Labor Day Weekend in STL

Monday August 18, 2014

Labor Day is the traditional end of summer, which means saying goodbye to long sunny days and getting back to school or work. But don’t let the end of summer get you down.  St. Louis has many festivals and events over Labor Day weekend that will allow you to send off summer in the perfect way.

Busch Stadium - Left FieldSt. Louis Cardinals
Spend part of Labor Day weekend at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals are back in town to take on the Cubs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They then play the Pirates on Monday, Tuesday and on Wednesday.

22nd Annual Staenberg Group Gateway Cup
Four days of racing in four unique St. Louis neighborhoods over Labor Day weekend. Pro-am cyclists compete for cash and prizes and others compete for medals. The first race is the Tour de Lafayette on Friday, August 29 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 30. The third stop is the Giro Della Montagna on Sunday, August 31. The fourth and final leg is the Benton Park Classic and it gets under way Monday, September 1. There will also be two recreational rides for people of all ages and riding abilities, a 5K run, and races each day for kids

BIg Muddy Blues FestivalBig Muddy Blues Festival
Named for the Mississippi River’s nickname, “The Big Muddy,”  this 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 Guitar Shorty and Samantha Fish. 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 3 p.m, and goes until about midnight. 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.

Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park
You don’t want to miss this 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 is one of the most reputable, Missouri Botanical Garden Japanese Festival longestrunning art fairs in the bi-state region, and 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

Missouri Botanical Garden 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.

2nd Annual Sinquefield CupWorld Chess Hall of Fame
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis hosts the 2nd Annual Sinquefield Cup competition.  The competition features six of the world’s top ten players, which makes it the highest-rated tournament in history.  The players will be competing for a total of $315,000 prize fund with $100,000 going to the winner.  A autograph session is slated for Tuesday, August 26, where spectators can receive autographs from and take pictures with their favorite players! This event is free, and fans will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

St. Nicholas 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.

Saint Louis Zoo Summer Weekends
Labor Day weekend means the last days of extended hours at the Saint Louis Zoo in Forest Park. The Zoo will be open until 7 p.m., Friday through Monday.

St. Louis’ Annual Labor Day Parade
Say “Thank You” to the working families of America and remember the real reason for the holiday weekend at the annual Labor Day Parade in Downtown St. Louis.  The parade begins at 9 a.m.

Labor Day weekend at Six Flags
You know what they say about all work and no play… on second thought, let’s not even talk about work! This Labor Day is the perfect time to head to Six Flags, with a full weekend of fun starting August 30 thru September 1.

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