The artsy chaos of Art Basel erupts in Miami every December, with smaller festivals, shows, and parties dotting the landscape from Wynwood and Midtown to South Beach and North Beach. There are swarms of skinny people floating around wearing insanely expensive couture and sipping white wine, as well as pockets of hipster artists looking, well, hip (and bearded).

The main Basel show is at the Convention Center, the myriad events scattered throughout the city give you the chance to check out various galleries and the famed Wynwood Walls — a haven of street art, and see some street artists at work, which is pretty amazing and fascinating. I hadn’t really taken time to appreciate graffiti art through the years, but the gorgeous work in Wynwood has converted me.

Street artists in action. (Copyright Miamicito)

Street artists in action. (Copyright Miamicito)

Yes, Basel is a great chance to score free wine at art shows (though it’s a pretty amateur move), but really it’s a wonderful opportunity to chat with artists, connect with them about their vision and inspiration, and generally make your world a little bit larger. As an added perk, it’s been deeply heartening to see the volume of incredible art that’s currently getting made — and hopefully bought — sustaining creatives from around the world.

An Art Basel installation. (Copyright Miamicito)

An Art Basel installation. (Copyright Miamicito)

Insider Tip: Start your Art Basel research a few weeks in advance. Download the Eventbrite app to your phone, if you haven’t already, and keep an eye out for discounted or free shows and exhibitions. Tickets to events sell out quickly, and can be pretty pricey, so scoring cheap tickets is a huge win.

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Valerie Conners

Valerie Conners is a travel writer, editor and digital producer who specializes in Florida travel, world's best beaches, outdoor travel, and romantic getaways. Her work has been featured by Conde Nast Traveler, BBC Travel, Travel Channel, and Frommer's travel guides. She hopes to snarf every frita and slurp up every $1 oyster happy hour in Miami.

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