Since the early 1990s, Branson has been known for its vibrant entertainment scene. From variety shows to tributes, big-name stars to traditions, Branson shows offer a variety of performances. Which shows are for you? Discover the top 10 must-see shows in Branson MO with my list.

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The Dixie Stampede has become one of Branson’s most popular dinner shows thanks to its interactive fun, talented performers and delicious food. Experience with your family our 32 magnificent horses, Return of the Buffalo, hilarious racing pigs, the Rumble in the Treetops lumberjack relay, equestrian feats, friendly competition and a fabulous four-course feast. Owner Dolly Parton guarantees it’s “Branson’s Most Fun Place to Eat!”

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Witness the parting of the Red Sea, the Burning Bush, the Plagues, the Ten Commandments—all at Sight & Sound Theater in Branson. The all-new production of Moses journeys back in time to the golden splendor of Egypt, immersing audiences in an adventure of epic proportions. This story highlights the humanity of Moses and the children of Israel, all while revealing the mercy of God and his healing.

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Created by one of Branson’s original performing families, this upbeat live show is widely praised for its hilarious comedy acts and incredible music. The talented Presley family sings and plays instruments to songs in the style of foot-stompin’ country, soulful gospel and lively bluegrass. The attraction also features an entertaining pre-show routine and a memorabilia store for souvenirs.

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Attracting thousands each year to the Mickey Gilley Theatre, SIX features a complete experience filled with unbelievable vocal harmonies and exceptional showmanship by the talented Knudsen brothers. Guests can enjoy slick dances moves, funny stories, slapstick humor and superb songs from Elvis, Frankie Valli, Coldplay, MC Hammer, and more for a complete range of entertainment for the whole family.

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One of the world’s greatest live tribute show, Legends in Concert at the Dick Clark American Bandstand Theater offers exciting entertainment by uncanny impersonators of world-renowned performers from many eras. Hear classics from Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, and more. Guests can also find priceless memorabilia in the lobby before or after the show.

Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor DramaThe Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama

Since 1959, this incredible outdoor live-action show at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre has been a family favorite to millions of visitors. Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama is an extraordinary tale by Harold Bell Wright that offers themes of love, power, hardship and life’s true meaning, featuring more than 80 actors, 40 horses, sheep, a log cabin, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and more.

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A family-operated revue, popular since its opening in 1959, Baldknobbers Jamboree is an upbeat live show that features contemporary country music and side-splitting comedy acts. The revue is hosted and performed six nights a week by the second and third generations of the Mabe family, as well as other talented musicians, singers and actors. It’s a show fit for the whole family!

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Featured exclusively at the Clay Cooper Theatre, this high-energy show highlights the talents of the Haygoods family—five brothers and one sister—combined with elaborate visual effects, more than 20 different instruments, energetic choreography, beautiful harmonies, and more. The Haygoods show is one of Branson’s best in family entertainment, featuring country, rock and pop hits of today.

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Featuring Grammy Award-winning Billy Dean and his drummer/comedian sidekick, Jarrett Dougherty, the one-of-a-kind Billy Dean LIVE show at the Starlite Theatre is ideal for visitors of all ages. With 11 top 10 singles and five #1 songs, and multiple Grammy Awards, Billy Dean puts on a quality show, with hits like “Only Here for a Little While,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” and more.

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This unforgettable two-hour performance, a popular Branson show since 1990, is a high-energy experience featuring the many talents of the Tabuchi family. Guests of the Shoji Tabuchi Show can enjoy incredible violin numbers, beautiful vocal harmonies, world-class choreography, elaborate costumes and more. Guests get a true variety of musical genres as country, polka, gospel, Cajun, Hawaiian, rap, patriotic, and rock are all included.

Add these must-see shows in Branson MO to your vacation for an entertainment-filled getaway. For the best prices on tickets, be sure to browse the deals available through Reserve 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.

