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BTC’s Best Branson Insider Highlights for September 2018

Weaving is just one of the many crafts displayed and demonstrated at Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival  (Courtesy of Silver Dollar City).

September brings the start of fall activities and festivals, and, although weather dependent, the start of the Ozark’s Foliage Season. Every day, Branson offers a choice of exciting live entertainment, attractions, natural beauty, shopping, and exciting things to do that few, if any, other travel destinations can equal.

BTC’s Best Branson Insider Highlights, for September 2018, highlights limited engagement performances and major events taking place during the month that are in addition to all the other live shows, attractions, and everything else Branson offers on a daily basis. They are listed by category, sorted in order of starting date, and are preceded by our “Feature” show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the month.

 

The amazing Clay Cooper.

Featured Show of the Month: Clay Cooper’s Country Express combines the vocal talent and down-home crowd pleasing personality of one of Branson’s favorite entertainers, Clay Cooper, with the talents of over 20 other entertainers to take the audience on an entertainment “express ride” like no other. These include Clay’s multi-talented wife, Tina, who does the shows choreography and leads the show’s ten phenomenal dancers; the multi-talented Matt Gumm providing comedy and so much more; outstanding youth entertainers, Colt & Caden Cooper; the best six-piece band in Branson; and the trio, “Third Power,” with harmonies that are second to none! “It’s two hours of great music, dancing, fun, laughter, and variety that whisks adults and children alike, “down the tracks” on a delightful entertainment journey.”

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion is an incredible show featuring “Mickey Gilley” and “Johnny Lee,” two country music legends, in one show! Enjoy this wonderful entertainment experience as they share some of their chart topping songs complete with memories of the 1980 hit movie, “Urban Cowboy.” Gilley and Lee have earned an outstanding 38 Chart singles with 20 #1 hits including Gilley’s Room Full of Roses, Don’t the Girls all Get Prettier at Closing Time, and Lee’s Cherokee Fiddle and Lookin’ for Love.

 Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s National Harvest & Cowboy Festival showcases the largest gathering of demonstrating craftsmen in the country as more than 125 visiting craftsmen, join over 100 of Silver Dollar City’s resident craftsmen, in showcasing their diverse array of talents along. The festival also features a “Salute to the Great American Cowboy” including Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium; an old-fashioned barn dance; Kent Rollins chuck wagon cooking; the final year for the Buffalo Bill inspired Wild West Show; and much more. It was named “One Of The Nation’s Top 8 Fall Harvest Festivals” by U.S. News & World Report Travel, as well as “The Best Fall Festival in Missouri “by Travel & Leisure! And it’s all in addition to everything else this world class theme park offers on a daily basis.

 Limited Engagements (By Starting Date)

Sep 8: Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees
Sep 14: Tommy James & The Shondells
Sep 15: Ronnie Milsap
Sep 16-30: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion*
Sep 17: Larry’s Country Diner-Rhonda Vincent
Sep 18: Larry’s Country Diner-Jimmy Fortune
Sep 19-27: Oak Ridge Boys*
Sep 19: Larry’s Country Diner-The Malpass Brothers
Sep 20: Larry’s Country Diner-Gene Watson
Sep 21: David Spade
Sep 21: Larry’s Country Diner-T. Graham Brown
Sep 22: Jeff Foxworthy
Sep 22: Tanya Tucker
Sep 23: Michael Bolton
Sep 26-27: Dailey and Vincent

* On select dates during period. Please check schedules for exact dates.

Major Special Events (By Starting Date)

Sep 7-Sep 9: Country Music Weekend, Silver Dollar City
Sep 8: Fourth Annual Landing to Landing Canoe and Kayak Race
Sep 8-Sep 9: Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor Days, Table Rock State Park
Sep 11: 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Branson Landing
Sep 11: The Amazing Women on Titanic
Sep 12-Oct 27: National Crafts & Cowboy Festival, Silver Dollar City
Sep 13-Sep 15: 45th Autumn Daze in aHistoric Downtown Branson
Sep 14-Sep 15: Shepherd of the Hills Car Show
Sep 15: State of the Ozarks Festival
Sep 29: Tanger Fit for a Cure 5k Run/Walk

For more information, tickets or reservations on these or other Branson shows, attractions, events, or lodging please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of almost 5 million Branson show and attraction tickets by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

BTC’s Best Branson Insider Highlights for August 2018

The Erwins, just one of the amazing groups performing for SDC’s South Gospel Picnic; The Haygoods; Branson Fiddle Festival, and Daniel O’Donnell.

August brings the winding down of family summer activities and the start of school, but there’s still time for one more family “summer fling,” and what better place to do it than in Branson, Missouri! Day in and Day out, Branson offers a choice of exciting live entertainment, attractions, natural beauty, shopping, and exciting things to do that few, if any, travel destinations can equal.

BTC’s Best Branson Insider Highlights, for August of 2018, highlights performances and major events taking place during the month of August that are in addition to everything else that Branson offers on a daily basis. They are listed by category, sorted in order of starting date, and are preceded by our “Featured” Show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the Month, as appropriate.

Featured Show of the Month: The Haygoods are celebrating their 26th year of entertaining Branson Audiences in 2018 and there’s good reason for it. From the beginning to the end, it’s an exciting musical “adventure’ for the family to share together. An adventure filling the senses with great music, energy, excitement, color, and action, the likes of which will not be seen on any other Branson stage. Whether it’s back flips, fire canons, high-energy mountain tap dancing, or something else, you’re always anticipating what’s coming next as they entertain both children and adults, simultaneously and to similar levels of enjoyment. If you are looking for a show with great music, excitement, action, special effects, and energy that will entertain the whole family, then The Haygoods is the show for you!

