The 18th Street Arts Center is holding its 3rd Annual Beer, Art and Music Festival, on October 6, 2012. Affectionately known as BAM Fest, this is a fundraiser for the 21 year old Santa Monica based non-profit. The 18th Street Arts Center has become a well-known and internationally respected alternative art space which has sponsored over 1,000 artists through their residency program, and BAM Fest is a great way to help them continue while enjoying some great beers, music and food.

BAM Fest will feature more than 25 craft breweries from around the country as well as local brewers such as Monkish Brewing, Strand Brewing, El Segundo Brewing Company and The Brewery at Abigaile. Regular readers know that we are big fans of our local craft brewers and I am always willing to cover fundraisers for non-profits, so it was an easy decision to attend this event. In addition to all the good beer there will be several food trucks, four live bands and art exhibits including sculptures, videos, paintings and music.

BAM Fest will be held from 1-6 PM on October 6 at the 18th Street Arts Center, located at 1639 18th Street in Santa Monica, CA. Tickets can be purchased online for a mere $35 before September 22, $40 after September 22 or pay $45 at the door. Your donation gets you a BAM Fest tasting glass and five hours of unlimited sampling of the best beers around, live music and exploration of various artist studios and galleries. I hope to see you there and if you see me, be sure to smile for the camera. That makes for the best photos.

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