A colorful sculpture displayed in Collins Park as part of the 2015 Miami Art Basel.

A sculpture displayed in Collins Park as part of the 2015 Miami Art Basel.
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The second week of June 2018 kicks off with the Art Basel in Switzerland, which will feature 290 galleries from 35 countries. According to artnet News, 16 of those galleries are making their very first Basel debut. But if you weren’t able to make it to Switzerland this year, that’s okay, because there’s still plenty of time to prep for the American-edition of Art Basel.

The festival, based in Miami, will take place Dec. 6–9. Over 4,000 artists and 200 leading global galleries will show off their very best works at this year’s event. Galleries from Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and more will highlight both the old masters and new artists.

In Collins Park and SoundScape Park, large-scale artworks will be highlighted along with several performances and films. Inside the main hall, event-goers will enjoy a multitude of visual pieces, from paintings and sculptures to photographs and installations.

Tickets are invite-only for Dec. 5 and the morning of Dec. 6. However, the festival is open to the public later in the afternoon on Dec. 6 and open for full hours Dec. 7–9.

America’s Art Basel will also welcome “future art aficionados” ages 4-12 in the free kindergarten and playroom, where staff members from the Miami Children’s Museum will guide the youngsters through art history and a variety of crafts. Schools are welcome to visit the festival too, though prior arrangements should be made since large group visits will be limited.

Those who live out of town will be happy to know that the the event is suitably located between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The official travel agency for the event is New-York-based agency Turon Travel, which can help set up nearby hotel and flight arrangements.

It may be too late for art enthusiasts to pack their bags for Switzerland, but with Miami Art Basel right around the corner, they’ll have a suitable alternative.