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Although there are no Limited Engagements scheduled for August, this gives us a chance to share that Daniel O’Donnell will present his Christmas With Daniel at the Welk Resort Theatre during the Christmas season. He will be performing only 20 shows between November 1 and December 1, 2018.

Although Daniel has been performing Limited Engagements in Branson for years, this will be a first with his Christmas show. With the limited number of performances, the interest in his new Branson Christmas show, and the way many of Daniel’s shows sell out in advance, it is suggested that those wanting to see his show make advance reservations to ensure both availability and the best seating.

Featured Event of the Month: Branson’s 30th Annual Fiddle Festival & Mid-America Fiddlers Championship will be held at the Grand Country Water Park Resort, August 24-26. The fun starts in the Grand Country Parking Lot at 6:30 PM on August 24 with the “Anything Goes Contest” and a free concert starring Melody Hart and a live band. The Mid-America Fiddlers Championship starts on the morning of August 25. Six Divisions, from Pee-Wee to Senior and Open, will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and the coveted title of the “Mid-America Fiddle Champion.” The title will be decided in a Round Robin Play Off at 4:00 PM on August 26. The actual competition will be conducted in the Grand Country Music Hall, the home of all Grand Country’s shows, and will be hosted by noted Branson Fiddler Wayne Massengale.

Major Special Events (By Starting Date)

Aug 1-5: Moonlight Madness at Silver Dollar City
Aug 1-3: Ballparks of America – Boys of Summer Classic (12U)
Aug 3-5: Tanger Style Missouri State Tax Free Holiday Shopping
Aug 3-11: Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series
Aug 23-Sep 3: Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City
Aug 24-26: 30th Annual Branson Fiddle Festival/Mid American Fiddlers Championship
Aug 31: Tanger Outlet Labor day shopping

For more information, tickets or reservations on these or other Branson shows, attractions or lodging please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of almost 5 million Branson show and attraction tickets by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Branson Tourism Center’s Best Branson Insider Highlights for July 2018

Just one of the many “cool” things to do at Silver Dollar City during its Star-Spangled Summer Festival.

On a daily basis, Branson offers a variety of live entertainment, attractions, shopping, and exciting fun things to do that few, if any other, travel destinations can equal. They are further enhanced with the addition of Limited Engagement performances by national touring stars and special events.

The primary purpose of the Branson Tourism Center’s Best Branson Insider Highlights is to highlight those performances and major events taking place during the month that are in addition to the live shows and attractions that Branson offers on a daily basis. It will also highlight a Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event for the month. All Limited Engagements and events are listed in order of starting date.

Featured Show of the Month: Branson’s Comedy Jamboree is an exciting mix of music, comedy, and fun. This clean-humored high-spirited afternoon show, has everything; a cast of lovable and eclectic comedic characters, talented vocalists, and a live band that just loves to make people laugh and have a great time. It’s one of those shows that truly does have something for everyone and, whether it’s the great music, the comedy, or a mixture of both, will entertain young and old simultaneously. If you’re hungry after the show, its just a few steps to one of Branson’s best buffets, “The Grand Country Buffet.”

Dennis Quaid.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: “Dennis Quaid,” most recognized for his roles on television and in movies, will be appearing in Branson for the only time this year on July 28. Dennis Quaid & The Sharks enjoy great popularity for their rock ‘n’ roll / country-soul sound and perform many original songs as well as covers like Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” that Quaid performed in the 1989 movie of the same name.

Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer Festival running through July 22, offers family fun and entertainment you won’t find anywhere else. See your favorite cartoon characters, Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, Rockapella, Championship Cloggers, and much more! And that’s beside everything else Silver Dollar City offers. The 1880s styled theme park has over 40 thrilling rides and attractions. New this year is the $26 million “Time Traveler,” the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest Spinning Coaster. It’s a world-record-breaking Spinning Coaster from many different aspects including a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour, making it the fastest with its immediate out-of-the-station 10 story, 90 degree vertical drop”… straight down the Ozark mountain side!

Limited Engagements (By Starting Date)

6-7 July: Yakov, Famous Russian Comedian
15 July: Bruce in the USA: World’s #1 Tribute to The Boss & the E Street Band
22 July: Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show
28 July: Dennis Quaid & The Sharks
28-29 July: Kidz Roc – Talent on Parade

Major Special Events (By Starting Date)

1-22 July: Silver Dollar City Star-Spangled Summer Festival
1-2 July: Hometown Heroes Salute – Ballparks of America
1-4 July: 4th of July Weekend Sale at Tanger Outlet Mall
3 July: Branson Landing’s 11 Annual Liberty Light up Concert & Fireworks!
4 July: Château on the Lake 4th of July Celebration
4 July: Independence Day Celebration at Big Cedar Lodge and Top of the Rock
4-6 July: Stars & Stripes Showdown – Ballparks of America
7-13 July: Ballparks of America – Mid-Summer Classic (11U-12U)
14-20 July: Ballparks of America – Show Me Shootout (12U)
21-27 July: Ballparks of America – Missouri Heat Classic (12U-13U)
22 July-Aug 5: Moonlight Madness at Silver Dollar City
23-25 July: B2 Cheer and Dance
28 July-3 Aug: Ballparks of America – Boys of Summer Classic (12U)

For more information, tickets or reservations on these or other Branson shows, attractions or lodging please contact the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services and sellers of almost 5 million Branson show and attraction tickets by calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

Branson Tourism Center’s Best Branson Insider Highlights for June 2018

Some of the cuddly stars of “Amazing Pets.”

