Yes, it’s that time of year again, #artbaselproblems. In just a few weeks, the art world will descend on the city of Miami. With over 20+ satellite fairs, we’ve narrowed it down to the must-see art fairs. As a reminder, most of these fairs have VIP opening nights, so if you have a VIP card or know someone who knows someone, we suggest checking out the fair’s website for more information. For now, we’ve only included the public openings. See you out there!
Art Basel will showcase 268 exhibitors. 32 countries across North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa and present artworks ranging from Modern masterpieces and historical projects to new works by both established and emerging artists. The fair will open by invitation only on Wednesday, December 5 with the vernissage taking place the following day. The fair will then open to the public on December 7th and go until Sunday, December 9th.
Opens: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 3 PM – 8 PM. Purchase tickets
Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
This year, 46 exhibitors will participate in the fair which was founded in 2012 and focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Untitled, Art innovates the standard fair model by selecting a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in dialogue with an architecturally designed venue.
Opens: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 11 AM – 7 PM. Purchase tickets
Ocean Drive and 12th Street, South Beach, Miami
Celebrating its 14th year, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is an established part of the annual art calendar and is recognized for providing its international community of emerging and established galleries with a dynamic platform for connecting with a global audience. PULSE offers visitors an engaging environment in which to discover and collect the most compelling contemporary art being produced today.
Opens: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 1 PM – 7PM. Purchase tickets
Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Design Miami/ is more than a marketplace for design, where the world’s top galleries gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first-century furniture, lighting and objets d’art.
Opens: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12 PM – 8 PM. Purchase tickets
Meridian Avenue & 19th Street Miami Beach
The 16th edition of the fair, to be held December 6–9, 2018 at Ice Palace Studios, remains dedicated to showcasing new art and celebrating the rising talents from around the globe.
Opens: Thursday, December 6, 2 PM – 7PM . Purchase tickets
Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Avenue
The 17th edition of SCOPE Miami Beach returns to the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street. Featuring 140 International Exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities. The fair will welcome over 55,000 visitors over the course of 6 days.
Opens: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 11 AM – 8 PM. Purchase Tickets
801 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Aqua’s unique environment – in a classic South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard – has become a favorite gathering spot for collectors, curators and art lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire new works while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections.
Opens: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 12 PM – 9 PM. Purchase tickets
Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Context Art Miami is the sister fair to Art Miami dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. Ninety-five international galleries, vetted by the CONTEXT Art Miami Selection Committee, exhibit highlights from their gallery programs, solo artist exhibitions and curated projects.
Opens: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 11 AM- 8PM. Purchase tickets
The Art Miami + CONTEXT Pavilions, One Herald Plaza @ NE 14th Street
Sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association, Ink Art Fair presents modern and contemporary works on paper by international artists. Since its inception in 2006, the fair has offered collectors a diverse survey of 20th-century masterworks and just-published editions by leading contemporary artists.
Opens: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9 AM – 5 PM . Admission is free during public hours.
1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Red Dot Miami will take place in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, alongside the Latin American art fair Pinta Miami and Spectrum. Taking place during the powerhouse Miami Art Week with top crowd-pulling shows like Art Basel, Art Miami, Scope, and Miami Project, Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami provide dealers with access to thousands of innovative works and bring top talent to Miami’s artsiest ’hood. is a modern and contemporary art show featuring 75+ international galleries showcasing primary and secondary works from $1,000 to $100,000, including paintings, sculpture, and photography.
Opens: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 1 PM – 9 PM. Purchase tickets
Discover Spectrum Miami, a curated contemporary art show in the heart of Miami’s artsiest ’hood. Back in the Wynwood District for the first time since 2015, Spectrum Miami is taking over the iconic Mana Wynwood. Featuring an international slate of artists and galleries, it’s where contemporary meets extraordinary. Join us for a five-day fine art experience, featuring Art Labs, Art Talks, Meet the Artist sessions, music, entertainment, and other special events. Best of all, your ticket to gets you into Red Dot Miami, another must-see contemporary art show co-located at Mana Wynwood with Spectrum Miami during Miami Art Week
Opens: Thursday, December 6, 2018 1 PM – 9 PM. Purchase Tickets
1700 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
Superfine! touches down on Miami Beach this December with a splash. 45 booths of independent solo artists and galleries hailing from Miami and around the globe call the historic Art Deco Welcome Center home during the five nights and four full days.
Opens: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 11 AM -10 PM. Purchase tickets
Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Prizm Art Fair 2018 is a cutting-edge cultural platform that is multidisciplinary in scope. Our goal is to expand the spectrum of exhibiting international artists from Africa, the African Diaspora and emerging markets, who reflect global trends in contemporary art.
Opens: December 4, 2018, 5 PM -10 PM. Purchase tickets
169 E Flagler St, Miami, FL
top image // courtesy of Art Basel Miami Beach