Silver Dollar City excels at keeping things fresh, fun and family-oriented. This spring, the tradition continues with the all-new Festival of Wonder set for April 6-30, 2017.

Festival of Wonder

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Replacing the long-running World Fest, Festival of Wonder at Silver Dollar City features jaw-dropping and unbelievable acts. Everything from singers, dancers, artists and acrobats will take the stage. On top of that, there are delicious food offerings available including The World of Bacon. (That’s a world I want to live in!)

The Entertainment

Get a front row seat for the amazing entertainment and larger-than-life performances for the Festival of Wonder. Every show is guaranteed to WOW! Get a sneak peek at all that’s happening at this spring festival below:

Earth Harp Collective
You’ve never seen a stringed instrument this big! It’s so massive, it will stretch the full length of the Red Gold Heritage Hall! And just wait until you the music it makes. Once you do, you’ll easily see why this group was a finalist on America’s Got Talent!

Flamenco Kings
This troupe of seven brothers is multi-talented musicians and acrobatic dancers using flamenco, ballet and tap to create an astounding showcase you’ve gotta see to believe.

The Balancing Wonders
Agility, coordination, and skill combine during a show where everyday objects are used in highly unusual (and unexpected) ways.

Speed Painting
Artist Dan Dunn amazes audiences as he creates incredible masterpieces—in just minutes! He’s appeared on TV shows like Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon. Now, he brings his wonderful talent to Silver Dollar City!

Melodies on Air
It’s truly astounding how beautiful air can be! These musicians use flutes, clay and carved whistles to create a smooth, mellow sound unlike any other.

Harp and Hang Drum
Marianne Gubri and Paolo Borghi bring these interesting instruments to life. Their performance is an infusion of hypnotic sounds, that makes a day at Silver Dollar City soothing after all those thrill rides.

The Glass Armonica
Brian Engel brings glass music to life by using various goblets and snifters. Popular songs, classical hits, and even jazz standards sound simple yet complex during this ethereal performance.

The Food

Foods of Wonder are an equally appealing part of Festival of Wonder, too. Check out some of the taste bud pleasing specialties lined-up for this special Silver Dollar City event.

  • Gourmet Grilled Cheese Varieties
  • Fry Bread Heaven
  • The World of Bacon
  • Curious Kabobs
  • Grilled Obsessions
  • New Flat Bread Creations
  • Outrageous Cinnamon Rolls & Bodacious Brownies
  • Incredible New Blended Beverages


Sounds pretty delicious, right? And c’mon, you know you’re intrigued by The World of Bacon.

Be sure to add the Festival of Wonder to your Silver Dollar City spring getaway for a fun-filled vacation. With Reserve Branson, you can always stay on top of what’s happening Branson and get the lowest prices on everything from Silver Dollar City tickets to hotel rooms.

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Join the festive cheer and yuletide merriment of An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City.  The Branson Christmas event is rated one of the “Top Five Holiday Events in the Country” by Good Morning America.  During a Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas, held November 5 through December 30, 2016, you can experience sensational sights and shows creating a magical place to celebrate the holidays.

Things to Do During a Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas

Christmas never feels quite like Christmas until you spend a day at Silver Dollar City Branson. Five million twinkling lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas Trees, two Broadway-style productions and a 5-Story Special Effects Christmas Tree whisk you away to another place and time. 

Christmas on Main Street 

Christmas on Main Street
When I visit, Christmas on Main Street is always a highlight.  The five-story Christmas Tree, located in The Square, sparkles and dances in unison to special effects set to music like “Carol of the Bells,” “Joy to the World,” and “Sleigh Ride.”

In addition, there are ten storefronts, 20 street festoons and over 250 cut trees join in the dazzling display for a sight and sound spectacular like no other.  You can even get a professional photo taken in front of the tree by a Silver Dollar City photographer if you’d like. 

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Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas Light Parade
Returning for 2016, this parade stars Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Sam the Snowman and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster. Nine musical floats and 33 colorful characters bring the parade to life as it winds it’s way through the City.

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Rudolph’s Christmas Town
Over at Rudolph’s Christmas Town you can meet the red-nosed reindeer. Snap your photo with him and his friends. Clarice and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster will be there too. In addition, there are games, cookie decorating, Rudolph souvenirs and letters to Santa.

