Free, cheap fairs and events to know
Art Basel week has arrived, and here’s the best way to celebrate: by not draining your bank account.
Free (and low-cost) events are in abundance during Art Basel week, with pop-up contemporary-art fairs taking root this week in Wynwood, Midtown, downtown Miami, Little Haiti and beyond.
Here are a handful of Miami Art Week events to keep you entertained on a budget.
Art Africa Miami Arts Fair
Noon-8 p.m. Dec. 5-8 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 9 at 919-920 NWSecond Ave; $20 for single-day-pass, $50 for festival pass via Eventbrite.com; ArtAfricaMiami- Fair.com
The thoughtful curators behind Art Africa, started eight years ago by architect Neil Hall, have an eye for championing vital African-American art in a vital setting: the historic Overtown neighborhood, long ago a stomping ground for major black artists, including Lena Horne and Clarence Reid, Sam Cooke and James Brown. This year’s theme is “Black Art Matters: It's Not A Choice,” featuring works by 20 artists. The fair will host art talks, lectures, film screenings and the Black Party ($20) on Dec. 5.
Basel House Mural Festival
3 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 1-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Miami; free, and RSVP via Eventbrite.com for a free drink ticket; BaselHouse.com
A 40,000-square-foot mural festival returns this week with no shortage of spectacle, with live street painting from 10 muralists on Dec. 8, a 35-foot vert ramp for skateboarders, 20 food vendors, beer garden and a massive 3D painting from artist Jason Tetlak, whose work must be viewed with decoder glasses that you can pick up at the festival.
“America’s Playground” at Faena Festival
Noon-8 p.m. Dec. 4-9 at various venues including Faena Hotel Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Ave.; free via Eventbrite- .com; FaenaFestival.com
The effortlessly posh and striking Faena Hotel caters to the rich and tasteful most of the year, but for Art Basel week, the focus will shift on the poor and disenfranchised. During the inaugural Faena Festival, a free series of exhibitions and performances themed around the concept of America as “a myth and a narrative.” Artist Derrick Adams will debut “This is Not America,” a school playground sculpture on the sands of Miami Beach behind the hotel. The project was inspired by a photo he spotted in the Black Archives at the Lyric Theater in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. The bleak, circa-1950s image showed AfricanAmerican children and adults on a playground underneath a highway overpass. In