Noire Miami’s Ultimate Black Basel guide – Part 3: The mega list of all the parties

We told you that the lineup for Art Basel was out of this world from all of the art fairs and exhibitions to the music events and definitely the party. Part 1 of Noire Miami’s Ultimate Black Basel guide was all about the black and Caribbean exhibits to check out, and Part 2 included where to catch a live performance by some of Hip Hop’s popular artists. Part 3 is all about the parties. That’s what makes this the Magic City.

At Noire Miami we know what you like, and we know that you don’t want to sift through a bunch of websites and event guides just to put your Art Basel itinerary together. So we did the dirty work for you and carefully picked a list of events and parties that will satisfy all of your Art Basel cravings. The best part is that we found a few good events that are free and the cocktails are flowing and even a few free BBQ events. Warning, there’s too many parties to choose from, but have a blast trying.

As a warning, traffic and parking will be a nightmare. It’s highly recommended to use public transportation, the Metro Mover, the Art Basel Miami Beach Midtown Shuttle that will provide shuttle service between the beach and Midtown from 11am – 10pm Wednesday through Saturday and 11am – 8pm Sunday, every hour on the hour, and the Miami Mover that will run every 30 mins (view bus route).


Part 1: Art exhibits to check out during Art Basel 2013

Part 2: Live music events and a Hip Hop Art Basel vibe


For an even bigger guide on all things Art Basel, here are a few lists to check out:

If you know how to work the door or are an expert party crasher, here’s a list of all the super exclusive parties:

A list of all the art galleries in the Design District



Monday, Dec 2


5pm – 8pm: Mourning Family Foundation’s Platinum VIP Preview Gala at Scope Art Show at Scope Miami Beach Pavillion 1000 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach
Live auction, cocktails and light fare. Tickets: $150 donation and proceeds benefit the Mourning Family Foundation

6pm – 10pm: Art Basel Kickoff with a Big Gallery Night at The Wynwood Art Building, 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Miami
Catered by Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Tanduay and Vita Coco .  All the galleries in the building will showcase their new exhibitions.

7pm – 10pm: PreBasel Bash at SelectFair on the rooftop of The Dorset Hotel, 1720 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Tuesday, Dec 3


4pm – 9pm: Perez Art Museum Miami at 1103 Biscayne Blvd
The highly anticipated opening of PAMM invites members to preview the inaugural exhibition on the eve of the grand reopening.

7pm: Art Bodega Magazine Launch Party at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue Coral Gables

7pm – 9pm: MOCA + Vanity Fair / Vanity Fair International Party at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami
Featuring work by Tracey Emin. Invite only.

8:3pm: Heineken Light Your Night Challenge Exhibit at Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 Street
Heineken “Light Your Night” features a mash-up of digital technology, music, design, and architecture. Five multi-media artists from South Florida will transform the warehouse into a maze of light installations. For VIPs.

Wednesday, Dec 4


3pm: “The Future of Black Art” conversation at TownHouse Miami Hotel 150 20th St, Miami Beach
Hosted by Black Art in America Mobile Media Lounge and PERKULATOR Discussions presents coffee and conversation with artists and collectors. **event sold out

Design Dialogues series featuring Kanye West at the Moore Building at 4040 NE 2nd Ave
Hosted by Surface Magazine, Kanye West to discuss art and design with architect Jacques Herzog.

7pm – 9pm: The Haitian Historical Museum and Archives presents Get in the Art Basel Spirit VIP Cocktail Reception at 645 NE 127th St, North Miami

8:30pm – 10pm: Art Basel Public Opening night at Collins Park at 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

A special evening program with live performances. Free.

8pm – 11pm: Absolut Z Art Basel at Oceanfront between 21st and 22nd Streets near Collins Park

Art, music, and cocktails collide with artist Ry Rocklen, a performance by Ariel Pink, and cocktails by mixologist John Lermayer. RSVP:

8pm – 11pm Absolut X Art Basel at Absolut Art Bar, Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets, Miami Beach
Art installations and cocktails followed by Absolut Night Court from midnight – 2am. Daily. For info:

10pm: Art Basel Kick-off Hosted by DuJour Magazine and Tommy Hilfiger at Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Guests Expected to Attend Include: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, Ti mbaland, Michael Moore, Ivana Trump, Sante D’Orazio, Karolina Kurkova, Brian Atwood, Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, Holly Peterson, Ally Hilfiger, Carissa Rosario, John Varvatos, Lisa Hochstein, Tony Ingrao, Haley and Jason Binn, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Quinn, Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, Tony Shafrazi, Keith Pollock, and more. The event will be sponsored by Invicta and Elit by Stoli. Invite only.

