Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City
August 27 – September 7
See hundreds of performances from the top names in southern gospel music! The heavens will resound with the sweet sounds of your favorite southern gospel groups on stages throughout the park by day. Silver Dollar City tickets are on sale now.

Orphan Car Show at Area ‘57
September 3 – September 5
This is a show dedicated to vehicles that the manufacturers are no longer around, Studebaker, Hudson, Nash, Rambler and many more. Always a great show and a chance to see some rare vintage machines!

Underground Blues Division at Branson Landing Fountains
Saturday, September 5, 12:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.
Don’t miss this Powerhouse Blues/Rock Band from Branson, Missouri ? featuring the phenomenal talents of 23 year old Stratslinger, Nathan Keck. The Underground Blues Division has played with the likes of Bob Margolan, Chris Duarte, Wes Jeans and a host of others and they made their first appearance this February at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.Don’t miss the Underground Blues Division during our Labor Day Weekend Concert Series benefiting our local MDA Chapter and Jerry’s Kids. The Underground Blues Division will have two performances (12:30pm and 4:00pm) on Saturday.

The Nace Brothers at Branson Landing Fountains
Saturday, September 5, 8 p.m.
Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss The Nace Brothers in Concert at Branson Landing on Saturday, September 5th. The Nace Brothers are musically unstoppable, touring 220 dates over 50,000 miles a year and Branson Landing is thrilled to have them back in the Branson area – performing LIVE at the Branson Landing. Don’t miss The Nace Brothers in concert during our Labor Day Weekend Concert Series benefiting our local MDA Chapter and Jerry’s Kids.

Chain Reaction – A Tribute to Journey in Concert At Branson Landing
Sunday, September 6, 8 p.m.
Back by popular demand, don’t miss this exciting Labor Day Weekend Concert by Chain Reaction – A Tribute to Journey on Sunday, September 6th at 8:00 PM. Join us for what promises to be an exciting concert as this group of five is one of the best tribute bands in the country, honoring all of those timeless classics of Journey.

Pontiac Regional Car Show at Area ‘57
September 5 & 6
Saturday night we will offer up a FREE Drive-In for all who would like to come out and watch and kick off. It will run Saturday night through Sunday afternoon September 6th.

Model T Meet at Area ‘57
September 7 – September 13
Call (877) 588-1957 for more information.

2009 Branson Car Collector Auction
September 11 – September 12
This will be our 28th year as one of the region’s leading collector car auctions offering some of the finest classic, sports and exotic automobiles. The event is open to the public as well. If you would like further information on consignments, bidding or just general admission please contact us at 800-335-3063.

National Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City
September 12 – October 31
Open Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.;
The Home of American Craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City welcomes over 100 visiting craftsmen, over 400 of the nation’s finest musicians.

Compton Ridge Fiddler’s Convention
September 17 – September 20
Come and enjoy 3 days of fiddling jam sessions and concerts. Also join the fish fry and pig roast. Call 800-233-8648 for more information.

36th Annual Autumn Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
Downtown Branson
September 17 – September 20
Up to 150 vendors show their wares at this popular downtown event. Live music.

2009 Pond Boss III Conference & Expo
Big Cedar Lodge
September 17 – September 19
Brought to you by Pond Boss, the nation’s leading magazine dedicated to managing private waters, the Conference is a gathering of pond enthusiasts from around the country and two days of learning at its finest. You’ll enjoy an outstanding program of seminars, workshops and hands-on opportunities – all presented by recognized experts in pond, lake and fisheries management. From pond construction to understanding how your underwater pond community works, you’ll come away with information you can understand and apply to your specific pond or lake environment. Call 800-687-6075 for more information.

2nd Annual Sleds in September at Area ’57
September 17 – 20
2009 marks the 2nd year for the Sleds in September Custom Car & Rod Event at AREA ’57. Join us for three days of wild customs and rods, drive in movies both Friday and Saturday nights – “Running Wild” & Hot Rod Gang”, vendors, live music from the Maxwell’s on Saturday night and much more! Visit www.sledsinseptember.com for more information and to register your pre-1969 custom rod today!

