Branson Fall Events: Signature Festivals, Shows and Family Fun

Branson fall events rank as some of the top Missouri activities among visitors and locals – and for good reason. This Ozark mountain town focuses on year-round family fun and entertainment, ensuring guests celebrate the best of the area and Western culture. From themed festivals to decked-out city centers, Branson hosts several fall events your family won’t want to miss. Read on to learn about the most popular Branson fall events to attend on family vacation:

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Branson Fall Events: September through October

Have a Toe-stompin’ Good Time

Join local craftsmen and cowboys from all over for the annual National Harvest and Cowboy Festival. This Branson fall event ranks as one of the largest of its kind in the U.S., and features 125 demonstrating craftsmen and craftswomen, live shows, an old-fashioned barn dance, chuck wagon cooking and more. The event runs from mid September to late October – Wednesday through Sunday – in various locations throughout Silver Dollar City. View all events at the National Harvest and Cowboy Festival.

Events at the festival include:
Wild West Show, packed full of family-friendly Western entertainment inspired by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show
Silver Dollar City Stage Coach, an authentic 1880s stagecoach, which was part of the Overland Stage Line
Cooking and entertainment with Kent Rollins
Wild Mustang with expert horse trainer Fred Woehl

Zip and Sip

Held every evening in October, Parakeet Pete’s Waterfront Zipline hosts Zip and Sip. This evening event ziplines guests over Lake Taneycomo to the SKY Deck, where they enjoy a complimentary cocktail or soft drink, live entertainment, and opportunities for sunset or star-gazing. Perfect with a special someone or group of friends, this Branson fall event is a must for those looking for nightlife activity.

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Support Our Veterans

The Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 913 in Branson hosts several events for the whole family that honor those who have served in the U.S. Military. Held in October, the Trout Tournament takes place on Lake Taneycomo, where teams of two can win cash prizes. All proceeds benefit the Veteran projects scheduled by the Branson chapter.

If visiting during Veterans Day, plan to attend the Veterans Day Parade that marches through downtown Branson and Branson Landing. The chapter also hosts luncheons, reunions and special shows.

Go Trick-or-Treating (and Shopping)

Help the kids into their favorite costumes, and head to Branson Landing on Halloween. Home to dozens of retail stores, restaurants and activities, families will enjoy free trick-or-treating throughout the street in safe environment. The Safe Street Trick or Treat event takes place on October 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and afterwards have dinner at one of the restaurants located on-site.

See Free Concerts

Enjoy no cover charge and live concerts hosted by Copper Run Distillery. Every Friday and Saturday evening in the fall, guests can jam to performers in country, rock, and more. In addition, adults can sample Ozark Mountain moonshine, whiskey and rum, all made in small batches and handcrafted in the mountains.

Branson Fall Events: November and December

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Branson Landing Winter Wonderlanding

Kick off the Christmas season in November and attend the annual Winter Wonderlanding. This two-month event includes the Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade in November, which features music, fun, celebrities and Christmas songs. In addition to the parade, guests will enjoy browsing more than 85 shops decked-out in holiday decorations. Also, make sure to take pictures with the 50-foot tall Christmas tree located in the landing’s center as well as see Santa in his tree house. This Branson fall event is also a great place to get a jump-start on or finish Christmas shopping.

Drive Through the Trail

Get everyone in the car and drive through the 160-acre Shepard of the Hills Homestead, full of lights and animated Christmas displays. Visitors will enjoy viewing millions of lights as well as individual lands transformed into fantasy, patriotic and religious themes. A Trail of Lights ticket also grants access to the Inspiration Tower, which takes guests 230-feet above ground for scenic views of the area. To make a full evening of it, plan to have a cowboy dinner before the drive.

Have An Old-Time Christmas

One of the top-rated Christmas seasonal events according to online reviewers is An Old Time Christmas hosted by Silver Dollar City. Park guests will see more than 5 million lights, 1,000 decorated Christmas trees, Broadway-inspired shows and a Christmas light parade. When not attending an event or visiting shops, take the family through the theme park and ride more than 30 thrill rides and attractions. Whether permitting, rides will operate day and night, all set against the lights and sounds of the holiday season.

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*All photos courtesy of the Branson CVB.