The 42nd annual Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts and Music Festival will be coming to Historic Downtown Branson Sept. 17th through 19th. The festival will be free to the public and take place Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This three day event will be happening throughout downtown and will feature attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy. Various artisans and crafters will have booths set up along the streets to display and sell their works of art. Visitors will be able to shop for handmade items such as wood crafts, clothing, quilts, crocheted and knitted items, jewelry, toys, ironworks, hats and much more.
Live entertainment will be playing throughout the festival for guests to enjoy as well. New to this year’s festival will be a talent show with cash prizes that will occur on Saturday. The “Branson’s Got Talent Show” will take place on the entertainment stage from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 19th, and will be judged by Briahna Brett Perkins from The Bretts Show and Brydon Brett and Aaron Ellsworth, members of the popular music group Prince Ivan. First place in the talent show will take home a $300 cash prize while second and third place will receive $15o and $50 respectively.
Aside from crafts and live entertainment, Downtown Branson’s Autumn Daze will also feature a food court, celebrity autograph booth and a Downtown Branson sidewalk sale. If you enjoy arts and crafts or are just looking for something fun to do this weekend, Autumn Daze in Downtown Branson is the place to be.
For more information about this exciting, free event, visit Downtown Branson’s website.
Branson is one of America’s premier vacation destinations for a number of different reasons. Two reasons in particular being the award-winning theme park Silver Dollar City, and its surplus of live country music shows. On September 11th, those two reasons will become one thanks to Silver Dollar City’s Country Music Weekend.
The festivities will take place September 11th through 13th in the Echo Hollow Amphitheatre inside the Silver Dollar City theme park. Grammy Award-winning country music artist Joe Diffie will kick things off that Friday. He is expected to perform former No. 1 hits such as “Pickup Man,” “Third Rock From the Sun” and “Home.”
The next day’s featured performer will be the popular country group, Lonestar. Lonestar has had nine No. 1 singles including “Amazed,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995. Other hit songs include “My Front Porch Looking In,” “I’m Already There” and “Mr. Mom.”
The Country Music Weekend will conclude that Sunday with a performance by Diamond Rio. Diamond Rio has been named the CMA Group of the Year four times and received 13 Grammy Award nominees. They are expected to perform popular songs such as their three No. 1 hit singles “One More Day,” “Beautiful Mess” and “I Believe.”
The concerts will take place each night in the Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. and seating will start at 4 p.m. The weekend’s performances are included with the price of admission to Silver Dollar City so get there in the morning, experience all the park has to offer, then end the day with some great country music.
The Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri has long been known as one of the main attractions along the famous Highway 76 Strip. Not only do the interesting facts and displays inside the building attract tourists, but the outside of the building is a replica of the ship and iceberg – perfect for picture-taking visitors.
One of the more fascinating attractions about the Titanic Museum is that upon entry, you are given a ticket that looks identical to a ticket a passenger aboard the ship would have received. The ticket also has a name of an actual passenger that traveled on the Titanic and at the end of the tour around the museum, you find out if the person whose ticket you received survived the sinking or not. However, it was recently announced that a new fascinating attraction will be making its way to the museum for a short amount of time starting in March 2016.
Making its first public appearance since October 2013 when it was sold at auction to an anonymous European collector for $1.7 million will be Bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s RMS Titanic Violin, widely regarded as the most treasured artifact from the recovery of the Titanic. The violin was found strapped to Hartley’s body after the sinking of the ship and was returned to his wife-to-be. Once returned, the violin stayed out of public light until it resurfaced nearly a century after the fatal sinking.
Legend has it that Hartley was playing the violin during the Titanic’s final minutes afloat. It is said that he strummed the strings of the instrument saying, “Nearer, my God to thee. Nearer, my God to thee. Nearer to thee.”
The RMS Titanic Violin will be displayed at the Branson Titanic Museum for a short period of time, from March 7th to May 29th. After that, it will be moved to the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN from June 5th to August 14th. Plan your next Branson vacation ahead of time to ensure you’re in town to see this wonderful piece of history.
TripAdvisor, one of the most popular websites on the internet for learning about places to visit, eat and stay at, recently released their 2015 Travelers’ Choice list of the Top 25 Amusement Parks in the World. Parks from California to China made the list and included was Branson’s pride and joy – Silver Dollar City.
