Category Archives: Branson

Ozark Mountain Autumn

Nothing compares to autumn in the Ozarks. The air is filled with the sounds of critters storing up acorns for the winter and the smell of ripening walnut hulls. A few wisps of smoke from a hickory wood fire drifting up from stovepipes and mingling with the gorgeous colors of the changing leaves. In the woods around Branson, the vivid red of sassafras leaves and twinge of orange on the sugar maples is already hinting at the glorious display that these hills bless us with each fall. And with the abundant rainfall the region has experienced this year, the  show promises to be a good one.

For an absolutely stunning view of the magnificent fall foliage, take to the sparkling blue water of Table Rock Lake. From your serene position on the sapphire lake, you’ll have 360 degree views of the hills and hollers. Climb aboard the Showboat Branson Belle and in addition to the splendid natural show, you can enjoy the live entertainment and a delicious meal. You’ll have ample time to take in the view from the open deck for some postcard-perfect scenery.

Hey, Hey, Hey…It’s Bill Cosby

Comedian Bill Cosby will be in Branson, MO, for a limited engagement at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre.  With only one show, October 10, you should book your tickets early, before it sells out.

One of America’s favorite clean humor comedians for more than five decades, Bill Cosby is a master of telling simple life tales in a such a way that everyone can identify with it. His warm and genuinely funny style enables him to generate big laughs without any controversial or risque topics. He has the ability, through his humor, to level the playing field and make everyone recognize that we are all more alike than we are different.

Cosby’s professional stand-up career began in the 1960s with a schedule that took him all across the country, and landed him a spot on The Tonight Show in 1963. He produced a number of comedy LPs, and had a role on TVs I Spy. Who could forget his hit animated children’s program, Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids? The Saturday morning favorite through the 1970s was based on Cosby’s childhood and the subject of his dissertation with which he earned his Doctorate of Education.

Cosby may be remembered best and most for his role as Cliff Huxtable, on The Cosby Show in the 1980s, which became the highest ranking sitcom of all time. Ever the advocate for family-based humor, the show closely resembled Cosby’s adult life.

Plan an evening of uproariously funny, family-based comedy, with Bill Cosby in Branson.

Killagain’s Island

If you enjoy an interactive dinner show experience, and maybe fancy yourself something of a sleuth, the Almost Famous Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is right up your alley. Plan an evening of great dining and entertainment in Branson, MO with this unique murder mystery comedy.

Upon arriving at the Theater, you’ll be directed to an elegantly set table, where you’ll be served a 5-star, 3-course meal with a fresh Caesar salad, fresh baked dinner roll, baked breast of chicken on a bed of fluffy rice, garlic roasted red potatoes, slow cooked green beans, and a scrumptious dessert of cheesecake, drizzled with chocolate and raspberry.

Killagain's IslandPay careful attention to the show for clues to solving the murder mystery. The Killagain’s Island show follows the story of Eunice Powell I, whose yacht, the SS Tadpole, is shipwrecked and she finds herself on a deserted island with a group of castaways. When one of them is found murdered on shore, the remaining crew are desperate to determine who among them is the culprit. The audience is invited to participate, even encouraged to holler out, make wise-cracks, as everyone is seeking clues to solve the mystery.  Was it Captain Morgan? His first mate, Killagain? Maybe the TV Celebrity, Cayenne Pepper?

Keep track of the clues you decipher, and during intermission, your clue sheet is graded by the staff. Whoever is closest to solving the murder mystery wins a ‘killer’ prize!

See ‘Elvis’ in Branson

You can get your fill of Elvis in Branson, with several top-notch tribute shows, and impersonators performing regularly.

Tony Roi Elvis and More at The Tribute Theatre is an experience you wont soon forget.  Tony has won Branson’s Entertainer of the Year and is one of the best Elvis impersonators in the country.  His show features his powerhouse band rocking some Elvis hits and performances of some of Tony Roi’s original music as well.

