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September 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Take Metro To These Labor Day Events

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Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun ends anytime soon. In fact, you can enjoy several events around town this holiday weekend, and Metro is a great option for getting out and about to enjoy the fun while avoiding road construction, parking and holiday traffic.

MetroBus GreenSt. Louis Greek Festival

The 98th annual four-day St. Louis Greek Festival kicks off Friday, Sept. 4 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in the Central West End. Guests can enjoy Greek cuisine, listen to live music, experience Greek folk dancing and more.

To get there, ride MetroLink to the Central West End via the Central West End MetroLink Station, and walk a short distance north to reach the festival. You can also ride the #10 Gravois-Lindell or the #95 Kingshighway, with both routes serving stops near the festival. Keep in mind, those two MetroBus routes will be on reroute starting from the beginning of service Friday until the end of service Monday,

Big Muddy Blues Festival

Laclede's LandingThe 20th annual two-day blues festival will bring music fans down to the riverfront at Laclede’s Landing on September 5 and September 6 to listen to the sounds of local and nationally known artists. To get to the blues festival, ride MetroLink to the Laclede’s Landing Station and use the First Street entrance to reach the festival. The Second Street entrance, as well as the elevator at this station, are currently closed at this time.

Several bus routes serve the east side of downtown St. Louis/Laclede’s Landing area as well. Check our Trip Planner tool for a bus schedule that works best for you. And if you plan on enjoying the festivities into the night, be sure to check the schedules in advance for the last departing trains and buses from downtown.

The Bosnian Street Festival

The 11th Annual Bosnian Street Festival takes place Sunday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection of Morganford Road and Gravois Avenue. The event will feature Bosnian cuisine, music and dance, carnival rides and a classic car show.

MetroBus Civic CenterRide the #10 Gravois-Lindell or #8 Bates-Morganford to reach the festival. As you plan your trip, remember the #8 Bates-Morganford will be on reroute from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., between Gravois and Walsh during the festival.

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball

The Redbirds will face off against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a three-game home series at Busch Stadium on Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday night. The Pirates are currently in second place in the NL Central standings behind the Cardinals. On Sept. 7, the Cardinals will face a familiar foe with the Chicago Cubs coming in to town, who are currently third in the division. The first pitch for that game starts at 1:15 p.m. Park at any one of our 21 free Park-Ride lots in Missouri and Illinois, and take MetroLink to the Stadium MetroLink Station to enjoy the games.

St. Louis’ Annual Labor Day Parade

The annual Labor Day Parade in downtown St. Louis is Monday, Sept. 7. The parade begins at 9 a.m., on Olive between 15th Street and Jefferson. It’ll then make its way down Olive, south on Tucker and west on Market Street to 15th Street. You can get to the parade via our five downtown MetroLink Stations. Parade-goers can also travel downtown by bus to our Civic Center Transit Center. During the parade, the #74 Florissant, #94 Page, #97 Delmar and #99 Downtown Trolley will be rerouted as well as the #4 Natural Bridge, #10 Gravois-Lindell, #11 Chippewa, #30 Soulard, 32#ML King-Chouteau and the #41 Lee.

Labor DayBilliken 5K Run

The 7th-annual Billiken 5K Run, which begins and ends at Chaifetz Arena on the Saint Louis University campus, will take place on Monday, Sept. 7 beginning at 8 a.m. The 5K will take runners from Chaifetz Arena, across the Grand Avenue bridge and back through the heart of the campus before ending at Chaifetz Arena. Participants can get to the starting line by using MetroLink and exiting at the Grand MetroLink Station. Due to the race, the #4 Natural Bridge, #10 Gravois-Lindell and #70 Grand will be on reroute during the morning from 7:40 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Staenberg Group Gateway Cup

Cyclists will compete in a four-day race in four St. Louis neighborhoods over the Labor Day weekend. Gateway Cup participants will compete for cash and prizes, and others will compete for medals. The first part of the race will take place tomorrow in the Lafayette Square neighborhood and will impact the #80 Park-Shaw MetroBus route. The second leg of the race will occur Saturday in the Francis Park neighborhood. The third phase of the race will take place Sunday on The Hill and will impact the #14 Botanical Garden route. The last leg of the race will happen Monday in Benton Park and impact the #30 Soulard and the #73 Carondelet.

To plan your Labor Day adventure on public transit, use our handy Trip Planner tool. Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!

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