Branson Shows 101

Live shows in Branson come in all sizes and have been drawing visitors to this area for over 50 years. Our performance venues offer live shows in the morning, afternoon and evening.

While it originally was known as a center for country, bluegrass and gospel music, Branson offers all genres of music and performance styles. There are so many types of Branson shows, it’s easy to find one that’s in tune with your taste.


* Before you visit, check out our Safety Measures to see how Branson is prioritizing visitors’ and locals’ health and safety and to get an idea of what to expect when visit our world-class shows.


Here’s a look at a few shows waiting for you in Branson:

Variety Shows:

Combining singing and dancing with humor and storytelling, variety shows are a staple on Branson stages. These family-friendly shows include giant production numbers, tender ballads and comic relief that will keep you chuckling well into the night. Popular examples include SIXDoug Gabriel's #1 Hits Tribute ShowThe Duttons, Hughes Music Show, The Haygoods, Comedy Jamboree and Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show.

Decade Shows:

Make your show experience a time-traveling affair when you see one of our decade shows. Enjoy rock hits of the 1950s through 1980s, tributes to pop and country-music legends, and iconic moments in music with shows that shine a spotlight on musical history. Check out Legends in ConcertMotown Downtown, and Pierce Arrow to see the best of the decades.

Blues Brothers performing on stage in Branson, MO.
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Gospel Shows:

Many Branson shows have a spiritual component, where musicians take time to reflect on the blessings in their lives and share stories of tragedy and triumph. These shows will wow you with rousing gospel numbers and help you find moments of peace. Ozark GospelNew South Gospel and NOAH are must-see shows.

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Unexpected Shows:

The talented magicians found on Branson stages will amaze you with elaborate and jaw-dropping illusions. Offering family fun for ages 2 to 102, magic is in the air at many Branson shows. You never know what to expect when you see REZA 'Edge of Illusion', the Janice Martin Cirque ShowAmazing Pets or Rick Thomas Mansion of Dreams.

Dinner Shows:

Consider this Branson spin on the classic “dinner and a movie” date night. Many Branson performances serve up great entertainment at dinner time, which is a win-win situation for all! A savory meal always pairs well with world-class entertainment. Find a place at the table when you see shows like Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction and Showboat Branson Belle.

Branson has a variety of shows to choose from and this is just the tip of the iceberg! Need an idea of where to eat before the show? Check out where to Dine with Kids in Branson.

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