Start with a sunny Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica, CA. Add craft beer brewed by a world-class, friendly group of brewers who geek out about beer.
Mix in groundbreaking LA punk legend Alice Bag and up-and-coming punk band The Sex Stains … all centered around artists’ studios and contemporary one-of-a-kind art projects.
Los Angeles’ most artful craft beer event is back again on September 24, 2016 from 1pm-5pm. 18th Street Arts Center’s signature benefit event, BAM Fest (Beer Art & Music Festival), is a renowned Westside craft beer festival, prized for its trifecta of all things fun — a celebration of contemporary art, music, and California’s finest craft beers.
With 40+ breweries and 100+ beers, live ground-breaking punk bands, contemporary art installations, open artist studios, artist vendors, and gourmet food trucks, BAM Fest is ready to draw record-breaking crowds in its seventh year as one of LA’s most anticipated cultural celebrations.
Presale starts August 22nd with tickets just $40 until 9/10, $45 until 9/23, and $50 at the door. Proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center, a 26-year-old artist residency program and arts center that has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging and diverse artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe.
We really enjoyed the BAM event at 18th Street [Arts Center]. Loved the food, the gallery exhibits, the interesting crowd, and the entertainment. It is the best fundraiser I’ve been to, ever. Very creative, lively, and entertaining!
~ Melinda Gray AIA, GRAY Matter Architecture
Participating breweries have been carefully selected by fundraising and cultural event producer, Nicole Gordillo of Tap & Cheer Events, and represent some of the best of the craft beer industry. The 40+ breweries range from big to small, including the popular and widely known Stone Brewing Co and El Segundo Brewing Co., to newly launched breweries including LA-based Indie Brewing Company. Santa Monica’s only local brewery, Santa Monica Brew Works, will also be a part of the fun and have even given 18th Street additional support as one of the lead sponsors. Other sponsors include Whole Foods and Saatchi Art.
We had a blast at BAM Fest. We will sponsor and be part of the festival every year. You guys did a great job!
~ Scott Francis, President and CEO, Santa Monica Brew Works
A special bonus for BAM Fest attendees will be the opportunity to participate in 20-minute mini-educational sessions called Crash Courses that will cover everything from beer and food pairing to how to make a DIY homebrew. And for those who prefer fermented grapes to hops there will also be an area to sample some of Southern California’s finest wines as well as home brewed sodas by local home brewing clubs.
Every year the music lined up for BAM Fest is just as diverse as the beer. This year BAM will feature live music from groundbreaking artist Alice Bag and rising feminist punk act, The Sex Stains.
And the art is everywhere. BAM Fest guests will have the special opportunity to explore a dynamic interactive installation by LA-based art collective Lucky Dragons, an exhibition by Taiwanese Canadian artist Hao Ni, and a special pop-up group show of LA artists organized by Hao. Throughout the campus will also be installations by Japan-based artist Kaoru Hironaka, painter Yvette Gellis, and a presentation by the groundbreaking media collective EZ TV. BAM guests can participate in artist-inspired photobooths and art-making workshops including Marcus Kuiland-Nazario’s popular Crafternoon.
To soak up all the scrumptious brews, a diverse selection of six food trucks will provide a bounty of signature dishes. Plus, there will be pretzel necklaces! With the marriage of beer, art, and music, BAM Fest has brewed a one-of-a-kind fundraising event. This is one craft beer festival no one should miss!
For BAM Fest attendees who do not want to drive, there will also be a FREE Bike Valet!
The new Metro Expo line stops right at 17th/SMC, only a block away from the festivities. The Expo is only a 40-minute ride from downtown, making it easy to ditch the car. Learn more here .
Tickets are on sale at https://bamfest2016.eventbrite.com
For more information about BAM Fest 2016 and 18th Street Arts Center visit:http://www.18thstreet.org/bam