Events & Festivals

Year-round events bring a kaleidoscope of fun

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No matter when you come to Branson there’s probably something going on. Spring kicks off with See the World in Branson, with participating hotels, restaurants and other venues representing cultures from around the world in April or May. Silver Dollar City holds special celebrations throughout its season, including its Bluegrass & BBQ bringing top names in bluegrass music, Star-Spangled Summer (featuring the Harlem Globetrotters in 2016), Southern Gospel Picnic, Country Music Weekend and National Harvest and Cowboy Festival.

There are several downtown annual events, including the Autumn Daze arts and crafts festival in September and the December Adoration Parade with the area’s largest nativity scene. Branson Landing holds free outdoor concerts June through September, as well as fireworks to celebrate Independence Day. Independence Day brings firework displays and other events all over the area. Veterans are honored every day in Branson, with most area shows recognizing veterans during their performance and with many yearly events, the biggest of which is Veterans Week in November, which includes a Veterans Day Parade downtown on the 11th.

Branson comes alive in November and December, with special Christmas shows at theaters, drive-through lighting festivals like The Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights huge festivities at Silver Dollar City, and much more.

January to mid-February are the slowest months in Branson. After the busy tourist season (March through December), many theaters are closed, and family businesses (including restaurants) may reduce their hours or close up shop and go on vacation for some needed R&R. You can always, however, find something to do in Branson.

In any case, I’ve barely scratched the surface here. Contact the Branson/Lakes Area Convention & Visitor Bureau for more information.

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