Metro-East News

August 29, 2014

Five things to do this weekend: Festivals, parades, Cards-Cubs

Trying to narrow the weekend's offerings down to five might just drive us to drink -- but if it does, we'll be sure to first designate a driver.

Illinois State Police vows to be out in force this weekend, and will provide stark accommodations for drunk or drug-impaired drivers. Their weekend slogan is "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," and the final summer push promises a zero-tolerance policy.

Buckle your safety belts, it's going to be a busy weekend.

Midwest WingFest

Join 40,000 or so of your closest friends at the annual WingFest, a charity event cleverly disguised as a food festival Saturday at St. Clair Square. Start off with a Chicken Run 5K and a kids Fun Run early, then come back for the music and wings at 12:30 p.m. Wing eating contest starts at 3:30. The whole event raises money for local disabled vets. Go to for more details.

Other fests:

* St. Nicholas Greek Festival. The 97th annual food-and-fun event is detailed at; click on 'festival'.

* St. Louis Antique Festival. Features 90 dealers from 32 states Saturday and Sunday at the Belle-Claire Fairgrounds in Belleville. $6 admission,

Walk on

We love a good parade. Or three.

* Millstadt Homecoming kicks off with parades at 5 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy live music, carnival rides and an adult kickball tournament at Millstadt Liederkranz Park. Go to for more.

* SouthWestern Illinois Central Labor Council's annual parade starts at 10 a.m. at Second and Monroe streets in Belleville, ending at Hough Park.

* The Labor Day Solidarity march starts at 10 a.m. at 20th and State streets and ends at Wilson Park in Granite City.

See the boys of summer

St. Louis has three games against the Cubs -- 1:15 p.m. Saturday, 7:15 p.m. Saturday and 1:15 Sunday -- as well as a home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:15. Go to for more information on all games, including a "Dynamic Deal" of tickets for $10 on Monday.

* Gateway Grizzlies take on the Washington Wild Things at 7:05 Saturday and 6:05 p.m. Sunday at GCS Ballpark. Go to for more.

Japanese Festival

Thousands converge on the Missouri Botanical Gardens each year to enjoy the art, dance, food and entertainment of the Japanese each year. The festival includes bonsai and origami demonstrations as well as a Cosplay Fashion Show. Admission is $15 for adults; $5 for children 13 and younger and for garden members. Go to for more.

What's a little mud

The St. Louis Landing hosts the 19th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival this weekend. A two-day adult pass is $90; single-day VIP admission is $50 and general admission is $10. The Morgan and Lucas stages are free. Go to for the full lineup on all stages.

Did you find something perfect for you? We want to hear about it. Call or email Mary Cooley at 618-239-2535, or follow her on Twitter at @MaryCooleyBND.

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