Branson Festivals: Fun for Every Season

Every season offers a wide variety of festivals and events in Branson. From handmade crafts, hot air balloons, classic cars and international music to holiday events like Christmas parades, Easter egg hunts and fireworks. There’s something to see year round in Branson.

WINTER/OZARK MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Most Wonderful Time of the Year Parade

Celebrate the holiday season with this festive parade each November at the Branson Landing. Formerly known as the Holiday Promenade of Stars, the parade features a variety of performers. Past guests have included SIX, The Hughes Brothers, The Osmonds, The Lennon Sisters, The Duttons…not to mention guests of honor Santa and Mrs. Claus! After the parade, enjoy performances of your favorite Christmas songs in front of the spectacular Branson Landing fountain.

An Old Time Christmas

With over 5 million dazzling lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, two Broadway-style productions and a five-story tree with special effects, the Christmas season at Silver Dollar City is like nowhere else. Be sure to try a “loaded” hot chocolate, wassail or one of Silver Dollar City’s famous apple dumplings while you’re there.

Adoration Christmas Parade & Lighting Ceremony

For almost 70 years, the Adoration Christmas Parade & Lighting Ceremony has been a much loved Branson tradition. Starting with the annual lighting of the nativity scene overlooking Lake Taneycomo at dusk and culminating with a community gathering, this special evening celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.

SPRING

Hollister Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny makes a special trip to Hollister each year on the Saturday before Easter. Gather your children and their Easter baskets for this fun event on the Hollister High School Football Field.

Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

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This May, see top names in bluegrass while enjoying delicious barbecue at this annual Silver Dollar City festival. 

Enjoy a number of barbecue specialties including All-You-Can-Eat-Ribs, as well as sample over 150 different specialty barbecue sauces.

Branson Elvis Festival

The 11th Annual Branson Elvis Festival will be held at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater. The highlight of the festival, the Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist Contest™. This contest is one of a select few tribute competitions sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

Branson Elvis Festival activities include an Elvis Vendor Village, Junior and Senior Youth Contest, an Elvis Meet & Greet Dinner and Elvis Karaoke Nights.

SUMMER

Fireburst 2017

Experience the spectacular sight of fireworks over the waters of Table Rock Lake. This annual Fourth of July event begins at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs or be one of the nearly 1,000 boats gathered for the event. Admission is free.

Super Summer Car Cruise

Whether you want to show off your special ride or see a wide variety of classic cars, the Super Summer Cruise is a fun event for all motor heads. Experience everything from ‘50s and ‘60s Chevrolets to ‘30s Fords, new Corvettes and souped-up pick-up trucks, along with the occasional imports. There are also contests, midnight cruises through Branson, awards and live entertainment.

The Fiddle Festival

Celebrate the heritage of the Ozarks with three days of fiddling fun in August. Hosted at the Grand Country Music Hall, this festival features competitions for children, adults and seniors, as well as performances by some of the country’s top fiddle players.

Southern Gospel Picnic

One of America’s biggest Southern Gospel events, this annual festival at Silver Dollar City features inspirational performances and delicious Southern cooking.

Star-Spangled Summer

Enjoy over 100 shows especially designed for children and families at Silver Dollar City. This summer festival offers everything from Olympic athletes and magicians to the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters.

FALL

Autumn Daze

Enjoy handmade crafts, food, demonstrations and live entertainment as local crafters and artisans fill the streets of Historic Downtown Branson. This three-day festival takes place each September and offers a wide variety of handmade items including wood crafts, quilts, clothing, crocheted and knitted items, jewelry, hats, purses, toys, floral arrangements, ironworks, collectibles and more!

National Harvest & Cowboy Festival

Celebrate fall fun with this highly popular festival at Silver Dollar City. Over 125 crafters from the “four corners” of the United States come together for six weeks to create works of art ranging from fiddle making and weaving to soap making and jewelry — all with pioneer period costumes and tools. There is also fantastic live bluegrass and folk bands, stunt shows and the always fun Western Barn Dance!

Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony

For over 83 years, Branson has been honoring veterans with one of the country’s largest Veterans Day parades. As part of the Veterans Homecoming Week, the annual parade is one of many ways Branson pays homage throughout the year to those who have served. Enjoy discounts on tickets as well as shows celebrating veterans during this special week.

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Trip Ideas

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