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Preparing for Art Basel 2021 - An Art Fair Survival Guide

September 15th, 2021 Art & Culture
Preparing for Art Basel 2021 - An Art Fair Survival Guide

Is it too early for you to start preparing for Art Basel? (Answer: No). An event of this caliber may be difficult for even the most seasoned attendees to navigate, but we’ve created a helpful guide on all you need to know to make the most of the show, while not missing a thing. Here are some things you can start prepping ahead of time to ensure smooth sailing at this year’s Art Basel.

What is Art Basel?

The world’s premier contemporary art show returns to Miami Beach in 2021 for an exciting four days packed with significant works, films, exhibitions, panels, and more.

When is Art Basel?

The 2021 edition begins November 30 (for VIP guests) before opening up to the public December 2 - 4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (December 4, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.).

Getting to Art Basel

Art Basel is located at:

Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Dr.

Miami Beach, FL 33139

Getting to Art Basel is a breeze when you book your South Beach stay with The Sagamore Hotel. The 0.4-mile walk to the Convention Center takes less than 10 minutes. Just head north on Collins, take a left on 17th, and a right on Washington Avenue. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are available in Miami Beach, and would typically cost around $5, but expect price surging given the magnitude of Art Basel.

Art Basel Packing List

Art Basel’s bag policies are strict, so make sure you keep your items confined to a bag no larger than 16" x 8" x 16" (no backpacks allowed!). Comfortable clothes and shoes are a must for all-day browsing. Outside on-the-go snacks and beverages have been permitted in the past, but the Convention Center has yet to provide information about the 2021 food and beverage rules and options in and around the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Read up on the 2021 guidelines and code of conduct so you know all the rules and regulations enforced during the fest.


Art Basel typically draws over 80,000 visitors to the 6.8-square mile neighborhood of South Beach and hotel rooms fill up quickly. Book ahead at The Sagamore Hotel, which offers walking distance to the Miami Beach Convention Center, food at our onsite Temakase restaurant, a full bar, deluxe accommodations and an array of amenities, pool and beach access, and a unique glimpse into the art culture that embodies the very essence of the property. Check out our rooms here.

Knowing what to expect at Art Basel 2021

Over 200 of the world’s leading modern and contemporary art galleries set up shop in the Convention Center’s 500,000 sq. ft. of event space. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art from over 4,000 artists blanket the floor, from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces. Discover the leading galleries participating in this year’s fair, here.

Art Basel doesn’t end in the galleries. From special exhibitions to panel discussions and highlighted works, the art show is packed with programming. Special sectors include Conversations (a series of panels featuring artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, architects, art lawyers, critics, and the like), Survey (art historical projects), Kabinett (galleries present a curated exhibit featuring a single artist), Edition (significant and rare publications), Positions (a major project by a single artist), Nova (galleries present works created within the last three years), and Meridians (galleries present ambitious, monumental works in a designated space).

Art Basel Tickets

Stay tuned to the Art Basel website to see when tickets go on sale.


Book Your Room for Art Basel at The Sagamore Hotel

The Sagamore Hotel is located beachside in South Beach, just steps from the Miami Beach Convention Center and the historic Lincoln Road Mall. Read why The Sagamore is the ultimate Miami Beach Club experience.

Make sure to share a pic of what you get up to with #ArtBasel2021 and if you don’t already, keep up with us by following the Sagamore Instagram for vacation inspiration, our latest exhibitions, exclusive savings, and SoBe happenings. Stay longer and save! Explore all that sunny South Beach has to offer with up to 30% savings with our Vacation Stimulus package. Check out our exclusive offers.

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