You can enjoy some great music over Labor Day weekend in St. Louis. The Big Muddy Blues Festival is an annual two-day event with performances from dozens of local and nationally known musicians.
When and Where
The Big Muddy Blues Festival is held each year during Labor Day weekend in St. Louis. In 2016, the festival is Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. It's held on Laclede's Landing, just north of the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis. There are three outdoor stages set up for performances during the festival. Daily admission is $8 a person in advance, or you can get a two day pass for $15. Tickets can be purchased online at the Big Muddy Blues Festival website. Tickets are also available at the door for $10 a person.
Children 12 and younger get in free. Many restaurants on Laclede's Landing also offer food and drink specials during the festival, so it's easy to find a cold beer or a bite to eat.
A note for 2016: The ongoing construction project at the Gateway Arch has closed some roads near Laclede's Landing. Visitors can still find good parking options in the covered garages and surface lots along Washington Avenue. There is also a large parking lot near the Lumiere Casino. Metrolink trains do make a stop a Laclede's Landing, so taking public transportation is another viable option.
Here is the schedule of performers on the Main Stage for 2016:
Saturday, September 3
3:30 p.m. - Funky Butt Brass Band
5 p.m. - David Dee and Hot Tracks
6:30 p.m - Big George Brock
8 p.m. - Roland Johsnon
9:45 ;p.m. - Renee Smith
Sunday, September 4
3:30 p.m. - Piano Showcase featuring Ethan Leinwand, James Matthews and Dean Minderman
5 p.m. - Big Mike Aguirre
6:30 p.m. - Boo Boo Davis and Arthur Williams
8 p.m. - Marsha Evans and The Coalition
9:45 p.m. - Jeremiah Johnson
Performers on the other outdoor stages include the Soulard Blues Band, Pennsylvania Slim and Kingdom Brothers. There will also be live music inside at several bars on the Landing. For a complete look at the music schedule, see the Big Muddy website.
More Labor Day Weekend Events
The Big Muddy Blues Festival is just one of the popular events in the St. Louis area over Labor Day weekend. There's the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Midwest Wingfest in Fairview Heights, St. Nicholas Greek Festival in the Central West End and much more. For information on these and other events, see Top Ways to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in St. Louis.