Silver Dollar City will host America’s biggest KidsFest this Summer in Branson, from June 5-August 8. Guests will be able to see spectacular shows created especially for KidsFest, plus ride all new rides like RiverBlast and other thrilling attractions like The Giant Swing, Wildfire, PowderKeg and The Lost River. Some famous friends will be joining the fun too, including VeggieTales characters, Dora the Explorer and Diego, SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick and several others.

The Magic of Peter Gossamer is back by popular demand for the 2010 season. This show features astonishing tests of mind over matter and spellbinding feats that will leave you in awe. New this year is Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience, which combines jaw-dropping tricks, comedy and unique skits by extremely talents stunt dogs with music, lights and special effects for an exclusive full production stage show. The Kid Concoctions Interactive Barn will also be available to park goers.
Championship Clogging, a National KidsFest tradition for over 20 years, will showcase some of the nation’s most talented cloggers. Different teams from across the country will be featured during the event, including the Southern Belles from Georgia, Rocky Mountain Express from Utah and Red River Cloggers from Arkansas.
GAC Nights in Echo Hollow will be presented throughout KidsFest (Tuesday-Sunday) and is the only live stage version of the popular television show. It’s a great way to end your day at Silver Dollar City.The full schedule of appearances by Silver Dollar City’s famous friends:

• VeggieTales – Larry the Cucumber & Bob the Tomato
June 5 – 6
• The Flintstones
June 10 – 12
• Dexter & Yogi Bear
June 17 – 19
• Dora & Diego
June 24 – 26
• Powerpuff Girls
July 2 – 4
• Shaggy & Scooby Doo
July 8 – 10
• Tom & Jerry
July 15 – 17
• The Jetsons
July 22 – 24
• SpongeBob & Patrick
July 29 – 31
• Backyardigans
August 5 – 7
You can have breakfast with the characters too! Tickets prices for the character breakfast are $18.99 for adults and $14.99 for children. You get access to an all-you-can-eat-breakfast buffet plus you get to meet some of your favorite friends. All of the same characters will appear as listed above.

The Branson Landing is a unique waterfront entertainment complex offering shopping, dining and more on the shores of Lake Taneycomo. This June they have several events planned that will be fun for the whole family.

On June 11th, the Colgate Country Showdown will take place at 5pm in the Town Square near the Branson Landing fountains. The competition is designed to find the most promising country music talent in America, and Branson is one of the regional locations of the competition. The winner will advance to the state competition and then, perhaps, to the national competition in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium.
The Landing will host the 3rd Annual Downtown Clown Around on June 19. This free event will celebrate kids of all ages as the Branson Landing Promenade turns into a festival of fun for everyone. Huge interactive inflatables will be available to play on, including a Monkey Barrel Bounce, Rescue Heroes Play area, Bungee Run, RipCurl Slide, Adrenaline Rush, Obstacle Courses and much more. Clowns, face painting, balloon animals and other fun activities will also be available.
The event will also celebrate and thank 20 local charities that help those less fortunate in the area. These charities will also be on hand assisting with the operation of the Downtown Clown Around.
David Letterman Stupid Human & Pet Trick Auditions will be at the Branson Landing on Saturday, June 26 from 4pm-7pm. Join Springfield’s KOLR 10 for the casting call and you might just be on the next Late Show with David Letterman. The casting call is open to those of all ages. The auditions will take place in front of the Branson Landing fountains. Participants selected will receive a free trip to New York, a payment for their appearance on the show, and a chance to perform their trick on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater.

The 2nd Annual Branson Gospel Music Convention is scheduled for June 28-July 2, 2010 at the Branson Convention Center. Located in the downtown area, the Branson Convention Center is the perfect place to spotlight the gospel music genre.

The venue will feature 240 exhibit booths for artists and a 1650 seat auditorium for showcase and main event concerts. Southern gospel music will be spotlighted, as will groups like the Blackwood Quartet, Young Harmony, Beyond the Ashes, Kenny Bishop, HisSong and Dino.
Approximately 150 artists are expected to appear during the 9 concerts of the Branson Gospel Music Convention. These are the current anchor appearances scheduled for the evening concerts.
Monday 6/28 ~ 7pmHissong, The Melody Boys, Hinson Revival, Ron Brewer, 2nd Generation, English Family, Beyond the Ashes, McMillan and Life, Jon Groves, Shannon Bunch
Tuesday 6/29 ~ 5:30 pmMystery Men, The Melody Boys, Chuck Wagon Gang, Young Harmony, The Roarks, Rod Burton, Marcey Wall
Wednesday Evening ~ 5:30 pm
Beyond The Ashes, Chuck Wagon Gang, Dino, Buddy Liles, Jay Stone Singers, Praise Inc., Shannon Bunch, Hinson Revival, Kenny Bishop
Thursday ~ 5:30 pmThe SGN Scoops Diamond Awards followed by concert with Blackwood Quartet, Buddy Liles, Rick Atkinson, English Family, Shannon Bunch. Eric Hinson, Ascension Quartet, Ron Brewer
Friday ~ 5:30 pmRick Atkinson, Kenny Bishop, Blackwood Quartet, 2nd Generation, McMillan and Life, Sunday Edition, Young Harmony
The Branson Gospel Music Convention is produced by YMR Music Productions.