Thursday, Dec 5


8pm – 11pm Absolut X Art Basel at Absolut Art Bar, Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets, Miami Beach
Art installations and cocktails followed by Absolut Night Court from midnight – 2am. Daily. For info:

8pm: Loft Spirits, Strongbow Hard Cider, and Perrier host a four-night, “cocktail experience” at the Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Avenue, South Beach
Daily, poolside.

10pm: Heineken Light Your Night Kinetic Motion Interactive Experience at at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd Street
A showcase of an interactive kinetic motion installation by Tecne Collective. Live music by DARKSIDE (Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington).

Dom Perignon Celebrates Jeff Koons’ Limited Edition Sculpture at Wall at the W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave
One of the week’s most star and socialite-studded soirees is the one hosted by Dom Pérignon and featuring DJs Ruckus and Zoe (Lenny’s daughter) Kravitz. Invite only.

Friday, Dec 6


9am – 12pm: Baker’s Breakfast at the Bakehouse Art Complex at 561 NW 32nd St
Free breakfast for art lovers.

3pm – 6pm: Black Art in America presents “Imaging the Invisible” at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios 420 Lincoln Road, 4th Floor
Guest speaker, Matthew Putman, an artist, musician, scientist, producer and author.  The question of ‘how creatives see’ will be explored during the first discussion of the Science Art Music (S.A.M.) Club. Info:

8pm – midnight: Official VH1 + SCOPE at SCOPE Pavillion, 10th Street & Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
Exclusive event that will celebrate the convergence of the music and art worlds. Popular indie rock duo Tegan and Sara are set to perform. Additional music guests include DJ Cassidy and Brendan Fallis. Invite-only, but the public will have a chance to be a part of it all by situating themselves just outside the space for what is bound to be another unforgettable musical and artistic experience. 

8pm: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Private Cocktail Fundraiser at SoHo Beach House at 4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Hosted by RUSH Philanthropic’s Russell and Danny Simmons with an Imaginative Pairings Dinner byTop Chef’s Tom Colicchio. Expected guests include Pharrell Williams, Gabrielle Union, D Wade, James Franco, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys, Zoe Kravitz, and Rashida Jones. Invite only.

8pm – 11pm Absolut X Art Basel at Absolut Art Bar, Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets, Miami Beach
Art installations and cocktails followed by Absolut Night Court from midnight – 2am. Daily. For info:

Gabrielle Union’s press screening junket and party for BET’s, Being Mary Jane, at the AD OASIS at the James Royal Palm, 1545 Collins Ave.



Saturday, Dec 7


3pm – 8pm: RonDayVu Day Party at Gavanna in the Design District, 10 NE 40 St
Hosted by LIV Alive Social Group. RSVP at

7pm – midnight: Supplement Facts Art Basel Day Party at the Delano, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
With Guy Gerber and Ryan Crosson. Free with RSVP

7pm – 11pm: Pérez Art Museum Miami Gala at 1103 Biscayne Blvd
More than 700 donors, art collectors, and celebrities are expected the gala honoring Darlene and Jorge M. Perez, a famed developer and art collector who donated $40 million in cash and art to the museum. There will be a private performance by Grammy award-winning artist Marc Anthony. Tickets to the gala are sold out, but the museum — designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & Meuron — opens to the public on Dec. 4.

8pm – 11pm Absolut X Art Basel at Absolut Art Bar, Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd Streets, Miami Beach
Art installations and cocktails followed by Absolut Night Court from midnight – 2am. Daily. For info:

11pm: Heineken Light Your Night  Video Installations and Official Basel Castle After Party at Grand Central, 679 North Miami Avenue, Miami

Art of Fusion Party with Haute Living and Hublot at a private Miami Beach residence
Hosted by Loren Ridinger and guest list: Eva Longoria & José Antonio Bastón, Swizz Beatz, Jamie Foxx, Marc Anthony & Chloe Green, Ricky Martin, Kelly Rowland, Venus & Serena Williams, La La Anthony, Gabrielle Union, Adrienne Bosh, and Savannah James. Invite only




Sunday, Dec 8


10:30am – 1pm: 4th Annual Art Basel Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Fine Art: “Contemplating the State of African Diaspora Fine Art in the Global Arena” at UM College of Arts and Science Gallery, 1210 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
RSVP by Dec 3 at (305) 302-9192 or (786) 290-7359

