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Labor Day in the Lou

September 1, 2016

Categories: Gateway Arch , Riverboats , St. Louis , Things to Do

arch-august-2014.JPGAlthough it pains us to admit it, summer’s over. Give this season a proper goodbye with these Labor Day weekend events around St. Louis. 

Extended hours at the Arch and OCH Ending Soon!
Time is running out to see St. Louis at night from the top of the Arch! Monday, September 5 is the last day to take a nighttime tram ride to the top – until then, the Arch is open until 10 p.m. The Arch switches to its winter hours of operation on Tuesday, September 6 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily). The Old Courthouse’s winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Gateway Arch Riverboats Sightseeing Cruise
Offered Daily
Mississippi Riverfront, Downtown St. Louis

All aboard! No Labor Day weekend is complete without taking a sightseeing cruise on the Gateway Arch Riverboats. The one-hour sightseeing cruise is full of adventure and history – there’s no time to lose, so take a riverboat cruise! Offered at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. September 3 and 4; 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. September 5. www.gatewayarch.com/buytickets

Midwest Wingfest
Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday Sept. 4
Fairview Heights, IL

Time to wing it! Save room in your tummy for this chicken wing festival, where regional vendors compete in categories such as Best Gourmet Wing, Best Buffalo Wing and Best Overall Wing. And be sure to check out the wing eating competitions too! Country music artist Jon Pardi (“Head Over Boots”) will headline the Main Stage on Friday night. www.midwestwingfest.com

Big Muddy Blues Festival
Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday Sept. 4
Laclede’s Landing, Downtown St. Louis
The Arch’s neighbor, Laclede’s Landing, hosts the 21st annual outdoor music festival featuring local and national blues artists and local eats. Artists will perform live on one of three stages on the Landing beginning each day at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, per day. www.bigmuddybluesfestival.com 

The Art Fair at Queeny Park
Friday, Sept. 2, Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday Sept. 4
Queeny Park, Ballwin

What’s a weekend without art? The Art Fair at Queeny Park is one of the longest-running art fairs in the Bi-State region. View and purchase original works of fine art and fine crafts directly from the artists who created them – more than 135 of them, to be exact! Admission is $5 and benefits the Fair’s Student Art Scholarship Fund. www.artfairatqueenypark.com

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