From great live shows to exciting attractions and its beautiful Ozarks hills and lakes, Branson offers a variety of entertainment and fun things to do on a daily basis that few, if any, travel destinations can equal. Those daily activities are further enhanced with the addition of Limited Engagement performances by national touring stars and special events. The primary purpose of the Best Branson Insider Highlights is to highlight those performances and major events taking place during the month.

We will also highlight a Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event for the month. All Limited Engagements and events are listed in order of starting date.

Featured Show of the Month: Amazing Pets features delightful circus-like acts performed by a most unusual cast! Cats galore, cuddly canines, and even brilliantly colored exotic birds put on a show sure to delight “kids” of all ages! It’s a magical touch of mayhem and furry frivolity and fun for the whole family to enjoy!

The Texas Tenors.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Since their national debut on NBC’s hit prime time show America’s Got Talent in 2009, The Texas Tenors have become one of the most popular singing groups in America. In addition, to a full concert schedule and many hit recordings, they have filmed two PBS Specials, “You Should Dream” and, just recently their newest, “Rise.” The show is in concert format containing many covers and original music including country, classical, gospel, Broadway, and more. From their first number to the last, the power, beauty, and intensity of each totals up to an unforgettable entertainment experience that should not be missed!

Just one of the many fun things families can do together at Silver Dollar City during its “Star-Spangled Summer Festival.”

Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer Festival offers family fun and entertainment you won’t find anywhere else. See your favorite cartoon characters, Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, Rockapella, Championship Cloggers, and much more!  And that’s beside everything else Silver Dollar City offers. The 1880s styled them park has over 40 thrilling rides and attractions. New this year is the $26 million “Time Traveler,” the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest Spinning Coaster. It’s a world-record-breaking Spinning Coaster from many different aspects including a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour, making it the fastest with its immediate out-of-the-station 10 story, 90 degree vertical drop”… straight down the Ozark mountain side!

Limited Engagements (By Starting Date)

8 June: Marshall Tucker Band
15 June: Home Free
17 June: Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show
28-30 June: The Texas Tenors

Major Special Events (By Starting Date)

5-8 June: Ballparks of America – Sum. Kickoff Tournament 12U-13U
7-10 June: 2018 Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake
9 June: Run for a Vet; 5K & Half Marathon
9-15 June: Ballparks of America – Branson City Lights Classic (12U)
9-16 June: Law Enforcement Week
9 June-22 July: Silver Dollar City’s Star-Spangled Summer
11 June: Branson Skaggs Classic Golf Tournament
14-16 June: Ozark Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Rally
16-22 June: Ballparks of America – Father’s Day Classic (12U-13U)
18-23 June: StageOne National Dance Competitions
21-24 June: USSSA Ozark Classic NIT
23-29 June: Ballparks of America – Bring the Lumber (11U-13U)
24 June: College of the Ozarks Honor America Celebration
29 June: Summer Bopomapalooza (Branson Ferris Wheel)
30 June: Fireburst (Fireworks Display Kimberling City)
30 June-2 July: Hometown Heroes Salute – Ballparks of America

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 www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550.

12th Annual Elvis Festival rocks in Branson April 13-15


Dean Z, “winner of the “2013 Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ Final” in Memphis ,will be hosting the “Branson Ultimate Elvis Contest” as well as performing his “Dean Z” show during the festival.

Branson has many unique and exciting things to do but, especially if you’re an Elvis fan, none of them rivals the excitement of the annual Branson Elvis® Festival. The festival will be held on the world famous “Branson Strip,” at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater, the home of Branson’s Legends in Concert show, April 13-15.

The highlight of the Festival is the Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ which will be held on the Legends in Concert stage, Saturday, April 14 starting at 7:00 PM. The contestants will be judged on vocals, appearance and stage presence. The winner of the Branson contest receives a prize package and the opportunity to compete in the 2018 Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ Finals presented by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. to be held August 9 -12 in Memphis, Tennessee as part of the 40th anniversary of Elvis Week and the opportunity to perform in the April 15 performance of the Branson Legends in Concert show.

Legends in Concert’s General Manager, Jeannie Horton said that the Branson Contest will be hosted by “Dean Z,” who won the “2013 Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ Final.” in Memphis. She said that the quality of the 18 contestants is outstanding and that it’s going to be a great evening of entertainment. She also pointed out that the show is completely sold out so the only tickets available will be if someone cancels their reservation or doesn’t show up. The 2018 Branson Elvis Festival contestants are:

David Allen – Frisco, TX                         Russ Brittain – Ogden, IA
Ralph Carey – Lyndhurst, NJ                 Tyler Christopher – Ft Thomas, KY
Josh Davis – White Oak, TX                    Johnny Deans – Hillsboro, OH
“Cody ” – Cote Deonath – Oscala, FL   Dusty“Delvis” Duling – Eureka Springs, AR
Daisuke Kirya -JAPAN                            Rory Moore – Bonne Terre, MO
Carl Poe – Lyons, IN                               Taylor Rodriguez – Lynchburg, VA
EJ Sharp – Claremore, OK                      Eddie Simpson – Boxholm, IA
Steve Sogura – Ravensdale, WA           Mansour Spears – Austin, TX
Monty Tucker – Parma, MO                  GaryTussing – Clare, IA

