By Tere Scott

Make plans to make the most of the first Monday in September. Labor Day weekend begins September 1 and culminates on Monday, September 4 this year. This extra day off during the work week is a perfect time to enjoy music, a Japanese or Greek festival, stroll through an art fair, stroll through works of art, and kick back with friends. Celebrate the holiday with this guide to 2017 Labor Day Weekend events in St. Louis.

Big Muddy Blues Festival
Laclede’s Landing on the Riverfront
710 N. 2nd St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 630-8082

Date: Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 7 to Sunday, Sept 3, 2017 at 11 p.m.

Gather by the riverfront and the newly renovated Arch grounds to move to the music of the Muddy Mississippi River town. Grab a lawn chair, and start tapping those feet with a full weekend of music. Celebrate the sounds and history of St. Louis with local bands who represent the city well. Listen to more than 50 musical acts on three outdoor and three indoor stages.

St. Nicholas Greek Festival
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
4967 Forest Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-6924

Date: Friday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sep. 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bring the festivities of Athens to the streets of the Central West End on at the 100th anniversary of Greek Festival in the area. If baklava or moussaka is what you crave, satisfy your taste buds as you learn the proper pronunciation of gyros. Dance in the streets with live music and folk dancing, take a tour of the church and take home a souvenir from the gift shop. Admission to the festival is free.

Japanese Festival at Missouri Botanical Gardens
Missouri Botanical Gardens
4344 Shaw Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-5100

Date: Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017

Join in a tradition that celebrates Japanese culture every year on Labor Day. Walk through the garden gates and it’s as if you were transported to Japan. Experience Martial arts, sumo, and traditional Japanese music. Stroll through the gardens with Tea House Island Tours and bonsai displays. Or, get a little loud when you join in with the activity of bon odori dancing along with booming taiko drums.

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Queeny Park Art Fair
Greensfelder Recreation Center
550 Weidman Road
Ballwin, MO 63011
(314) 724-5968

Date: Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 through Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Set aside part of your day to enjoy hand-crafted art. Stroll through the art-lined aisles of the air-conditioned building and enjoy the handiworks of more than 135 juried artists. The Queeny Park Art Fair has a reputation as being one of the longest running art shows in Missouri. From oil paintings to glass blowing works of art, everything on display is available for purchase.

Labor Day Run
Staenberg Family Complex
2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 442-3279

Date: Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

Start your Labor Day by getting your heart pumping on a run for the entire family. Take part in either the 5K or 10K challenging courses. When you register, your registration also includes a massage and stretching assistance as well as snacks and beverages when you make it to the finish line. Of course, you will also receive a race day t-shirt along with a complimentary day pass to The J.

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