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Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas Shows
It’s a Wonderful Life, which debuted at Silver Dollar City three years ago, quickly won me over.  The original musical adaptation of the 1946 film brings to life the small town charm of George Bailey and how he discovers the value of life, family and friends – along with a little help from his guardian angel Clarence, of course.  You truly do feel transported to a different place and time during the performance, and the singing performances delivered make the message hit home.  At the end of the show I always smile and feel grateful for how wonderful life can be.  It may sound surreal, but that’s the effect of Silver Dollar City.

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There’s plenty more to do at during a Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas.  The hardest part is deciding what to do. If you can, make time for two more shows – A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and The Living Nativity. Classic and tied to my holiday heart, A Dickens’ Christmas Carol invokes the most poignant moments of the tale.  The unique adaptation is marked by a talented cast who bring the personalities of these famous characters to life while also bestowing a true sense of the transformation of change, belief and hope. 

I recommend The Living Nativity for its simple, yet breathtaking beauty.  The performance transports you to an ancient Bethlehem to a Christmas night many years ago.  Marvel as the angel Gabriel retells the most famous story ever told.  It will, no doubt, leave an impression.
Of course, Tinker Junior’s Toy Shop–an all-new interactive show–is sure to be a family favorite.  Starring the beloved 12-foot tall talking Christmas tree Tinker Junior, otherwise known as TJ, and his side-kick Raggedy Ann, this show combines story time with sing-a-longs. With special appearances by Buddy the Elf and Jack in the Box too, kids think a toy box came to life right before their eyes.
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Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas Shopping
Picking up a one-of-a-kind holiday gift at Silver Dollar City Old Time Christmas is also a tradition of mine.  From pictures to jewelry to knives, you can outfit each member of your to-do list at the park.  Even better, you can purchase then choose to pick up your items once you leave the park.  Simply request parcel pickup upon purchase you can shop, and experience attractions, in a breeze. 

Rides Open during Old Time Christmas
As long as it doesn’t get too cold, Silver Dollar City rides and attractions are also open during Old Time Christmas.  Go for whirl on The Giant Swing, take a loop-filled ride on Wildfire, then experience the rush of Outlaw run.  The wind might be brisk, but the thrill is worth it! 

Reserve your discount Silver Dollar City tickets today to enjoy this festive event.   When you purchase with Reserve Branson you get two days for the price of one doubling the amount of time you can celebrate an Old Time Christmas.

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.

Share your gratitude with family and friends this year with a Branson Thanksgiving celebration. You’ll be treated to cool autumn weather, beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do in Branson Thanksgiving day such as Branson shows. In true country style, there are also delicious thanksgiving dinners being served at various Branson restaurants.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

If you’ll be in town this Thanksgiving, use this handy guide to find a place to feast. These restaurants will be open and serving up scrumptious holiday dinners.

Bob Evans Restaurant
Special Thanksgiving meal served 8:00am-8:00pm

Buckingham’s Restaurant
Thanksgiving Day Brunch served 11:00am-6:00pm

Castle Rock’s Tower Grill
Thanksgiving Day spread from 11am-6pm.
Pricing is $15.99 (12+), $7.99 (ages 4-11), free (ages 3 and under). It will include a traditional Thanksgiving spread and the price includes a drink. Save 10% when you call 417-336-6000 to make your reservation by Monday November 21st.

Chateau on the Lake
Thanksgiving Brunch served 11:00am-3:00pm
Selection of salads, fruits, cheeses, shellfish, entrees, side dishes, carved meats and dessert! Adults are $52, children ages 6-12 are $24 and children 5 and under eat free with an adult. Remember to call early for reservations as space is limited. Contact 417-333-5253 for further details.

Cracker Barrel
Open 6:00am-10:00pm

Devil’s Pool Restaurant (Big Cedar Lodge)
Open 11:00am-3:00pm


Sit down to a Thanksgiving feast in Branson

Fall Creek Steak House
Thanksgiving Meal served 11:00am-8:00pm

Florentina’s Italian Ristorante
Thanksgiving Meal served 11:00am-8:00pm

Golden Corral
Thanksgiving Buffet served from 10:00am-8:00pm

Grand Country Buffet
Thanksgiving Buffet served from 11:00am to 8:00pm

Great American Steak & Chicken House
Open 11:00am-9:00pm

Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
Thanksgiving Day Brunch served from 10:00am-8:00pm
$34.95-Adults, $13.95-Children (6-12), 5 & under are complimentary
For more information please call 417-690-2100.