In addition, to the Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ the Branson Elvis Festival includes several other exciting events including:

Friday, April 13 at 5 PM: Elvis Meet & Greet Dinner at Grand Country Buffett. [Note: This event     is sold out, but will open again if there are cancellations. If interested in case of cancellations       please call the box office at 417-339-3003.]
Friday, April 13 at 8 PM: Legends in Concert show
Friday, April 13 at 10:45 PM: Dean Z Show presents the winner of the national “2013 Ultimate       Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™ Final,” for this one night only performance, as he presents a           musical celebration, from the by gone era of rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and rhythm and blues of the         hit  music that inspires and drives his love for performance.
Saturday, 14 – 9 AM – 4 PM: The Elvis Vendor Village will be open in Dick Clark’s American                Bandstand Theater lobby. Vendors from across the country will be selling unique Elvis                   merchandise.
Saturday, April 14 – 11 AM: A new event, the Branson Elvis Festival Youth Tribute Artist                Showcase (Ages 5-17) on the Legends in Concert stage. A $25 entry fee and registration is            required. Call 417-339-3003 x 3015 to request more information on this event, or email                tbailey@legendsinconcert.com.
Saturday, April 14 – 7 PM: The Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest [Note: This event is sold      out, but will open again if there are cancellations. If interested in case of cancellations please      call the Branson Tourism Center at 1-800-785-1550.]
Saturday, April 14: “After Party” at Branson’s Center Stage Grille.
Sunday, April 14, 11 AM Jerry Presley’s Gospel Revival, God and Country Theatre
Sunday, April 14 – 8 PM: Guest appearance of the 2018 Branson Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist        Contest™ winner during the 8 PM performance of Legends in Concert.

For additional information or tickets for the Legends in Concert show, The Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest,™ or any of Branson’s other shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please feel free to contact the Branson Tourism Center (BTC), one of Branson’s largest and most respected vacation planning services by calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their web site www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

Best Branson Insider Highlights for April 2018

Most recently seen on the hit NBC show, “The Voice,” country music super star Trace Adkins .

In April, the Ozark Hills surrounding Branson blossom into the full freshness and wonder of spring, but that’s not all that happens! It’s also when Branson’s shows, attractions, outdoor and other activities blossom into the full freshness and wonder of their 2018 seasons.

Here’s our Featured Show, Limited Engagement, and Event of the Month, along with a list highlighting many other Limited Engagement appearances, and Special Events you can enjoy in Branson during April:

Featured Show of the Month: Million Dollar Quartet, the Tony Award-winning musical, is again captivating Branson audiences with this brilliant musical adaptation depicting a phenomenal moment in the history of rock and roll; the impromptu jam session that brought together music budding icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time they would ever perform together! In 1956, rocker Carl Perkins scheduled a recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis, with his band and another rock ‘n roller, Jerry Lee Lewis. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash happened by separately and they all just started jamming together.

The Million Dollar Quartet is filled with songs that most know and love such as “Matchbox,” “That’s All right,” “I Walk the Line”, “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Hound Dog,” “Peace in the Valley,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Blue Suede Shoes, and and more, but it’s much more than just great music. It’s the story of a special moment, relationships, and a hint of romance, all in a production that is one of the most entertaining in Branson.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: Trace Adkins with special guest Billy Dean. Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered numerous hits to the top on the charts. Among other things, the three-time Grammy nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is also a TV personality, most recently appearing in the NBC hit prime time show, “The  Voice,” an actor, author, and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project. Adkin’s numerous hits include “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing,” “I Left Something Turned On At Home,” “Hot Mama,” “Songs About Me,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Arlington,” “I’m Tryin’,” “Chrome,” and “This Ain’t No Love Song.” Appearing along with Adkins, as a special guest will be Billy Dean who has a string of hits including “Only Here For A Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “You Don’t Count The Cost,” “Only The Wind,” “Billy The Kid,” “If There Hadn’t Been You,” “We Just Disagree,” “That Girl’s Been Spyin’ On Me,” and “Let Them Be Little.

Featured Event of the Month: Branson.com Honors Purple Heart Recipients, is a unique event remembering, honoring, serving, and entertaining those getting the ‘Purple Heart’ as the result of combat wounds suffered serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is arranged to permit time for those attending to share time with one another, experience Branson, and take part in activities that honor, entertain and support them. All of the activities are no cost to Purple Heart Recipients. For more information or to Register, please call 1-800-268-4014 or go to the Branson.Com Honors Purple Heart Recipients web page.

Limited Engagements (Sorted by starting date.)

Apr 13: The Dean Z Show
Apr 14: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest
Apr 17-17: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion
Apr 20-21: Oak Ridge Boys
Apr 20-21: Branson Music Fest
Apr 22-24: Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee – The Urban Cowboy Reunion
Apr 27: Trace Adkins with special guest Billy Dean

Special Event Highlights (Sorted by starting date.)

