NEW YORK - Some people have barely unpacked their bags from Art Basel Miami Beach and the holidays that followed, but don’t look now: The art fair schedule for the first half of 2013 is set. So it’s time to sync devices, scribble in calendars and tie a string around your finger – whatever’s necessary to save the following dates.

January and February. Even though it’s the slowest time of year besides high summer, this period is anything but dormant. Time to attend some fairs you have been thinking about trying: Art Los Angeles Contemporary (Jan 24-27), with 70 international booths; India Art Fair, with 100 galleries, largely from India (Feb 1-1), gathering in New Delhi; ARCO Madrid (Feb 13-17), with a Euro-heavy mix of 200 dealers.

The opening day at last year’s TEFAF. Photo by Harry Heuts /Courtesy of TEFAF.

March and April. This is the time that the stakes are raised. The biggest mega-event is the cluster of New York fairs, all starting March 6 or thereabouts: the ADAA Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory, with its soignée uptown feel; the Armory Show, on the Hudson Piers, the largest, most crowded and boasting the biggest selection; the smaller and brainy Independent, in Chelsea.

Collectors of older art flock to TEFAF in Maastricht, March 15-24, a fair that oozes class and excellence. If that’s not enough for you, you have Art Dubai, March 20-23, with a truly international roster of dealers, showing that the Middle East is continuing to grow in gravitational force.

May and June
. May used to be a quiet time when collectors could focus on auctions and not worry about fairs. No more. Last year, Frieze New York was created, and the fair landscape permanently changed; the buzz was strong for this branch of London’s October staple, and the latest version runs May 10-13.

And this year something at least as transformational is slated for May 23-26: Art Basel Hong Kong, the third outpost of the world’s most prestigious fair. More than 250 galleries will gather in a city that gets ever more important to art world, and if as successful as it intends to be, top dealers will never again be able to spend Memorial Day at the beach.

The White Cube Gallery at Art Basel 2012. Courtesy of Art Basel.

And finally, June 13-16 brings the 43rd edition of Art Basel itself, the flagship of the brand, with its attendant satellites, including a version of Design/Miami.  

That ought to hold you until the fall.