Labor Day Weekend 2016 is here, and what's not to love? It's a chance to slow down and appreciate our "laborers". The kids are off of school, most adults have the long weekend to play, and it is the last "hurrah" before we charge into the cooler weather and slower pace of Fall.
Labor Day Weekend, particularly in St Louis, is always full of amazing family-friendly activities. If you want to get out, hit the city, and do something other than enjoy the last weekend of pool season... the possibilities are endless.
Need help planning your long holiday weekend? Besides a busy game weekend for the Cardinals and the Reds, the opening of the Great Godfrey Corn Maze, and extended hours at the St. Louis Zoo, below are 5 of my favorite St. Louis Labor Day 2016 activities...
Labor Day Parade
September 5 at 9AM
Thousands of local union members will march through downtown St. Louis for the annual Labor Day Parade. An awesome way to kick off the weekend and show your pride /support our local workers.
The parade begins 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.
The Japanese Festival at the Botanical Garden
Each Labor Day weekend, the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts one of the largest and oldest Japanese Festivals in North America. In addition to taking in the beauty of the Botanical Gardens, visitors can enjoy Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment including Origami demonstrations, a traditional tea ceremony, and live Sumo wrestling.
Tickets to the festival are $15 for adults and $5 for children and Garden members.
More info: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/things-to-do/events/signature-events/japanese-festival.aspx
St. Louis Greek Festival in the Central West End
If you love authentic Greek food, and who doesn't, than a visit to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is in order for you this weekend for their 98th Annual festival. Enjoy music, dancing and some of the best Greek food you'll find anywhere. Be sure to utilize the free parking in the BJC Parking Garage.
More Info: http://www.sngoc.org/content/welcome-st-louis-greek-festival-2016
Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede's Landing
September 3-4, 3pm-12am
The Big Muddy Blues Festival is a free, outdoor music festival featuring local and nationally known Blues artists that hosts over 60,000 people annually. The musicians perform on three stages set up throughout the cobble stoned streets of the Landing. Dozens of local restaurants provide food and drink, and the music is the best around! Amazing way to support our local talent.
$8 admission charge or a 2 day pass for $15
More info: http://bigmuddybluesfestival.com/about/
Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park
Friday: 5pm - 9pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm.
Sunday: 11am - 4pm.
All within the climate-controlled comfort of the Greensfelder Recreation Center, and 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.
More info: http://www.artfairatqueenypark.com/
Event flyer with a $1 coupon for admission: