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Top Things to Do For Labor Day Weekend 2013 in St. Louis

Celebrate Labor Day with Festivals, Music, Parades and More

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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 2013 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.

Midwest Wingfest

If you like chicken wings, don't miss Midwest Wingfest 2013. 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.
August 30-31, 2013
Fairview Heights

St. Nicholas Greek Festival

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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.
August 30 - September 2, 2013
St. Nicholas Church
Kingshighway & Forest Park Parkway

Extended Hours at the Zoo

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, with a special free concert by GalaxyRed on Friday night.
August 30 - September 2, 2013
St. Louis Zoo

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.
August 31 - September 2, 2013
Missouri Botanical Garden

Big Muddy Blues Festival

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. There will be a $13 admission charge for the main stage shows only. The music begins each day at 1 p.m., and goes until about 11 p.m. 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.
August 31 & September 1, 2013
Laclede's Landing

Water Parks & Swimming Pools

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.
August 31 - September 2, 2013
Various Locations

Victorian Festival

Step back in time at the Jersey County Victorian Festival. This year's three-day event at Fulkerson Mansion will feature Civil War re-enactments and encampments. There will also be live music, food and vendors selling a variety of crafts. The festival runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults. Children 12 and younger get in free.
August 31 - September 2, 2013
Jerseyville, IL

Downtown Labor Day Parade

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 2, 2013
Downtown St. Louis

Belleville Labor Day Parade and Picnic

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 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
September 2, 2013
Downtown Belleville

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