15 Things to Do For Labor Day Weekend in St. Louis

Celebrate Labor Day with Festivals, Music, Parades and More

••• Photo courtesy Laclede's Landing Merchant's Association

Many of us think of Labor Day as the traditional end of summer, which means saying goodbye to long sunny days and getting back to school or work. But don't let that get you down. At least you can send summer off with one last party. The St. Louis area has many festivals and events Labor Day Weekend. Here are the top ways to celebrate Labor Day 2016 in St. Louis.

There's plenty to do in St. Louis after Labor Day. When you're looking for ideas, check out my articles on Top September Events and Free Fall Events in St. Louis.

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    If you like chicken wings, don't miss the Midwest Wingfest. There will be dozens of varieties of gourmet and hot wings to sample, plus live music, a wing eating contest, 5K run and more. Midwest Wingfest is held on the parking lot of St. Clair Square Mall.
    September 2-3, 2016
    Fairview Heights

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    ••• Photo courtesy Laclede's Landing Merchant's Association

    Music is the big draw on Laclede's Landing on Labor Day weekend. The Big Muddy Blues Festival is an outdoor music festival featuring local and nationally known artists. Musicians will perform on three stages set up throughout the Landing. Daily admission is $10 a person or you can get a two day pass for $20. The music begins each day at 3 p.m., and goes until midnight. Restaurants on the Landing will be serving up food and drinks during the festival, whenever you need a break or a bite to eat.
    September 3-4, 2016
    Laclede's Landing

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    ••• Photo courtesy Stockbyte, Getty Images

    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. The event kicks off Friday night with a special celebration in the beer garden, then continues through Labor Day. Free parking is available at the BJC Parking Garage.
    September 2-5, 2016
    St. Nicholas Church
    Kingshighway & Forest Park Parkway

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    ••• Photo by David O'Brien

    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 for Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends.
    September 2-5, 2016
    St. Louis Zoo

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    Labor Day weekend is your final chance this year to take in the fun at Raging Rivers, Hurricane Harbor and other local water parks. Labor Day is also the last day of the season for many community pools.
    September 2-5, 2016
    Various Locations

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    The Great Godfrey Maze is open Labor Day weekend in Glazebrook Park in Godfrey, Illinois. The theme for this year's seven-acre corn maze is Harry Potter. The maze is open Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and all day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is $6 for adults, and $4 for children ages six to 11. Children five and younger get in free.
    September 2-5, 2016

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    Queeny Park hosts its fall art fair over Labor Day weekend at the Greensfelder Recreation Complex. More than 130 artists from 20 states will be showing works in various media including painting, sculpture and jewelry making. Admission is $5.
    September 2-4, 2016
    West St. Louis County


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    Take in four days of bicycle racing in four different St. Louis neighborhoods. Pro-am cyclists compete for cash and prizes. There are also recreational and children's rides for amateur cyclists of all abilities.
    September 2-5, 2016
    Various Locations

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    ••• Photo courtesy Stone Hill Winery

    Spend some time in Missouri wine country over Labor Day weekend. Stone Hill Winery in Hermann is hosting Harvest Fest on Saturday. The celebration includes pumpkin painting, grape stomping and a homemade wine competition. 
    September 3, 2016
    Hermann, MO

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    Celebrate Labor Day weekend with a cruise on the Mississippi River. Guides will share the history of the river and its important geological features. The one-hour tour is on the 49 passenger River Rambler. The tour boat has an enclosed first level with air conditioning and and open top level. It sets sail from Grafton Harbor north of St. Louis. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children.
    September 3-4, 2016
    Grafton, IL

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    Eckert's is celebrating Applefest over Labor Day weekend at its Grafton and Belleville locations. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are all kinds of apple treats for sale, as well as pick-your-own apples. The celebration also includes wagon rides, live entertainment and plenty of children's activities.
    September 3-4, 2016
    Belleville & Grafton, IL

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    Japanese Festival

    ••• Photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

    St. Louis might not be the first place you think of when it comes to celebrating Japanese culture, but each Labor Day weekend, the Missouri Botanical 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 and $5 for children and Garden members.
    September 3-5, 2016
    Missouri Botanical Garden

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    Enjoy an evening of jazz at a free outdoor concert along the banks of the Missouri River in Frontier Park. The St. Charles Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m., at the park's Jaycee Pavilion. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and relax under the stars.
    September 4, 2016
    St. Charles

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    ••• Photo courtesy Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO

    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.
    September 5, 2016
    Downtown St. Louis

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    Many Metro East union members and their families will celebrate Labor Day at the annual parade in Belleville. The parade begins at 10 a.m., along First Street in downtown Belleville. After the parade, there is a picnic in Hough Park beginning at 11:30 a.m.
    September 5, 2016
    Downtown Belleville