When you’re on vacation, every minute is dedicated to you. Whether it’s day or night, you can make the trip exclusively yours with activities that are a guaranteed good time. In years past, the Branson nightlife scene consisted mainly of shows and a few local bars and lounges. All of that’s changed, though, with the addition of new places and things to do in Branson at night. With so many attractions and activities, the fun in Branson doesn’t end once the sun goes down.

During your next vacation to the Ozark Mountains, check out these 6 unexpected things to do in Branson at night.

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1) Top of the Rock

At first, the name Top of the Rock might illicit visions of New York City. However, in Branson we have our very own Top of the Rock. The superb views, though, are of the Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake rather than skyscrapers and city lights. In addition, Top of the Rock is home to several restaurants, like The Osage, and bars, such as The Buffalo Bar. An absolutely ideal way to spend an evening in Branson is by dining at the authentically crafted Osage, followed by drinks on the patio which features fire-pits, a cozy setting and the perfect setting to watch the sun set.

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2) Ernie Biggs Piano Bar

When searching for things to do in Branson at night for the livelier set, Ernie Biggs Piano Bar is it. With a location at the Branson Landing, the bar gives easy access to pre-partying dinner options. If you’ve never been to a piano bar, prepare for a boisterous crowd! You can tip piano players to play your favorite songs, sing-a-long and generally have a rousing good time. The bar has two levels; I prefer the upper deck for the crowd watching but the club-style seating downstairs is nice too. Either way, when you go to Ernie Biggs Piano Bar you can guarantee the music will be flowing just a smoothly as the drinks.

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Inspiration Tower at Sunset

3) Shepherd of the Hills Homestead

The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is perhaps the oldest attraction in Branson, Missouri. Its home to the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama, a classic play based on the novel by Harold Bell Wright. It tells the story of life in the Ozark Hills circa 1900, complete with a cast of over 80 actors, 40 horses, sheep, a log cabin, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and more. As the show is held outside, it’s seasonal with the last performances occurring at the end of October. Don’t worry, though! There’s more reasons to go to this Homestead. Take a trip to the top of Inspiration Tower, a 230-foot tall enclosed lookout with 360 degree views of Branson. During the Christmas season in Branson, take a tour of the Shepherd of the Hills Trail of Lights. It’s an old-fashioned drive through light display sure to add cheer to your holiday vacation in Branson.

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4) Copper Run Distillery

Way out yonder, far off the beaten path, you’ll find Copper Run Distillery. This is a place to go for true Ozark moonshine and craft cocktails. The location is quaint cabin out in the middle of the woods, where you can sit on a porch and listen to the crickets chirp or stay inside and listen to local musicians. No matter where you sit and sip, a trip to Copper Run Distillery is sure to be a memorable experience.

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Haygoods performing live in Branson

5) See a Show

Even with all of these things to do in Branson at night, there’s no doubt about it: Branson is still a show town. So, it makes sense that one of the most popular activities is seeing a show. Over the years, the Branson show scene has evolved. No longer are there just country music shows to see. Now, shows that bring the biggest audience have a modern feel and feature a variety of music. In addition, theatrical productions have taken the town by storm. For an entertaining night out, these shows are sure-fire picks:

 

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The fountain show at the Branson Landing

6) Dinner with a View

When the Branson Landing opened 10 years ago, it brought about big changes to the nightlife scene in Branson. With a lakefront location on Lake Taneycomo, and a multimillion dollar fountain show, it’s a fabulous place to enjoy dinner with a view. There are variety of restaurants, bars, and attractions at your disposal. You can start your night with dinner at one of these delicious restaurants:

 

All of these restaurants have lakefront patios, too. Grab a seat outside for an after dinner cocktail, and soak up the starry night. Likewise, all of the mentions above, except Garfield’s and Black Oak Grill, are prime spots to view the dazzling fire and light fountain show.