Apr 1-8: Spring Ride Days at Silver Dollar City
Apr 1-30: Ozark Mountain Shindig Festival
Apr 6-8: Silver Dollar City Young Christian’s Weekend
Apr 7: Party with the Stars
Apr 11-29: Festival of Wonder at Silver Dollar City
Apr 12-14: 10th Annual Branson.Com Honors Purple Heart Recipients 
Apr 13-15: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest & Festival
Apr 14: Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest – American Bandstand Theatre
Apr 16-22: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf – Big Cedar
Apr 18-22: Legends of Golf Presented by Bass Pro Shops
Apr 20-21: Branson Car Auction – Branson Convention Center
Apr 20-21: Branson Music Fest – Welk Resort Branson
Apr 20-21: Branson Auto Auction
Apr 28: Kayak Branson’s Biggest Flotilla Adventure on Lake Taneycomo

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550 and talking with one of their  Branson-based vacation planning specialists. They will be delighted to answer any questions, and assist you with show or lodging reservations and there’s absolutely no charge for this service.

Best Branson Insider Highlights for March 2018

Sight and Sounds’ biblical spectacular “Samson” premiers March 3.

“With the winter we’ve had everyone is looking forward to spring and, there’s just something special about spring in Branson,” said, Preston Garrison, Director of Operations for the Branson Tourism Center. “The beauty of our Ozarks as they begin to blossom out with spring foliage and colors, the opening of Silver Dollar City, and the start of the season for Presleys’ Country Jubilee has for decades been signs that it’s spring in Branson,” he added.

Here’s our Featured Show and Event of the Month, with a list of the highlights of special events you can enjoy in Branson during the month of March:

Featured Show(s) of the Month: The Branson Premier of Samson, Sight and Sound Theatres’ newest biblical spectacular. Experience this epic story as Samson battles the Philistines and himself and discover how God transforms this unwilling hero to accomplish His work. It’s all brought to life on a 300 foot surround sound stage, with animals, awesome special effects, colorful costumes, spectacular sets, and an amazing cast in a production that will entertain and inspire the whole family.

Presleys’ Country Jubilee, Branson’s first show on the “Branson Strip” starts its 51st consecutive Branson season on March 9. Its mix of that special Presley comedy strategically interwoven into the shows great music provides a one of a kind entertainment experience that keeps the audience, kids and adults alike, completely entertained, laughing, and wondering what to expect next! Once you’ve experienced you will understand why it has been one of Branson’s most popular show for over 50 years.

Featured Event of the Month: The scheduled opening of Silver Dollar City’s new $26 million “Time Traveler,” the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest Spinning Coaster on March 14 in conjunction with the 2018 opening of Silver Dollar City. It’s a world-record-breaking Spinning Coaster from many different aspects including a top speed of 50.3 miles per hour, making it the fastest with its immediate out-of-the-station 10 story, 90 degree vertical drop”… straight down the Ozark mountainside, making it the steepest.

Special Event Highlights (Sorted by starting date.)

Mar 2 – Mar 4: Branson Classic Gymnastics, Branson Convention Center
Mar 2: First Friday, Branson Landing
Mar 8 – Mar 10: National IH Collectors Club Winter Convention
Mar 9: 5 K The Kenyan Way
March 14: Silver Dollar City opens 2018 Season
Mar 14 – Apr 08: Spring Ride Days, Silver Dollar City
Mar 16 – 17: American Cheer Power Cheerleading Competition
Mar 17: Hughes Music Show Presents St. Patrick’s Luck of the Irish Show
Mar 22 – 25: MoNASP State Tournament, (Archery) Branson, Convention Center
Mar 24 – Mar 25: KVD Big Bass Classic
Mar 31: Hollister Easter Egg Hunt Hollister High School Football Field
Mar 31 – Apr 2: Silver Dollar City Young Christians Weekend

For additional information on these events, or any of Branson’s shows and attractions, or for lodging arrangements, please contact the Branson Tourism Center by visiting www.BransonTourismCenter.com, or calling 1-800-785-1550 and talking with a Branson-based vacation planning specialist. They will be delighted to answer any questions, and assist you with show or lodging reservations and there’s absolutely no charge for this service.

 

The Best of Branson Insider Highlights for December 2017

Landing Princess, “Christmas in Midtown” at Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas, Grand Jubilee’s New South quartet, and Bill Anderson & Friends.

“From its night time Adoration Parade, to multiple drive through Christmas lighting displays, Silver Dollar City’s nationally renowned “Old Time Christmas Festival,” and its great live shows, December in Branson is filled with that special spirit of the traditional American Christmas,” said Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “And there’s not a letdown the week after Christmas either; its filled with the entertainment, excitement, and fun that Branson is known for right up to the celebration of New Year’s Eve, Branson style,” she added.

Here’s our Featured Show, Event, and Limited Engagement of the Month, along with a list of the major, special limited engagement performances and events you can enjoy in Branson during December, 2017:

Featured Show: The Grand Jubilee Christmas show has it all, including amazing vocals by Branson’s award winning quartet, New South and Jackie Brown; hilarious comedy with Jamie Haage, a.k.a. “Jim Dandy,” and his sidekick Mike Patrick, who is also the show’s emcee and producer; and the “Grand Band,” one of the best bands in Branson. From the preshow to the final curtain, this awesome production will entertain and inspire you with “grand” music, comedy, and the spirit of a traditional American Christmas.