Chrysler 300 Club at Area ‘57
September 23 – 27
For more information call (877) 588-1957.

American Pyrotechnic Association Annual Convention
September 25 – September 27
Branson area visitors and locals will have a chance to see two spectacular fireworks displays in the skies on two evenings: Friday – September 25th at Branson Landing (with a great concert) and Saturday – September 26th at Moonshine Beach on Table Rock Lake.

Branson Landing’s Concert Series Grand Finale with Clay Cooper & Special Guest Stars
Friday, September 25, 8 p.m.
Clay Cooper & The Clay Cooper Music Express Band with Special GUEST STARS, Collin Raye, Barbara Fairchild and More! Following the Concert that evening, The American Pyrotechnics Association’s FIREWORKS Spectacular will light up the night with an amazing Fireworks Finale in Branson Landing’s Town Square.

American Pyrotechnics Association’s Fireworks Showcase Extravaganza
Friday, September 25
After the concert at the Branson Landing, The American Pyrotechnics Association’s Fireworks Spectacular will light up the night sky with an amazing fireworks finale in Branson Landing’s Town Square.

Oktoberfest at the Outback Pub
Saturday, September 26
Call 417-334-7003 for more information.

Hollister Grape & Fall Festival
Saturday, September 26
Historic Downing Street in Downtown Hollister
Come and enjoy food, stage entertainment, crafts, and lots of fun activities in beautiful historic Hollister. Great for the whole family! Call 417-334-3050 for more information.

In the months of September and October, Branson is welcoming three country legends. Roy Clark will perform at the Tri-Lakes Center September 14, 24, 25 & 26 and October 1, 2, 3, 22, 23 & 24. Ray Price will also be taking the stage at the Tri-Lakes Center in Branson on September 17, 18 & 19, as well as October 8, 9 & 10. The Welk Resort welcomes Lee Greenwood & the Bellamy Brothers September 14-26 (except Sundays) & September 29 & 30, as well as October 1-24 (excluding Oct. 5 & Sundays).

Roy Clark is well-known country music performer who was one of the first country music stars to open his own venue in Branson, Missouri. The theater, known as the Roy Clark Celebrity Theater, is now owned by the Hughes Brothers. However, Roy Clark’s talent as both a guitarist and banjo player have brought him back to Branson, where he’ll entertain show-goers with hits like “Yesterday, When I was Young” & “Thank God & Greyhound” along with his signature comedy that was showcased on the hit show Hee-Haw. Roy Clark tickets are on-sale now.
Ray Price has been a country music star since the 1950’s. Known as The Cherokee Cowboy, Price has had success with hits like “Danny Boy,” “For the Good Times,” “Release Me,” “She Wears My Ring,” “Heartaches by the Number” and “Crazy Arms.” Ray Price is a true classic country music performer, and his limited engagement in Branson is sure to sell out fast. Ray Price tickets are on sale now.
Country greats Lee Greenwood & the Bellamy Brothers are back in Branson for an engagement at the Welk Resort Theater. Greenwood will showcase songs like “Dixie Road,” “Ring on her Finger, Time on her Hands,” and “God Bless the USA.” The Bellamy Brothers will bring “Let Your Love Flow,” “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold it Against Me)” and “Redneck Girl.” Lee Greenwood & the Bellamy Brothers tickets are on sale now.

The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre has been voted the nation’s best restrooms, according to the 8th annual “America’s Best Restroom Contest” presented by Cintas Corporation. The winner was decided by an online ballot.

The 2009 contest attracted a wide variety of nominees ranging from restaurants to hotels to theaters. The top ten finalists that were selected were based on criteria like exceptional hygiene, style and open access to the public.
The Top Ten Results were as follows:
1) Shoji Tabuchi Theater
2) The Tremont Plaza Hotel
3) Radio City Music Hall
4) Zeffirino Ristorante
5) The Drake Hotel
6) Macy’s – Union Square
7) The Tampa Theatre
8) NOVA 535
9) The Fox Theatre
10) Canlis Restaurant
Regarding the results, Tabuchi Theatre manager Michael Frederick stated, “We believe these restrooms are the most elaborate and ornate anywhere. Each restroom represents 1,800 square feet of deliberate, one-of-a-kind elegance.”