Silver Dollar City was ranked as the 24th best amusement park in the world by travelers on TripAdvisor, who chose parks from nine different countries, including 16 from the United States. Of the 16 American parks listed, nine were from Florida and four were from California. Besides Silver Dollar City, the remaining two parks to make the list were Tennessee’s Dollywood and Ohio’s Cedar Park Amusement Park. This means, according to TripAdvisor, Silver Dollar City is not only one of the best in the world, but the best in the Midwestern United States!
With all that Silver Dollar City has to offer, it’s no wonder it was chosen as one of the best amusement parks in the world. Its history and 1880s-style theme truly makes it a one-of-a-kind park. Add that to the various festivals put on throughout the year and shows, entertainment, rides and food everyone can enjoy during the day, the theme park was an obvious choice for travelers.
There is plenty to see and do at Silver Dollar City, the most popular attraction being the newly opened “Fireman’s Landing” section of the park. This section opened in March 2015 and is themed after an 1880s volunteer fire department. Fireman’s Landing was an $8 million addition to Silver Dollar City that provides guests with six family rides and four interactive play zones for kids to enjoy.
Aside from the rides and attractions found inside the park, guests can also tour the original attraction that started the amusement park – Marvel Cave. This cave is a registered national landmark that opened in 1894 as a tourist attraction and brings guests more than 300 feet below the surface.
History, rides, attractions, delicious food and a cave is more than enough to excite anyone with a pulse and is a great formula for one of the best amusement parks in the world. If you’re ever in the Branson area, spending the day at Silver Dollar City needs to be high on your priority list. Once you step foot into the park, you’ll know exactly why it was named one of the best in the world.
To see the complete list of the 2015 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Amusement Parks in the World, click here.
The Fourth of July is this weekend and if you haven’t already noticed, the kids are yearning to see some fireworks light up the sky. If you don’t have any plans this holiday weekend to set off your own fireworks, you better know where exactly you can see some colorful explosions throughout the Ozarks on Independence Day.
“IT” Independence Day Show: Located at the Hughes Brothers Theatre, this firework display will take place after a number of Fourth of July events. There will be food and games starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special performance by “IT” at 7:00 p.m. Once the show is over, you can make your way outside to see the fireworks light up the famous Branson Strip that is Highway 76.
Big Cedar Lodge: Taking place in nearby Ridegdale (only a short drive down Highway 65 from Branson), this colorful explosion will be a beautiful display over the Top of the Rock golf course. This will follow an all-day event put on by Big Cedar that features games, crafts and entertainment for a small admission fee.
Chateau on the Lake: One of Branson’s go-to places for anything holiday related, Chateau on the Lake has a miraculous display of fireworks planned overlooking the Table Rock Dam area when dusk falls upon the Fourth of July.
62nd Annual Hollister Fireworks: Also a short drive down Highway 65 from Branson, Hollister puts on a classic display of colorful explosions that has been going strong for over 60 years. Located in Chad A. Fuqua Park, the display will take place at 8:00 p.m. and is a perfect way to bring your holiday to a close.
Fireburst: A quick, 20 minute drive west of Branson and you will find yourself in Kimberling City, home of Fireburst. This firework show will take place over the scenic Table Rock Lake south of Indian Point. You can bring a lawn chair and sit on the bank or grab your boat if you have one and join the over 1,000 other water crafts expected to crowd the lake to see the show.
Rockaway Beach: Instead of heading west, drive 20 minutes east of Branson to wind up in Rockaway Beach on the shores of Lake Taneycomo for this Fourth of July firework show. Starting at 6:00 p.m., this show will take place overlooking the other well-known lake in the Branson area.
Treasure Lake RV Resort: Located in the heart of Branson off of Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and Treasure Lake Boulevard, this show will light up the sky and give you a great night time view of the surrounding Ozark Mountains. Starting at 7:00 p.m., this show is ideal to observe from afar if you’re staying close to this location.
Our nation’s birthday is quickly approaching and if you’re hoping to celebrate the 4th of July Branson style, then you’ll need to know your options. There are plenty of events taking place in or around Branson leading up to and on July 4th. These celebrations of course include no shortage of firework displays along with several other fun activities for the whole family.
Kicking off the local festivities is the 4th of July Celebration and Family Fair at Morningside Church. This event begins on June 29th and will last until July 5th. Admission to the Morningside celebration is free and will include special guests, music concerts, educational seminars, arts and crafts booths, food concessions, rides and fireworks. Concerts and special guests will include The Duttons, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, Voices of Glory and Jim and Lori Bakker.