“We sing the traditional favorite Christmas songs that people sing every year,” said Mike Patrick, the shows emcee and producer. “To me our show is like taking out your favorite Christmas ornament each year and hanging it on the tree.” When asked what his personal favorite part of the show was he said, without hesitation, “When we get to read the Christmas story from the Bible and see how it resonates with our audience.” His two favorite numbers in the show are New South’s rendition of a Gatlin Brothers’ song “Santa Are You Going To Atlanta” and Jackie Brown’s beautiful performance of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

 Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: There’s not a more “Limited Engagement” than the spectacular unique ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Branson.How about cruising Lake Taneycomo aboard Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess, a 100 foot luxury yacht, while enjoying a live DJ, dancing, games, prizes, party favors, full-service cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, a dessert bar, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight? Cruising not your thing, then how about an entertaining and exciting evening with some of Branson’s most popular shows as they welcome in 2018 with unique awesome New Year’s Eve celebrations including:

Dec 30:  Hughes Brothers New Years Eve Party
Dec 31:  Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess
Dec 31:  Legends in Concert
Dec 31:  Bill Anderson & Friends New Years Eve Show
Dec 31:  Americana New Year’s Eve Show
Dec 31:  Clay-Goods Jambor-Eve
Dec 31:  Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety (New Year’s Eve Fiesta)
Dec 31:  Pierce Arrow
Dec: 31 Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess

Featured Event of the Month: Silver Dollar City’s “Old Time Christmas” celebrates the true meaning of this special magical season amidst the glow of over 6.5 million dazzling lights, including 1.5 million added just this year for its new light spectacular “Christmas in Midtown.” Proclaimed as “The Most Illuminated Park on Earth” by the Travel Channel and “One of the most sparkly, lively holiday celebrations anywhere” by Midwest Living, “you’ll take home beautiful holiday memories destined to last a lifetime!”

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT PERFORMANCES (Sorted by starting date)

Dec 1-16:  Hallmark Presents Maxine’s Christmas Carol
Dec 2:  Home Free
Dec 9:  Wynonna Judd
Dec 31:  Bill Anderson & Friends New Year’s Eve Show

NEW YEAR’S EVE BRANSON STYLE

Dec 30:  Hughes Brothers New Years Eve Party
Dec 31:  Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess
Dec 31:  Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess
Dec 31:  Legends in Concert
Dec 31:  Bill Anderson & Friends New Years Eve Show
Dec 31:  Americana New Year’s Eve Show
Dec 31:  Clay-Goods Jambor-Eve
Dec 31:  Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety (New Year’s Eve Fiesta)
Dec 31:  Pierce Arrow

SPECIAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (Sorted by starting date.)

Dec 1 – Dec 30:  Trail of Lights
Dec 1 – Dec 31:  Branson Landing’s Winter Wonderlanding!
Dec 1 – Dec 31:  Titanic Museum Christmas Tribute
Dec 3:  Santa Train
Dec 3:  69th Annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony
Dec 4 – Dec 10:  Branson’s Festival of Trees
Dec 4 – Dec 23:  Showboat Branson Belle – Santa’s Pancakes & PJs Cruise
Dec 4 – Dec 24:  Visit Santa at Bass Pro
Dec 1 – Dec 24:  Santa at the Branson Landing
Dec 4 – Dec 30:  An Old Time Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City
Dec 4 – Dec 31:  Gingerbread Houses on Display at Chateau
Dec 2:  Pancakes with Santa at Mc Farlain’s
Dec 9:  Breakfast with Santa – Branson RecPlex
Dec 16:  Chateau on the Lake Breakfast with Santa
Dec 25:  MERRY CHRISTMAS
Dec 25:  Christmas Day Champagne Brunch at Chateau on the Lake
Dec 27 – Dec 29:  Xtreme Winter Branson
Dec 30:  Keeter Center New Year’s Celebration (Saturday Evening)
Dec 31:  Keeter Center New Year’s Eve Sunday Brunch
Dec 31:  New Years Eve Celebration at Keeter Center
Dec 31:  Chateau on the Lake New Year’s Eve
Dec 31-Jan 1:  Silver Dollar City’s New Year’s Celebration
Dec 31:  HAPPY NEW YEAR

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 calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com

 

Best Branson Insider Highlights for November 2017

With the addition of the new, 1.5 million lighting spectacular, “Christmas in Midtown,” Silver Dollar City’s “Old Time Christmas” now has over 6.5 million lights.

“From the Nation’s largest Veteran’s Day Celebration, to Ozark Mountain Christmas, Branson’s Christmas Shows, and so much more, the month of November in Branson is easily one of the busiest and most entertaining months of the year,” said Annette Wood, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “It’s hard to imagine a better way to get in the Christmas Spirit than in Branson, Missouri,” she added.

Here’s our Featured Show Event, and Limited Engagement of the Month, along with a list of the major, special limited engagement performances, and events you can enjoy in Branson during November 2017:

Featured Show of the Month: Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza continues the tradition of “Mr. Christmas” and the “Andy Williams Christmas Show” with its variety, color, and excitement and showing why “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” Hosted by Jimmy Osmond, the vocal stars of the show, will be “The 5th Dimension,” through November 18 and the “Osmonds” and “Lennon Sisters,” from November 20 through December 16. That would be enough for most shows but, in keeping with the Andy Williams tradition of variety, there’s so much more! The amazing magic of illusionist Rick Thomas and his lovely wife Tara; “Britain’s Got Talent Sensation,” Charlie Green; Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett; the Andy Williams singers and dancers; the incomparable Moon River Band; with beautiful…gorgeous costumes and festive sets of holiday cheer. In addition, the shows from November 20 on will also feature the Magical Dancing of Pasha & Aliona and the Lennon Granddaughters.

