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Updated! 34 Events You're Actually Invited To During Art Basel

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You can't deny you got excited when you heard about Miley's surprise performance at the Raleigh, or Moschino's life-sized Barbie Dream House fete at the Thompson, only to be disappointed when you read the fine print, By Invitation Only. No worries though, because we've curated a list of Art Basel events that are open to the public, all with a fashion or fitness spin. For all of our Art Basel coverage so far, click here.

The events and pop-ups are arranged roughly by their starting dates, and span from South Beach to Coral Gables. Many are free with an RSVP while others are paid for. We'll be updating things as they pop up on our radars, so keep this guide handy on your Smartphones as an easy way to navigate the storm. Should you have any tips, send them our way via miami@racked.com or proclaim them in the comments section. Happy Baseling!


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1. Hunter & Gatti Celebrity Photography Exhibit

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1701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-1701
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Only fashion photographers Hunter & Gatti have been able to put tribal daisies on Pharrel, or make Bruno Mars look like his photo popped straight out of a burning Western. Check out their celebrity portraiture, with shots of everyone from Elizabeth Olsen to Diane Kruger, from December 1 through the 30 at the SLS South Beach. The VIP preview takes place on Friday, and will be hosted by Hunter & Gatti's muse , Toni Garrn. RSVP for that here.

2. Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody Pop-Up

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91 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137
A curious little shop called Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody has popped up in the Design District for Art Basel. Inside, you'll find an assortment of items that is very Dr. Seuss meets Africa, mostly because most if the items inside- scalloped sun umbrellas, sarongs, radio seat cushions- are hand-painted or carved throughout the continent. The pop-up will open on December 1 and close on December 15.

3. The Shoe Concert at The Thompson

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4041 Collins Ave
Miami, FL 33140
(305) 397-8309
Hunger Games fans, this ones for you. Jenna Malone (who plays Johanna Mason in part 1) will be performing with her two (wo)man band, The Shoe, at The Thompson on Tuesday twice, at 6pm in the Seagrape lounge and at 9:30pm in the Crown Room. She's also a Gap model, so we're curious to ask if she's checked out the store on Lincoln Road yet...

4. Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM)

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80 NE 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-4228
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It ain't Basel without some bling. Bid on (or just ogle) over 100 pieces of jewelery at Fine Art Auctions Miami's (FAAM) Exceptional Jewels. Previews will be open to the public through December 2 from 10am to 5pm, however the auction takes place at 6pm. Indian diamond necklaces, Tiffany gold rings, Columbian emeralds- its the stuff dreams were made of. Email info@faamiami.com if you have any questions about the listed pieces here.

5. Snarkitecture vs Alchemist Airball

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Last year Alchemist brought us a drive thru pop-up shop on the fifth floor of the 1111 building. This year, they've teamed up with Snarkitecture, an architect and artist duo who's created installations for Calvin Klein, Design Miami, and even Marlins Stadium, to create Airball, a basketball locker-room inspired installation where you can compete at side-by-side hoops while you shop exclusive products available only during Art Basel. There will also be a concession stand by Monarch Room where you can snack while you watch others play. The pop-up will run from December 1 through 7.

6. Festina Lente Arts Festival

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166 Northwest 29th Street
Miami, FL 33137
In the market for artwork, but only have a $300 budget? Don't bother going anywhere but Festina Lente, an arts festival taking place in Wynwood that will be featuring art and performances from a collective of 50 emerging artists, photographers, designers and makers from the ConArts Collective. DJ sets, cocktail parties, documentary screenings and live art performances will take place from 6 to 9pm, and you can check out the artists and their work here

7. The Posters and Rosario Dawson at The Standard

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40 Island Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-1717
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The Posters, a new LA based e-commerce site, is having the most Miami launch ever. They're sending off the site with a pig roast at The Standard Spa's mud deck. You'll be able to collect a series of custom posters from emerging and established artists there, and with each poster sold the company will donate a portion of the proceeds to arts education. The event will run from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday, but stay till 6pm when Rosario Dawson's flick Phoenix is Rising debuts.

8. Chrome Hearts Miami Store

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4025 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
Chrome Hearts, a motorcycle-inspired luxury brand with a global following is opening up their first Miami shop in the Design District. It will be a "factory style" showroom, art gallery, and café where established and emerging artists and designers collaborate to create pieces exclusively for this space. We're told you can expect limited edition jewelry collections and one-of-a-kind creations. Also, you can grab a colada and a Cuban sandwich at David's Cafe in the store's courtyard.

