With Art Basel happening this week in Miami from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, the lengthy list of what to see and do can be overwhelming. To help with the decision process, Billboard has selected six standout events that attendees won’t want to miss. From top-tier music performances to the fusion of art and sport, be sure these are all on your to-do list.
12/1 and 12/2, Kendrick Lamar, Madonna at Faena
Kendrick Lamar takes the stage at the Faena Art Dome on Dec. 1 to kick off four days of art happenings. During the show, artist Shanell Martin will sketch a mural influenced and inspired by Lamar’s performance to christen the dome, which will act as the interdisciplinary nonprofit that serves as both a catalyst and a platform for art and performance. (Tickets are $65 for AMEX members only at Ticketmaster, 3300-3398 Collins Ave, Miami Beach).
Then on Dec. 2, Madonna will host a “music, art, mischief and live performance” event to benefit Raising Malawi at the Faena Forum. Special guest appearances willbe made by Chris Rock, Sean Penn and Ariana Grande, with James Corden as the master of ceremonies. Only 400 tickets will be available. (Tickets start at $5,000, 32nd Street & Collins Ave., Miami Beach.)
11/30-12/4, Untitled Art Fair
Under one oceanside tent, Untitled Art combines a balance of exhibiting galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces and non-profits, to weave together an innovative and thought-provoking fair. This year’s showing will include a participatory installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu called “RT TV Boards,” giving fairgoers the chance to borrow a surf board inscribed with Beatles lyrics, and a spot to rinse off after a ride on a wave. Untitled can be found on the beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. (Tickets start at $30 with student and senior discounts available.)
12/1, Young Thug at Magic City Studios
On Dec. 1, after an exhausting November tour, Atlanta native Young Thug will take the stage at III Points presents Art Basel concert series to show Miami why he’s considered one of the most exciting rappers working today. He’ll be sharing the spotlight with avant-garde hip-hop producer and WEDIDIT founder, Shlohmo, with additional support by South Florida locals Nick León and INDIGOCHILDRICK. (7 p.m. Magic City Studios, 6301 NE 4th Ave. Tickets available here.)
12/1, Art and cocktails at PULSE Miami Beach
Featuring over 75 local and international galleries, Pulse has partnered with Artsy so that you can go online to browse exhibitor booths and make inquiries before you attend. For an always-interesting experience, check out the site-specific installation “Miami Marbles,” at the fair’s entrance, by digital artist Anne Spalter, who created images on large spheres using photos and videos of Miami. Director tours and Young Collector cocktail tickets available for December 1st. (Tickets start at $25 with student and senior discounts available, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.)
12/2, Billboard & 1800 Tequila’s “In Focus” event at Nautilus
The private event will be held at the Up and Down pop-up club at the Nautilus Beach Tent at the Sixty Hotel. Photography exhibits by Cam Kirk, Gunner Stahl, and Places + Faces will be on display, with sounds by DJ Brittany Sky and DJ OHSO. Stay past 11 p.m. for entry into the exclusive Up and Down, where Rae Sremmurd will perform their No. 1 single “Black Beatles,” among other hits. (9pm, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach.)