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Celebrate fall y’all!

Level 2 Steakhouse
Thanksgiving Brunch (Reservations preferred) served 10:00am-3:00pm.

McFarlain’s Family Restaurant
Thanksgiving Day feast served 11:00am-9:00pm

Outback Steakhouse
Open from 11:00am-9pm

Plaza View at Grand Plaza
Thanksgiving buffet served all day

Open from 11:00am-9:00pm

Stage Door Restaurant
Thanksgiving meal served from 11:30am-7:30pm. Adults $21.95 and kids ages 4-12 $8.95.

Texas Land and Cattle
Special Thanksgiving dinners are on the menu. Open from 11am-8pm.

Top of the Rock
The Osage Restaurant, Arnie’s Barn Restauarant and the Buffalo Bar will be open 11:00am-7:00pm. Each will be hosting an unforgettable Thanksgiving Day meal.

Worman House (Big Cedar Lodge)
Thanksgiving dinner served from 10am-3pm. Adults $42.95 and kids ages 4-12 $18.95.

The Haygoods

The Haygoods

If you’re searching for Branson shows to see on Thanksgiving day, you’re in luck! Numerous shows, including Branson Christmas shows, are open and waiting to entertain you.

Morning shows
Hughes Brothers Christmas Show
Twice Adopted

Matinee shows
Acrobats of China
Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai
Dixie Stampede Christmas
Grand Country’s Amazing Pets
Legends in Concert
Puttin’ on the Ritz
Showboat Branson Belle
The Legend of Kung Fu
The Lettermen

Dinner shows
Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show
Dixie Stampede Christmas

Shows at 7:30pm

70s Music Celebration
Grand Jubilee
Reza The Illusionist
Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show
The Haygoods

Show at 8:00pm
Acrobats of China
Amazing Acrobats of Shanghai
Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza
Dixie Stampede Christmas
Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show
Legends in Concert
Liverpool Legends
Million Dollar Quartet
New Jersey Nights
Pierce Arrow

Santa Carrying Shopping Bags

‘Tis the season for shopping!

While you’re in town over the thanksgiving holiday be sure to check out the Branson shopping scene. Steep holiday discounts can be found at the Branson Landing, Tanger Outlet Mall and at big box department stores like Kohl’s and Best Buy. You never know what kind of Black Friday deals you may find.

It’s also a great time to take advantage of the Christmas celebrations happening in Branson. See dazzling holiday displays at the drive-through Trail of Lights, then visit Silver Dollar City for An Old Time Christmas. This popular annual event features more than five million twinkling lights, special attractions including the Dickens Christmas Carol musical and a Living Nativity.

The things to do in Branson during Thanksgiving combine the best of the holiday season. See why this Midwest vacation destination is a charming place to give thanks this November.

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.

Join Silver Dollar City for America’s biggest Southern Gospel Picnic.  The event showcases hundreds of performers, delicious southern-style feasts and, of course, all of Silver Dollar City’s thrilling rides, entertaining shows and talented craftsmen.  Southern Gospel Picnic is scheduled for August 25 through September 5, 2016.

Purchase your discount Silver Dollar City tickets or a money-saving Silver Dollar City Package today to enjoy performances by some of the most famous names in southern gospel music, including the Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Mark Bishop, Tim Lovelace,  The Isaacs, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and Karen Peck & New River.
The Booth Brothers

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The full Southern Gospel Picnic line-up includes:

August 25
Aaron and Amanda Crabb, The Bowling Family, The Guardians, Jay Parrack & Vocal Event, Lore Family, Hyssongs, Red Letter Edition

Hyssongs, Red Letter Edition, LeFevre Quartet, Melody Boys Quartet, Spoken 4 Quartet, The Whisnants, Joseph Habedank

August 27
Joseph Habedank, Hopper Brothers 2.0, The Hoppers, The Browns, Hosea Bilyeu Family, 4 Calvary