International star, Daniel O’Donnell will be performing at the Welk Resort Theatre October 30- November 14.

Featured Limited Engagement of the Month: A favorite of Branson visitors and residents alike, the incomparable Daniel O’Donnell returns to Branson for a very limited engagement of 2:00 PM shows, running from October 30 through November 18 at the Welk Resort Theatre. Incorporating his charismatic and engaging style, he will present a blend of traditional Irish ballads, country favorites, and traditional gospel with an Irish twist that shows why he has sold millions of records and has been “a household name across Ireland and Great Britain for decades.”

Featured Events of the Month: Normally, for each month we have just one, but for the month of November there must be two:

Branson Veterans Homecoming Week is one of the biggest Veterans Day tributes in America, and is celebrated from November 5 through November 11. It features dozens of events all keyed toward honoring those who have served our nation and sacrificed so much.

Silver Dollar City’s “Old Time Christmas” celebrates the true meaning of this special magical season amidst the glow of over 6.5 million dazzling lights including 1.5 million added just this year for its new light spectacular “Christmas in Midtown.” Proclaimed as “The Most Illuminated Park on Earth” by the Travel Channel and “One of the most sparkly, lively holiday celebrations anywhere” by Midwest Living, “you’ll take home beautiful holiday memories destined to last a lifetime!”

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT PERFORMANCES (Sorted by starting date)

Nov 1-18: Daniel O’Donnell
Nov 1-30: Hallmark Presents Maxine’s Christmas Carol
Nov 1-16: Neal McCoy*
Nov 1-16: Oak Ridge Boys*
Nov 1-2: Boot Daddy Presents Gene Watson
Nov 3: Charlie Daniels Band
Nov 4: Dennis Quaid & The Sharks
Nov 5-27: The Urban Cowboy Reunion*
Nov 8: Country Unplugged Tour with Joe Diffie, Lorrie Morgan and Mark Chesnutt
Nov 10: Dailey and Vincent
Nov 11-12: Boot Daddy Presents Jimmy Fortune
Nov 12: Paul Anka
Nov 11: Scotty McCreery
Nov 15: Lee Greenwood
Nov 17-18: Johnny Mathis with Gary Mule Deer

SPECIAL EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (Sorted by starting date.)

Nov 1-16: ‘Flames of Freedom’ Play – Select Dates
Nov 1-Dec 30: Trail of Lights
Nov 1- Dec 31: Branson Landing’s Winter Wonderlanding!
Nov 1-Dec 31: Titanic Museum Christmas Tribute
Nov 3: West Plains High School Zizzer Band
Nov 3-4: Branson Market Days
Nov 3-5: Christmas Open House at StoneHouse Merchant
Nov 3-5: The Fisherman’s Hideout 1st Annual Fall Fishing Contest
Nov 4: Most Wonderful Time of Year Holiday Parade
Nov 4: Sporting Clays Shoot
Nov 4-Dec 24: Santa Arrives at the Branson Landing
Nov 4-Dec 10: Branson’s Festival of Trees
Nov 4-Dec 23: Showboat Branson Belle – Santa’s Pancakes & PJs Cruise
Nov 4-Dec 24: Visit Santa at Bass Pro
Nov 4-Dec 30: An Old Time Christmas Festival at Silver Dollar City
Nov 4-Dec31: Gingerbread Houses on Display at Chateau
Nov 5: Opening Day Welcome Home Celebration
Nov 5: Opening Ceremony Vets for Vets Celebration Show
Nov 5: Sunday November 5 – WWII Mini Reunion
Nov 5-11: Welk Resort Branson Hosts the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Nov 6: Vietnam Veterans Mini Reunion
Nov 6: Navy Memorial Service
Nov 6: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Opening
Nov 6: World War II Veterans Honored
Nov 6: Medics, Nurses, and Combat Vets Mini Reunion
Nov 7: IMAX Military Film Festival
Nov 7: True American Hero Award Presentation
Nov 7: Blue Star Mothers Dessert
Nov 7: POW/MIA Service of Remembrance
Nov 7: Sandbox Party
Nov 8: Time for Prayer
Nov 8: 21st Annual Military Gala & Banquet
Nov 8: Women Veterans Mini Reunion
Nov 9: Veterans Empowerment Care
Nov 9: Veterans Grove Tree Dedication
Nov 9: Walmart Tribute to Veterans
Nov 9: 4th Infantry Division
Nov 9: Annual Tribute to Women Veterans & Rose Petal Ceremony
Nov 9: Korean War Veterans Mini Reunion
Nov 10: Flag Raising & Wreath Laying
Nov 10: Run to the Lights 5K Fundraiser
Nov 10: Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast
Nov 10: Groundbreaking Ceremony Korean Veterans Memorial at College of the Ozarks
Nov 10: Marine Corps Ball
Nov 10: Heroes on the Home Front – Spouses Tribute
Nov 10-12: Thomas Kinkade Master Highlighter Event
Nov 10-12: Legacy Days Vintage Baseball Festival
Nov 11: Disney Dreams Collector Event
Nov 11: Annual Branson Veterans Day Parade
Nov 11: Forsyth Veterans Day Celebration
Nov 11: Wine and Shine Fest
Nov 11: Ann Dezendorf, Janet Stewart and Betty Foster at The Grand Village Shops
Nov 12: Veterans Day Observance
Nov 18: Christopher Radko at The Grand Village
Nov 23: Top of the Rock Thanksgiving Dining
Nov 23: Golden Corral Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Nov 23: Thanksgiving at Level 2 Steakhouse
Nov 23: Mc Farlain’s Thanksgiving Day Feast
Nov 23: Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks Thanksgiving Day Brunch
Nov 23: Texas Land & Cattle Thanksgiving
Nov 23: Bob Evan’s Thanksgiving
Nov 23: The Worman House Thanksgiving Buffet
Nov 23: Additional Thanksgiving Dining in Branson
Nov 23: Turkey Trot 5K Branson
Nov 23: Devil’s Pool Thanksgiving Brunch
Nov 23:Chateau on the Lake Thanksgiving Brunch
Nov 23: Thanksgiving Day Cruise on Main Street Lake Cruises Landing Princess
Nov 23: Grand Country Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Nov 23-26: Moonlight Madness & After Thanksgiving Sales
Nov 23-26: Titanic Luminaries
Nov 24: Branson Landing’s Black Friday Blowout!
Nov 24: Special Visit from Santa at Branson Tourism Center!
Nov 23-25: After Thanksgiving Sale at Silver Dollar City
Nov 25: Fontanini Signing at The Grand Village