Your night doesn’t have to end there. Top if off with a quick, seated zipline over Lake Taneycomo. Or, take to the sky via a tethered balloon ride. Both are operated by Parakeet Pete’s, and both are tame yet definitely not lame.

There’s So Many Things to Do in Branson at Night

There’s no doubt that there’s an abundant amount of things to do in Branson at night. While it may be difficult to choose what to do in Branson at night, it’s easy to reserve your entire trip with Reserve Branson. Plan your entire trip, from the hotel to the activities, online today.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Immersive. Engaging. Inspirational. Sight and Sound Theatres is known for its stunning stage productions and the all-new Moses is making a spectacular spring debut, winning over early audiences and earning race reviews. Many are familiar with the biblical epic, but why will you love Moses in Branson? Read on to find out.

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Serious Wow Factor

Miracles are central to the story of Moses. How can one forget the parting of the Red Sea, the burning bush, the plagues? Recreating these scenes on stage is a major task; luckily, Sight and Sound Theatres are experts on advance technology. Phenomenal set design, moving set pieces, elaborate multi-media projections and a 180 degree wrap around stage bring the Old Testament times to life. You’ll say “Wow” over and over as the ten plagues of Egypt reign, from the Nile turning to blood to the storm of fire and hail, God talks to Moses at the burning bush, the Red Sea divides and Moses staff transforms into a snake.

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A Powerful Message

Sight and Sound Theatres are proud to deliver faith-based shows to audiences both in Branson, MO and Lancaster, PA. Moses continues that tradition, but think twice about the show being over-the-top preachy. It appeals those who are open to the idea of Christianity to those who know the Bible by heart. Accurate in tone, the show draws heavily from Exodus and Hebrews but if haven’t read them or haven’t seen the Hollywood movie “The Ten Commandments,” you’ll still easily be able to follow along.

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Original Music to Move You

You might not know it, but Moses in Branson is a musical. The original composition is by a veteran composer of film and television, and people sing. A lot. In my opinion, it gives the show an extra emotional punch with heart-wrenching moments made that much more so by a falsetto in a voice or a villainous character, like the Pharaoh, sounding more powerful than ever through a booming solo. Bonus: If you really love the music of Moses, a soundtrack is available in the lobby.

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The Petting Zoo Factor

Along with a talented cast of almost 50, there are some non-human counterparts stealing the spotlight. Cattle, goats, dogs, sheep, parrots, camels, horses and more parade on stage and sometime even down the aisles as characters make their entrance. Kids love the zoo-esque scene; reserve an aisle seat to get a closer look.

The themes of freedom, belonging, and the struggle for faith are universally appealing. Attend Moses in Branson to see why this is a show all ages love.

Moses tickets are on sale now. The show has matinee and evening productions, March 5-December 31, 2016.


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.

January tends to be a quiet month in Branson, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot happening behind the scenes. New shows are finalizing details, while theaters are shuffling Branson show schedules and line-ups for 2016. Get a head start on the Branson shows scene with my inside look on where shows are moving, the scoop on new shows and more.

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Same Show, New Home

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70s Music Celebration

Americana Theater

The Americana Theater will be home to the “70s Music Celebration starring Barry Williams,” which is relocating from the Hughes Brothers Theatre. The show will fit in nicely with the theaters line-up which already features “#1 Hits of the 60s and 50s.” “Patsy Cline Remembered” will also be new to the venue as it is moving from its current location at the Hamner Variety Theater.

Hamners Variety Theatre

“Conway Remembered,” currently at God and Country Theater, will move to Hamners Variety Theatre. Mike Walker will sing many of your favorites such as “Slow Hand,” “Hello Darlin’,” “Don’t Take It Away,” “After the Fire is Gone,” “Tight Fittin’ Jeans,” and “I May Never Get to Heaven.”

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Trace Adkins

Welk Resort Theatre

Welk Resort Theatre will host the Up Close Concert series in 2016. So far, Trace Adkins, Peter Noone, Crystal Gayle, and Daniel O’Donnell are slated to perform in 2016 with more artists to be announced soon.