The Super Summer Cruise is a popular Branson event that has had some changes in recent years. The event, which is held in August, moved from Hwy 76 Boulevard last year to the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway. Officials say they plan to continue hosting the cruise on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in 2010.

This year’s event will be held August 12-15, with the cruise scheduled for midnight on August 15. The cruise will begin at Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and travel down Hwy 76, taking a left on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, never stopping. Westbound traffic on Hwy 76 will be rerouted onto Hwy 376.
Vehicle Show ‘n Shines will be held daily from 8am-5pm August 12-14. On August 14, from 4:00-5:30pm, best in show awards will be given at the pavilion theater.
Reserve from our selection of Branson Hotels now to get a prize spot on the Super Summer Cruise parade route.

The Grand Palace is scheduled to reopen at the end of the summer. This Branson landmark has been closed for two years, but with new owners and new plans for the building in full swing, one of Branson’s finest theaters will be up and running in time for Labor Day Weekend.

The theater is being managed by Paul Dunn, who owns Dunn Construction, who is also overseeing many of the renovations done on the building. In a segment done by KSPR news team, Dunn stated they will be changing the color scheme of the building, using a marbleized faux finish on the columns and rails. New carpet and a new paint scheme are also planned.
More than renovations, however, are planned for the Grand Palace Theater. A new vision for the venue is the focus, with more modern entertainment on the horizon for the show schedule. No names have been released at this time, but more information will be made available as progress on the theater is made. The reopening of the theater will certainly add to the variety available in Branson shows.

The Branson Airport has several things to celebrate this May.

First, the inaugural flight from Branson to Gulfport-Biloxi took place Monday, May 17, on the Branson AirExpress. There are fares as low as $59 each way from Branson to Gulfport-Biloxi, which is expected to help tourism in both destinations.
The Branson Airport also welcomed two inaugural flights on Monday, from Houston and Austin, Texas, marking the beginning of the Branson AirExpress flights that were announced in early April.
All of the flights that are included on the new Branson AirExpress schedule will allow a wider variety of people to visit Branson, and aide in the overall tourism of the area.
In addition to Houston, Austin and Gulfport-Biloxi, Branson AirExpress will also have to and from flights to Des Moines, Iowa; Nashville, Tennessee; and Shreveport, Louisiana.
With all of these flight options available, traveling to the Ozark Mountain region for a Branson vacation is easier than ever before.

Frontier Airlines and the Branson Airport recently announced the addition of a new nonstop flight from Branson to Milwaukee, as well as an additional nonstop flight from Branson to Denver.

The Milwaukee flight also brings a convenient connection to Minneapolis, Minnesota starting July 1. Other connections, like Boston, MA, Green Bay, WI and Philadelphia, PA will also be available.
The expansion in the Branson market by Frontier Airlines is extremely beneficial and will aide travelers in their Branson vacation plans.
Frontier’s Branson service is flown by the Embraer 170/190 aircraft.
Following are the schedules for the new service:
Milwaukee* (effective July 1, 2010)
Route Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
MKE-BKG 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Sat E170
MKE-BKG 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Tue/Thur E190
BKG-MKE 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Sat E170
BKG-MKE 2:10 p.m. 3:40 p.m. Tue/Thur E190

Denver* (effective May 12, 2010)
Route Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
DEN-BKG 11:20 a.m. 2:07 p.m. Mon** E190
DEN-BKG 10:50 a.m. 1:37 p.m. Tue/Thur/Sat/Sun E190
BKG-DEN 2:40 p.m. 3:56 p.m. Mon** E190
BKG-DEN 2:30 p.m. 3:46 p.m. Sat/Sun E190
BKG-DEN 6:45 p.m. 8:01 p.m. Tue/Thur E190

** Monday flight effective July 5, 2010

See the World in Branson – No Passports Needed
May 1 – May 31
This springtime event highlights the vast amount of Internationally inspired – and American – entertainment, attractions, and cuisine available to visitors in the Branson area. See The World In Branson will allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy multiple cultural and International experiences in entertainment and tradition without actually having to travel abroad. It will be possible to experience most every continent and catch a glimpse of many various cultures within a single visit to Branson. Local theaters, hotels, restaurants, and retail venues will be representing countries from all around the world during this month long International festival.WorldFest
May1 – May 9
Silver Dollar City
Each spring international performers from around the world gather in America’s Heartland. It’s a celebration of global proportions where laughter and music are universal languages! See traditional favorites and terrific new groups as you discover the beauty of cultures from continents away at World-Fest, America’s Largest International Festival! Come hungry for a taste of international cuisine. Try new savory specialties and taste-tempting desserts from around the globe at Tastes of the World. Or take a class at the Culinary & Craft School during World-Fest for recipes with an international flavor.

