Providing the news organizations with a wealth of updated information and interesting resources is paramount to us at the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau. We offer numerous press releases and media resources. Current news releases offer up-to-date information about events in the Branson/Lakes Area. Finally, we have a variety of photographs and videos that accompany the various news stories and announcements found in the other sections.

We hope you will find this site to be tremendously informative as well as entertaining - after all… Branson is the live music show capital of the world!

Recent Branson News

Branson's 21st Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show Heats Up Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater's Stage
Dec 17, 2014
Tickets are on sale now for Branson's 21st Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show. Escape the winter blues with a trip in January and February to Branson, Missouri, dubbed the “live music show capital of the world”! On February 2, 2015, at 7:00 PM see the 21st Annual Hot Winter Fun Big Show where a wide variety of shows and performers jam-pack into one exciting show. Every year Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater sizzles with an exciting line-up of Branson stars and shows. 2015 promises to be one of the biggest line-ups ever!

Las Vegas Escape Artist Brings Guinness World Record Attempt To Branson Missouri
Dec 3, 2014
International escape artist and illusionist Jackson Rayne is preparing for one of the most difficult world record attempts in the history of magic. He hopes to break the Guinness World Record for most escapes from a straight jacket in one hour. The record to beat is 49.

Christmas At Dixie Adds 5th Show!
Dec 2, 2014
Christmas at Dixie Stampede in Branson, Missouri is proud to announce a milestone, a first-ever 5th show added to the busy holiday schedule at 10:00AM on Saturday, December 13th, 2014.

Voting Underway: Silver Dollar City in USA Today's 10 Best Readers Choice Poll Plus, Park Joins Other Big Names of Holiday Lighting in USA Today's "10 Top Spots for Holiday Lights"
Nov 25, 2014
The nation's most popular national newspaper announced its choices for top holiday lighting displays, and now its readers are being issued a challenge - with Silver Dollar City hoping to gain top honors. Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas, editorially named to USA Today's Top 10 Spots for Holiday Lights (USA Weekend, 11/21-11/23), is also part of a just-released poll to USA Today readers around the nation to vote for their favorite holiday light displays.

Tanger Outlets Branson Delivers New Stores & Extended Hours
Nov 21, 2014
Thanksgiving, Black Friday and After Thanksgiving Day Sales at Tanger Outlets begin Thursday, November 27 at 6pm. The newest members of the Tanger Family of 70 plus brand name and designer outlets include Pandora Outlet, Helzberg Diamonds Outlet, Adidas Outlet, Talbots Outlet, Express Factory Store, and Sunglass Hut, along with White House | Black Market Outlet and New York and Co Outlet. Find up to the minute holiday sale offers and door buster information at

Silver Dollar City's 'An Old Time Christmas' Presents New $1 Million Light Parade Starring Rudolph, Plus Musical Productions & 5 Million Lights
Nov 4, 2014
Silver Dollar City lights up its brightest season with a new $1 million light parade featuring the beloved Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® for An Old Time Christmas. One of the nation's most acclaimed holiday festivals, An Old Time Christmas also features a 5-story Christmas tree with a light and sound show, Broadway-style musical productions, holiday foods and five million lights, November 1 - December 30 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.

Legends In Concert Announces "A Legendary Christmas"
Nov 1, 2014
Legends in Concerts' Christmas Season (Nov. 1-Jan 3 2015) brings back those magical memories of “the most wonderful time of the year”. Featuring songs such as “The Christmas Song” with Nat King Cole, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” performed by Rod Stewart, “Blue Christmas” from Dean Z as Elvis, “Up on the Housetop” by Reba McEntire and the hilariously warm and fuzzy “Christmas Medley” performed by The Blues Brothers™. A highlight of the Christmas finale features Bucky Heard (Jake Blues) and Desta Pritchard performing a beautiful duet singing “Mary Did You Know”. The finale also showcases each Legend performing their favorite Christmas song. There's even a special appearance by the “jolly old man in red”, Santa!

