Entertainment starts a little late this weekend, bypassing Friday and instead heating up all the way through Monday this Labor Day weekend. With lots of festivals and festivities, there's plenty of ways to taste that last little morsel of summertime. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Saturday (September 3):
Midwest Wingfest @ Fairview Heights Mall Up to 25 vendors compete for categories including best hot wing and best gourmet wing, with plenty of products to sample. Entertainment for the event comes in the form of a "5K Chicken Run," a talent show, live music, wing-eating contests and, of course, an obligatory performance of the chicken dance. Free admission. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Veterans Festival @ Forest Park This Labor Day-intensive fest features game booths, amusement rides, arts and crafts, a variety of entertainment including live music and sports competitions, and a smorgasbord of ethnic and popular food vendors. Free admission. Festival opens 11 a.m. Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5. College football kick-off @ International Tap House The college football season goes off with a bang at ITAP, featuring Missouri drafts and 12-ounce bottle drink specials for $3 during all Mizzou games. Doors at 10:45 a.m.
Wine and Beer Tastings @ Friar Tuck Beverage Friar Tuck Beverage hosts wine and beer tastings every Saturday. Stores are located in Crestwood, Fenton and Highway K in O'Fallon, Missouri. Free. 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday (September 4):
Greek Festival @ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Get your fill of authentic Greek food and pastries -- everything from lamb shanks and moussaka to spanakopites and tiropite. Enjoy it all while viewing live entertainment including Greek folk dancing and music. Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tower Groove Records Carnival @ Off Broadway Check out an all-day showcase of the brand new city music collective Tower Groove Records while throwing back alcoholic snow cones, cotton candy and carnival treats. The event features more than fifteen bands, games, a silent auction and more. $10; kids under twelve get in for free. 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Big Muddy Blues Festival @ Laclede's Landing Thirty bands on three stages assail Laclede's Landing for a showcase of both local and national music. Grab some food while enjoying the blues from dozens of Landing restaurant serving up food and drinks. $8 to 25 for access to main stage events. Saturday, September 3 and Sunday September 4 from noon to 11 p.m.
Monday (September 5):
Japanese Festival @ Missouri Botanical Gardens This celebration of the history, culture and people of Japan features plenty of tasty educational opportunities including cooking demonstrations of easy everyday meals in the Kemper Center Kitchen, ice carving by Naomi Hamamura of Sansui Japanese Restaurant in the Spink Pavillion and much more. General admission is $15 for people ages 13 to 64, $10 for seniors 65+, $5 for children ages 3-12 and $5 for MOBOT members. Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Labor Day Barbecue @ Mount Pleasant Estates Get your fill of hot dogs, cheeseburgers, teriyaki buffalo wings and more to the soundtrack of live music by the Falling Martins. $15 for adults $7 for children 12 and under -- no reservations required. Noon to 3 p.m. Victorian Festival @ Hazel Dell Historic Farm Celebrate Civil War and agricultural history while enjoying a reenactment and food from various vendors at this nostalgic event, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. $10 admission for adults; free for children 12 and under. Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.