In recent years, Branson RecPlex hosted the festival but it will be moved to the Taney County Airport this year. The new location will offer easier access for the ever-growing crowds, and the later event date, October 23-25, 2015, will allow for more enjoyable, cooler temperatures.

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A full schedule for Branson Balloon Dayz has yet to be released, but attendees can look forward to:

Friday
Balloon Glow
Tethered Balloon Rides
Live Entertainment
Vendors

Saturday
Sunrise Balloon Launch
Live Entertainment
Vendors & Food
Tethered Balloon Rides
Balloon Glow

Sunday
Morning Flight

Tethered balloon rides take you 30-100 feet into the air depending on wind direction and other conditions while the balloon is anchored to the ground. 2-5 people of any age may ride depending on the size of the balloon.

Participants will also get the chance to be part of the circus, the Flying Circus that is! Take a ride with one of the experienced pilots in an ultralight. You will have the ride of a lifetime, doing stunts mid-air.

A charity dog walk, untethered balloon rides and helicopter rides are also planned.

Check back soon for the full schedule of events for Branson Balloon Dayz.


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Learn about the Knudsen brothers and their show, SIX, in Branson, MO. The SIX show features amazing vocal harmonies, comedy, and slick dance moves. Fun for the whole family, it’s one of the most popular shows in Branson. Watch the video below to see why.

Purchase SIX tickets to see why this show is one of the best in Branson.


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Autumn TreeThe Autumn Daze Arts & Crafts Festival returns to Downtown Branson September 17-19, 2015. Visitors are invited to attend the event, which showcases the craftsmanship of the Midwest and the heritage of Southwest Missouri. This annual Branson event is a juried arts and craft show featuring a wide variety of crafts from across the Midwest. Close to 200 vendors will be at the event. Generally, about 10,000 people attend the event, making it a popular Branson festival.

Hours are Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival is free to the public. Throughout each day the entertainment stage will feature free live music from some of Branson’s finest entertainers!

Crafters and artists from many states around the country will participate. Shoppers will find a wide variety of items including wood crafts, quilts, clothing, crocheted and knitted items, jewelry, hats, purses, ladies’ accessories, toys, floral arrangements, ironworks and collectibles. Many vendors will be demonstrating their techniques!

In addition to continuous entertainment and homespun wares, Autumn Daze will also feature a food court, a celebrity autograph booth, a Downtown Branson sidewalk sale and more.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Get an inside look at the popular Shoji Tabuchi show in Branson, Missouri from the performances to the award-winning bathrooms. Shoji has been performing in Branson since 1990 and is one show not to miss!  I recently went to one of his shows and was delighted with what I found. Shoji Tabuchi excels on the violin, and his talents shine as he plays a variety of music.  From gospel to country to rock and the rest, he can cover it all. Purchase Shoji Tabuchi tickets to see this show firsthand!


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There’s a new place to grab a cold one in Branson. Recently opened, Drafts Sports Bar & Grill aims to be both a local and visor favorite. They’re off to a good start with over 50 beers from around the world on the drink menu. Sports fans will find it’s a great place to watch the game, with countless high-definition flat screen televisions lining the walls. You won’t miss a minute of the action here.

Located on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Drafts is in the old B.T. Bones location. It is also part of the Westgate Branson Woods Resort, and is near the entrance of the resort.

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Drafts Restaurant isn’t just place to grab a beer; patrons are also treated to handcrafted gourmet burgers, stone hearth pizzas, and a long list of appetizers raising the bar on, well, bar food. Try the fried jalapeno and mac and cheese bites; tatchos, spin on nachos tator-tot style; and the bacon and blue sidewinders, fries topped with smoke bacon, bleu cheese, balsamic vinaigrette and green onion. Other menu highlights include chicken wings in a variety of sauces,  street tacos like the pork moonshine tacos, buffalo chicken flatbread and BBBLT sandwich.

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You can also stop in for a family meal. An affordable kids menu—all items are $5.95 or less—makes it an easy choice.

Drafts Sports Bar & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (may vary seasonally). Hours are 11am-1opm Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday they remain open until 11pm.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

september_eventsCheck out these Branson events planned for September 2015:

September 1-7: Southern Gospel Picnic
Look forward to performances from The Booth Brothers, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Isaacs, The Hoppers and more. Plus, a special Gold City Reunion Concert, with performances by quartet members from their classic years. There are Southern Gospel Nights concerts each evening and mouthwatering picnic-style foods including the park’s famous chicken.