Tanger Outlets Branson Welcomes Exciting New Stores
Oct 28, 2014

Westgate Branson Woods Resort Hosts First-Annual Spirit of Branson Tree Lighting
Oct 28, 2014
Westgate Branson Woods Resort is excited to announce the first-annual Spirit of Branson Tree Lighting, which will be held at the resort on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 6:30 PM. A majestic Blue Spruce tree will be planted on the beautiful Branson Woods property in honor of our dedicated servicemen and women who are unable to be home for the holidays.

Branson Convention Center Set To Hold Futsal Tournament
Oct 28, 2014
This January the Branson Convention Center will be filled with the sounds of cheers, ball kicks and blocked goals. At first glance you might think it's a soccer tournament, but you'd be wrong…its Futsal.

Morningside to host two events on October 31
Oct 23, 2014
International gospel singer Dudu Fisher and praise and worship leader Alan Asbury will be guests on The Kevin Shorey TV Show at 2 PM and the Morningside Church will host Harvest Fest at 6 PM on Friday, October 31.

College of the Ozarks Extends Partnership for Division II MBB Championship
Oct 22, 2014
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced an extension with College of the Ozarks to host the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championships in Point Lookout, Mo. The national championship has been held in Point Lookout since 2000, and the current contract with College of the Ozarks has the 2015 event scheduled for March 11 - 17 in Keeter Gymnasium.

A Military Film Festival, Special Guests & WWII Display at Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex for Veteran's Week!
Oct 22, 2014
Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex announces a Military Film Festival during Branson's Veteran's Week, from November 6th through the 10th, along with special guests and a life-size WWII display.

Doug Gabriel-Branson Star Theatre Announce Changes To Accommodate Guests
Oct 8, 2014
Doug Gabriel along with theatre owner Jerry Franklin are pleased to announce that since Gabriel has been managing the theatre, attendance and exposure have increased by thousands.

IMAXs Third Annual Think Pink to Raise Funds for Local Breast Cancer Survivors!
Oct 3, 2014
Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex has officially begun its third annual "Think Pink" fundraising month to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks (BCFO).

Snowbird Favorites Bernie & Red in Branson, MO for limited engagement
Sep 30, 2014
Many Branson entertainers travel to Arizona & South Texas during the winter months entertaining Snowbirds. A new show, opening shortly at the Owen Theatre, is turning that trend around. Comedy & music act Bernie & Red, have had major success in the Snowbird market for the past decade & now it's time for Branson to get a taste of this show.

Morningside, Home of The Jim Bakker TV Show, will host The Ready Now Expo on October 20th - October 24, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
Morningside, Home of The Jim Bakker TV Show, will host The Ready Now Expo on October 20th - October 24, 2014 with expert speakers and special guests discussing topics on survival and preparedness.

The Track Family Fun Parks To Conduct Safe Driving Program - "Life On Track"
Sep 26, 2014
The Track Family Fun Parks in Branson, Missouri, announced today the 5th annual “Life on Track” event - a safe driving program for area teens. The “Life on Track” program consists of a simulated DUI experience, as well as an exercise demonstrating the dangers associated with texting and distracted driving. Officials from the Branson Police Department will also be on site to conduct an education session on these issues. The event will be held at The Track 4 location (3345 W. 76 Country Blvd) on September 29th 30th and October 1-3.

Roller Coaster Race at Silver Dollar City and Branson
Sep 25, 2014
Roller Coaster Race has partnered with Silver Dollar City and the city of Branson for a half marathon, 5K, kids mile and Roller Coaster RideSM taking place at both the theme park and Branson Landing on October 11-12, 2014.

Branson Convention Center Launches Green Initiatives
Sep 24, 2014
The Branson Convention Center launched a task force of employees to investigate how the facility could lessen its environmental impact through “green” initiatives. After several months of research and planning the task force has begun implementing their recommendations with a new sustainability plan.

Think Pink With Tanger Outlets And Help Fight Breast Cancer
Sep 17, 2014
In support of the ongoing efforts to end breast cancer, Tanger Outlets Branson invites its customers to “think pink” this Fall and help support the search for a cure during the 21st annual Tanger PinkSTYLE campaign.

