How to get around Miami Art Week and make the most of your time at the fairs

For art week activities, the trolley allows you to move around Miami Beach from one fair to another.

The twentieth edition of Art Basel Miami Beach It will be open to the public from December 1 to 3, 2022: there will be three days to walk among sculptures, paintings, gallery owners, painters and the odd celebrity. But in addition to the mother ship, another 20 art fairs, in addition to museums with special programming and events in cultural institutions will add to the movement. It is the busiest week on the local cultural agenda: Miami Art Week.

There is so much to do in such a short time that it is necessary to optimize the hours, and for that you should plan in advance. With an action plan for knowing exactly how to get there and where to park, plus anticipating your ticket purchases, you’ll be prepared.

Where to park during Miami Art Week

The first thing you should know, if you are going to drive to the place, is that you have to arrive in advance to find where to leave the car and not get towed.

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Audience in front of a work of art at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019.
The large number of people who participate in the week of art complicates traffic and fills up the parking lots. (Art Basel)

In the same Miami Beach Convention Center where Art Basel will take place there is a valet parking service. From there you can access directly or, if you decide to go to the popular fair DesignMiami, you will be just a few steps away.

If the place is full, as is often the case in this type of large event, you can check the public parking lots in nearby buildings, or the parking on the street, in the immediate area. Many of those are paid for through the app. pay by phoneso it is good that you have it on hand.

How to get to Art Basel without a car

In addition to the usual taxi services, Uber, Lyft and other easy-to-use apps, there is the miami beach trolley, which is also a free service. It can bring you closer to the core points of the city on those intense days of art.

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There are currently four routes in this service: Middle Beach Loop, North Beach Loop, Collins Express Y South Beach Loop. The Miami Beach mayor’s office plans to add eight more vehicles during art week, so the trolleys will have an estimated time of 10 minutes between each other.

Rock Installation |  Roll by Germane Barnes for Art Basel Miami Beach 2022.
Public transportation applications, such as GO Miami-Dade, are very useful to facilitate mobility between fairs.

Another option is offered by Miami-Dade Transit, the county’s transit authority: public transportation in Metromover, Metrorail Y Metrobus. For better use of the service, you can download the application GO Miami-Dade either MDT Transit Watch; in them you can locate the place of departure, the destination, and calculate the routes to take. You can even forecast the best times and help plan your trip.

Miami-Dade offers bikes

If you do not have the patience to wait and prefer bicycles, the stations of CitiBike they are in everything miami beach, Wynwood, Downtown, brickell Y Coconut Grove. In other words, it will be super easy for you to move from one place to another, in all the central areas of the city.

All bikes can be picked up and returned anywhere in the county of Miami-Dade. As a tip, download the free CitiBike app or check the CitiBike station map to find the stations closest to you.

CitiBike bikes can be a great option to get from one event to another in a short time.  (Carlo Allegri/REUTERS)
CitiBike bikes can be a great option to get from one event to another in a short time. (Carlo Allegri/REUTERS) (CARLO ALLEGRI/)

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Last but not least, the tickets. Whenever you go to gallery shows that require paying admission, such as Art Basel, SCOPE, Untitled either ArtMiami, buy tickets in advance, so you spend less time in line. Those of Art Basel can be purchased on the official page of the event; most other fairs also offer that service on their sites.

With these tips you are ready to tour the art fair. Of course, choose comfortable shoes and keep your cell phone fully charged to take many photos and videos. It is unrepeatable magic to walk among so many works of art.


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