The Ultimate Guide to Miami Art Week and Art Basel

By: Kara Franker

Check out this list of the 2015 Miami Art Week satellite fairs.

Miami has exploded into a well-known destination that attracts some of the top artists in the world. From sophisticated Art Basel for the cultural connoisseur, to graffiti-clad Wynwood for the emerging muralists, Miami has something for everyone.

It’s also the time of year when Miami’s own museums and galleries present their most compelling work. "It's the quintessential place to show," says Robert Fontaine, director of the Robert Fontaine Gallery in Wynwood. "It's a spotlight on the newest of the new. These artists are producing the best works of their career to show at the world's fair of fine art.”

Where art is found, a fashionable crowd is never too far behind. Designers and magazine editors throw events and parties, from luxury retailers in the Design District to the rooftops of chic boutiques in South Beach.

Art Basel is all about surprise and delight. A simple stroll through South Beach during the fair will offer public art and installations, unparalleled people watching opportunities, and spectacles unable to predict.

And speaking of parties, for those in the know and who can get past the velvet rope, Art Basel is a whirlwind of non-stop revelry. Nightclubs host celebrity-splashed soirees and “pop-up” clubs dot the city from South Beach to Wynwood, offering ephemeral experiences for lovers of nightlife.

The city is now home to more than 20 distinct pop-up art festivals during the coveted first week of December. And you don’t have to be a member of the artistic elite to enjoy the many events that take place during Miami Art Week and Art Basel. There are events of all kinds and tickets available at all price points.

Here's a list of the 2015 Miami Art Week fairs and festivals:

Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach
When: Dec. 3-6, 2015
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach
Tickets: $47 day ticket; $100 permanent pass
More info: artbasel.com

Aqua Art Miami
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Where: Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $15 one-day pass; $85 multi-day pass (multi-day pass includes access to Art Miami and Context)
More info: aquaartmiami.com

Design Miami
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach Convention Center
Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $65 combo ticket
More info: designmiami.com

Ink Miami Art Fair
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Where: Suites of Dorchester, 1850 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: inkartfair.com

NADA Art Fair Miami Beach
When: Dec. 3-5, 2015
Where: Fontainebleau Hotel, 4441 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: newartdealers.org

Pulse Miami Beach
When: Dec. 1-5, 2015
Where: Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $40 multi-day pass
More info: pulse-art.com

Scope Miami Beach
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Where: Scope Pavilion, 801 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach
Tickets: $35 general admission; $100 VIP
More info: scope-art.com

Untitled Art Fair
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Where: Ocean Drive and 12th Street on Miami Beach
Tickets: $25 general admission
More info: art-untitled.com

Miami Project
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: The Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $25 one-day pass; $35 multi-day pass
More info: miami-project.com

Fridge Art Fair
When: Dec. 3-6, 2015
Where: Holiday Inn Miami Beach, 4333 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: $10 one-day pass
More info: fridgeartfair.com

Satellite (new in 2015)
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: Four locations within a one block radius of the North Shore Amphitheater, 72 Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: Admission is free
More info: satellite-show.com

Art on Paper (new in 2015)
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: Deauville Beach Resort, 6701 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach
Tickets: TBD
More info: thepaperfair.com

Mainland Miami

Art Miami
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE 1st Avenue in Wynwood/Midtown
Tickets: $40 one-day pass; $85 multi-day pass (multi-day pass includes access to Context and Aqua Art Miami)
More info: art-miami.com

Art Beat Miami Art Fair
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE 2nd Avenue in Little Haiti
Tickets: Free entry to the fair daily
More info: artbeatmiami.com

Context
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: The Context/Art Miami Pavilion, 2901 NE First Avenue in Wynwood/Midtown
Tickets: $40 one-day pass; $85 multi-day pass (multi-day pass includes access to Art Miami and Aqua Art Miami)
More info: contextartmiami.com

ArtSpot Miami
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Where: 3011 NE First Avenue at NE 30th Street in Wynwood
Tickets: $5 general admission; $25 preview and weekend pass
More info: artspotmiami.com

Spectrum Miami
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Where: 1700 NE 2nd Avenue at NE 17th Street in Wynwood
Tickets: $10 general admission; $25 multi-day pass
More info: spectrum-miami.com

Pinta Miami
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd Street in Wynwood
Tickets: $20 one-day pass; $45 multi-day pass
More info: pintamiami.com

Red Dot Miami
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: 3011 NE First Avenue across from Art Miami Pavilion in Wynwood/Midtown
Tickets: $15 one-day pass; $25 multi-day pass
More info: reddotfair.com

Miami River Art Fair
When: Dec. 3-6, 2015
Where: Miami Convention Center, 400 SE Second Ave in Downtown Miami
Tickets: Admission is free with printed pass
More info: miamiriverartfair.com

Prizm Art Fair
When: Dec. 2-6, 2015
Where: Miami Center for Architecture & Design, 100 NE First Avenue in Downtown Miami
Tickets: TBD
More info: prizmartfair.com

Art of Black Miami
When: During Art Basel and year round
Where: Kroma Art Space, 3670 Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove among other locations
Tickets: Prices vary depending on event
More info: miamiandbeaches.com/events/art-of-black

X Contemporary (new in 2015)
When: Dec. 1-6, 2015
Where: Midtown Miami
Tickets: TBD
More info: x-contemporary.com

Free Art Week Shuttle Service

In an effort to make the numerous art fairs in Miami and Miami Beach more easily accessible, the two cities have joined efforts to operate a free shuttle service that connects to the existing free transportation services and art shows in each city. For complete shuttle details, click here.

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