Free Art Basel 2015 Events You Don’t Need A Super VIP Invite To Get Into

These are the art installations, food and retail pop-ups, musical performances and more that won’t cost you a thing.

Free Art Basel 2015

Art Basel 2015 and Art Miami Week can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s a week full of non-stop artistic consumption, social outings and celebrity sightings, and much of it doesn’t come cheap.

Fortunately, there are also tons of other events that happen during Basel time—art installations, food and retail pop-ups, musical performances and more—that won’t cost you a thing (at least not for admission).

While you should definitely check out some of the traditional exhibitions and satellite fairs, here are some of our off-the-beaten-path picks that sound like they will be worth your time.

But first things first…

A Word About Shuttles and Transportation

Avoid traffic and parking hassles this year with free shuttle service around Miami and Miami Beach. To make up for the Venetian Causeway’s closure, the cities are offering two Art Basel bus routes, which will run Wednesday through Sunday to destinations around Midtown/Wynwood, South Beach, Middle Beach and North Beach. Trolleys will arrive every 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the stop. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, except for Sunday, when shuttle service ends at 8 p.m. The route can be seen here.

OK, now on to the fun stuff…

Michy’s & The Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein

Celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein returns with two Art Basel pop-up eateries at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, The Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein and Michy’s Pop Up. The Garden Café serves breakfast, lunch and gourmet grab n’ go fare starting Nov. 30. Starting Dec. 2 and open until Dec. 6, the Michy’s pop up will offer a dinner menu of Bernstein’s signatures and new favorites inside the Botanical Gardens’ Banyan Room and out on the terrace.

Nov. 30 to Dec. 6; Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach

1 Hotel South Beach

One of South Beach’s hottest new hotels is also the site of several Art Miami Week events. 1 Hotel South Beach will host a retail pop-up from Dec. 1 through Dec. 5 called the Ethikal Fashion Pop-Up Shop, featuring ethical and eco-conscious brands, such as Victorine, Maiyet, AU and Accompany. While there, guests can also check out the Daniel Mazzone exhibition on display in the hotel’s Terra Gallery. The artist, who has been called “the next Andy Warhol,” will showcase colorful, eye-popping art works: vibrant collages made from original letters, magazine covers and song lyrics that reflect his subjects.

Dec. 1-5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m; 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

Faena Arts District Miami Beach

On Faena Beach between 32nd and 36th streets, Art Basel-goers can enjoy two public installations. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, American artist Jim Denevan’s Solar Light Geometry—part performance art, part land art—will carve a path through the sand, creating illuminated patterns at night.

From Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, Spanish artist Almudena Lobera will install A Site to Behold, a large red theater curtain placed parallel to the shore that invites tourists and beach walkers to alternate between their roles as “actor” and “spectator.”

Finally from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, Brazilian-French artist duo assume vivid astro focus (avaf) will create a neo-disco roller rink, where local and international DJs will perform as participants skate and interact with one another. It’s free and open to the public, with roller skates provided.

Dec. 1-6, 32nd to 36th streets along the beach behind Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Smashed Canvas

Experience eight days of beer gardens (they’ve already begun) focused on an in-progress street mural installation. More than 20 artists will transform a block of Wynwood between NW 2nd and 3rd avenues and 28th & 29th streets, as attendees enjoy this outdoor public house serving up craft beers, cocktails and food. Play outdoor games, such as giant jenga, cornhole and bocce ball, while sipping and lounging. Each event offers free beer tastings to a limited number of people who RSVP.

Through Dec. 4, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Smashed Canvas, 244 NW 29th St., Miami

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Free Art Basel 2015 Events You Don’t Need A Super VIP Invite To Get Into