Joseph HallThe Clay Cooper Theater is host to Joseph Hall’s Elvis Rock ‘n’ Remember Tribute.  Hall’s authentic Elvis look will have you doing a double-take, with all the signature Elvis moves and a voice that nearly perfectly replicates the ‘King’ himself.  Hall made it to the top ten of America’s Got Talent, and has appeared on several TV network news programs.  Don’t miss Joseph Hall’s tribute to Elvis with hits like Love Me Tender, and Hound Dog.

Presley Sings ElvisJerry Presley, proud to be a cousin of Elvis Presley can be seen at the God and Country Theatre, in his production, Presley Sings Elvis.  Jerry brings the Vegas-style Elvis to the stage, with uncanny imitation in performances of songs from Elvis’ concerts in Madison Square Garden and Hawaii.


41st Autumn Daze Festival

Each fall as the heat of summer gives way to the cooler temperatures, and the rolling hills begin to display vivid colors upon the trees, Branson hosts the annual Autumn Daze Festival.  Its just one more reason to visit Branson this fall.

The 41st Annual festival will be held September 18th to 20th in Historic Downtown Branson.  More than 100 craftsmen and artisans from across the midwest gather to demonstrate their skills and sell their wares.  No factory made items will be found, only handmade crafts, foods, jewelry and more.  You can watch them at work, and find they love to answer questions about their crafts.  Pick up some tips for your own craft projects and find some truly unique and special items for yourself and loved ones.  The Ozarks are well known for their heritage of crafting, and this festival celebrates that culture.  Maybe you’ll find a perfect winter wool sweater and wear it with fond memories of the lady who actually raised the sheep, and spun the wool to knit it.  Or perhaps you’ll take home some organic, natural skincare products made with love.

Some of Branson’s finest entertainers will be on hand, performing live free shows before stepping over to the autograph booth, where you can meet them and get a photograph too.  There will be plenty of food and snacks in the food court, and the many downtown shops will be celebrating with sidewalk sales.

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Branson.  Enjoy a foliage tour, some shows, and spend a day at the Autumn Daze Festival downtown.  Its a great tradition.

Boots, Chaps, and Cowboy Hats

While there are people around the world who ride horses, herd and rope cattle, only in America are they called Cowboys!  Silver Dollar City in Branson salutes and celebrates the Great American Cowboy from September 12th to October 25th with their National Harvest & Cowboy Festival, named one of the top 25 events in Missouri.

In addition to all the shopping, food, craftsmen and thrill rides you can always enjoy at Silver Dollar City, this festival will bring in 125 visiting craftsmen, displaying their skills and their wares.  Special events throughout the festival include a Western Barn Dance, the Wild West Show featuring trick riders, incredible ropers, and Native American Dancers, and Chris Isaacs will be sharing tales from the trail and poetry celebrating cowboy culture.

Expert horse trainer, Fred Woehl will be working to tame wild mustangs, demonstrating his unique techniques developed over all his years of experience.  The exhibit, Extreme Mustang Makeovers, is produced in cooperation with the US Bureau of Land Management.

Southern Gospel Picnic at Silver Dollar CityLearn how to cook like a cowboy as Kent Rollins demonstrates authentic chuck wagon cooking, and serves up some cowboy poetry and humor from his restored 1876 Studebaker wagon.

Meet Gunsmoke star and cowboy artist, Buck Taylor in the Frisco Barn at Buck Taylor’s Cowboy Emporium.  You’ll find displays from top wild west artists, from cowboy life paintings, to painted turkey feathers, wildlife bronzes, and leather and saddlery works.

Celebrate the spirit of the West at Silver Dollar City.

3 Redneck Tenors

They are world stage opera singers, they are ex-convicts.  They are Broadway stage veterans, they are longneck-guzzling trailer park dwellers.  They are down-home, good ole boys who will crack you up, they are big city classically trained veteran performers.

