Cheap booze, freebies and no cover: Here are Art Week events you can (probably) afford

Lesley Abravanel

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to brave that cruel causeway carmageddon in order to get your official Art Basel Miami Beach check-in on social media and those fabulous Insta-worthy posts that make you look like a real art aficionado.

And while this year’s Art Week portends profit for the art dealers, y’all can also make out like bandits even if your budget can barely afford a reprinted movie poster these days.

We scoured the lists for free and open to the public events with a bonus — most serve booze, some for free, others not so free.

So, cheers to a week of art and artful dodging on your way to the bar — er, exhibitions.

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Prizm Art Fair

Renowned for exhibiting international artists from Africa and emerging markets, this free art fair also features emerging Miami-based artists focusing on socio-political and cultural issues pertinent to the people of African descent in Miami and around the world.

Details: Dec. 2-8; 169 E Flagler St., #5, Miami, FL 33131

Metroquadro Miami

This new gallery and contemporary art space in Wynwood is open daily to the public from Dec. 3-8. Cocktails and food by The Sylvester and Beaker & Gray will be available for purchase daily, with a percentage of proceeds on Tuesday’s The Art of Philanthropy event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. being donated to Friends of St. Jude. Friday’s The Art of the Cocktail features a mixology masterclass led by JP Calabria, SipSmith GinUS brand ambassador, and Ben Potts, bar director of The Sylvester and Beaker & Gray. Another freebie alert: Everyone is encouraged to take a picture with the multi-colored mural by artist Monique Rollins at the front of the gallery. All those who do get a free tote bag or T-shirt.

Details: Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 3-8; 177 NW 23rd St., Wynwood

Art of the Cocktail at the Confidante

Miami’s own LEBO and his group of local artist pals are unveiling the Miami Art Week edition of The Confidante Miami Beach’s rotating art exhibit with a big, boozy kickoff on the 10th floor rooftop from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. There you’ll mingle with artists, play in pop-up art-inspired activations and sip on Avion Tequila cocktails and South Beach Brewing beer in between passed bites from Bird & Bone.

Details: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 3; The Confidante Miami Beach 10th floor rooftop, 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; RSVP:


We knew we’d get your attention with this freebie. Taking place at Nautilus by Arlo’s Universal Playground from Dec. 3-8, Spanish multidisciplinary artist Marianda Makaroff presents her latest in which “viewers will discover a universe with no boundaries, and one that is ultimately appreciative of Eve as the savior of pleasure and true freedom.” The Sexhibition is open to the public in the hotel’s backyard.

Details: Dec. 3-8; Nautilus by Arlo, 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; For more information on “Underground Playground” at Nautilus, visit click here to R.S.V.P.

Sunset Rendezvous at Hyde Beach

A rare, cover-free party on Wednesday at Hyde Beach for the jet-set types featuring poolside art showcases by Domingo Zapata, Jordi Molla, Marco Santini, Blake Jamieson, Enrique Cabrera, MX, Elizabeth Sutton, Max Jamai and Claudia Apaid. Beats by Lexey.

Details: 6 p.m.-late, Dec. 4; Hyde Beach, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Free with RSVP here.

Veza Sur on Tour

Besides free booze, the biggest score during Miami Art Week is a free ride. From Dec. 4-8, Veza Sur Brewing Co. will be giving free rides to multiple art fairs between Miami Beach and Wynwood. But it’s more than a free ride, they tell us. Veza Sur On Tour is a complete experience, kicking off the hop-on/hop-off party bus experience at 2 p.m. daily, taking you from the brewery to SCOPE Art Show, Red Dot Miami at Mana Wynwood, then back to Veza Sur where you will receive a FREE cerveza. Free rides, art and free beer? Sign us up! As expected, availability is on a first come, first serve basis, and we have a feeling this one’s gonna be turning lots away.

Details: 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4-8; Veza Sur Brewing Co., 55 NW 25th St., Miami.

Wynwood Walls Shop Launch Party

Wynwood Walls is command central for Miami selfies and, of course, for Art Week, with a slew of free and open-to-the-public events. In addition to the group art show of past and present Wynwood Walls artists that will be completed on Wednesday, the official Wynwood Walls Shop is moving to a bigger space and hosting a big launch party from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday as well, with DJ, food and 15 percent off all purchases.