9. Meet Diane Von Furstenberg Twice

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9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154
(305) 864-4241
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Forget art for a second and lets talk about literature. Diane will be talking about and signing copies of her latest book, "The Woman I Wanted to Be" at 6:30 at Books & Books at Bal Barbour Shops. If you can't make it, catch her at her pop-up in Aventura Mall, where she'll be signing copies from 7 to 8pm. RSVP to j.caracciola@dvf.com for the latter.

10. Harper's BAZAAR Pop-Up Shop

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4385 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 507-7900
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When Harper's BAZAAR curates a shop for you, you count your pennies and save up. The fashion magazine will be hosting a pop-up shop inside the Soho Beach House, where you can shop exclusive editor's picks from brands and artists like Pierre Hardy, Reed Krakoff, and Avery Nejam. Plus, you'll get to glam out with complimentary beauty sessions. The biggest draw of the entire three day bonanza is the cocktail party hosted by blogger Garancé Dore and BAZAAR's executive guest editor, Laura Brown. The pop-up runs from December 2-4 from 11am to 6pm on the eighth floor. RSVP to thestyle@harpersBAZAAR.com.

11. Art Markit Pop-Up (Plus Artsy Manicures!)

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1100 West Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 514-1500
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The Mondrian's pool is pop-up paradise, so head on over to shop Art Markit's Art Basel selections. The artsy online home retailer will be selling everything from Andy Warhol designed limited edition surfboards to Dee Occlepo totes. There will also be complimentary nail art manicures courtesy of Vanity Projects (which we'll add are super rad). The event will run from December 2 through the 7 from noon to 8pm. Shoot an email to RSVP@collective-comm.com to reserve your nail appointment. DJs and cocktails are happening too.

12. Pop-Up Shops at the Freehand Miami

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2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
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If you want to escape the craziness of the tents and convention center and maybe make a few purchases of your own, head to the Freehand Miami, where multiple pop-up shops will be showing, like VidaKush, Lost Boy Dry Goods, Men in Cities, Papua Swimwear, Jean and Tonic, and Trend Rush on various days. Local fave Style Mafia will be there from Thursday to Saturday with her entire new collection, so swing by for a last minute Basel look.

13. Queen of the Night

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4833 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Queen of the Night is one of the hottest shows in New York right now, and for one night only it will be popping up in Miami. The show starts at 10pm on December 3, and involves dance, fashion, circus, theater nightlife and cuisine into one experience Vanity Fair calls "A mixture of glamour and decadent decay." Following the performance, there will be a whole nightlife experience with interactive installations, performances and DJ sets by the lady set. Tickets start at $225.

14. "I Feel Ya" by André 3000

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318 Northwest 23rd Street
Miami, FL 33127
There is an entire exhibit at Mana Miami dedicated to the jumpsuits André 3000 wore on his Outkast reunion tour. The exhibit is titled, "I Feel Ya," and if you were on the tour route, you'll remember them being deeply insightful, printed with questions like "Art, or fart?" and "have you stopped growing?" See all 47 of them beginning December 3 and it's completely free and open to the public.

15. Party With the Wilhelmina Models

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53 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 576-0056
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It's not a party in Miami unless there are models involved, and this one's chock full of them. On Wednesday, December 3, head to Design District boutique En Avance from 4 to 8pm for a night of complimentary hair and clothes styling, make-up applications, body art, and hot (hot!) models. RSVP to wilhelmina@kucerakandco.com.

16. The Art of Fashion Show: All About Shoes

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1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 949-6722
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An art exhibit, ALL ABOUT SHOES. That's what you'll find inside the Peacock Foundation Studio at the Adrienne Arsht Center, where revolutionary shoes throughout history will be displayed from December 3 through December 6 from 11am to 7pm. Manolo, Louboutin, Chanel, Alexander McQueen- all will be displayed alongside past inventions like geisha sandals and future staples like Melissa Shoe's plastic, futuristic designs. Tickets are $35.

17. British Knights Re-Launch Party

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2727 Indian Creek Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 531-2727
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If sneakers are your fashion vice, New York-based footwear and apparel brand British Knights Sneakers will be having its relaunch after-party at the Freehand, with a super soundtrack by DJs Daai Lo and Avilo and the works of illustrator Mwanel Pierre Louis. The party starts at 10pm on Thursday, December 4.

