Bam! It's not just Emeril's catchphrase but also an acronym for “Beer, Art, Music,” and that's what BAM Fest 2011 is all about. Craft beers collide with local artists and musicians in an afternoon of sun-soaked drinky-drink with 20 breweries, four bands, three art galleries, an artist market and — of course — gourmet food trucks. The brewers: Ballast Point, Cismontane, Duvel, Fox Barrel, Ladyface, Maredsous, Ommegang, Smog City, Taps and many more (and if those names mean anything to you, get there ASAP). The live music: Venice's jazz collective the Dustbowl Revival, Long Beach's R&B combo Upstart, Santa Barbara's soul/rock/poppers the Orlando Napier Band and Venice's revolving two-man band J.T. Ross & Speedway. The artists: sculptor/painter David McDonald, Alex Donis' Collaboration Labs and Yarn Bombing L.A., a self-proclaimed cadre of “guerrilla knitters.” Tickets get you all this, plus a BAM Fest logo tasting glass and five hours of unlimited imbibement. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica; Sun., Oct. 9, 1-6 p.m.; $40, $35 in advance. (310) 453-3711, Ext. 106,

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