Details: 6 p.m-10 p.m. Dec. 4; 2520 NW Second Ave., Wynwood;


The Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club is turning itself into a vintage, European-inspired arcade straight out of old timey times, with retro arcade games, design by Miami fashion designer, illustrator and two-season Project Runway star Amanda Perna, and specialty cocktails for purchase by Absolut Elyx and spiked Italian ices.

Details: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 4-6; Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club, 3925 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Maker’s Mark Presents: Garden to Glass

Art and bourbon enthusiasts shake and stir together at 1 Hotel South Beach’s “cocktail activation” taking place on the earthy hotel’s Habitat Terrace. There you will select fresh fruits and herbs from the Maker’s Mark bar cart to combine in your own free drink. Free! Drink! Saturday on the 1 Rooftop from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., visual artist Natasha Tomchin will exhibit her nature-inspired digital dreamscapes while you sip on mezcal cocktail specials by Gem & Bolt while DJs Naim and Eran Hirsch spin.

Details: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 4-7; 1 Hotel South Beach. 2341 Collins Ave., South Beach. Reservations suggested: 833-625-3111.

Basecamp at Magic City Innovation District

Immerse yourself in this Little Haiti arts and culture park, a free and open to the public gathering place for nature, art, food, music, culture and cocktails. But first, the art. Ok, nevermind, the cocktails: two bars, The Flamingo Bar and Agave Work. Both will serve all sorts of boozy delights, from crafty concoctions, wine and beer, to what they’re billing as a retro spin on a tequila and mezcal bar. Various happy hours and specials will be available throughout. And now about the art installations: There’s Illumina, an exhibit previously featured at Burning Man, as well as a few others but those are ticketed. Weekend programming will also feature live music by world-renowned Haitian band T Vice, and a live performance by Psychic Dove Guitar, as well as free movement and yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday.

Details: noon-midnight Dec. 5, noon-3 a.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 8; 298 NE 61st St., Miami;

Basel on the River at The Wharf Miami

Four days of live art, pop-up galleries, food, cocktails and more cocktails will emerge from Miami’s waterfront watering hole. Among the highlights: The Wharf in Color featuring contemporary and abstract live art and pop-up galleries. But about the booze: Get $1 Wharf Lagers and $3 wine by the glass from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday; $25 bottles of Cotes de Provence Rosé from noon to 6 p.m.; and Bubbles & Basel Brunch celebrating women in art with $50 bottles of Moet & Chandon Brut from noon to 4 p.m.

Details: noon to midnight Dec. 5; noon to 3 a.m. Dec. 6-7; noon to midnight Dec. 8; 114 SW N. River Dr., Miami;

A Night at W Miami Museum

Free booze alert! Thursday you are all invited to spend the evening in ADDiKT Modern Kitchen, the signature restaurant at W Miami, gawking at pix snapped during the height of the pop art movement by acclaimed artists William John Kennedy, David Datura and Monique Rollins while enjoying complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The works on display are featured in over 15 museums around the world, including The Warhol Museum. Photos include those of Andy Warhol taken at the Factory in NYC and Robert Indiana at his studio that had never been seen before.

Details: 7:30 p.m-9:30 p.m. Dec. 5; ADDiKT Modern Kitchen, W Miami, 485 Brickell Ave., Miami. RSVP:

Levi’s Haus Miami

Although it sounds like a gastropub, Levi’s Haus is hosting all sorts of nifty denim-themed events including a full retail shop with one of a kind products, Levi’s Authorized Vintage, premium products, a tailor shop, design studio, experience studio and gallery featuring one-of-a-kind Trucker Jackets designed by artists in a 43,000-square-foot warehouse in Wynwood. When the place opens to the public on Thursday, there will be food, drinks and a DJ set by artist Shepard Fairey from 5-9 p.m. Workshops throughout the weekend will also feature artists Gianni Lee and Futura.