Celebrating 41 Years of Downtown's Autumn Daze Festival
Sep 17, 2014
The weather is getting cooler and the beautiful Fall season is upon Branson. Come enjoy a wonderful shopping, dining and music experience in Historic Downtown at the Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival Thursday, September 18 through Saturday, September 20. The festivals hours are Thursday and Friday 9AM to 6PM and Saturday 9AM to 4PM.

The Made In The USA General Store Opens at the Branson Mill
Sep 12, 2014
A store never seen in Branson before is now open inside the Branson Mill Craft Village. The Made In The USA General Store opened earlier this week. The Made In The USA General Store is a 5,000 square foot space filled with items completely made or created in America.

Experience The Classics This Fall At Legends In Concert
Sep 3, 2014
Legends in Concert, Branson, is proud to present Scott Keo as Michael Buble appearing for the first time on the Branson stage! Sit back, relax and enjoy the classics of the Canadian crooner such as “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Haven't Met You Yet” and “Sway”. Leo Days, ELVIS LIVES alumni, returns to the Branson stage as Elvis Presley performing “Jailhouse Rock”, “Hound Dog” and other hits from The King of Rock and Roll. Experience the classic hits from George Strait's “Check Yes or No' and “I Cross My Heart”, the classic sultry comedy of Marilyn Monroe's “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” and “Heatwave” as well as the high energy of The Blues Brothers™. Visit us September 4th through October 31st and experience the “Classics” at Legends in Concert. Come a little early and enjoy dinner at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Grill. They're famous for their almond crusted chicken tenders, award winning bread pudding, fried pickles, bandstand burgers, hand dipped shakes and many more signature items. Show times are 3 & 8 p.m. For more information, call 417-335-STAR or visit

Grand Country ALS Bucket Challenge
Aug 27, 2014

The Branson Mill Craft Village Celebrates Labor Day
Aug 26, 2014
The Branson Mill Craft Village is planning to celebrate the real meaning of Labor Day over the upcoming holiday weekend. According to the Department of Labor's website; Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Branson Airport Announces Non-Stop Low Fares To Chicago And Houston
Aug 21, 2014
Branson Airport (BKG) is pleased to announce the continuation of nonstop, low fare service to Chicago and Houston. One way tickets can be purchased to both Chicago (Midway) and Houston (Hobby) starting at $99.00* each way including taxes.

Silver Dollar City Presents Fall's Best of the Classic West: New Wild West Show Plus Stunt Show, Craftsmen & Music for the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival
Aug 21, 2014
The adventure-loving culture of the Great American Cowboy and the best elements of the classic West flavor the fall harvest features as Silver Dollar City presents a new high-action Wild West Show, the return of a stunt-packed Western stunt show, top craftsmen from around the country and live bands, all part of the National Harvest & Cowboy Festival. The Ozarks' leading fall festival famous for fine craftsmanship and fall harvest activities runs September 12 - October 25 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.

The Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows Gives Community Leaders A Sweet Start To The Day
Aug 20, 2014
The Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows, which is owned by Myer Hotels, an award-winning Branson hotel company and franchised by Choice Hotels Interational, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's leading hotel companies, is dripping with syrupy sweet appreciation for special members of the community. In honor of National Waffle Day 2014, the hotel property has invited Branson police, firemen, and ambulance staff to enjoy the Comfort brand's free signature waffles.

Silver Dollar City Makes Major 2015 Announcement: 'Fireman's Landing' with 10 New Family Adventures, Harlem Globetrotters in First-Ever Extended-Run Show
Aug 13, 2014
In a major announcement today, new for 2015, Silver Dollar City presents Fireman's Landing, an $8 million development with 10 new family adventures in an all-new area, plus the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in their first-ever extended-run show, making 2015 the park's biggest family year ever.