September 5: Journey Resurrection – Live in Concert at the Branson Landing
Come witness the spectacle that is ‘Journey Resurrection’ and experience the closest thing there is to going back in time to an actual Journey concert from the ‘Steve Perry’ era! Concert begins at 8pm.

September 11-13: Country Music Weekend
Held at Silver Dollar City, Country Music Weekend featuring concerts from the stars of classic country hits.

September 16 – October 31:  National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City
Silver Dollar City will welcome hundreds of visiting craftsmen during the National Harvest Festival. Tons of events will be happening throughout the festival, but here is just a sampling of what to expect:  Western stunt show, cowboy poets, wild mustangs, barn dancing, chuckwagons, and special musical entertainment.

September 17-19:  Annual Autumn Daze Festival
Browse artwork and crafts and enjoy demonstrations, food and performances during the Autumn Daze Festival in Downtown Branson.

September 25-26:  5th Annual Artisan’s Market at Branson Landing
From 10am-8pm check out the Artisan’s Market at Branson Landing where you can browse unique and handmade works from artists and craftsmen.

September 26: TangerStyle Fit for a Cure 5K Run/Walk
Tanger hosts a family fitness themed 5k on Saturday, September 26 at 8 am.  Register now.  If you’re one of the first 350 participants you’ll receive a race pack!

dv801006The summer season is officially here, and that means it’s time to take the kids on a family vacation. Branson, Missouri is a wonderful family vacation destination, offering a variety of activities that cater to the 12 and under set. This summer, take advantage of all of the things to do in Branson and your kids won’t have time to say “I’m bored.

Branson shows have a variety of themes, but there are several that really capture the attention of children. One of the great animal shows to take kids to is Grand Country’s Amazing Pets, featuring a troupe of trained dogs and housecats, plus a wily monkey named Frankie. This show has a lot of audience participation and kid-friendly interaction, which makes for a lot of laughs and makes the kids in the audience feel like a part of the show. Another top choice in the Branson kids shows category is the Acrobats of China. The dazzling acrobatics, mystical magic and unique talents featured in this production will keep the little ones spellbound.

Welk Hotel & SplashatoriumA few of the other summer-time favorites include the Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show, Jonah at Sight & Sound Theater, and The Haygoods.

Attractions for kids in Branson MO are also easy to find, as Branson strives to provide a family friendly vacation for those of all ages. One of the top Branson MO attractions is Silver Dollar City. During the summer season they host a Star Spangled Summer, a celebration geared especially towards kids that includes special shows, extended park hours and appearances by everybody’s favorite friends, including SpongeBob Squarepants, Scooby Doo, and Dora and Diego. Plus, Silver Dollar City is home to The Grand Exposition, an area of the park with 10 family rides including the Magnificent Wave Carousel and The Royal Tea Party. Children also love to play around at Fireman’s Landing, the newest section of the park offering big thrills for little ones.

The_Track_Family_Fun_Parks__3_-030-Other Branson kids attractions include Kids Kountry by The Track, which specializes in rides geared towards kids 2-7 years of age, including go-karts kids can drive and pint-size amusement rides. Their sister parks are also ideal for family fun, offering bumper boats and cars, high-speed go-karts, arcade games and more. White Water, Branson’s only outdoor water park, also has several areas that cater to the little ones. Little Squirts Waterworks, Rain Tree Island and Splash Island are all especially designed for little tykes.

When on a Branson vacation there are a number of places to stay, although there are a couple of Branson hotels that make playing where you stay an added bonus. The Grand Country Inn & Indoor Waterpark, with its 20,000 square-foot indoor waterpark and additional on-site entertainment options like indoor mini-golf and a two-story arcade, is a great choice for families. Castle Rock Resort and Indoor Waterpark features a 30,000 square foot indoor waterpark with lazy river, two water slides and two 500 gallon dump buckets. The Welk Resort Branson has a 10,000 square-foot Splashatorium with waterslide and interactive splash zone, plus seasonal outdoor mini-golf which is free to guests. Another great option is Still Waters Resort, featuring a zero-entry pool, 15 foot waterfall, three outdoor pools, a pebble beach and free kayaks, paddleboats, inner tubes and bikes.

With so many things to do in Branson, it’s easy to see why families choose to vacation here again and again. This year, choose Branson for your next getaway for a fun-filled family adventure.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Branson to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.