Branson, Missouri is known for its Ozark Mountains, lush lakes and spectacular beauty. During the summer season, man families flock to Branson to enjoy lake activities like swimming, skiing and wakeboarding on lakes such as Table Rock and Bulls Shoals. But, there’s another place Branson visitors can have fun in the sun – White Water!

White Water just opened for the summer season on May 23 and will remain open through September 7. It is 12 acre park is home to more than 7,000 feet of water slides and more than a dozen rides and attractions. The tropical adventure park offers a variety of rides, ranging from the subdued, like the lazy river, to the extreme, like the Kalani Towers. Kalani Towers literally towers over the White Water Park and is easily one of the park’s biggest draws. The 7 story, 6 slide ride has two 300-foot drop slides for freefall body-sliding at speeds up to 40 mph, and four additional 312-foot slides for land racing at speeds up to 25 mph.
Even more thrilling rides can be found at the Branson White Water Park, including the Raging River Rapids ride, which is 400 feet of two slides wrapping around a huge 5 story high waterfall that that races riders to the pool below. With rapid water raft rides like the Caribbean Plunge and Tropical Twister, a wave pool attraction known as Surfquake, which is a 500,000 gallon pool that produces 4 foot waves and Ohana Falls, a group plunge ride, all create a great place to take advantage of sunny days in the Ozarks.
Family Play areas also abound at White Water Branson. RainTree Island is geared toward older children and features aqua-shooters, slides, splash geysers and an enormous 700 gallon tipping bucket. Splash Island was created with smaller kids in mind and is equipped with shooting nozzles, spray horses and slides, all in a shallow pool. For toddlers, there is Little Squirts Waterworks, which has tunnels, slides and sprays for water play without depth.
Summer in Branson isn’t summer without a trip to White Water. Reserve your White Water tickets today.

The Branson Convention Center is proud to present the inaugural Branson Gospel Music Convention scheduled for July 14-17.

Artists such as the Blackwood Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang, Florida Boys, The Stamps, The Paynes, Kirk Talley, Kenny Bishop, Crossway, Marcey Wall, Young Harmony, 2nd Generation, Rod Burton, Shannon Bunch, The Nelons, as well as many others are scheduled to perform.

The nightly concerts will feature:

Tuesday, July 14: Marcey Wall, Blackwood Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang, Eric Hinson, Crossway, Shannon Bunch, Samaritan Revival, Young Harmony, Jay Stone Singers, Minister’s Quartet, The Parish Family and The Ladds.

Wednesday, July 15: McMillian & Life, Kirk Talley, Curt “The Shoe” Shoemaker, Beyond the Ashes, The Homesteaders, Blackwood Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang, Kenny Bishop, Rod Burton, Wendy Word + Forgiven and the Original Gospel Sounds.

Thursday, July 16: The Nelons, Blackwood Quartet, The Stamps, Florida Boys, The Shireys and Hearts of Faith.

Friday, July 17: Peggy Inks, Weston Hinson & By Faith, Blackwood Quartet, the Stamps, Florida Boys, the Paynes, 2nd Generation, Shine On Trio, the Shannons, Sunday Edition and the Gospel River Boys.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will each be opened with a praise and worship time led by a local church choir. Thursday night will feature the SGN Scoops Diamond Awards. Branson Gospel Music Convention will include the exhibition hall where fans can enter free of charge to meet and greet artists and ministry organizations and enjoy free daily showcase concerts. The nightly concerts will begin at 6 p.m.

Titanic Branson to Clear Decks for Father’s Day Boat Show, scheduled for Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 – 9am to 5pm. This is a FREE family event.

The number one best selling aluminum fishing boats in the world will be on display when The Titanic Museum Attraction launches its Father’s Day Boat Show in the Titanic parking lot on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21 2009. This special Father’s Day event will salute the man-of-the-house who may be dreaming of owning his first fishing boat or looking to move-up to something different, like a Suntracker pontoon boat, the official pontoon boat of Walt Disney World. Other Tracker boats on display will be Nitro bass boats and Tahoe sport boats.

Tracker Marine is celebrating over 30 years of building boats in the Ozarks and the Titanic Museum Attraction is celebrating its 4th year honoring those who built and sailed the biggest boat of them all, Titanic.

Silver Dollar City is famous for its fabulous festivals, and in just a few short weeks KidsFest will open, providing family friendly fun to all Branson-bound families. KidsFest at Silver Dollar City is scheduled for June 6 – August 9, and promises to be the place to for fun in the sun this summer.