Lilleys Landing to Host Sixth Guns & Hoses Fishing Tournament on Lake Taneycomo
Aug 13, 2014
Anglers of all ages and skills can compete in a fishing tournament to aid local police and firemen this month, and the public is invited out to witness the weigh-in and buy raffle tickets for donated items. Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina will host the sixth annual Guns & Hoses Tournament Saturday, Aug. 23, on Lake Taneycomo to benefit the Police/Fire Auxiliary.

An Underwater Movie Marathon Fills the Giant Screen in Branson!
Aug 5, 2014
Marine Madness: An Underwater Movie Marathon fills the giant IMAX screen starting this Friday, August 8th through August 21st, in Branson at the IMAX Entertainment Complex.

Tanger Outlets Branson Kicks Off The Back To School Shopping Season
Jul 18, 2014

Ventriloquists Throw Voices at International ConVENTion
Jul 15, 2014
Two Branson based ventriloquists will be featured guest performers at the 38th Annual International Ventriloquist ConVENTion , a gathering of over 600 ventriloquists.

Short Section of Route 76 Scheduled To Be Relocated West of Branson
Jul 11, 2014
Work to relocate a section of Route 76 between Route 465 (Ozark Mountain Highroad) and Route 265 west of Branson is scheduled to begin July 21, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Kids - Paint, Have Cookies & Get a Free Movie Ticket!
Jul 8, 2014
An all-new children's art event "Cookies to Canvas" debuts on Thursday, July 10th at Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex.

The New Shanghai Theatre Home to World Class Acrobatics Show
Jul 8, 2014
The theatre is under new management, while continuing to be the home of Chinese Acrobatics.

Grammy-Nominated Liverpool Legends To Perform At The Rose Bowl Fireworks Extravaganza
Jul 2, 2014
This July 4th, Louise Harrison, sister of the former Beatles' lead guitarist George Harrison, brings the Grammy-nominated Liverpool Legends' "The Ultimate Beatles Experience" to AmericaFestâ„¢ at the Rose Bowl to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles invasion of America.

Branson Landing's Liberty Light Up One of 12 "Must See" U.S. Fireworks Displays
Jul 2, 2014
America's Independence arrives early in Branson, especially at Branson Landing - Branson's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination located in Historic Downtown Branson. Lake Taneycomo is the ideal venue for the community and visitors to "Light Up" the Independence Day celebration by enjoying a fantastic outdoor concert and extraordinary fireworks presented by Gateway Fireworks Displays. Surrounded by the Landing's signature fountains, this one-of-a-kind choreographed spectacle will culminate with an awe inspiring signature grand finale.

Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus Celebrates 16th Season in Branson at RFD-TV The Theatre
Jun 30, 2014
Acrobats of China featuring New Shanghai Circus celebrate their 16th season in Branson, Missouri with performances at RFD-TV The Theater. CEO and Owner Mr Lizhi Zhao said, “RFD-TV The Theater is perfect for displaying this amazing new troupe from Jinan, China. Having our show on the world famous 76 strip in a highly visible location and such a spacious theater has long been one of my goals.” The Jinan troupe is one of the world's most awarded Acrobatic Troupes and these will be their first performances in Branson. Known for their colorful costuming and daring feats, their breathtaking renditions of classic Chinese dance and human performance art is awe inspiring. Shows are at 3 and 8pm every day.

Kirby VanBurch Gets Up Close & Personal with His Show Tigers Retire to National Tiger Sanctuary
Jun 30, 2014
Kirby VanBurch, internationally renowned entertainer and illusionist, is finally achieving his goal of presenting up close and personal magic. Kirby VanBurch says, “I've long wanted to invite my audiences to come closer. Up close and personal magic is cool because what you're doing is put under much more scrutiny. So that challenge is really enjoyable to me. And I enjoy having more interaction with the folks.” His dream of having a more intimate setting has now been achieved with his show opening at the theater (formerly known as Club Vegas) located inside Lodge of the Ozarks on W. Hwy 76. Bambi VanBurch also joins Kirby on the stage, providing some great illusions of her own. Shows are at 2 & 8pm; check the schedule for exact show dates by calling the theater at 417-336-2424. The evening shows include food. Kirby adds, “Right now we've been rehearsing new acts and will be adding them as we go along. Currently our friend and famous comic-magician Fielding West is joining us on stage through at least the 6th of July to help facilitate getting these new and exciting up close illusions into the show.”

