Branson Festivals: Fun for Every Season

Each season offers a wide variety of festivals and events in Branson. From music and crafts to holidays and patriotism, there’s something to celebrate year-round here!

Holidays aren't the only occasions for celebrating in Branson. Check out these festivals happening throughout the year in 2020:

SPRING

SPRING RIDE DAYS

Kick off the opening of Silver Dollar City's 2020 season in March/April with its annual Spring Ride Days! Adventure through the theme park's 40+ rides and attractions, including the internationally recognized Time Traveler, the kid-focused Fireman's Landing, several limited spring performances by guest entertainers on the Silver Dollar City stage and more. Spring Ride Days is perfect for a spring break getaway with the whole family! 2020 Spring Ride Days take place March 13-17, 20-24, 27-31 and April 6-7. 

BRANSON ELVIS FESTIVAL 

From April 1-5, the king of rock-and-roll will be honored with his own festival in Branson! Held at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater, the 14th Annual Branson Elvis Festival will feature special screenings of movies starring Elvis Presley, several tribute performances and the highly anticipated Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. In fact, this contest is one of a select few competitions sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. 

FESTIVAL OF WONDER

Prepare your senses to be amazed at Silver Dollar City's Festival of Wonder! From April 8-26, epic acts that take music, dance and art to new heights from around the globe will gather for the theme park's three-week festival. The amazing CirqUnique will leave you on the edge of your seat with performances including a trapeze cradle by Duo Lila, roller skating stunts by Duo Evolution, feats from precision card-thrower and three-time Guinness World Records holder Rick Smith Jr., and more. Other festival talent will include the wonders of speed-painter Dan Dunn, the award-winning one-man-band Eric Haines, The Bottle Boys and jugglers from The Passing Zone. You won't want to miss this incredible entertainment experience! 

BRANSON MUSIC FEST

Slated for April 17-18 at Clay Cooper Theatre, Branson Music Fest will bring entertainers together for one unforgettable performance! Enjoy 10-12 talented acts each afternoon, including nationally recognized artists, local performers and some of Branson's newest entertainers, all in one weekend. 

BLUEGRASS & BBQ FESTIVAL 
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What do over 60 renowned bluegrass bands and hearty portions of satisfying barbecue have in common? They're all a part of Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & BBQ Festival May 5-25! The event includes entertainment from rising entertainers in the industry to favorite performers such as Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson, Quicksilver and more. A plate of down-home, smoky barbecue from the theme park is the perfect accompaniment for listening to the heart of folk music, which you can find scattered throughout the park's eateries during the festival. 

SUMMER

BRANSON MARBLE & GLASS FESTIVAL 

Artisan glass vendors from across the nation will gather for Downtown Branson's second annual Marble & Glass Festival this June! This fun and interactive event will include live demonstrations, marble hunting, door prizes and more. The event will be held on June 5-6, 2020 but further details are still being finalized, so watch here for updates

LAW ENFORCEMENT WEEK 
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While heroes are honored year-round in Branson, active and retired men and women in blue are especially celebrated during National Law Enforcement Week. From June 6-13, special events, entertainment, discounts and deals will be a part of the celebration for law enforcement officers and their families. A 5k run, shooting competition and golf and fishing tournaments are also scheduled for the week. Keep up with a full itinerary as more events are scheduled here

MOONLIGHT MADNESS

Play all day and into the night with Silver Dollar City during the theme park's Moonlight Madness! From July 18-August 3, visitors can enjoy 12 hours of over 40 thrilling rides, attractions and park entertainment. Park hours are extended from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. during Moonlight Madness, so there's plenty of time to make summer vacation memories!  

STAR-SPANGLED SUMMER

Summer is for spending quality time with family, and Silver Dollar City's Star-Spangled Summer offers plenty of fun and adventure for the whole family, all summer long! From June 13 to July 26, experience park favorites such as the 10 adventures at Fireman's Landing, a ride on the world's fastest, tallest, spinning roller coaster, Time Traveler, and the Broadway-style summer musical "Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure!" 

SOUTHERN GOSPEL PICNIC

There's no better way to wrap up summer than listening to the sweet sounds of southern gospel music. From late August 27 through September 7, the sounds of Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic will fill the theme park. Enjoy concerts from well-rocognized names in the industry including The Collingsworth Family, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs and many more. If you get hungry between performances, fried chicken and an all-you-can-eat feast will be served at The House of Chicken & Fixin's. Talk about a sweet farewell to summer! 

FALL

COUNTRY MUSIC DAYS 

Welcome fall to the Ozarks with the sounds of country music at Silver Dollar City's Country Music Days! From September 11-20, A lineup of country music groups and Saturday night celebrity concerts in the theme park's Echo Hollow Amphitheatre are sure to get you in the autumn spirit! Watch Silver Dollar City's website for performances to be added to the Country Music Days schedule. 