The festival is bringing back some park favorites, as well as introducing some new acts that are sure to amaze. The line-up for KidsFest 2009 is as follows:
Peter Gossamer: Back by popular demand, Gossamer returns with new illusions for the Silver Dollar City stage. One of the world’s greatest illusionists, Gossamer’s magic combines original concepts with comedic vignettes for a truly amazing performance. Appearing in the Opera House, everyday except Wednesdays.
JEERK!: New for the 2009 season, JEERK! is a Swedish super group that excels at skillful percussion and rhythmic dance moves. Catch this super screamin’, super stompin’, super new show in Red Gold Heritage Hall, everyday except Tuesdays.

VeggieTales Presents – The Invention of Silliness: Returning for KidsFest 2009, their newest production, “The Invention of Silliness,” takes guests on a journey with Pa Grape and pals as he tries to create the biggest and best Silly Song ever in his workshop. Sing along to your favorite songs in the Riverfront Playhouse everyday throughout the festival (except Fridays).
Kid Concoctions: Let your child’s imagination run wild at this interactive exhibit. Learn the secret recipe for Gooey Gunk and watch our experts make volcanoes. You’ll be amazed by what fun you can create with a little imagination and common household items!
KidsFest in Branson will also have Championship Cloggers, banana-split eating contests and, of course, over 30 rides and attractions for your enjoyment, including The GIANT Swing, WildFire, Thunderation and PowderKeg. Small kids will enjoy the family rides at The Grand Exposition, as well as Geyser Gulch and Splash Harbor.

Branson’s Tropical Adventure Park, White Water, opens May 23 with the largest selection of rides and attractions in the Ozarks. The 12-acre park twists and glides with nearly 7,000 feet of slides and more than a dozen rides and attractions, creating two million gallons of cool, water-drenched fun where guests can swim, surf, splash and slide.
Adventures at White Water in Branson range from the multi-thrill experience of the 7-story, 6-slide Kalani Towers to relaxing summer days drifting down the Lazy River. Rides include:

THRILL RIDES:
· Kalani Towers – 300-foot drop slides for freefalling up to 40 mph and mat speed racers up to 25 miles per hour
· Raging River Rapids – Interactive double speed-slide with a 400-foot plunge race to the end
· Bermuda Triangle – Fast-paced, enclosed slide full of twists and turns
· Caribbean Plunge – Fast and furious slides that take inner tube riders along river-like rapids with a splash landing
· Tropical Twister – The whole family rides on a huge raft, careening around corners, twisting and turning to the bottom
MILDER RIDES:
· Surfquake – The 500,000 gallon wave pool roars to life with 4-foot waves then transforms back into a family water oasis
· Lazy River – A gently moving river for swimming or floating and soaking up the sun
FAMILY PLAY AREAS:
· RainTree Island – Island adventure with aqua-shooters, slides, splash geysers and a 700-gallon tipping bucket
· Splash Island – A play area for kids with shooting nozzles, spray hoses and slides, all in a shallow pool perfect for the little ones
· Little Squirts’ Waterworks – For the smaller kids, tunnels, slides, waterfalls and sprays for water play without water depth
· Sand Volleyball – Take a quick break from the water for a volleyball tournament with your friends and family
Along with shaded areas, tropical landscapes and an assortment of island-themed foods, White Water offers Cool Cabanas for rent, enclosed on two sides with televisions, fans and seating for up to 8 people. White Water has been nationally recognized for its staff of award-winning certified lifeguards. Free life jackets and tubes are available.
White Water is open May 23 – September 7.

Cinco de Mayo
May 2, 2009
Location: Outback Pub
Phone: 417-334-7003



MOPARS In May
May 8, 2009 – May 9, 2009
Location: Dick Clark’s Area 57
Phone: (877) 588-1957


Big Smith in Concert
May 10, 2009
Times: 8 p.m.
Location: Branson Landing
Admission: FREE
Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this Concert! Straight out of Springfield, MO, this band composed of five cousins is bound together by blood and harmony, both of which make up this great American band. Big Smith has earned a devoted following playing raucous acoustic music that has captured the spirit of their native Ozarks. Equipped only with an acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass fiddle and washboard they continue to demonstrate to unsuspecting audiences that joy and liberation can be found in an unlikely combination including the energy of bluegrass, the sound of gospel harmonies and the raw mojo of indigenous, authentic Ozarks culture.


Blue Springs High School Wildcat Jazz Ensemble
May 10, 2009
Times: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Branson Landing’s Town Square
From Blue Springs Missouri, the Blue Springs High School “Wildcat Jazz Ensemble” plays an active role in community functions and area competitions, where they have received numerous awards. In 2002 this ensemble performed at the Missouri Music Educators Association and were Grand Champions at the Northwest State University Jazz Festival and have achieved distinction as a premiere high school jazz ensemble here in America.

They have performed here in the Branson area annually for the past eight years, and have been the opening act for numerous Branson Shows. Don’t miss this talented group!