Branson Landing's 7th Annual "Liberty Light Up" Concert, Fireworks & More!
Jun 30, 2014
America's independence will be celebrated a day early on Thursday, July 3rd at Branson Landing—Branson's premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination located in Historic Downtown Branson on Lake Taneycomo.

Baldknobbers Celebrate 55th Birthday
Jun 25, 2014
Baldknobbers: The show that started it all celebrate their 55th birthday.

Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows Earns Prestigious National Award For Fourth Time
Jun 24, 2014
The Comfort Inn & Suites Branson Meadows has once again been awarded the coveted Comfort Inn Hotel of the Year award by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH). This marks the second consecutive win and fourth overall win for the hotel, which is part of the locally owned Myer Hotels family. The esteemed honor was presented during Choice Hotels 60th annual convention in Las Vegas.

Free Movies in Branson in July!
Jun 17, 2014
"FREE Movie Wednesdays" are returning to the Elite Cinema III in Branson - every Wednesday throughout the entire month of July!

Big Winner! Walnut Grove, Missouri resident wins Big Showcase at The Price is Right, LIVE!
Jun 13, 2014
“The Price is Right Live™” Stage Show at the Moon River Theatre is proud to announce the first big Showcase winner this season in Branson! Host Jerry Springer presided as Linda Pendergraph guessed the amount of the prize package within $5 to win all the prizes in the Showcase last night, including a brand new boat! “I was ecstatic! I was so tickled that I was tongue-tied!” Pendergraph said about her win. She attended the show with a group of energetic and enthusiastic members of the Red Hat Society. “We all had a wonderful time. I went to the grocery today and put my [Price is Right] nametag on my purse, and everyone's asking me about it. I told them I won the showcase! Go try it. You'll have a great time." Everyone at “The Price is Right Live™” and The Andy Williams Moon River Theatre congratulates Linda on her BIG win!

Branson Segway & Adventure Center Wins Prestigious Trip Advisor Award From Guest Votes
Jun 12, 2014
Branson Segway & Adventure Center has received TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence award. The certificate, which honors exceptional guest care, is given only to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on Guest reviews and ratings are the deciding factor for the award.

New section of Roark Creek Trail to be dedicated
Jun 12, 2014
City staff will be offering a guided hike on Thursday, June 12th at 10:00 that will feature Branson's newest trail, an extension of the Roark Creek Trail. The new portion is located in Stockstill Park running behind the City Maintenance Yard just west of the new Elmo and Rosalie Mars Dog Park. The hike will be preceded by a brief dedication ceremony, honoring the Ledbetter family who donated the easements for the trail.

Gary W. Hughes, beloved patriarch of the Hughes Family in Branson, passes away
Jun 12, 2014
Gary W. Hughes, 74, of Branson, Missouri passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014, at his home following a long but brave battle with cancer.

Be in Branson on May 31 for "Shindig Shuffle"
May 23, 2014
As the first annual Ozark Mountain Shindig - A Springtastic Celebration winds down; the final event planned is an attempt to set the world's longest Shindig line dance. Branson stars, area employees, residents, family, friends, and visitors will join together on Saturday May 31 at 10:30 PM to dance the "Shindig Shuffle". Lena Hughes, co-owner of the Hughes Brothers Theatre and the visionary behind the "Shindig Shuffle" line dance says, "Anyone wishing to participate on the night of May 31 is invited to lineup on the sidewalks along Hwy 76 from Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theatre to the corner of Hwy 76 & Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. If you're representing a particular business or organization or just yourself we encourage you to bring banners, signs, and to wear-t-shirts." Sue Braun from the Vacation Channel says, "Turn your car radio and outside speakers to radio station My 100.1 Radio and the song will first play at 10:30 PM, and play again at 10:35 PM and at 10:40 PM."