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Mardi gras - that hair-raising party that marks the end of the Festival of Carnival - comes next week, but Sacramento's getting an early start on "fat Tuesday" celebrations this weekend. Check out the Mardi Gras Pub 'n Grub Crawl starting 6 p.m. in Old Sacramento. There'll be beignets, jambalaya, po'boys and hurricanes all over old town. And the Crescent Club's hosting Bal masque' du Mardi Gras at 8:30 p.m.
Sacramento - the Camellia City - celebrates its signature flower Saturday and Sunday during the 87th annual Camellia Festival at Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento.
Hosted by the Camellia Society of Sacramento, the festival will be run from 3 to 6 p.m. next Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6. Admission is free.
Last sip of Beer Week
The second annual Sacramento Beer Week wraps up Saturday with Capitol Beer Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cal Expo. A VIP session from noon to 1 p.m. will give you a taste of rare, special selections. More than 60 breweries are expected to participate. $30 general admission includes unlimited beer samples. VIP's pay $60, and designated drivers get in for $5.
PHOTO CAPTION: A worker dusting one of the Mardi Gras sculptures last year at Mardi Gras World located in New Orleans. Judi Bottoni, AP Photos.