Beginning September 1st, Andy Williams will return to the Moon River Theatre for the Andy Williams All Star Variety Show in Branson, MO. This one-month engagement will feature a number of acts, including the husband and wife dance team of Pasha & Aliona, the dancing and singing talents of The Warnock Family, comedian Joe Trammel and the tap dancing duo of The Williams Brothers. The show will run through September 30 with performances Monday through Saturday with performances at 2pm & 7pm. Andy Williams All Star Variety Show tickets are available now.

The Moon River Theatre is also home to The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and Paul Revere and The Raiders, as well as Bill Haley’s Original Comets. The Comets will be on a brief break during the month of September, so the Andy Williams All Star Variety Show and The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and Paul Revere and the Raiders will alternate performances, with Williams offering matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and evening performances on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Medley & Revere will do evenings on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and matinees on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Andy Williams will return to The Moon River Theatre November 2nd for the Andy Williams Christmas Show extravanganza.

Another great Silver Dollar City festival is scheduled for the end of August. The Southern Gospel Picnic Festival presents the top performers in gospel music, along with delicious home-cooked style food. The festival features 12 days of fantastic music, including performances by Dove Award winners, Hall of Famers, newcomers and several top recording artists. From August 27 – September 7, there will be over 300 musical performances at Silver Dollar City, so any day is a great day to venture to the City.

Traditional artists that will be spotlighted include Dove Award winners The Kingsmen, Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance and The Booth Brothers. Popular groups like Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck and New River and Mike & Kelly Bowling will also appear. More contemporary artists include The Isaacs and Austins Bridge, while crowd favorites the Reggie Saddler Family, as well as the Dixie Melody Boys, Tim Lovelace, Legacy Five, The Downing Family, Mark Bishop and many more are scheduled to appear.

Worship services are scheduled for September 6, and will feature The Lesters, as well as a minister/humorist Dr. Dennis Swanberg.

Of course, the Southern Gospel portion of the festival wouldn’t be complete without the delicious picnic fixings that can be found at The House of Chicken and Fixin’s and The Picnic Wagon, which are located on The Square. You’ll have to try the double-battered southern fried chicken, smoked barbeque chicken, apple glazed chicken and all of the signature accoutrements that make a southern style picnic finger-licking good!

During the Southern Gospel Picnic Festival, Silver Dollar City is open form 10am-6pm. On September 5-6, the park is open form 9am-7pm. Performances throughout the day are followed by Southern Gospel Nights concerts each evening in the park’s 4,000-seat amphitheater.

The 21st Annual Downtown Branson Fiddle Festival is scheduled for August 28-30, 2009, along the shores of beautiful Lake Taneycomo. Celebrating the heritage and history of the Ozarks, the Fiddle Festival pays homage to an art that is near and dear to the Ozarks.

This year’s festival will also feature the Mid-American Fiddlers Championship.

The event kicks off Friday night, August 28, with bluegrass legends Big Smith. They will perform at 8pm in the front of the fountains at Branson Landing, and the concert is free and open to the public. Saturday, August 29, the competition will begin with preliminary heats, scheduled for 10am-7pm. After a gospel service on Sunday, at 10am, the finals will begin at noon and last until 5pm. The competition portion of the event will take place at the same location as the Big Smith concert.

More than $5000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners, who will compete in six divisions: Pee Wee (ages 9 and younger,) Junior (10-16,) Senior (60 and older,) Cross Tuning, Seconding (guitar/bass accompaniment) and Open. All division winners, with the exception of Cross Tuning and Seconding, will also compete Sunday afternoon for the Grand Prize title.

An Ozarks Music and Culture tent will also be available in Branson’s historic downtown area, located just up the street from the Branson Landing. It will feature seminars, a farmers market, street performances and sidewalk sales.

The entirety of this event is FREE. It is FREE to watch and FREE to enter.

The festival is sponsored by The Downtown Branson Main Street Association, in conjunction with The Historic Downtown Branson Business Owners, The Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, The Branson Landing and the City of Branson.