From world-renowned artists and one-of-a-kind works to countless cocktails and dancing at discotheques, there's no denying Art Basel is one heck of a party. The international art week returns to Miami Beach Dec. 1-4, and all Magic City will be packed with pop-ups and aesthetes.
This party guide is geared toward music fans, those who use Art Basel an excuse to visit the Wynwood Walls but are more excited when the sun goes down and the disco ball goes up. There are a few daytime parties, such as Dirtybird barbecue and YogArt Basel, but allwill get you grooving and moving.
Rum and Bass (7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Coyo Taco, 2300 NW Second Ave., Miami)
Kick off the week with an Art Basel block party at Coyo Taco. Walshy Fire, a Miami-based DJ, producer and rapper who is one-third of dancehall group Major Lazer, will play the event. Walshy's even invited some surprise friends to join the fiesta. If the Art Basel edition is anything like the Rum and Bass parties Walshy regularly throws at Coyo Taco, it's sure to be a banging time.
Tickets cost $20-$30 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Up&Down Pop-up (11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29–Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Beach Tent at the Nautilus Hotel, 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
Enjoy five days of music at the Nautilus hotel with the Up&Down pop-up. Up&Down is a New York-based nightclub with two levels of experiences. Down is more intimate while upstairs is swanky, with A-listers seen throughout. The pop-up will have un-anounced DJs performing each day. The Socialista by Cipiriani pop-up will be Thursday night. Socialista pays tribute to the Carribean, with cocktails and Cuban food. Unemployed Magazine, a culture and lifestyle publication, will throw an issue-release party at the Up&Down pop-up on Saturday.
Admission is free.
Resident Advisor at Art Basel (10 p.m . Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Magic City Studios, 6300 NE Fourth Ave., Miami)
Resident Advisor, a U.K.-based online electronic-music magazine and community platform established in 2001, will host its first-ever Art Basel party on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Over the past year, Resident Advisor (RA), started a series called In Residence, taking month-long residencies in nightclubs around the world. RA will continue the party, bringing three groovy artists to ensure a special night of disco dancing. Expect soul from Floating Points, vintage funk from synth master, Dâm-Funk and techno-disco magic from the Black Madonna.
Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online through Resident Advisor.
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Behrouz & Friends Art Basel Edition (11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at W South Beach – Wall Miami, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
Wall throws multiple Art Basel parties every year. For the past four years, Wall has brought electronic artists such as Damian Lazarus, Seth Troxler and Guy Gerber. This year, Miami-based DJ Behrouz, who owns local club Do Not Sit On The on the Furniture and has played everywhere from Burning Man to Ibizia, will bring Damian Lazarus and Jan Blomqvist for a night of deep house and techno.
Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased at WallMiami.com.
Hive (4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30–Sunday, Dec. 4 at MANA Wynwood at 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami)
For this free, five-day party, the Hive pop-up combines art installations and live cocktail demonstrations. Learn how to make craft cocktails each day, then watch the Art of Craft mixology competition on Dec. 4 when some of Miami's best bartenders compete. Enjoy non-alcoholic F!ZZ mocktails before strolling through the Sculpture Garden Lounge, which Hive's producers claim has the "largest [and] most creative outdoor art installations in Wynwood." Artists will be on-site working on and creating pieces all five days. World-renowned artist Andrew Schoultz designed a pop-up skate park for this year's Hive called Infinity Plaza. Local DJs will provide tunes all day and all night while food trucks will serve everything from lobster to ribs. Go to HiveWynwood.com to see the schedule.
Admission is free.
Basel House (4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30–Monday, Dec. 5 at Bitter Truth, 3252 NE First Ave., No 124, Miami)
Hip-hop and art converge at Basel House. The free five-day party features Miami-based talent, including rappers and beat boxers Speakea5y and Michelangelo, vocalist MRKI and Tricia Dade. Local artists such as Hermes Berrio and Jon Lee will showcase their mixed-media street art. Jona Cerwinske, an artist known for painting murals throughout the city, will debut a permanent installation at Bitter Truth. The first 100 people to arrive each night between 4 and 6 p.m. will receive a free drink.
RSVP for the free event here.
Young Thug (10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Magic City Studios, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., Miami)
One of the hottest hip-hop artists in the game, Young Thug recently became the first artist to have three top five debuts on Billboard's Top Rap Album list with "No, My Name is Jeffery," "I'm Up" and "Slime Season 3." Opening acts include local talent Nick León and Indigochildrick. Los Angeles-based hip-hop producer Shlomo will then hit the stage before Thugger tears it down.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased on Showclix.com.
12 hours of NAAFI (5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Coyo Taco 2300 NW Second Ave., Miami)
Red Bull Music Academy presents 12 Hours of NAAFI, featuring 10 DJs all sharing the Mexico City-based label's sound. NAAFI is about integrating culture, fusing Latin American beats such as reggaeton or bachata with techno or drum and bass to create an original style. Mexico City art duo Sangree will make their Miami debut, bringing art installations to transform Coyo Taco. The lineup includes LAO, Imaabs, Paul Marmota, ZutZut, Mexican Jihad, Fausto Bahia with special guests Venus X, Jubilee, TygaPaw, Santa Muerte. Watch the YouTube video below to learn more about NAAFI.
RSVP for the free event at Win.gs/12HoursOfNAAFI.