9:30am – 12pm: 10th Annual Breakfast in the Park at the Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St, Miami
Presented by Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in partnership with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, guests will enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, relax and sip Korbel Champagne Mimosas on the terrace, hear a stimulating talk by the featured sculptor and take guided tours of the Sculpture Park, as well as the exhibitions in the Museum. County buses will offer free transportation for Art Basel patrons and the general public leaving from the Miami Beach Convention Center at 9:30 am, and leaving the Frost Art Museum for the return trip to Miami Beach at 11:30 am. For further information or to make a reservation to attend, please call (305) 348-2890.

3pm – 8pm: Annual Basel wrap-up “Lazy Sunday BBQ” at the Standard Spa, Miami, 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach

5pm: Basel Sunday BBQ at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St
Featuring Black Cobra, Holly Hunt, and Shroud Eater. Free

4pm: Free Gospel Sundays featuring James Fortune and FIYA and the Miami Mass Choir at The Adrienne Arsht Center at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd
End your Art Basel with this free gospel concert. Free admission but if you don’t already have first-access passes then get there early beginning at 3pm for the standy-by line if seats are still available.


Jay Z/Picasso: Opposition of Imaginations Art Debut at Art Miami Pavilion Midtown at Contessa Gallery, 3101 NE 1st Ave
Inspired by Jay Z’s Magna Carta track “Picasso Baby” and jointly done with artist David Datuna, the collection features Jay Z in a mixed media wall sculpture that expresses the evolution of art with a distinct comparison between Jay Z and Picasso. The wall sculptures are constructed of hundreds of eyeglasses, inviting viewers to look through the lenses and come up with their own interpretation of the piece.

TAPAS: Design For Food at the Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami
A big international traveling exhibition from Spain will be on view all week with over 200 exhibits and installations by Spanish chefs, designers, architects, wineries, and restaurants in three themed areas: the kitchen (preparation), the table (presentation) and the meal (food design). Tuesday, Dec 3 – Friday, Dec 6 from 11am – 7pm; Saturday, December 7 from 12pm – 7pm

Dec 5 – Dec 7: Pop-Up Piano Miami Free Concert Series
Featuring renown DJ’s, established and emerging musicians including Rami Jaffee (of the Foo Fighters), Jessy Greene (who performedwith Pink and Foo Fighters), Las Cafeteras, Stokeswood, Elastic Bond, Cris Cab, MICK, DJ Immortal and more. Besides musical performances on-site, guests will be greeted by KIND Healthy Snacks treats and refreshments. For more information, visit


List of all the fairs

The coolest thing about Art Basel is that there are various art fairs each with their own unique flavor.


Art Basel: Dec 5 – 8, 12pm – 8pm at th Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach
Over 250 leading galleries from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to today’s emerging stars. Access: With Art Basel VIP card or ticket

Miami River Art Fair: Dec 5 – 8 at the Downtown Miami Convention Center inside the James L. Knight International Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave,
This fair, which is dedicated to showcasing international, contemporary art, is the only fair during Miami Art Week to boast a waterfront setting. There will be a VIP collector’s preview on Thursday, December 5th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fair hours are Fri and Sat from noon to 8 p.m., and Sun from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free with online registration, and also comes with a complimentary group guided tour. Complimentary admission with Art Basel and Miami Art Fairs VIP pass.
PULSE Miami: Dec 3 – 8 at Ice Palace Studios, 1400 North Miami Ave 
This year’s PULSE fair features bigger booths in a new layout with better access and visibility. Their invitation-only preview is on December 5th from 9am to 1pm and then it’s open to the public from 1pm until 7pm that evening and daily through December 8th.

Scope Fair: Dec 3 – 8 at the pavillion on the beach at 1000 Ocean Drive near 10th St
Tegan & Sara will headline their big “RSVP only” party with VH1 on December 6, 8 to midnight. Plus DJ Cassidy will be spinning.

FUSION MIA FAIR: Dec 3 – 7, 22nd Street & NW 2nd Avenue,

Art Miami: Dec 3 – 8, 3101 NE 1st Avenue,

CONTEXT Art Miami: Dec 3 – 8, 3101 NE 1st Ave,

Red Dot Miami: Dec 3 – 8, 3011 NE 1st Ave,

Aqua 13 Art Miami: Dec 5 – 8, Aqua Hotel 1530 Collins Ave, Miami Beach,