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Weekend Festival Quick Picks: Venice Eco-Fest and Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival

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There's plenty to do this weekend, like keeping cool inside the movie theatre or getting out and about around town. But with summer comes warm temps, long days, and festivals galore. There are a couple of such goings-on happening this weekend that you might want to check out.

Saturday: Venice Eco-Fest
The Venice Eco-Fest aims to honor the Earth and all of life and to promote solutions to global warming, educate and raise awareness of the many environmental issues that affect us, raise awareness of conscious consumerism, promote the benefits of organic and healthy foods, celebrate life and the arts, and foster community unity. See, experience and learn via their 150 vendor booths, solar sound stage, Fat Tire beer garden, cooperative art exhibit, an international vegetarian food court, display of environmentally friendly cars, and kids areas. Fest runs until 6 p.m. at the Venice Beach Recreation Area; Free!

Saturday & Sunday: The Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Festival
The 23rd Annual Long Beach Bayou & Mardi Gras Fest is a two-day event that features Louisiana music, food and culture and a recreated Bourbon Street. It's a mix of authentic Louisiana music (Blues, Cajun and Zydeco), creole food and arts & craft vendors in downtown Long Beach aimed at creating a weekend of music, dancing and fun. Party like you're in the Big Easy--the fest promises "everything you love about New Orleans! Shopping, Great Food, Great Music, and of course Dancing." [Ticketing info]