The Isaacs

The Isaacs: Silver Dollar City Attractions/Facebook

August 28
The Browns, Hosea Bilyeu Family, 4 Calvary, Brian Free & Assurance, Jeff Stice, Sunday Drive, The Talleys

August 29
2nd Generation, Forgiven Quartet, Ivan Parker, Karen Peck & New River, Liberty Quartet, Mark Trammell Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang

August 30
Chuck Wagon Gang, Freedom Quartet, Joylanders, Tribute Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, The Berry Brothers, Faith’s Journey, Wilburn & Wilburn

August 31
The Berry Brothers, Faith’s Journey, Wilburn & Wilburn,
Allen Family, Jim Brady Trio, Legacy Five, Little Roy & Lizzy, Mark Bishop

Photo Credit: Karen Peck & New River

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September 1
Mark Bishop, The Freemans, The Martins, The Nelons, Pat Barket, Reggie Saddler Family, Lineage of David

September 2
Lineage of David, The Downing Family, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Goulds, Greater Vision, New South Quartet, The Taylors

September 3
Booth Brothers, The Browders, The Diplomats, Master’s Voice, New Road, The Williamsons, The Lowe Sisters

Echo Hollow

Echo Hollow Amphitheater: Silver Dollar City Attractions/Facebook

September 4
he Lowe Sisters, 4 His Love, Dr. Dennis Swanberg, The Dunaways, Gordon Mate, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Lesters

September 5
11th Hour, Dixie Echoes, The Isaacs, Kingsman Quartet, Three Bridges

Echo Hollow Amphitheater hosts Southern Gospel Nights Concerts during the event as well, scheduled nightly at 6pm (7pm on September 1 and 2).
Legacy Five

Legacy Five/Facebook

August 25 | 6:00pm
The Bowling Family
Pre-show with Aaron & Amanda Crabb begins at 5:25pm

August 26 | 6:00pm
The Whisnants
Pre-show with Joseph Habedank begins at 5:25pm

August 27 |6:00pm
The Hoppers
Pre-show with Hosea Bilyeu begins at 5:25pm

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The Martins/Facebook

August 28 | 6:00pm
Brian Free & Assurance
Pre-show with Jeff Stice begins at 5:25pm

August 29 | 6:00pm
Karen Peck & New River
Pre-show with Liberty Quartet begins at 5:25pm

August 30 | 6:00pm
Triumphant Quartet
Pre-show with Wilburn & Wilburn begins at 5:25pm

August 31 | 6:00pm
Legacy Five
Pre-show with Mark Bishop begins at 5:25pm

Brian Free & Assurance FB

Brian Free & Assurance/Facebook

September 1 | 6:00pm
The Martins
Pre-show with Pat Barker begins at 5:25pm

September 2 | 6:00pm
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Pre-show with New South Quartet begins at 5:25pm

September 3 | 7:00pm
Booth Brothers
Pre-show with New Road begins at 6:25pm

September 4 | 7:00pm
Jeff & Sheri Easter

Photo Credit: Silver Dollar City/Facebook

Silver Dollar City Attractions/Facebook

Pre-show with Dennis Swanberg begins at 6:25pm

September 5 | 6:00pm
The Isaacs

Seating in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre will begin two hours prior to show time, weather permitting

It wouldn’t be a picnic without chicken and fixin’s served up picnic-style at Reunion Hall. You’ll find an old-fashioned feast featuring family favorites like southern-style fried chicken, apple-butter glazed chicken, slow smoked pulled pork, creamy mashed potatoes, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, hot rolls, and many other delicious items. Gather your family and friends, fill a plate with some succulent food and listen to the sounds of Southern Gospel music waft through the air. It’s a great way to end the summer season in Branson!

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.

Celebrate Silver Dollar City’s Star Spangled Summer in Branson, Missouri.  The event is a festival for families and kids to embrace All-American summer fun.  Starting June 11, there will be special meet and greet sessions with favorite cartoon characters such as Dora and Diego, SpongeBob and Patrick and Team Umizoomi.  Plus,  The Globetrotter Experience and The Magic of Peter Gossamer return for even more family fun in 2016. 


