A Guide to Labor Day 2013 in St. Louis
This Labor Day weekend come celebrate the end of summer in St. Louis with tons of great festivals and events all over town! Here are the top ways to celebrate Labor Day 2013 in St. Louis.
37th Annual Japanese Festival
This Labor Day weekend celebrate the Japanese culture with the Missouri Botanical Garden! The garden hosts one of the largest and oldest Japanese Festivals in North America. The event features traditional music, dancing and storytelling in the Garden’s authentic Japanese strolling gardens. Visitors can learn about the art of Origami or attend a traditional tea ceremony. Another highlight of the three-day event is the chance to see a real sumo wrestling demonstration. Tickets to the festival are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for children and Garden members.
Downtown Labor Day Parade
Thousands of local union members will march through Downtown St. Louis for the annual Labor Day Parade. The parade begins at 9 a.m., at 13th and Olive. It then makes its way down Tucker Street, past St. Louis City Hall and west on Market Street to 15th Street.
Big Muddy Blues Festival
Named for the Mississippi River’s nickname, “The Big Muddy,” this 17th annual blues fest brings more than 60,000 people— St. Louisians and visitors alike—down to the riverfront at Laclede’s Landing every year. The Big Muddy Blues Festival is an outdoor music festival featuring local and nationally known artists. This year the headlining acts on the Budweiser Main stage include The Reverend Horton Heat and David Clayton- Thomas. Musicians will perform on three stages set up throughout the Landing. There will be a $10 admission charge for the main stage shows only. The music begins each day at 1 p.m, and goes until about 11 p.m. And of course, dozens of restaurants on the Landing will be serving up food and drinks during the festival, whenever you need a break or a bite to eat.
St. Nicolas Greek Festival
For those who love food, especially homemade pastries, the Greek Festival in the Central West End is a must on Labor Day weekend. This annual event attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy music, dancing and some of the best Greek food you’ll find anywhere. Whether you’re in the mood for moussaka, spanakopites or baklava, you won’t leave hungry. Free parking is available at the BJC Parking Garage.
Extended Hours at the Zoo
Labor Day weekend means the last days of extended hours at the St. Louis Zoo in Forest Park. The Zoo will be open until 7 p.m., Friday through Monday.
Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park
New to the Labor day weekend line up you won’t want to miss the 2013 Fall Art Fair At Queeny Park fine art and craft show. Rain or shine, hot or cold weather, relax in the comfort of the climate-controlled Greensfelder Recreation Center. With more than 130 juried artists from 20 states, the Art Fair at Queeny Park is one of the most reputable, longest-running art fairs in the bi-state region. The Art Fair at Queeny Park also presents a rare opportunity for the public to see and purchase original works of fine art and fine craft directly from the artists who create them. Admission to the Art Fair is $5 but you can print a $1 off coupon here.
Gateway Cup Races
Pro-am cyclists compete for cash and prizes and others compete for medals in four bicycle races over Labor Day weekend. The first race is the Tour de Lafayette on Friday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m. under the lights on a flat, wide-open 0.9-mile course with four 90-degree turns. The second leg is the Tour de Francis Park on Saturday, August 31 at 4:10 p.m. The third stop is the Grio della Montagna on Sunday, September 1 at 5:50 p.m. The fourth and final leg is the Benton Park Classic and it gets under way Monday, September 2 at 3:35 p.m. There will also be two recreational rides for people of all ages and riding abilities and races each day for kids. http://gatewaycup.com
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