Billed as America's answer to Oktoberfest, this beachside festival will feature more than 150 beers, plus food trucks and live performances by Petty Cash and Black Crystal Wolf Kids.

WHAT: Septemberfest

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-6 p.m.

WHERE: Santa Monica Pier

COST: $40

Beauty and the Barrel

Brew Something L.A. and the Victorian will host 10 local breweries pouring barrel-aged beer and four distillers pouring barrel-aged spirits for this barrel-centric tasting event.

WHAT: Beauty and the Barrel

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 4-8 p.m.

WHERE: The Victorian, 2460 Main St., Santa Monica

COST: $40

March of Dimes Signature Chefs

At this March of Dimes fundraiser, 15 Los Angeles restaurants, led by chef Ari Rosenson of CUT will join 15 California vineyards in a culinary showcase. Guests will enjoy a live auction and signature tastes prepared by each chef.

WHAT: March of Dimes Signature Chefs

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

COST: $450

L.A. Luxury Chocolate Salon

Chocolate fanatics can indulge in tastings, demonstrations, chef and author talks, wine tastings from more than 30 chocolatiers and confections from some of the city's best pastry chefs.

WHAT: L.A. Luxury Chocolate Salon

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica

COST: $20 before Sept. 21, $25 at the door.

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