Giddy Up Duck!
May 1 – May 31
Ride The Ducks

Grab your pardner and hang on as your trusty duck bucks right into the lake on this adventure fit for all cowpokes! Cowboy up and Splashdown as you see the Ozarks western style. Instead of a horse, your trusty mount for this adventure is a duck that travels on land and bucks right into the lake where you can take the reins and drive if you want. Pin on a sheriff’s star, try your hand at a trick rope and discover cowboy memorabilia in our special exhibit area. As always, your Captain will be full of tall tales and have you quacking Happy Trails as you experience the ride of a lifetime. Hang onto your hat.

“Tribute to Vietnam Veterans” Opening Ceremony
Friday, April 30, 1:00 – 4:45 pm
Branson Mall
“Tribute to Vietnam Veterans” Opening Ceremony and Registration at Branson Mall on W. Hwy. 76. FREE entertainment. Special appearances by local entertainers throughout the event. From 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm meet the stars and reception.

The 3rd Annual MOPARS in May Rally
May 7 – May 8
Dick Clark’s Area 57
This years theme is Drag Racing and Drive-Ins. MOPARS in May starts on Friday at noon with a show and shine at AREA ’57 in Branson on May 7. At around 5pm we will take a Power Cruise to Ozark Raceway Park in Rogersville Missouri (about 40 miles) and run your MOPAR at the 1/8 mile track for bragging rights and prizes. You do not have to run your car on the drag track – you can just watch. Saturday May 8th we start off at 9am with the show and shine, with awards and door prizes handed out around 7pm and the Drive-In move – Heart Like a Wheel – starting at dusk (around 8:30pm). Your $35 registration includes Friday Night drag race at Ozark Raceway Park in Rogersville MO, a dash plaque, a Special MOPARS IN MAY DVD plus discounts to area shows, attractions and eateries, door prizes and all activities that weekend at the show including the Drive-in Movie Saturday night.

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 9
Chateau on the Lake
Our special Holiday Brunches have earned a mark of distinction. Celebrate Mother’s Day with our signature Champagne Brunch. Executive Chef Doug Knopp and his culinary team are preparing a menu specially for Mom. Adults – $40 Children 4 to 12 – $20 and Children 3 and under free with an adult. Reseravtions are required.

Bluegrass & BBQ Festival
May 13 – May 31
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! Watch the website for updates about our 2010 performer lineup and special events hosted during the festival, including the Annual Single Mic Championship and KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest. Try the nation’s most popular flavors at The House of BBQ. From Memphis dry rubs and sweet and tangy Carolina vinegars to smoky Texas-style tastes and the Midwest’s own Kansas City-style. Come hungry and sink your teeth into this smokin’ all-American pastime.

Compton Ridege Fiddler’s Convention
May 13 – May 16
9th Annual Branon Motorcycle Rally
May 20 – May 23
Dick Clark’s Area 57
2010 will mark the 9th year for the Branson Motorcycle Rally and its fourth year at Area ’57. Branson will rumble with excitement May 20-23rd as the Branson Motorcycle Rally throttles up as one of the nations fastest growing motorcycle rallies. Make plans to attend this rally. You will enjoy some of the best roads, curves, and rides that the beautiful Ozarks countryside has to offer. We will rock the rally stage with lrenowned live bands such as The Underground Blues Division, the Belairs out of Columbia Missouri, and our Saturday night headliner Wes Jeans from Austin Texas will entertain you. You will also enjoy an outdoor sanctioned boxing match, arm wrestling contests, Moto-X extreme jumps and stunts, an amazing metric stunt bike show, lots of stage giveaways, door prizes, guided and self guided rides, poker runs and much more fun. For your “out of the saddle” enjoyment you will find the grounds filled with vendors, great eats, cold drinks, the Rally Ally Tavern beer tent. One of the best features of the Area 57 festval complex is the on site hotel. After a full days of riding, partying, eating, drinking, and shopping, simply roll down to your room at the 300 room Ramada Branson.

Plumb Nellie Days
May 21 – May 23
Ray Price at the Tri-Lakes Center
Saturday, May 22, 7:00 p.m.
Ray Price, singer and songwriter known as the Cherokee Cowboy – a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1952. His string of number one hits includes “Crazy Arms”, “My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You”, “Release Me” and many more.

65 South – Live in Concert
Friday, May 28, 8 pm
Branson Landing
Join us as we kick off our Summer Concert Series with a special performance by the amazing group – 65 South! Fresh from opening-act performances for Three Dog Night, Rick Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and BB King, high-energy 65 South will bring its special brand of Classic Rock to the Branson Landing stage. This five-member band is sure to bring the crowd to its feet with a mix of rock, Motown and R&B – so mark your calendars for Friday, May 28th at 8pm and join us for this unforgettable concert series opening event.

John Michael Montgomery and Lee Greenwood – Memorial Day Weekend’s Sunday concert and fireworks
Sunday, May 30
Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater
The Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater’s great design established it as an extraordinary venue with a history of bringing together the biggest names in music with enthusiastic concert goers under the Ozark stars, and made it a hot popular destination spot for thousands of concert attendees and hundreds of top named performers alike since 1983. Now, after a 10 year hibernation, the renovated 7,000-seat amphitheater will once again come to life with high-quality entertainment.