10 St. Louis Area Festivals and Events on Labor Day Weekend

Check out this round up of fun things happening Aug. 31 to Sept. 3, 2012.

These area festivals leave you with a bevy of options for Labor Day weekend activities should you choose to stay in St. Louis. 

  • Big Muddy Blues Festival: Sept. 1 and 2, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., event includes 30 bands and 20 hours of merchandise. General admission is $10 a day. Event takes place on Laclede's Landing in downtown St. Louis
  • Japanese Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden: Sept. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15, seniors $10, children 3-12 $5, garden members $5.
  • Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park: Aug. 31, 6-9 p.m., Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event includes more than 130 juried artists.
  • Gateway Cup: Check out these four days of bike races in St. Louis neighborhoods. Head to Lafayette Friday Aug. 31 evening. Saturday, Sept. 1, head to Francis Park from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, the Giro della Montagna takes place in front of St. Ambrose church from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 3, see the Benton Park Classic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most days have recreational rides or kids races. 
  • St. Nicholas Greek Festival, Sept. 1-2, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Live music, church tours, folk dancing, gift shop and more. Free parking at the BJC garage on Forest Park. Church is located at Forest Park at Kingshighway. 
  • Labor Day Parade, held in downtown St. Louis Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. The parade will go East on Olive and 15th to Tucker, South on Tucker to Market, West on Market to 15th. 
  • Astronomy Viewing at Broemmelsiek Park: Join members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri to view the stars starting at dark at Broemmelsiek Park on Schwede Road off of Highway DD Friday night.
  • Moonlit Bike Ride through Bangert Island: Join St. Charles County Parks Department on a moonlit night tour from 8:30-11 p.m. Aug. 31. Open to cyclists of all ages. Register by visiting www.stccparks.org or contact the Parks Department at 636.949.7535.
  • : See Bobby Darin at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at . Tickets are $20. 
  • Ben Bedford: Bedford will perform folk music at at 8 p.m. Aug. 31.


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