18. Deauville Beach Resort

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6701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL
(305) 865-8511
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Everyone knows Wednesday is ladies night, which is why you could head over to the Deauville for Galore Magazine's Basel Babes party. It takes place from 11pm to 2am and is hosted by locals Marcella Novela, Amanda Del Duca, as well as other prominent photographers and artists. Oh, and get this: there will be special performances by Mia Moretti, DJ Knick Knack and Joe Jonas, because we all know the brothers are making a comeback. RSVP to rsvp@galoremag.com.

19. Alessandra Gold Concept Store

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3326 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 518-3357
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Alessandra Gold has put together an event called Miami Design Market, which will run from December 4 through 7 in her Midtown shop. It infuses gallery exhibits with shopping, and different headliners come about each night alongside documentary exhibitions. A Go Green Fashionista live art exhibit will happen on Friday, a surprise talent appearance will go down on Saturday, and at the end of the event, a Kruzin sneakers art table will be unveiled. Food and cocktails are involved, and it's free and open to the public from 11am to 11pm.

20. S10 Bootcamp at the Deauville

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6701 Collins Ave
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Don't let Basel get in the way of your workout routine. On Friday at 10am, Steven Cheuk, founder of the s10 system, is hosting a bootcamp at the Deauville poolside deck and beach.

21. Vibration Thursdays with LVXL

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5580 Northeast 4th Court
Miami, FL 33137
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LVXL Clothing & Trading Company, a Miami-based "street luxe" brand, and ARVE Management is hosting its first installation of "Vibration Thursdays" ath The News Lounge Cafe with a performance by local jazz band Elements and Atlanta songstress known "Q," who's known for her jazz, funk soul and pop sound. $3 to $12 tapas will be served, so come hungry and thirsty. The event will continue to happen every other Thursday. Skip the $20 admission price when you RSVP here.

22. YogArt

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167 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127
YogArt returns to Art Basel for its fourth consecutive year, bringing yoga, art and live music to the Wynwood Walls. Local yogi fave Dawn B will be leading the poses, as will some other prominent yoga instructors in the city. MC Yogi, DJ Drez, Marti Nikko and Afrobeta will be providing the sounds on different nights. The event takes place at 5:30pm on Thursday and Friday, and at 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $35, and snacks and healthy refreshments will follow.

23. Club Monaco Opening Party

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Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Club Monaco is celebrating their grand opening on Lincoln Road on December 5 from 5 to 7pm. Olek, an artist featurd by Jeffrey Deitch and known best for her crazy crochet works that make you wonder "how did you wrap that elephant in a bunch of yarn?" will be featuring a very fashionable installation of over 200 pieces of Club Monaco clothing. Both will be there, as will DJ Zoel who will be providing the music.

24. Meet CFDA Winner Paul Andrew

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5822 Sunset Drive
South Miami, FL 33143
(305) 661-7767
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Why should you trek all the way over to South Miami during Art Basel? Because if you're a true shoe aficionado, then you absolutely have to meet CFDA award-winning shoe designer Paul Andrew. On Thursday, December 4 from noon to 2pm, he'll be launching his Spring/Summer 2015 collection (which isn't even available online!) at Capretto, so if you want to get in questions about his stints working with Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Alexander McQueen, then this is your only chance.

25. SOCIAL at Wasabi Miami

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1657 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
On Thursday, December 4, an event called SOCIAL will be taking place at the newly opened Wasabi Miami, hosted by local blogger D'ana Nunez from Collections and Volumes.The event promises to bring together creative types and influencers, and there will be live art installations by Atlanta-based graffiti artist Sage Guillory and performances by Werc Crew, Xavier Blk, Father, and more. There will also be a pop-up shop by local hipster/urbanwear brand Elephant Ink. The event runs from 7 to 11pm. Tickets are $15 at the door, or you can get them for $7 if you buy them now.

26. 305 Music and Arts

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1052 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-6820
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If you're posted up in South Beach on Thursday, 305 Music & Arts is happening from 3 to 8pm at the Congress Hotel, and is stacking up fashion shows by brands YAYA & Singular Collective and Luxe Isle, live mural paintings, and live music and DJ sets from Don Redfox, Tremends, and The Moon Caravan. The event takes place on the 5th and 6th floors.