Some of the rides for guests will include a Ferris wheel, trackless train ride, pony rides and a turbo spin. On July 4th, there will be gospel concerts and fireworks along with the grand opening for Lori’s House, Branson’s newest center for caring for babies and their young mothers.
While Morningside Church has their weeklong celebration going on, the Branson Landing will host their eighth annual Liberty Light Up Concert and Fireworks. This will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Landing Town Square on July 3rd. Performing at the concert will be Sandi Patty, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Dino and Cheryl Kartsonakis, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, Cor Captis and Cadence. Following the concert will be the fireworks show which guests can view over Lake Taneycomo.
If guests want to view the Branson Landing fireworks from somewhere other than in the Landing Town Square, Main Street Lake Cruises will be taking people onto the lake for observation. The boats will depart from the dock just outside the Landing before the firework show begins.
For a more historical view of the 4th of July, Branson visitors can check out the Friendly British Invasion happening at the Titanic Museum starting on July 3rd. Lasting through July 5th, the Titanic Museum will be hosting 4th of July themed events inside along with having the London Calling Pasty Company, a mobile, British restaurant, setting up shop in the parking lot for guests to eat at. The London Calling Pasty Company has been named the best mobile, gourmet British restaurant by 417 Magazine and will be serving up dishes such as baked meat and potato pie.
Events the day of the holiday will kick off with the 15th annual Firecracker 5000 run at the Branson Landing. Contestants can participate in a 5K or 10K road race that will begin at 7:30 a.m. and wind through the scenery alongside Lake Taneycomo. After the race, awards will be given out and refreshments will be available along with drawings for door prizes for registered participants.
Later that afternoon you can stop by the Independence Day Show at the Hughes Brothers Theatre. There will be a traditional picnic and games starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a one-of-a-kind 4th of July performance by IT at 7:00 p.m.
The 4th of July festivities in the Branson area will conclude with a pair of great firework shows. A short trip to nearby Ridgedale will allow people the chance to see a stunning display of fireworks at Big Cedar Lodge, overlooking the Top of the Rock golf course.
If you want to stay closer to Branson, the Chateau on the Lake’s firework show will be the one for you. This display gives onlookers the chance to view fireworks over the beautiful scenery near the Table Rock Lake Dam.
Regardless of which celebration you choose for your 4th of July, you’re guaranteed to have a great time with friends and family. Branson has no shortage of entertainment for all ages and is sure to deliver on this colorful and patriotic holiday. Whether you’re hanging out and taking in a show or just spending time with your family observing exploding fireworks, have a wonderful and safe time celebrating this great nation’s 239th birthday.
If you know one thing about Branson, it’s that it is chock-full of live entertainment. Most performers play consistently throughout a certain season at the same location and time. Rarely do you hear about a popular music artist or comedian coming through Branson on a cross-country tour.
If you’re looking for something strikingly similar to one day stops on tour, then you may want to check out the upcoming schedule for the Celebrity Weekend Shows at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre. Happening now through the beginning of December, the Celebrity Weekend Shows will feature some top names in country music along with comedians and more.
Celebrity Weekend Show Schedule:
July 5, 2015: Trace Adkins
August 16, 2015: Kellie Pickler
September 12, 2015: Ray Stevens
September 26, 2015: Bill Engvall
September 27, 2015: Teri Clark and Aaron Tippin
October 4, 2015: Loretta Lynn
October 11, 2015: Tanya Tucker
October 18, 2015: Ronnie Milsap (As a part of his “Farewell Tour”)
October 25, 2015: Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley with an appearance by Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely
November 8, 2015: Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan (As a part of their “The Grits and Glamour Tour”)
November 15, 2015: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
November 22, 2015: Charley Pride
November 29, 2015: Brenda Lee and B.J. Thomas
December 6, 2015: Crystal Gayle and T.G. Sheppard
While a good portion of performers on the schedule are country music artists, including a few members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, there will also be performances from rock artists along with comedians and Christmas show performers.
Moonshine history runs deep through the Ozark Mountains, and Missouri Mountain Moonshine looks to bring some of that history back to life this summer. Expected to open sometime in the coming months, this restaurant/bar/attraction will be the newest addition to the Branson Landing’s list of great places to dine and drink.
Missouri Mountain Moonshine will be the first of its kind in the Branson area. Located inside will be a moonshine tasting bar where those of legal age can sample various flavors of moonshine produced. There will also be a master mixology bar where guests can sit down and relax after a long day while having a drink. Flavors of Missouri Mountain Moonshine expected to be served include Straight White Lightnin’, Apple Pie, Caramel, Peach and Sweet Tea.
