It's Labor Day weekend, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate around town, including the annual Greek Festival, Taste of Africa and Japanese Festival. You can also check out classic cookouts at Parker's Table and Cinder House.
"The annual St. Nicholas Greek Festival at Forest Park & Kingshighway has continued to be a family tradition for over 100 years, thanks to the St. Louis community and beyond. St. Louis' largest ethnic festival begins Friday with a street party on Forest Park. Enjoy select favorite food items and live Greek music. Come join us Labor Day weekend for authentic Greek food, music, and dancing. Be sure to tour the beautiful historic church and view the majestic architecture and iconography. Stop by the gift shop and pick up a souvenir imported from the markets in Athens." Friday from 3 to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 9pm and Monday from 11am to 6pm. Free to attend, food and drink available for purchase.
"Leisure into Labor Day Weekend with some cold beers, friendly competition in the bocce ball court, and the music of Bowie. From 4:30pm - 8pm, enjoy open bocce play, $8 flatbreads, $4 Urban Chestnut beers, and $8 signature cocktails. Stick around for cash bar, beats and bocce 'til close!" From 4:30 to 8pm.
"We love all things CUTE! That includes cute pastries. If you’re planning to attend the Japanese Festival at the Botanical Gardens, stop by Chouquette and get your fix of deliciously whimsical, Japanese sweets. It’s one of our favorite days and we only make these items one day out of the year. So break out your Kimonos, Lolita Dresses and anime gear, then head over to Chouquette for an amazing spread fit for Manga Royalty." From 9am to 5pm.
"The three-day cultural adventure returns to the Garden this Labor Day weekend featuring sumo and martial arts demonstrations, taiko drumming performances, live music and dance, art and bonsai displays, food, souvenir vendors, and more. Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Since 1977 the Garden has proudly hosted this unique event at one of the largest Japanese gardens in North America. A fruitful collaboration with several local Japanese-American organizations provides authentic Japanese music, art, dance, food, and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year. Doors open at 9 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelight walks on Saturday and Sunday." Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 8pm and Monday from 9am to 5pm. Tickets are $16 for adults and $5 for children or $8 for members and free for children accompanying MOBOT members.
"We're throwing a classic Labor Day street party on Saturday, August 31. Yes we know it's a little premature, but we're so excited to have Monday off (hopefully) that we're starting early! Attractions include: Salume Beddu on the grill, housemade picnic side dishes, drinks (wine and beer, we know what you want), ice cream and frosé." From 11am to 3pm.
"Welcome back to our 2nd Annual Taste of Africa STL weekend. Nearly 3,000 people came out for the festival last year. We still got the authentic African, Caribbean and Soul food cuisine. We still got the Afro-Centered clothing, jewelry and natural vendors. We still got the kid and family friendly games & activities. And we still got the live DJs mixing and musicians performing on the MainStage. The only difference this year is it will be Bigger and Better! So join us again for another safe festival with GOOD VIBES, GREAT ATMOSPHERE, and some of the most incredible and diverse shopping opportunities in one of the largest most visited parks in the region; O’Fallon Park." Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7pm.
"Transport yourself to the flavor of the islands Labor Day Weekend with rum tastings, a pig roast, live music, limbo and conch-blowing contests. With over 55 rums, you’re sure to find your new favorite!" From noon to 4pm. Tickets are $45, available here.
"Summer in St. Louis just got sweeter with a Labor Day barbecue celebration on the Sky Terrace. The barbecue buffet will feature a menu of smoked brisket, whole-roasted fish, prime rib, shrimp cocktail, faro salad, mixed green salad, fresh fruit and more. Stay cool with a tap-takeover featuring local brews from Rockwell Beer Company, 2nd Shift Brewing, Maplewood and Perennial Artisan Ales." From 5 to 9pm. Tickets are $50 per person plus tax and gratuities (including two beers) and $20 per child (ages 5-12). Children 4 and under are complimentary.