Half/Full Basel Edition (11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 at Rec Room, 1690 Collins Ave., No. 2, Miami Beach)
Half/Full, the free weekly pizza party at Rec Room, is pulling out all the stops for its Art Basel debut. Flo Rida will host the night with special guest rapper GoldLink. Usual suspects Paperwater and Coffin Texts will spin their hip-hop-meets-electronic beats. Hiko Momoji will spin his original, upbeat tracks with beautiful vocals and fun sound effects. Sean Bang will be hyping the crowd from behind the decks. As with every Half/Full party, there will be free pizza, along with free goodie bags and other surprises for partygoers.
RSVP for the free event here.
Guy Gerber's Rumors Party at 1 Hotel South Beach (4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
Israeli producer Guy Gerber is bringing his Middle Eastern vibes back to the 1 Hotel for Art Basel. Last year's outdoor Rumors party got rained out, but the inclement weather did not stop the party. A space within the hotel was transformed into what seemed like a tropical oasis with foliage, oversize wicker lounge chairs and fake snakes hanging from palm trees. The Rumors Party has traveled from Ibiza to Los Angeles, and is always packed with grooving bodies. The Art Basel edition will have house and techno from Bill Patrick, Lauren Lane and Diego Teran, among others.
Admission is free.
Todd Terje, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Tim Sweeney (10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the Factory at Magic City Studios, 6300 NE Fourth Ave., Miami)
Slap and Tickle, a weekly underground dance party at Bardot, and III Points have teamed up for a night of dancing with Todd Terje. The Norwegian DJ and producer plays dreamy disco sets that make you wiggle and want to sing along. Before Terje, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Tim Sweeney will play DJ sets to get the crowd grooving early.
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on Showclix.
Dirtybird Barbecue (2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Smashed Canvas, 279 NW 28th St., Miami)
Dirtybird fans, your prayers have been answered. After holding barbecues San Francisco, Detroit and New York, America's No. 1 DJ (according to the online magazine DJ Times) Claude VonStroke brings the Dirtybird crew to Art Basel for the final barbecue of the year. The Dirtybird family held a national competition to see where the next barbecue should be held, and Miami fans wrote in enough votes to beat out the suggested cities on the list, so get ready to get loose because this one will be extra special. The list of cohorts includes J.Philp, Kill Frenzy, Christian Martin, Walker & Royce, Justin Martin and the boss man himself, all playing their twist on Dirtybird's signature sound, with funky grooves and the best vibes around. Come hungry and ready to dance, because the barbecue will serve both meat and vegetarian options to enjoy while the Birds are spinning.
Tickets start at $45 (with an additional $19.50 fee for the barbecue feast), and can be purchased at Eventbrite.
Blender 3 at Wall Miami (11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at W South Beach – Wall Miami, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
Even though this is the third Blender party, Art Basel will be its U.S. debut. The other two music-meets-technology experiments took place in Switzerland and Dubai.
Dance music, design technology and contemporary arts combine at the Blender 3 party at Wall Miami on Saturday, Dec. 3. The project, by DJ-producer David Squillace and creative laboratory Boiler Corporation, hopes to merge artist with audience, reevaluating relationships between sound, image and space. While guests dance, data such as live music, environmental sounds, and images are recorded. From there, Recipient Collective, a Milan-based creative collaboration, will create 3-D artwork from the data collected.
Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at WallMiami.com.
The Future Archives Party (2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Lot 11 Skate Park, Northwest Third Avenue and Northwest First Street, Miami)
Future Archives, a New York-based organization that helps fund and produce creative projects, has partnered with Miami-based nonprofit Skate Free, which helps implement free public skate parks and programs in underserviced areas of the city. The Future Archives Party will feature the Brujas, a feminist collective of New York skaters who provide programing for urban youth of color. The Brujas will lead an open skate at Skate Free's skate park. Some of the Brujas will provide music alongside Virgil Abloh, Venus X, Aller Muet and Flat White. A pop-up shop, GHE20G0TH1K by Venus X, will sells merchandise and dope streetwear while Phillipa Price will show a video installation.
YogArt Basel (10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Sacred Space Miami, 105 NE 24th St., Miami)
Unwind from the grind at YogaArt Basel, a two-day event at the Sacred Space Miami. Miami-based yoga instructors Dawn B, Paul Toliuszis and Terri Cooper will lead two 10 a.m. yoga sessions. DJ Drez combines hip-hop, reggae and Indian raga while Marti Nikko adds her seductive vocals for a transformative, melodic journey. Proceeds from YogArt support Design and Architecture High School, a local magnet school. Tickets are available online or onsite.
Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.
All Day I Dream (5:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, 5:30 at an undisclosed location)
DJ, producer and record label owner Lee Burridge brings his renowned All Day I Dream extravaganza to Miami, an enchanting party on a secret island that may make you forget where you are. This party is an eight-hour escape from urban life, decorated by environmental art and natural greenery. Start the morning bright and early with The Electric Pickle’s Breakfast Club, a sunrise soiree with surprise DJs untill 2 p.m. The magic will continue until 10 p.m. The two-day lineup includes Moodymann, Axel Boman, Horse Meat Disco, Gorje Hewek, and Bamboozle, among others. Those who purchase tickets will receive and email with the party's location.
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on Resident Advisor.
STK Brunch (11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at STK Miami, 1100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami)
Brunch is basically the new happy hour, and one of the best ways to cap off a weekend. Recover from any of the parties mentioned above at STK Miami. STK will debut its brunch menu on Sunday, Dec. 4 and the place is sure to be a party as DJ RBK spins upbeat Jersey club tracks. The brunch menu features items such as chicken avocado tostadas, vanilla-bean-ricotta pancakes and madame croquets. Or course, the steakhouse also serves signature steaks and STK and eggs.