On Saturday, June 28th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Venice welcomes a new annual ecologically themed festival at Windward Avenue and Venice Beach.

Venice Eco-Fest features free music by local talent on a solar stage, as well as speakers such as Councilman Bill Rosendahl and actor Ed Begley, Jr.

Family activities include a children’s area with interactive entertainment, plus a variety of organic food and drink will be sold.

There will be more than 150 eco-conscious and educational exhibitors offering up-to-date information on alternative energy and a variety of green technological displays, plus works by local artists.

For sponsor information and booth applications, go to www.EarthDayLA.org or call (888) 295-8372 or (310) 310-3177. Volunteers are needed, please call (866) 220-2370.

As Andy Lipkis, local Venice resident and president of TreePeople says, “Our sustainable future is in the hands of everyday citizens who can make choices today that will move governments and businesses to make the large-scale changes that scientists agree are needed for a safe and healthy planet.

“As a Venice resident myself, I applaud the organizers of the Venice Eco-Fest for fostering community and showcasing and supporting the work of local businesses and organizations that are ecologically friendly. This is a first-time event that has the potential to grow and yield numerous benefits to Venice, our state, and our world.”

Venice Eco-Fest is presented by Earth Day LA and the Venice Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored in part by LA Department of Cultural Affairs, LA Department of Water and Power, Venice Neighborhood Council, Venice Boardwalk Merchants Association, The Sidewalk CafÈ, The Argonaut, Santa Monica Mirror, Topanga Magazine, and The Venice Beachhead.