6 Labor Day Weekend Events in St. Louis to Check Out

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From bike races to art fairs, foodie festivals and more, this Labor Day weekend in St. Louis is full of events worth attending. Read through our list below to decide what your holiday weekend will entail.


Big Muddy Blues Festival.

Big Muddy Blues Festival. Photo courtesy of Big Muddy Blues Festival.

2nd Annual Sinquefield Cup
Aug. 27-Sept. 7, Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
If you’re a fan of chess, or are just curious about seeing the best masters compete, check out the second annual Sinquefield Cup. Beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 27 and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 7, the cup features the world’s top players, including Magnus Carlsen from Norway, Levon Aronian from Armenia.

22nd Annual Staenberg Group Gateway Cup
Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Lafayette Square, St. Louis Hills, The Hill and Benton Park
Again taking place in four of the city’s amazing urban neighborhoods, the 22nd Annual Staenberg Group Gateway Cup includes the Tour de Lafayette, the Tour de Francis Park, the Giro della Montagna and the Benton Park Classic. Besides seeing top-notch bicyclists ride and compete, people can sign up for the Ride to Unite, the Trailnet Fun Ride or the Benton Park 5k.

Fall Art Fair at Queeny Park
Aug. 29-31, Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park
With more than 140 juried artists from 20+ states, the Art Fair at Queeny Park is known for its top-notch visual art displays, for accessibility to visitors and for events like raffle drawings, giveaways and children’s activities. Friday and Saturday evenings also provide wine tasting events. If you go, expect to see paintings, photographs, woodwork, jewelry, glass art, ceramics, metalwork, multimedia art and much more.

37th Annual Japanese Festival
Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Missouri Botanical Garden
For the 37th year in a row, the Missouri Botanical Garden hosts its highly anticipated Japanese Festival, complete with a parade, dance, food, entertainment, art, bonsai galleries, children’s activities and so much more. One of MOBOT’s signature events, the Japanese Festival is intended to celebrate the history, culture and people of Japan.

Big Muddy Blues Festival
Aug. 30-31, Laclede’s Landing
Featuring Texas-based Guitar Shorty and Kansas City’s Samantha Fish as headliners for this 19th annual music event, the Big Muddy Blues Festival takes over Laclede’s Landing this weekend and offers visitors a wide variety of music acts, numerous vendors and plenty of fun.

St. Nicholas Greek Festival
Aug. 30-Sept. 1, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Expect to find gyros, moussaka, spanakopita, baklava and more delicious and authentic Greek food while enjoying live dance and music entertainment, exploring the beautiful St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The festival also offers shopping from Athens-imported items and a spacious beer garden. Now known as a St. Louis Labor Day tradition, this year’s festival features music by Christos Sarantakis and folk dancing by the St. Nicholas Greek Dancers group. 

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