Branson Summer Events: Where to Party With Family, Locals
With a focus on family fun and affordability, Branson ranks as one of the one of the best value destinations by Trivago. That includes during high travel times, too. Therefore, those taking a Branson summer vacation will find both money-saving deals and fun festivals that delight the whole family. Read on to learn about the top Branson summer events and gear up for family fun and Ozark culture.
10 Branson Summer Events to Celebrate With Loved Ones
Star-Spangled Summer Festival (June-July)
Hosted by Silver Dollar City, one of the top attractions in Branson, visitors can’t miss the Star-Spangled Summer Festival. Packed full of family-friendly entertainment, the festival runs from early June to mid-July. Silver Dollar City houses more than 40 rides and attractions, and summer brings championship cloggers, games, contests and more. This festival has even featured the Harlem Globetrotters and their mad basketball skills. Other fun things to do include photo ops with popular cartoon characters, a kid-focused buffet in the Reunion Hall and storytelling at Half Dollar Holler.
Silver Dollar City Food Days (June and July)
Part of the Star-Spangled fest, foodies celebrate both summer fun and rich flavors at the Silver Dollar City Food Days. Held twice during the summer, attendees will find their favorite amusement park foods made with new recipes. Try new spins on funnel cakes, cinnamon rolls, kettle corn and more. The Food Days event is one of several celebrating Branson’s food and crafts scene. Other popular events include the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in May and Moonlight Madness in July. While trying delicious new foods, browse dozens of local artisans specializing in handcrafted treasures.
Fourth of July Events in Branson
Beach destinations aren’t the only places that blast fireworks over the water. In Branson, head to Table Rock Lake for Fireburst, an annual boat and fireworks show. This free event welcomes guests to bring their lawn chairs and see more than 1,000 boats, a 30-minute show, play games and enjoy fun with loved ones. Fireburst ranks among the top Branson summer events and one of the largest July Fourth celebrations in southwest Missouri. Families will also enjoy live entertainment, vendors and concessions, and the show can be seen via bike, boat or car.
Branson Landing’s Liberty Light Up Concert & Fireworks
For more than 10 years, the Annual Liberty Light Up Concert & Fireworks at Branson Landing has delighted visitors of all ages. Branson Landing – an entertainment district packed full of shops, restaurants and attractions – hosts the family-friendly events in downtown Branson. Start the night off with a Liberty Light Up Concert, followed by a choreographed fireworks display over Lake Taneycomo. The show draws thousands of attendees, so start planning today.
Fire in the SKY
Need a date-night idea? Head over to Parakeet Pete’s for Fire in the Sky, a pairing of ziplining and fireworks. The event offers guests the opportunity to zip their way over Lake Taneycomo to watch the show at Branson Landing from the Sky Deck. Once at the viewing spot, guests will enjoy food, live entertainment, a cash bar and one of the best spots for fireworks. Tickets sell fast, so get your spot.
Branson Fly Fishing Expo (July)
Due to its Ozark Mountain location, Branson offers some of the best fly fishing in the area. One way to see the sport’s best is to attend the Branson Fly Fishing Expo in late July. Sponsored by the Missouri Trout Fishermen’s Association, this event features fly-casting and -tying demos, raffles, and auctions. For around $5 per family, groups will enjoy affordable outdoor fun and see some of the best fishermen in the sport. Don’t miss the chance to try local foods and pick up gifts from area vendors set up at the expo.
Super Summer Cruise (August)
The Super Summer Cruise ranks as Branson’s top car event and occurs during a full weekend in August. This annual celebration draw car lovers from all over to the Show ‘n’ Shine, which features 500-plus cars and trucks on display. Super Summer Cruise is held at the The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead, a top spot for Branson history. Other fun activities include taking pictures, an outdoor drama performance, best in show awards and the midnight cruise.
Fiddle Festival & Mid-America Fiddlers Championship (August)
Get ready for toe-tapping and Ozark culture at the Fiddle Festival & Mid-America Fiddlers Championship. This two-day Branson music fest takes place at the Grand Country Music Hall, and offers competitions for children, adults and seniors. Guests will see top performers in the U.S., and find family-friendly activities. Grand Country also operates one of the largest resort destination in Branson, complete with a waterpark, rides, mini golf, laser tag and more.
Southern Gospel Picnic (August-September)
Late August and early September welcome gospel fans to the Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar City. One of the top southern gospel events in the U.S., festival-goers will enjoy big acts, Southern comfort food and family activities. Picnics occur at various locations throughout Branson, featuring more than 50 singers and groups. To sample the best flavors, head to the Reunion Hall for an old-fashioned feast with chicken, veggie sides, a salad bar and dessert.
Bonus: Branson Farmers Market (April-October)
Those vacationing in Branson from April to October, should visit the farmers market located at Branson Landing near the Lake Taneycomo Bridge. Market visitors enjoy free admission, homegrown products, locally made items, balloon artists, tattoo artists and live music. Don’t forget to pick up souvenirs to take home.
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