Jim Stafford Theater

Branson’s longest running morning show, the Buck Trent Show, moves to the Jim Stafford Theater in 2016. A lunch option will be available after the Buck Trent Show. Magician Taylor Reed will also move to the Jim Stafford Theater, taking over the matinee time slot.

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Mickey Gilley Theater

George Dyer, who has performed at the Dutton Theater for several years, will take residency at the Mickey Gilley Theater. Dyer will join Six, who will remain at the theater.

Oak Ridge Boys Big Stars Concert Series

This concert series, which features famous performers such as Charlie Daniels, Wynona Judd, Johnny Mathis and Neal McCoy, moves to the Mansion Theatre.

New Branson Shows

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Sight & Sound Theaters

In 2016, Moses will debut at Sight & Sound Theaters. The show, which replaces Jonah, will come to life with the help of advanced special effects, a massive cast of over 50 actors, live animals and over 800 costumes. Watch scenes like the parting of the Red Sea, the burning bush and Ten Commandments happen before your very eyes. Moses will perform March 5 through December 31, 2016.

Starlite Theatre

The beloved Blackwoods return to Branson in 2016. The group peformed in Branson in the 90s, but have been at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theatre in Pigeon Forge for the last 15 years. The Blackwood’s Morning Show will feature their trademark harmonies, many of their huge hits, and lots of laughter and heartwarming stories from their 81 year musical history. The Starlite Theatre will also host a new slate of performers during the Boot Daddy Concert Series, as well as Reza “Edge of Illusion.”

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Andy Williams Moon River Theatre

An all-new Christmas show is planned for the Moon River Theatre in 2016: Maxine’s Christmas Carol. Starring Maxine, the “Queen of Crabbiness” made famous through Hallmark Cards, the show will be a live-action musical. The story will be a retelling of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” with Maxine as the focus.

God and Country Theater

A new slate of shows will open at the God and Country Theater in April.  New shows include the “British Invasion Show,” “The LaBamba Show,” starring “Sting” Ray Anthony and the Stingers, “Alabama Rolls On Tribute,” “Ray Charles and Co.” with Willie Nash,” “Kenny Parrott’s Country Classics” starring Parrott and the Classic Country Band. Shows such as the “Good ‘Ol Boys” will now be called “Waylon, Willie and the Good ‘Ol Boys” and “California Dreamin'” will be known as “Beach Boys California Dreamin.'”

All Hands on Deck Show

All Hands on Deck Show

Dutton Family Theater

All-singing, all-dancing, all-American–it’s The All Hands on Deck Show! This patriotic new production is styled as an authentic American roadshow and radio broadcast, with 42 of the best American songs performed.

I’ll update you on what’s next for Branson MO shows and additional show theater relocations as the details are released.


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.

Sight & Sound Theaters is opening an all-new show in 2016. Moses, the greatest biblical epic of the Old Testament, will come to life on the Sight & Sound Stage next year. Moses will take the place of Jonah, which is currently being performed at the theater.

Moses_RSZSight & Sound Theaters Moses will take audiences back in time to the experience the golden splendor of ancient Egypt. An immersive experience tells the story of Moses and the children of Israel as they struggle for faith, freedom and belonging.

On stage will be a cast of 54 professional actors, dressed in an array of over 800 costumes. The musical from Moses is an original composition by a veteran composer of film and television. In addition, there are more than 50 live animals including horses, dogs, donkeys, camels, sheep and more. One of the most amazing special effects planned is the parting of the Red Sea. Of course, the burning bush, the plagues and the Ten Commandments scenes are also equally epic to watch.

With a massive cast and technically advanced production, this is the most ambitious show Sight & Sound Theaters have produced to date.

Look for Moses tickets to go on sale soon.  The show is slated for March 5 through December 31, 2016.