Outlaw Run

Visitors with Silver Dollar City tickets can also play at the kid-friendly Fireman’s Landing family adventure area as well as enjoy thrilling attractions like the Outlaw Run Coaster, The Giant Swing, Wildfire, PowderKeg, The Lost River and the American Plunge will be open for family fun!  The festival runs through July 24, 2016.

During the festival, there will be special meet and greet sessions with favorite cartoon characters such as Dora and Diego, SpongeBob and Patrick and Team Umizoomi.  Character meet and greets will take place in the Carousel Barn on the Riverfront. 


SpongeBob & Patrick

The full schedule of appearances by Silver Dollar City’s cartoon friends includes:

The Flintstones
June 9-11

Dora and Diego
June 16-18

Scooby Doo & Shaggy
June 23-25

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Donatello & Leonardo)
June 30 – July 2


Family fun starts at Silver Dollar City

George Jetson & Astro
July 7 – 9

Team Umizoomi
July 14 – 16

SpongeBob & Patrick
July 21 – 23

Tom & Jerry
July 28 – 30

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Michelangelo & Raphael)
August 4 – 6


Harlem Globetrotters

During a Star Spangled Summer at Silver Dollar City Branson special shows are also planned.   At The Globetrotter Experience, watch as these talented athletes display their trademark basketball wizardry.  Then, head over to The Magic of Peter Gossamer show, where Gossamer takes audience for a walk on the wild side of science.  Returning to the stage are Championship cloggers.  They will perform on the Gazebo Stage during Star Spangled Summer.  See some of the nation’s most talented clogging groups perform.

Lost River

Lost River

Want to grab breakfast with your favorite characters?  Each scheduled character group will host a special Character Breakfast on the last day of their scheduled appearance at Reunion Hall at 9am.  The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet includes Silver Dollar Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Breakfast Casserole, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns, Biscuits, Gravy, Chicken Strips and choice of Juice, Milk, Soda or Coffee.  Cost is $18.99 for adults and $14.99 for children, in addition to regular theme park admission.

Reserve your Silver Dollar City tickets or one of our money-saving Silver Dollar City Packages today to experience all of the fun at the Star Spangled Summer Festival!

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.

Branson, Missouri will be celebrating our nation’s Independence Day with a variety of fireworks displays and special events. Celebrate the 4th of July in Branson, MO with events that light up the night, and make for a memorable Americana celebration.

4th of July in Branson: Fireworks Shows


Fireworks_iStock_000002102379XSmallCelebrate America College of the Ozarks – Honor America – June 26

College of the Ozarks celebrates America with their annual Honor America event on Sunday, June 26. The event begins with a picnic at 5:30pm, with entertainment and kids activities offered through 9pm. The Fireworks Finale will occur slightly thereafter. Organizers of the event create an atmosphere that reminds one of old-fashioned patriotic celebrations, complete with a family-friendly atmosphere. An all-American buffet is served at Celebrate America. Guests of the buffet receive reserved parking and seating (blankets and chairs provided). Cost: $34.95/adults, $13.95 (children 6-12).

Fireburst 2016 Celebration – July 2

The 29th Annual Fireburst at Table Rock Lake, hosted by the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce, takes place in the center of Kimberling City overlooking the lake. Viewing spots include the Kimberling City Shopping Mall and near the north end of the bridge over Table Rock Lake. The best view, of course, is on the water. Over 1,000 boats will crowd the lake for this huge fireworks show on Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.

4th of July ThinkstockPhotos-522914147Liberty Light Up Celebration – July 3

The 9th annual Liberty Light Up Celebration is scheduled for July 3 at the Branson Landing. The Liberty Light Up Concert will feature Resurrection – A Journey Tribute on Branson Landing’s stage. Following the performance, Branson Landing’s 9th Annual Liberty Light Up will fill the skies over Lake Taneycomo with an amazing choreographed Fireworks Display Show produced by Gateway Fireworks Displays. Afterwards, enjoy an encore by Resurrection. 

Chateau on the Lake Fireworks Display – July 3

Chateau on the Lake Resort celebrates Independence Day with an outdoor BBQ event, complete with live entertainment. During this 4th of July in Branson event there will be a grand Fireworks Finale at dusk.  You can view the display by boat on Table Rock, near Moonshine Beach and from the Chateau’s public areas.