AUTUMN DAZE ARTS, CRAFTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL 
Couple shopping together at Autumn Daze festival in Branson.
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You'll be in an actual autumn daze after attending Historic Downtown Branson's 47th Annual Autumn Daze Festival! Featuring artisans, food, entertainment and more, Autumn Daze is a must this fall. Visitors can get a jump on Christmas shopping with unique finds such as wood crafts, quilts, clothing, crocheted and knitted items, jewelry and collectibles. An entertainment stage will provide live music for shopping and strolling from Branson entertainers for both days of the festival. Autumn Daze is free to attend, so make plans to take in a whole weekend of fall fun! 

BLUES, BREWS & BBQ FESTIVAL 

Head to the Branson Landing this fall and savor mouth-watering barbecue while listening to the blues ... all for a great cause! Proceeds from the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks. Children's activities will also be available during the evening event. Watch here for more information to be announced soon. 

HARVEST FESTIVAL FEATURING CRAFT DAYS AND PUMPKIN NIGHTS

Back to Silver Dollar City's lineup of festivals for the second year in a row is the theme park's Harvest Festival, which will run September 23-October 31. The Harvest Festival will include Pumpkin Nights, a nighttime experience illuminated by glowing pumpkins carved with the most intricate details in Town Square. Character meet-and-greets, special nighttime rides and seasonal food items (think pumpkin spice lattes, funnel cakes, and more!) will all make this autumn festival one to remember.

FALL ROUNDUP

On Saturdays and Sundays through the month of October and select weekends in November, a Fall Roundup will be held at Sycamore Creek Family Ranch. Celebrate fall with a carnival-style atmosphere that includes a four-acre corn maze, mugs of hot cocoa, gunny sack slides, crackling fires and more. Guests are guaranteed to experience fall in a way that honors the best of nature! 

STILL WATERS RESORT HARVEST FESTIVAL

The third annual Still Waters Resort Harvest Festival will be held onsite at Still Waters Resort this fall. With the beautiful Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake as a backdrop, this festival is one the whole family will enjoy. The event will open to the public in September and October and will feature daily activities. Giant inflatables, live music, great food and drinks, pumpkin bowling and hayrides will all be available. Watch for dates and hours to be announced here soon! 

STATE OF THE OZARKS FESTIVAL

Celebrate the culture of the Ozarks with this day-long festival in Hollister, Missouri. Traditional and modern artisans, Ozarks mountain music, local food vendors, dances and more are all scheduled to be a part of the festivities. The State of the Ozarks Festival is free to attend and will be held on September 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Historic Downing District in Hollister (just a few miles south of Branson).  

HOLLISTER GRAPE & FALL FESTIVAL 

Learn how one fruit in particular is intertwined with Ozarks history at the Hollister Grape & Fall Festival on October 10 in Historic Downtown Hollister. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., festival goers can participate in several themed activities, including a grape stomp, Color Me Grape 5k, children's events, shopping and more, while enjoying live entertainment throughout the day. You're sure to have a "grape" time! 

VETERANS HOMECOMING WEEK

Branson is proud to honor veterans throughout the year. Held annually November 5-11, Branson's Veterans Homecoming Week will include special concerts, reunions, meals, activities and the city's annual Veterans Day Parade in Historic Downtown Branson. 

IMAX MILITARY FILM FESTIVAL 

In conjunction with Veterans Homecoming Week, Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex will host its annual Military Film Festival November 6-9, featuring several award-winning documentaries of true military and war accounts. Admission for veterans is free and $5 for other guests. 

WINTER

BRANSON LANDING'S WINTER WONDERLANDING 

Stroll down Branson Landing’s Winter Wonderlanding from Belk Department Store to Bass Pro Shops, and take in the extra Christmas decor while you experience all the shopping, attractions and dining options at the Landing this all month long in November and December. Santa has been known to frequent the Landing during this winter festival! 

BRANSON'S FESTIVAL OF TREES

Also at the Branson Landing, Branson's Festival of Trees will display a unique exhibition of elaborately decorated Christmas trees and wreaths from various businesses and organizations. The exhibition will benefit Christian Action Ministries, which operates the food pantries and mobile food outreach program in Taney County. This year's festival is fron November 3-November 29, but watch the festival's website for more information. 

AN OLD TIME CHRISTMAS

With over 6.5 million dazzling lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, two Broadway-style productions and an eight-story, state-of-the-art Christmas tree (the centerpiece to "Joy on Town Square,") this holiday season at Silver Dollar City will truly be an unforgettable experience. An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City will run November through December. Be sure to top off your visit with a “loaded” hot chocolate, wassail or the theme park's famous apple dumplings.

Branson is the perfect family-friendly destination for celebrating every season! Find more event and festival information here.

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