Details: December 5-8; 2700 NW Second Ave., Wynwood

Rockwell x 10AK Pop Up

The fifth annual fusion of NYC hot spot 10AK and Miami’s own Rockwell features some big names, including 2Chainz, who is performing live at who knows what time on Friday. There is a cover, and it varies.

Details: 11:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7; Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

Kiki on the River

The riverfront Greek spot is hosting a pop up by Naples designer Marissa Collections, which partnered with L.A.-based jewelry designer Anita Ko from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. On Sunday, it’s the Art Week Sunday Funday Sundowner with DJ Cedric Gervais, closing it all out at 1 p.m. There’s no cover fee, but they did tell us that it’s “entry at doorman’s discretion,” and reservations are highly recommended.

Details: Opens at noon Dec. 5-7; Kiki on the River, 450 NW N. River Dr., Miami. 786-502-3243.

No. 3 Social Wynwood

Groove out to free rooftop performances at 7 p.m. nightly Thursday through Saturday. Yesha Yahu, Elle Romand, D Sided, and Kamadev perform on Thursday; Deep Sugar, Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody and Soul P. on Friday; and Miguel Migs, Fred Everything, Jay-J, Mark Brickman, Dan K. and Joi Cardwell on Saturday.

Details: 7 p.m.-close Dec. 5- 7; No. 3 Social Wynwood, 50 NW 24th St., Wynwood.

Kai Art Activation at Intercontinental Miami

Meet and greet street artist Kai, who is featuring more than 40 pieces of his art and retrospective capsules at the InterContinental Miami from now through Dec. 30. From 7-10 p.m. Dec. 5, you’ll get to take home some custom art, partake in interactive art sessions, photo ops and stuff your face with free food and drink from ToroToro Miami. As to be expected, space is limited, so RSVP fast here.

Details: 7 p.m-10 p.m. Dec. 5; 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami.

Punk Me Tender Installation Party

Like many mod artists, Punk Me Tender hides his identity, but from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at The National Hotel, the mysterious French artiste will host an open-to-the-public Basel bash featuring his penned vinyl sticker poem, cobalt 3D butterflies and bright blue morpho butterflies flickering around the pool. There will be entertainment, snacks and a drink ticket available with RSVP.

Details: 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 6; National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

House of Suntory

Thanks to the progressive Japanese spirits company House of Suntory, you don’t have to travel too far for some Japanese booze. Setting up shop in the Design District’s Jungle Plaza, Suntory’s Tiny House is a transportable Japanese bar where guests both inside and outside the structure are treated to the highest form of omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality, including the next generation of Japanese spirits from the legendary Suntory brand — Toki Whisky, Haku Vodka and Roku Gin.

Details: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec 7; Jungle Plaza, 3801 NE First Ave., Miami Design District.

NY Academy of Art Reception

The swanky Mandarin Oriental is displaying an exhibit in collaboration with the New York Academy of Art entitled “Bliss” curated by supermodel and photog Helena Christensen, along with actress and trustee Brooke Shields, on display in the hotel’s lobby Dec. 2-6. The collaboration will be celebrated at a closing event by Christensen and Shields with a reception open to the public at the hotel’s MO Bar + Lounge, Friday from 7-9 p.m.

Details: 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Dr., Miami.

Gumbo Limbo Experiment presented by Peroni

This multi-sensorial show featuring DJ Richie Hell and multimedia artist Francisca Oyhanarte is open to the public on Friday with live music, art installations, projected visuals and, we assume, Peroni.

Details: 9 p.m.-midnight Dec. 6; W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.


Wynwood’s Asian food hall is throwing two free parties, one that could be mildly torturous for some, and another featuring Major Lazer. The first takes place at 11 p.m. Saturday and is a phone-free fete. Yep, no phones allowed. So how will you prove you were there? Tell your skeptical pals the name of the party was You Had to Be There. ‘Nuff said. RSVP for that here. The party on Sunday starts at 3 p.m. and features Rum & Bass with Major Lazer and special guests. Also free. This one will allow phones, whew. RSVP here.

Details: 11 p.m. Dec. 7; 3 p.m. Dec 8; 143 NW 23rd St., Wynwood;