Hollister 4th of July Celebration – July 4

The 63rd annual Hollister 4th of July Celebration is the oldest fireworks display in Taney County. The celebration is presented by the City of Hollister Fire Department. Fireworks are scheduled for dusk.

Two young boys sitting in wagon with American FlagsShepherd of the Hills 4th of July Show – July 4

To celebrate the 4th of July in Branson and see a show, go to The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama, Harold Bell Wright’s epic story of love, loss, power, hardship, and the true meaning of life is immortalized every night on our star-lit stage. It takes over 80 actors and actresses, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, several guns and rifles, an actual burning log cabin, and a vintage 1908 DeWitt automobile to make the live action performance what it is today. Purchase your Shepherd of the Hills tickets today to save $6.  Get your tickets for a great fireworks display Sunday July 4th! Fireworks begin right after the show!

Big Cedar Lodge – July 4

Big Cedar Lodge will light-up the night sky with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. The fireworks display can also be seen by boat on the lake. A patriotic picnic will be held from 3-9pm, with activities and entertainment.  Wristbands are $30.

Reserve your Branson vacation today to enjoy all of the festive 4th of July fun that’s available in the Ozarks.

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.

School is out for summer. The office is closed for an extra day. The smell of fresh cut grass is in the air. It all must mean one thing: it’s time for Memorial Day Weekend! Plan your escape to Branson to enjoy family time, the great outdoors and even an entertaining attraction or two. Need some vacation ideas for inspiration? Read on to find three ways to play in Branson Memorial Day Weekend.



Family Fun in Branson

Branson is known for its family-friendly environment. The area not only has a polite Midwestern attitude, it offers a multitude of ways for families to have fun. And make memories! Kids of all ages can play at The Track, a fun center with arcade games, bumper boats, bumper cars, miniature golf courses and go-karts. Bigger kids will really love the thrill of the Xtreme Racing Center, a high-speed go-kart racing center where the engines run even faster.

Of course, a visit to Branson isn’t complete without a day spent at Silver Dollar City. The 1880s-themed park has over 40 thrilling rides and attractions, as well free live shows, demonstrating craftsmen and even a cave you can explore.  With the weather warming up, a tropical trip to White Water might be in order. Lounge on the Aloha River or take the plunge on the daredevil Kapau Plummet. If you’re planning on visiting both Branson theme parks, check out these money-saving Silver Dollar vacation packages.

Table Rock Lake

Table Rock Lake

Greet the Great Outdoors

Rolling mountains and vast lakes make the outdoor scene in Branson a veritable playground. Branson Memorial Day Weekend is an excellent time of year to take to the lakes – especially Table Rock Lake. Rent a boat at State Park Marina or Long Creek Marina to cruise around this pristine oasis, or hop on a rented jet-ski for a water-filled adventure. Just want to kick back and relax? At Moonshine Beach put your toes in the sand, soak in the sun and go for a swim. Nearby nature trails like the Table Rock Lakeshore Trails and Lakeside Wilderness Trails easily fit in to the weekend too.


The Haygoods

Spotlight on Entertainment

It’s no secret Branson has a lot of shows – over 100 in fact. Some are absolutely can’t miss and make for an entertaining getaway. Among them are Dixie Stampede, a friendly rivalry show with horses, singing, lively competition and a four-course feast; Moses, a larger-than-life stage version of the biblical story; and Prince Ivan, a brand-new, fresh, fun and all-original band with a unique Top 40 sound. Other favorites like the Haygoods, SIX, and The Presleys Jubilee are taking the stage too, and many of these shows feature discounts on tickets. Savings and a show? You can’t beat that!

Ready to travel to Branson Memorial Day Weekend? With these ideas, you’ve already got a great head start!

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.

The sweet smell of barbeque and sound of bluegrass music will greet visitors to Silver Dollar City early this summer.   With the return of the Silver Dollar City Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival May 5  through May 30, 2016, the theme park will be featuring performances from some of today’s most popular Bluegrass musicians as well as some of the nations’ most delicious BBQ. The 15th KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest is also featured during the festival.

