Miami River Art Fair, open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for $10 a day. Then you could go to the International Contemporary Jewelry Art Fair, open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass.  I think you should definitely start the day at INK then choose either Midtown or Downtown. I mean, it’s free breakfast! Then, if you’ve still got any time left, you could end the day in Miami Beach at the Select Fair VIP Preview (if you signed up online), which goes from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 6: There are more fairs on Thursday, and of course your schedule today would depend on which fairs you visited Wednesday. You could still start the day at INK in Miami Beach, with the free breakfast at 10 a.m. Then, you could stick to Miami Beach for the day and go to Aqua Art Fair. It’s open 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. and it’s only $10 for a weeklong pass! Go visit Select Art Fair, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8p.m. You could stop by Design Miami, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., with a $25 one day pass. And if you don’t mind heading a bit north, you could go visit NADA for free! It’s open 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. If you stay in Miami Beach for the day, INK has a VIP Party (that you can register online for) from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Once you’re out of there, you could end the night at the Verge party, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Another option would be to go to the Downtown fairs instead. You could start south at the Miami River Art Fair, open 11 p.m. – 8p.m., $10 for a one day pass. Then you could go to the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, which is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. You’d probably have to drive, but then you could head to Pulse, which is open from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. for $20 a day. From there, you could walk to Seven, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and free. Then, you could go to Just MAD MIA, which is open from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass. If there’s time and you’ve got it in you, you could definitely go to Art Africa’s Speakeasy ($20) from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. If neither of those plans really suits you, you could visit the Midtown fairs. Overture is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $15 for a one day pass. Red Dot and Art Expo are each $15 for a one day pass and both open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Miami Project is open from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and only $20 for a one day pass.

Friday, Dec. 7: It’s finally Friday! Think again, because you’ve still got a solid two and half days left of fair-going opportunities! Whether it’s your last day or not, there are even more fairs open today. Again, you could start your day with a breakfast at INK at 10 a.m. If you want to stay on Miami Beach for a bit, you could go to Aqua, open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. ($10 weeklong pass), then to Verge, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and FREE. Select Fair is another free option, and it’s open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Then stop by Design Miami, $25 for a one day pass, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Drive further north to NADA, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could end the day at the Select Fair reception, free and happening from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Like any other day, there’s always a different area to visit. You could go to Downtown instead today, and visit the Miami River Art Fair, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for $10, then visit the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $15 a day. There’s also the area between Downtown and Midtown! You could start at Fountain, where there will be a party from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (but the fair is open until 7 p.m.)That is just $8 per day. Walk a little south and you could visit Just MAD MIA, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15. Then maybe visit Seven, which is free and open from 11 p.m. – 7 p.m.  If there’s time, go to Pulse, open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Head a little further south if you can and visit PooL Art Fair, open from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you’re there from 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. you’ll be part of the vernissage.  Then you could head back to Fountain for its free Reception from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.! If you choose to visit Midtown today, you could visit Overture, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. for $15. Then head to Red Dot and Art Expo, each $15 and both open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could hop over to Miami Project after those, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and only $20. Whether you head to Midtown or spend the day further south, Art Africa is not far in Overtown, and $20 for the whole week (open 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.) But wait! There’s another option for today: you could visit the Downtown fairs: Miami River Art Fair and the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair. Miami River is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $10 for one day and the ICJF is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8: The weekend is here! Time to relax OR, it’s time to visit some more art fairs! Again, you could start your day with a breakfast at INK at 10 a.m. If you want to stay on Miami Beach for a bit, you could go to Aqua, open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. ($10 weeklong pass), then to Verge, open 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Select Fair, open 11 a.m. -8 p.m. (both are free). Then stop by Design Miami, $25 for a one day pass, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Drive further north to NADA, which is free and open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  If that plan doesn’t float your boat, you could go to Downtown instead today, and visit the Miami River Art Fair, which is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. for $10, then visit the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair, open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. for $15 a day. There’s also the area between Downtown and Midtown! You could start at Fountain, which is open from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. and just $8 per day. Walk a little south and you could visit Just MAD MIA, open from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and only $15. Then maybe visit Seven, which is free and open from 11 p.m. – 7 p.m.  If there’s time, go to Pulse, open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Head a little further south if you can and visit PooL Art Fair, open from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. If you choose to visit Midtown today, you could visit Overture, which is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. for $15. Then head to Red Dot and Art Expo, each $15 and both open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  You could hop over to Miami Project after those, which is open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and only $20. Whether you head to Midtown or spend the day further south, Art Africa is not far in Overtown, and $20 for the whole week (open 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.) But wait! There’s another option for today: you could visit the Downtown fairs: Miami River Art Fair and the International Contemporary Jewelry Fair. Miami River is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $10 for one day and the ICJF is $15 for a one day pass and open from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 

Sunday, Dec. 9: Let’s say you’re still alive on Sunday and still have some money left for gas or a cab. In that case, you should head over to the Frost Museum’s FREE Breakfast in the Park at FIU. It’s open from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Yeah, that may be a little far, but it’s a free breakfast and a great change of scenery and low-key chance to socialize. If you still want to visit more fairs, they are all still open. If not, you could always go for a nap after that, and rest up for Art Africa’s Closing Mixer, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

 

It’s a long week and there are hundreds of thousands of square feet or art to be seen and heard. If you schedule your time right, you can enjoy the week with (hopefully) minimal problems and ensure that you’re seeing all you want to see. Planning ahead is your safest bet, especially if you’re one a budget. Happy fair-going!

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