27. Art + Yoga

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1601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-604-1601
Need a break from gallery hopping? On Friday, December 5 from 10am to noon, exhale South Beach is hosting a free yoga class accompanies by a DJ, followed by an acro yoga performance by local brand YOGiiZA and live graffiti artist demo. There will also be a braid bar, mini massages, facials, and nail art. Bonus? Get a complimentary yoga mat when you spend $25 at exhale's Wellbeing Boutique. Call to RSVP.

28. Miami Hostess Photo Exhibit at Barre Motion

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1560 Lenox Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-8087
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Bartenders, waitresses, hostesses- Miami has the finest, which is why there's a photo exhibit dedicated solely to them. On Saturday, December 6, Barre Motion is hosting a sleek and sexy photo exhibit titled Miami Hostess, which features these favorite leading ladies from Miami's top restaurants like Seasalt & Pepper, Cavalli, Bardot, and so, so much more. Wine and light bites are included, and of course said ladies will be serving it. RSVP here.

29. Meet Paris Hilton at WALL

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2201 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 938-3130
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If you've always dreamed of meeting Paris Hilton, on Friday she will be the guest DJ at Wall. You could potentially just show up with a posse of fine females, but if you want a table or close-to-guaranteed entry, RSVP to

30. Red Noir Launch at R House

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2727 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-0201
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If throw pillows are your thing, RedNoir, an artsy glam home décor e-retailer, will be featuring their spring and summer collection of pillows, rugs and wall art at R House on December 6 and 7, starting at 11am. The exhibit installation was designed by the guy that designs the sets for Ultra. We'll fist pump to that.

31. Art of Fashion Show Fundraiser

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450 NW 27th Street
Wynwood, FL 33127
Stilo Magazine is throwing a charity fashion show fundraiser for DOC IT, a non-profit that raises awareness and funds for ovarian cancer, at the Wynwood Warehouse Project on Saturday, December 6. Kohls and Diesel Miami are headlining, and portions of the proceeds from certain artworks will be donated to DOC IT. VIP tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and you can purchase them here. Otherwise, the event is open and free.

32. The Rare, Hosted by LVXL Clothing and ARVE

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1661 Pennsylvania Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
On Saturday, LVXL Clothing & Trading Company and ARVE Management group will be hosting a music and art event called "The Rare" with a special buyer's suite for its Fall 2014 line. If you're not in the business of buying, though, Sean Bang will be providing the live entertainment and Rob Regis, an artist from West Palm Beach will be showcasing his latest work. Skip the $20 admission price when you RSVP here.

33. Maison de Mode X Shop PK Pop-Up

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4385 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(786) 507-7900
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Maison de Mode, a traveling pop-up shop, and PK Shop, a gallery and curated retail space located in New York, are bringing artist designed and social-conscious brands to its Basel pop-up at the Soho Beach House. The shop will be open from 11am to 6pm from December 3 through the 7, and you can find goods from Osklen, SUNO, Edun, Amour Vert, Lulu Frost, Edie Parker and other up-and-coming luxury brands and up-and-coming artists.

34. Make Waves Rooftop Fundraiser for Style Saves

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400 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5529
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Finish off your Basel experience poolside while gaining karma points at the Sense Beach House. Make Waves, a new nonprofit that raises money for other non-profits, will be throwing a poolside party from 4:30 to 8:30pm to benefit Style Saves, a local charity that donates clothing to underprivileged kids. Bites are complimentary and the cash bar is open. RSVP to PatriziaTrias@gmail.com.

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1. Hunter & Gatti Celebrity Photography Exhibit

1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Only fashion photographers Hunter & Gatti have been able to put tribal daisies on Pharrel, or make Bruno Mars look like his photo popped straight out of a burning Western. Check out their celebrity portraiture, with shots of everyone from Elizabeth Olsen to Diane Kruger, from December 1 through the 30 at the SLS South Beach. The VIP preview takes place on Friday, and will be hosted by Hunter & Gatti's muse , Toni Garrn. RSVP for that here.
1701 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

2. Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody Pop-Up

91 Northeast 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
A curious little shop called Mr Somebody & Mr Nobody has popped up in the Design District for Art Basel. Inside, you'll find an assortment of items that is very Dr. Seuss meets Africa, mostly because most if the items inside- scalloped sun umbrellas, sarongs, radio seat cushions- are hand-painted or carved throughout the continent. The pop-up will open on December 1 and close on December 15.
91 Northeast 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137