Those not interested in the alcohol can still come in and dine at the pit-smoked BBQ restaurant. Here guests can enjoy all the classic BBQ meals they grew up enjoying as a kid. If you love the food and want to bring that same flavor home, be sure to stop by the retail store for jams, sauces and dry rubs used in the dishes served. Customers can purchase bottled moonshine and apparel there as well.
Missouri Mountain Moonshine wouldn’t fit in with the Branson scene without having some sort of attraction. After enjoying the BBQ and moonshine, guests can walk through a 5,000 square foot virtual distillery with both rustic and modern designs. There will also be a classic 1941 Ford on display for car and history enthusiasts, which was used for hauling moonshine during the prohibition era.
To add to the attraction of food, alcohol and history, Missouri Mountain Moonshine will also have live music playing at the restaurant. Local bands from the area can come in and perform while you sit and enjoy some good old fashioned BBQ and sip on moonshine.
The owners of Missouri Mountain Moonshine have been pretty mum on when exactly this new attraction is set to open at the Branson Landing, maintaining that it will open sometime in the summer of 2015. If you want to keep track of its construction progress, updates are posted at momtnmoonshine.com and on their Facebook and Twitter social media accounts. But when it does open, you can expect to see a full crowd of tourists and locals flocking to this one-of-a kind combination of food, drinks and attractions at one of Branson’s most popular shopping centers.
The newest dining attraction to call Branson home opened last week and is full of more than just food. Pasghetti’s is a uniquely designed and themed Italian restaurant now open on Highway 76 near the Titanic Museum and Starlite Theatre.
When people come in for food, they have several options of where they want to eat in the building. The inside of Pasghetti’s is themed to look like the early 1900s, and is sectioned into various areas with different design layouts. Customers can choose to eat in the rooftop or side street section, in a trolley car or in one of the specialty dinner clubs. When someone walks into the restaurant, it “looks like you’re walking into a ‘30s and ‘40s city,” Jeff Hurshman, general manager of Pasghetti’s, said.
Travelers driving through the famous strip of Branson will have their attention drawn to the giant meatball and fork outside of the restaurant along with the tomato and green pepper hanging off the side of the building. The meatball, placed in the middle of the sidewalk, is so large that a path had to be cut through it for people walk on the sidewalk. These sights are one of the many reasons Pasghetti’s has had a busy start to their first two weeks in business.
“Business has been great,” Hurshman said. “We’re excited and the town has really supported us.”
Because of the tourist nature of the restaurant and the amount of business it has received since it opened, Hurshman said that wait times could get up to an hour long. However, Pasghetti’s is the only restaurant in Branson linked with the mobile device app “NoWait.” This app allows customers to log on and place their name on the reservation waiting list from their mobile device without actually being at the location.
“If you go to a restaurant of our caliber, you’re going to wait at least an hour,” Hurshman said. “If you’re on vacation, you don’t want to wait. The app helps with that.”
For being a tourist attraction and considered fine Italian dining, Pasghetti’s does not feature a meal on their menu over $20. Their most popular menu item is the Pasghetti’s and Meatball, a plateful of spaghetti covered in house-made marinara sauce and parmesan cheese served with a signature Pasghetti’s meatball. Other house favorites are Papa’s Lasagna and the Tri-Perfecta, a dish that includes pasta alfredo, lasagna and spaghetti.
Pasghetti’s is a great choice for a fun and interesting dinner with your family. If you’re looking for a quiet dining experience with your significant other, there are certain dinner rooms in the restaurant for that as well. Pasghetti’s offers supper clubs and “adult” dining areas for people who wish to eat in a quiet, secluded area with your special date, away from the noise of the main dining room.
Aside from the food and dining areas, perhaps the best attraction belonging to Pasghetti’s is the Ferris wheel located inside the restaurant. Hurshman said that while constructing the building, they wanted to add a Ferris wheel to their designs, much like Universal Studios, to set them apart from other tourist attractions.
“We wanted to bring a Ferris wheel to Branson,” Hurshman said. “We had the idea to put it along the street but that didn’t work out. We had room inside the building and thought it would be great to put it there.”
Whether you’re looking for a fun dining experience with the family or a quiet, romantic dinner date with the one you love, Pasghetti’s has everything you need for a memorable night; making it the perfect addition to the fun-filled town of Branson.