The Best Branson Insider Event Highlights for October 2016

Featured Show of October, "Million Dollar Quartet," Rug Making is just one of over 120 crafts at Silver Dollar City's National Harvest & Cowboy Festival, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Featured Show of October, “Million Dollar Quartet,” Rug Making is one of over 120 crafts being demonstrated at Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

“The usually crisper temperatures of October nights coupled with beautiful autumn days typically brings the beautiful Ozark’s foliage to its peak during the last two weeks of the month presenting one of Branson’s most spectacular shows,” said Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival is just one of the amazing events and activities that Branson visitors can enjoy during October, in addition to the fun, excitement, and entertainment of everything else that Branson offers every day,” she added.

Here’s our Insider Highlight list of some of the unique and exciting special events that Branson visitors will be able to enjoy during October, including our Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the Month:

Featured Show of the Month: The Million Dollar Quartet has quickly become one of Branson’s most popular shows. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of one of the greatest jam sessions in rock n’ roll history that took place on December 4, 1956, in the Memphis storefront recording studio of “Sun Records.” The jam session was a once in a lifetime impromptu gathering of four young recording legends-to-be, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis that would have been a forgotten page of history, but for the discovery of an unknown recording of it decades later.

But surface it did! It, and the four rock n’ roll legends involved, became the inspiration for the Tony Award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet that shares the music, spontaneity, and drama of what happened that day, as these four legends performed together for their first and last time. When I first saw the show I wrote, “Over the last three decades, I have seen many Branson shows of all types, but never one like the Million Dollar Quartet! An outstanding cast, timeless music that everyone knows, and a great storyline combine with the show’s unique set and great production to create an incredible entertainment experience for the whole family that should not be missed.”

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Country music legends, the Oak Ridge Boys return to Branson, with their phenomenal harmonies and an amazing career spanning several decades that includes five Grammy Awards, the Song of the Year, from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, for their hit Elvira, which also crossed over to the pop charts, and many others. Their hits include Touch a Hand, Make a Friend; Make My Life with You; American Made; (I’m Settin’) Fancy Free; It Takes a Little Rain (To Make Love Grow); Bobbie Sue; and many more.

Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival showcasing the largest gathering of demonstrating craftsmen in the country; the Wild West Show; Western Musicians; chuck wagon cooking by Kent Rollins; Extreme Mustang Makeovers, as expert horse trainer Fred Woehl tames beautiful wild mustangs; Silver Dollar City’s Barn Dance, returning for 2016 by popular demand; and much more.


Oct 3-31*: The Urban Cowboy Reunion
Oct 4-20*: Oak Ridge Boys
Oct 5: Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley
Oct 7: Bill Engvall
Oct 9: Air Supply
Oct 12: Ricky Nelson Remembered
Oct 12-20**: Shenandoah
Oct 14: Ronnie Milsap and Johnny Rodriguez
Oct 15: David Cassidy
Oct 19: TG Sheppard, David Frizell & Jeannie Seely
Oct 21: RFD-TV presents Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy
Oct 21: Charley Pride & Janie Fricke
Oct 21: Clint Black
Oct 22-23: Loretta Lynn
Oct 24-25: Boot Daddy Presents Jimmy Fortune
Oct 26-28: Boot Daddy Presents Gene Watson
Oct 26: Pam Tillis
Oct 28: Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone, & B.J. Thomas
Oct 29: Jeanne Robertson
Oct 31-Nov 19: Daniel O’Donnell

* Selected dates through November.
** Selected dates.

SPECIAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (Sorted by starting date.)

Oct 1-29: National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City
Oct 1: Annual TangerStyle Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk
Oct 1: Charles E. Scalan Benefit Golf Tournament – Hospice Compassus
Oct 2: Grand Country Half Marathon & 5K
Oct 8: Hollister Grape and Fall Festival
Oct 8: Hollister Color Me Grape 5K
Oct 8: Branson Landing’s 7th Annual Paint the Landing Pink!
Oct 8: Center Stage Classic Rumble
Oct 9:  Rotary Youth Fishing Tournament
Oct 11: Foraging in the Ozarks: Wild Edible-Medicinal Plant and Bird ID Mosey
Oct 13- 16: Coca-Cola Swap Meet
Oct 15: Benefit for the Children’s Miracle Network
Oct 22: 3rd Annual VVA Chapter 913 Trout Team Tournament
Oct 22: Branson Adventure Challenge
Oct 22: Bonniebrook Festival
Oct 22 – Oct 23: Branson Women’s Expo
Oct 27: Annual Downtown Branson Piccadilly Gala/Auction
Oct 28: Hollister Halloween Boo-Bash, Elementary School. 6-8 PM, 417-334-3262
Oct 29: Halloween BOOnanza at the Branson Recplex
Oct 31: Branson Landing’s 10th Annual Safe Street Trick or Treat
Oct 31: Halloween
Oct 31: Trick-or-Treat TangerStyle! – at Tanger Outlets

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by visiting or calling 1-800-785-1550.

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