3. The Shoe Concert at The Thompson

4041 Collins Ave, Miami, FL 33140
Hunger Games fans, this ones for you. Jenna Malone (who plays Johanna Mason in part 1) will be performing with her two (wo)man band, The Shoe, at The Thompson on Tuesday twice, at 6pm in the Seagrape lounge and at 9:30pm in the Crown Room. She's also a Gap model, so we're curious to ask if she's checked out the store on Lincoln Road yet...
4041 Collins Ave
Miami, FL 33140

4. Fine Art Auctions Miami (FAAM)

80 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137
It ain't Basel without some bling. Bid on (or just ogle) over 100 pieces of jewelery at Fine Art Auctions Miami's (FAAM) Exceptional Jewels. Previews will be open to the public through December 2 from 10am to 5pm, however the auction takes place at 6pm. Indian diamond necklaces, Tiffany gold rings, Columbian emeralds- its the stuff dreams were made of. Email info@faamiami.com if you have any questions about the listed pieces here.
80 NE 40th Street
Miami, FL 33137

5. Snarkitecture vs Alchemist Airball

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Last year Alchemist brought us a drive thru pop-up shop on the fifth floor of the 1111 building. This year, they've teamed up with Snarkitecture, an architect and artist duo who's created installations for Calvin Klein, Design Miami, and even Marlins Stadium, to create Airball, a basketball locker-room inspired installation where you can compete at side-by-side hoops while you shop exclusive products available only during Art Basel. There will also be a concession stand by Monarch Room where you can snack while you watch others play. The pop-up will run from December 1 through 7.
1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. Festina Lente Arts Festival

166 Northwest 29th Street, Miami, FL 33137
In the market for artwork, but only have a $300 budget? Don't bother going anywhere but Festina Lente, an arts festival taking place in Wynwood that will be featuring art and performances from a collective of 50 emerging artists, photographers, designers and makers from the ConArts Collective. DJ sets, cocktail parties, documentary screenings and live art performances will take place from 6 to 9pm, and you can check out the artists and their work here
166 Northwest 29th Street
Miami, FL 33137

7. The Posters and Rosario Dawson at The Standard

40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The Posters, a new LA based e-commerce site, is having the most Miami launch ever. They're sending off the site with a pig roast at The Standard Spa's mud deck. You'll be able to collect a series of custom posters from emerging and established artists there, and with each poster sold the company will donate a portion of the proceeds to arts education. The event will run from 2pm to 5pm on Tuesday, but stay till 6pm when Rosario Dawson's flick Phoenix is Rising debuts.
40 Island Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. Chrome Hearts Miami Store

4025 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
Chrome Hearts, a motorcycle-inspired luxury brand with a global following is opening up their first Miami shop in the Design District. It will be a "factory style" showroom, art gallery, and café where established and emerging artists and designers collaborate to create pieces exclusively for this space. We're told you can expect limited edition jewelry collections and one-of-a-kind creations. Also, you can grab a colada and a Cuban sandwich at David's Cafe in the store's courtyard.
4025 Northeast 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137

9. Meet Diane Von Furstenberg Twice

9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154
Forget art for a second and lets talk about literature. Diane will be talking about and signing copies of her latest book, "The Woman I Wanted to Be" at 6:30 at Books & Books at Bal Barbour Shops. If you can't make it, catch her at her pop-up in Aventura Mall, where she'll be signing copies from 7 to 8pm. RSVP to j.caracciola@dvf.com for the latter.
9700 Collins Ave
Bal Harbour, FL 33154

10. Harper's BAZAAR Pop-Up Shop

4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
When Harper's BAZAAR curates a shop for you, you count your pennies and save up. The fashion magazine will be hosting a pop-up shop inside the Soho Beach House, where you can shop exclusive editor's picks from brands and artists like Pierre Hardy, Reed Krakoff, and Avery Nejam. Plus, you'll get to glam out with complimentary beauty sessions. The biggest draw of the entire three day bonanza is the cocktail party hosted by blogger Garancé Dore and BAZAAR's executive guest editor, Laura Brown. The pop-up runs from December 2-4 from 11am to 6pm on the eighth floor. RSVP to thestyle@harpersBAZAAR.com.
4385 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

11. Art Markit Pop-Up (Plus Artsy Manicures!)

1100 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139