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 calling 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.

 

* Selected dates only, please check linked schedule

Ozark Mountain Christmas celebrates the true excitement and spirit of Christmas

The “Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza” staring the Osmonds and Lennon Sisters, “Christmas Wonderland,” Santa, and Silver Dollar City’s “An Old Time Christmas.”

“If you want a place where the spirit of the traditional American Christmas is honored, Branson, Missouri is for you,” said Annette Wood, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center. “It’s a spectacular two-month celebration of the traditional American Christmas, Ozark Mountain Christmas, is like none other in the world. What other travel destination has Branson’s genuine Christmas spirit and live shows combined with millions of Christmas lights, drive through Christmas lighting displays, festive Christmas decorations, great shopping, an award-winning world class theme park, and so much more? None that we know of!” she added.

There’s always so much to see and do in Branson, but during Ozark Mountain Christmas, running from November 1 through December 31, it’s even more so. From among many, here’s three ideas that share the true excitement and spirit of an Ozark Mountain Christmas:

1. See One of Branson’s Live Christmas Shows: Branson is known for the variety of and quality of its live shows. During Ozark Mountain Christmas most of Branson’s most popular shows celebrate Christmas and the real “reason for the season,” starting with their first show in November. Branson’s Christmas shows are generally presented in one of two formats. One is shows that are totally Christmas. These include Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza, Christmas Wonderland, Hughes Brothers Christmas Show, The Texas Tenors, Dixie Stampede, Sight and Sounds Miracle of Christmas, and others.

The second, involves a mixture of the “best” from their regular season shows and Christmas. Typically, about half of the show is devoted to the best of their regular season, and the other half, usually the last half, to their Christmas show. This would include many of Branson’s most popular shows such as Clay Cooper’s Country Express, the Haygoods, Presleys’ Country Jubilee, SIX, and others.

Many of Branson’s most popular shows will close out their 2017 season, including their Christmas shows by December 16. These include Presleys’ Country Jubilee, Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza, Duttons, George Dyer, New Jersey Nights, and many more. Other popular shows such as Dixie Stampede, Clay Cooper’s Country Express, Dublin Tenors and the Celtic Ladies, Grand Jubilee, Haygoods, Hughes Brothers Christmas Show, Legends in Concert, Million Dollar Quartet, and SIX, remain open longer. It’s a good idea to check the individual show schedule, particularly for those remaining open after December 16, because they operate on abbreviated Christmas schedules.

2. Visit Silver Dollar City for its An Old Time Christmas Festival – The festival features over over 6.5 million sparkling Christmas lights with 1.5 million added just this year for its new light spectacular “Christmas in Midtown;” a Holly JollyTM Christmas Light Parade featuring Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer & Friends; 1,000 decorated Christmas Trees; two Broadway-style productions; a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree; and more. Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas Festival has been perennially recognized as one of the best Christmas light displays in America. An Old Time Christmas resonates with the spirit and excitement of the traditional American celebration of Christmas. All the activities involved with An Old Time Christmas are in addition to the parks other activities including, weather permitting, its 30 plus rides and attractions. The festival runs from November 4 through December 30.

3. 69th Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony – On Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 PM, the Branson community will gather together to celebrate the true meaning of the Christmas season. The theme of the Lighting Ceremony and Parade is “keeping Christ in Christmas.” In keeping with that theme, the evening starts with the lighting of the giant 30-foot Nativity Scene near the top of Mount Branson overlooking Lake Taneycomo, Branson Landing, and Historic Downtown Branson. It’s immediately followed by a night “light parade” with dozens of bands, floats and walking units participating. The colorful and festive parade is themed to “keeping Christ in Christmas,” with no commercial advertising permitted on the floats.

“And that’s just three ideas from many,” said Wood. “Even if you can only visit for a couple of days, you can still enjoy the heartwarming charm of Christmas in Branson and the fun, excitement, and spirit of Ozark Mountain Christmas.

Ozark Mountain Christmas is not only one of the most special times of the year to visit Branson; it’s also one of the busiest. It’s suggested that you make reservations to insure availability and getting the best seats. For more information, or help with tickets and lodging, contact the Branson Tourism Center, at 1-800-785-1550 or through their website, www.BransonTourismCenter.com.