The Best of Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Heading to Miami for Art Basel this year? From well-established fairs and annual parties to new festivals and activations, there's no shortage of art, design and cultural events to have on your radar. Consult our calendar for a comprehensive guide to all things Art Basel, and check out our highlights here.

Monday, December 3rd

Faena Festival – This Is Not America Opening Party
Faena District Miami Beach @ 9pm
Open to the public

Faena launches Faena Festival, a new annual multidisciplinary festival that will be presented during Miami Art Week, launching on December 3rd through 9th. The Inaugural Faena Festival,  This is Not America, will feature major new commissions, installations and performances from Derrick Adams, Cecilia Bengolea, Alfredo Jaar, Isabel Margarita Lewis, Luna Paiva, Tavares Strachan, and Wu Tsang and boychild, among many others. Faena Festival explores the mythologies and narratives of “America” and reflects on the multiplicity of cultures, voices, and people across its physical, conceptual, and political borders. The festival will activate the multiple and diverse venues of the Faena District Miami Beach.

Faena Festival

Tuesday, December 4th

1stdibs Champagne Brunch to Kick Off Design Miami/ 
Invite only

1stdibs hosts a champagne brunch for its trade program members on Tuesday, December 4th to kick off Design Miami/. Guests will be granted a Collector Card and gain first access to the floor immediately following. 

Wednesday, December 5th

Perrier-Jouët & Dazed Art Panel Discussion
Invite only

Perrier-Jouët and Dazed host an art panel discussion on December 5th at L'Eden by Perrier Jouët on Faena Beach. Dazed Arts and Culture Editor Ashleigh Kane will moderate the event with Artist Bethan Laura Wood, Nina Johnson of Contemporary Art Gallery Nina Johnson and Art Writer and Critic Monica Uszerowicz as panelists. 

Paddle8 & Basement Miami Host A Bowling Evening
Invite only

Paddle8 and Basement Miami host a bowling evening between artists, dealers and collectors at Basement Bowl, Miami Beach Edition Hotel. 

Basement Bowl

Thursday, December 6th

Quintessentially & Hennessy Private Dinner
Invite only

Luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially and Hennessy co-host a private dinner with Maurice Hennessy discovering the jewels from the Hennessy Maison. 

9th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale
Invite only

Hosted by ‘Creed II’ star Tessa Thompson and featuring a DJ set by Grammy-nominated duo Sofi Tukker, this year’s 9th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale Party will take place on Thursday, December 6th. The exclusive fête, in collaboration with ARTSY, will take place at the infamous Villa Casa Casuarina. Each year during Miami Art Week, Bombay Sapphire and Artsy invite an illustrious mix of celebrities, socials, and arts industry innovators to celebrate the 16 finalists of the series before announcing its Grand Finale winner. 

Villa Casa Casuarina

Friday, December 7th

Republic Records Party at Surf Lodge Miami Pop-Up
Invite only

The Confidante will host this year's Surf Lodge pop-up during Miami Art Week. On Friday, December 7th, they will host the ArtNew and YoungArts' dinner celebrating the Inside Out Project, followed by a Republic Records VIP party.

Saturday, December 8th

House Beach Tent Closing Party: James Murphy And Soul Clap
Members only

Bid farewell to the Beach Tent for another year, with DJ sets by Soul Clap’s Lonely C, along with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Nancy Whang.

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