Branson Air Show
May 9, 2009 – May 10, 2009
Times: Gates open at 8 a.m. Show begins at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Branson Airport
Admission: Adults $16 in advance/$18 at gate; Military $10 with military I.D.; Children 6-12: $5 in advance/$6 at gate; children under 6 free
The Branson Air Show celebrates the grand opening of the new Branson Airport. Highlights include: United States Air Force Demonstration Squadron — better known as the “Thunderbirds”; U.S. Army Parachute Team “Golden Knights”; world-class aviation performers such as AeroShell Aerobatic Team, John Mohr, Michael Goulian, Gene Soucy & Teresa Stokes Wing Walking, Iron Eagles, Patty Wagstaff and more; Warbird demonstrations with pyrotechnics; static aircraft displays including: The Sea Fury, B-17, B-25, P-47, P-51, Ford Tri-Motor and Corsair and military demonstrations to be announced.


Branson Airport Grand Opening
May 11, 2009
Location: Branson Airport
With the arrival of the new Branson Airport, you can say goodbye to high air fares and that long lonesome highway. As the country’s first privately financed and operated commercial service facility, Branson Airport will offer visitors unparalleled hospitality and service steeped in the generous, welcoming spirit of the Ozarks. Branson Airport will celebrate its Grand Opening by presenting the Branson Air Show May 9 & 10, 2009. Monitor construction progress via webcams and find additional information by visiting our website.


Bluegrass & BBQ
May 13, 2009 – May 31, 2009
Times: Open Daily 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; May 23-24 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.; July 27-Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Location: Silver Dollar City
See electrifying performances by some of the very best names in Bluegrass music today, from award-winning favorites to red-hot rising stars! Plus, special events hosted during the festival include the Annual Single Mic Championship and KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest.


8th Annual Branson Motorcycle Rally
May 14, 2009 – May 17, 2009
Location: Dick Clark’s Area 57
Phone: (877) 588-1957
Admission: spectator admission is FREE
This year boasts a NEW registration fee. And for those who pre-register for the Rally we offer special discounts on Rally t-shirts, patches and pins and hotel rooms at the Ramada Hotel – headquarter hotel and located on the grounds of AREA ’57 – you can park your bike on the Rally grounds and walk to your room!

· 3 Full Days dedicated to the motorcycle enthusiast!
· Guided Rides through the Ozarks presented by American National
· Thursday night’s Opening Ceremonies feature a Drive-In Movie
· Live bands on Friday and Saturday
· Scavenger Hunts and Poker Runs presented by Five-O Motorcycle Club
· Freedom of the Road Riders Ride-In Bike Show
· Great food and cold drinks
· Freedom of the Road Riders Ride-In Bike Show
· 50/50 Raffles
· Registered attendees are automatically entered into drawings to win cool prizes
· Vendors with gear for you, your bike and your lifestyle!
· Pre-registration discounts on Rally T-shirts, Patches, Pins and hotel rooms
· Discounts on Branson show & attraction tickets

This year the price to register your bike is $5……yes you read right $5 to register your bike!


Compton Ridge Fiddler’s Convention
May 14, 2009 – May 17, 2009 Edit this Event Delete this Event
Location: Compton Ridge Fiddler’s Convention
Phone: 800-233-8648


Plumb Nellie Days
May 15, 2009 – May 17, 2009
Phone: 888-322-2786
Admission: Free
36th Annual Hillbilly Festival & Craft Show. Crafters from around the Midwest join in this Ozarks heritage event that celebrates our tradition of fine hand-crafted products. Admission is free. For more details, call the Downtown Branson Main Street Association.


Armed Forces Day
May 16, 2009
http://bransonveterans.com
Phone: 417-337-8387
This time is specifically set aside to honor our nations active duty military personnel and their families.


Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield
May 16, 2009 – May 17, 2009
Times: Saturday, May 16, 10-8 and Sunday, May 17, 10-4
kay@springfieldhba.com
Location: Branson Hilton Convention Center
Phone: 417-881-3711
HBA Home Idea Showcase


Harold Bell Wright Festival and Parade
May 22, 2009 – May 23, 2009
Phone: 417-334-5597
The Harold Bell Wright Festival is a community effort of the White River Valley Historical Society, Branson Arts Council, Tri Lakes Garden Club, Shepherd of the Hills Historical Society and many other volunteers. For more information, call or e-mail HBWFestival@aol.com.


Memorial Day
May 25, 2009
Times: TBD
Location: TBD
Phone: 417-337-8387
Branson and the Branson Veterans Task Force, as well as other military associations put together hours of salutes and honors to celebrate this day.


Branson Z Fest
May 29, 2009 – May 31, 2009
Location: Dick Clark’s Area 57
Phone: (877) 588-1957