Sure, you may spend a good portion of your life on the parking lot formerly known as the 10 freeway. But in what other city do the outdoor beer festivals – complete with offerings from some of the best breweries in the country – keep coming well into the fall? Nowhere else. That’s where. And this October, there is not one but two ways to get your open-air, social drank on in the city.
L.A. Fall Beer Fest
Saturday, October 18. 1201 W. 5th St., #T-110, Downtown
First up, the L.A. Fall Beer Fest. Head over to L.A. Center Studios on October 18th for this full-frontal celebration of all things beer. Local breweries like Strand Brewing Company and Beachwood Brewing will be slinging short pours alongside out-of-town players like Ninkasi Brewing and Redhook Brewery. The event opens at noon and wraps up at 4 pm. But if you kick in an extra 10 bucks (general admission is $40), you get an extra hour of VIP access to all the delicious offerings. Food truck fare is extra. Grab your tickets here, the festival organizers will not be selling tickets at the door.
Beer, Art and Music Festival
Sunday, October 26. 1639 18th St., Santa Monica
Next up is the Beer, Art and Music Festival (aka BAM Fest) – a gathering that will not disappoint on any of the promises made via festival title. There will be art. There will be music. And most importantly, there will be beer. Great beer in fact. Hometown favorites like Ladyface Ale Companie, Smog City Brewing Company, The Dudes’ Brewing Company and Angel City Brewery will all be in attendance. The price of admission is $45 if you buy now, $50 at the door. And all those dollars are going to a good cause – proceeds benefit the 18th Street Arts Center. Who doesn’t want to get behind drinking for a good cause?