With the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets, you’ll gain access to performances that include:

  • Farm Hands Quartet
  • Doyle Lawson & Quiksilver
  • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
  • The Grascals
  • The Dalton Gang
  • Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives
  • Nothin’ Fancy
  • Kruger Brothers
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • Southern Raised
  • The Baker Family
  • The Willis Clan
  • Trinity River Band
  • And Many More!


For a complete list of scheduled performers for the Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival, click here.

The 15th Annual KSMU Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest is scheduled for May 28, also at the Opera House Theater.   Amateur entertainers 21 years of age or younger will be featured as they compete for top honors and cash prizes.

Of course, the tempting flavors of BBQ are also a highlight of this Silver Dollar City festival.  Everything from smoky Texas-style BBQ to tangy Carolina BBQ to the deliciousness of Kansas City BBQ will be available. During the Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival you can also sink your teeth into the All-You-Can-Eat Rib Feast. Served from 3pm until closing at Reunion Hall, succulent BBQ meats and a variety of sides are served family style at this feast. Sink your teeth into a variety of signature styles and sauces.  Beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and four styles of ribs including Silver Dollar City Original-Style, Memphis Dry Rub, Hickory Smoked and South Carolina Mustard will be served.

To enjoy all of the Bluegrass and Barbeque festival highlights, rides, attractions, shows and demonstrating craftsmen be sure to get your Silver Dollar City passes today.  Make a vacation out of it with a Silver Dollar City package.

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.

Are you ready to see an incredible line-up of international performers, enjoy delicious cuisine from around the world and enjoy some of the best thrill rides in the Midwest? Then, head to Silver Dollar City in Branson for WorldFest. This annual festival welcomes visitors April 7-May 1, 2016.  

Traditional favorites and all-new performers create the line-up of entertainers, all of which showcase the beauty of cultures found from around the globe.  This is the final year for WorldFest at Silver Dollar City, so don’t miss this diverse line-up of performers. 

2016 WorldFest performers include:

Cirque Zuma Zuma: Featuring the amazing African acrobatics. 

Island Fire Show: Showcasing music from Hawaii, Samoa and Tahiti with 2 world-champion fire knife dancers. 

Dearbhail Finnegan: Ireland’s premier harpist.

Ecuador Manta: Bringing the traditional rhythms of the Andes to the Ozarks. 

Six on Steel: Listen to the island sounds of Trinidad & Tobago. 

Slask: A 30-member music and dance ensemble from Eastern Europe.

While you’re visiting Silver Dollar City, treat your tastebuds to a globetrotting adventure without leaving the Ozarks at Tastes of the World.  Located at the Frisco Barn, you’ll be able to sample traditional global specialties including French Crepes, Greek Antipasto Salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu Panini, Korean Tacos and Italian Calzone as well as imaginative new dishes such as International Nachos.

Whether you prefer a taste of the Mediterranean or sizzling flavors from south of the border, there are plenty of dishes to satisfy the heartiest appetite!

All of the World-Fest entertainment is included with the purchase of Silver Dollar City tickets

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There’s a new way to play this New Year’s Eve in Branson. The Branson Landing and The Hiltons of Branson are partnering to host New Year’s Eve Under the Stars December 31, 2016. The event will feature live entertainment, party favors, food trucks, cocktail bars, a photo booth and much more.

New Year’s Eve Under the Stars is an outside event. Considering the timing, it may sound crazy, but temperatures are set to be in the mid-50s and there will be heat lamps as well as warm VIP seating.

The event will kick off at 9pm at Branson Landing’s Amphitheater area in front of the multi-million dollar fountains. Jay Fotsch, of Power 96.5 FM, will have hosting duties while live entertainment includes Adam Capps Band from Wichita, Kansas and DJ Kyndra Duncan, from Spark Events, spinning tunes to keep you dancing.

The VIP area will be at the Amphitheater. VIP tickets also includes guaranteed front of the stage locations, party favors, access to the photo booth, champagne toast at midnight and up-close viewing area of the fireworks. VIP tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase VIP tickets.
To cap off the night there will be a midnight countdown, followed by a fireworks show. The outside, under the stars-style of the night will be a beautiful setting to welcome 2016.

Hotel guest room packages are available for both Branson Hilton hotels. Event VIP packages include tickets to New Year’s Eve Under the Stars and a New Year’s Day Breakfast.

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.