Art Basel and Miami Art Week have officially arrived. Although it's impossible to participate in every artsy and/or music-oriented activity in Miami this week, an abundance of free events will make your decision a bit easier. Among your options, the Wilzig Erotic Art Museum is opening an exhibit Monday, Trenton Doyle Hancock will dish on his latest Mound work Tuesday, and BaseCamp (essentially an innovative art playground) is set to open Wednesday. On the music front, Corona and deadmau5's record label, mau5trap, are partnering to throw a party Saturday in Wynwood, and Major Lazer will close out the week with a free show at 1-800-Lucky. You have your work cut out for you.
Here are the eight best free things to do in Miami this week:
The Faena Hotel is a pretty art-filled spot on any given day, boasting rad installations and an aesthetically pleasing theater. This Monday, it'll kick things up a notch with the launch of its second-annual Faena Festival: The Last Supper. The experience is multifaceted, spanning everything from videos and performances to installations from local heavyweights such as Sophia Al-Maria, the Propeller Group, and Emeka Ogboh. Hotelier Alan Faena and Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber will be onsite for remarks, and artist Xhang Huan will unveil Miami Buddha, his latest masterpiece. 6 to 11:30 p.m. Monday, December 2, at Faena Hotel Miami Beach, 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; eventbrite.com. Admission is free with RSVP.
The Wilzig Erotic Art Museum (WEAM) will heat up Miami Art Week with the unveiling of its latest exhibition, "The Eroticism of Things: Collections on the History of Sexuality." The exhibit boasts a slew of items from sexologists Magnus Hirschfeld and Alfred Kinsey, and everyday objects sit alongside more explicit paraphernalia. DJs Andres Aguirre and Mayra Jaimes will provide a suitably sexy soundtrack. If you can't catch the opening night, the exhibit will be on display through March 20. 7 p.m. Monday, December 2, at Wilzig Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-9336; weammuseum.com. Admission is free.
Trenton Doyle Hancock is a fascinating guy. With a career spanning more than two decades, the Oklahoma City-bred artist has made a name for himself with his Mounds and Vegans series, which depict a war of good versus evil using his colorful creatures. Tuesday at Locust Projects, he'll mingle with fans and reveal his latest project, Made a Mound City in Miami-Dade County. If you start hankering for some suds, Concrete Beach Brewery will be onsite to quench your thirst. 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, at Locust Projects, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-8570; locustprojects.org. Admission is free.
Art and music have a way of coming together during Miami Art Week. Case in point: BaseCamp at Magic City Innovation District is kicking off the city's biggest art week with a disco-infused art party Wednesday evening. Disco attire is encouraged for BaseCamp Unveiled, featuring fun installations such as Illumina (a light and sound sculpture powered by attendees) and Frequency, a healing planetarium of sorts. And, yes, there will be a disco experience via the Gramophone Stage, offering jams from the likes of DJs Bender and Kaz Janes. 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday, December 4, at BaseCamp, 298 NE 61st St., Miami; basecamp-miami.com. Admission is free.
Stellar local talents — from musicians and visual artists to dancers — have been scouted, and they're waiting to mingle with you. Creator's Lounge Miami is kicking off its 2020 season Thursday with the exhibit "Outside the Lines," which will elevate a TBA lineup of artists who are navigating the fields of art and entertainment to make a truly unique impact. It's billed as a party with free drinks and bites, so be sure to make the rounds with local artists, take in their talents, and buy their goods directly. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 5, at CIC Miami, 1951 NW Seventh Ave., #600, Miami. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
If you're already over the Art Basel madness by Friday, perhaps it's time to start looking ahead to Christmas. Get into the holiday spirit at the Park and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Doral Park this Friday evening. Both the park and the nearby government center will be lit with thousands of holiday lights, making for a scenic weeknight stroll. If you haven't had your photo snapped with Santa yet, St. Nick will be onsite to take pictures for just five bucks. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 6, in Downtown Doral Park, 8395 NW 53rd St., Doral. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
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Electronic music aficionados will want to add Saturday afternoon and evening to their calendars. Corona Electric Beach and mau5trap (deadmau5's record label) will throw a proper party in the heart of Wynwood. A bevy of art installations have been confirmed, though performers' names have yet to be announced. But because Felix da Housecat, Seeb, and Borgeous have appeared at similar events nationwide, the Miami party is bound to be solid. 10 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at 289 NW 23rd St., Miami; coronaelectricbeach.com. Admission is free.
A week in Miami wouldn't be complete without an opportunity to irresponsibly turn up. If you're waiting till Sunday to do so, you're in luck: Major Lazer and special guests are set to headline the fourth-annual Rum & Bass, which will happen at 1-800-Lucky this year. Bacardi is sponsoring the block party (hence the rum emphasis), so count on drinks galore (for a cost) and thumpin' jams till the late night. Best of all, admission is free with RSVP. 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at 1-800-Lucky, 143 NW 23rd St., Miami. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.