“They” are 3 Redneck Tenors, and they are performing in Branson, in a best-of-both worlds mix of silly redneck antics and backwoods humor combined with amazing vocal performances from a cross section of musical genres.

The two hour show depicts the tale of how Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee rose to stardom from their humble roots in a Texas trailerpark.  Its not a straight road, but a winding and hilarious one, and filled with elegant opera, heartfelt gospel, country, rock and pop music.  This show is a unique and entertaining ride, appropriate for all ages.

Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show

Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Show in Branson is just what it claims to be.  Unbelievable.  And unbelievable variety.  The Hamners’ and their cast bring so much entertainment to the stage you’ll be on the edge of your seat and trying to keep up with fast-paced action.

Of Course there’s magic.  Call it illusion, call it a trick, call it unbelievable.  Dave and Denise Hamner are masters at it, and have shown their skill around the world and across the country.  They’ve wowed crowds and stunned audiences in Las Vegas, Disneyland, and Hollywood’s Magic Castle.  Oh, and Branson.  One of their best loved illusions includes the cast of exotic birds, as brilliant macaws and cockatoos appear among flying cards and flaming swords.  They also have a crowd favorite Hamners’ Unbelievable Variety Showcalled ‘Stargate’ wherein Denise is transformed from a tropical parrot!

The show promises variety, and it delivers.  In addition to the major illusions, guests are treated to amazing vocals, and musical impersonations, high-flying acrobatics, and award-winning ventriloquism.

The Unbelievable Variety Show can be seen at the Hamners’ Variety Theatre.

Branson Shows in an Intimate Setting

If you’ve driven through Branson, along Shepherd of the Hills Expressway just a block from the Highway 76 Strip, you have probably noticed the big sign for Branson IMAX.  But, if you never entered the building you may not realize that it is much more than a movie theatre.  The Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex is a world of movie screens, shopping, dining and live entertainment under one roof.

Within the complex you’ll find one of the most intimate, personal theater settings in Branson; The Little Opry Theatre, where every seat is the best seat in the house.  The theater features shows where you can get an up-close performance of tributes to George Strait with songs like ‘Oceanfront Property’ and ‘Amarillo by Morning.’  A John Denver tribute to reminisce with tunes such as ‘Rocky Mountain High’ and ‘Thank God I’m a Country Boy.’  Or throw it way back to the day with a Marty Robbins tribute performance of hits like ‘Ghost Riders in the Sky’ and ‘Singing the Blues.’

Smoke on the MountainThe theater also features the popular Petersen Family Bluegrass Band.  This performance is impeccable with the perfectly blended voices of this family as they perform together.

Smoke on the Mountain is perhaps the only show classified as Gospel Music Comedy.  Set in 1938 North Carolina, the show chronicles a family’s performances at the Church Saturday Night Gospel Sing.  Crazy antics mix with Classical Gospel tunes taking audiences back to a simpler time.

The Sons of Britches show is a rarity as well.  With a combined 100 years of Branson Show experience, these Ol’ Boys are a tongue-in-cheek good time.  In a show they like to call a ‘tribute’ to themselves, you’ll be delighted by the talented musicians as they perform everything from Country, Cajun, Zydeco, Bluegrass, and Rock & Roll.  Dont let their humor and bib overalls fool you, these are top-notch musicians.

The IMAX Entertainment Complex is a perfect way to spend a day.  Catch of couple of live shows, eat a hearty meal, pick up some souvenirs and its all under one roof.

Paul Harris & The Cleverlys

With all the fantastic shows in Branson, you really can’t go wrong with any of them.  But sometimes it’s nice to have a recommendation for a sure bet great show.  We are here for you with a show that promises a wonderful time with lots of clean laughs and great tunes, perfect for the whole family.

Paul Harris is a truly hilarious comedian, who hails from Arkansas and tells about growing up there, and how he decided that he was better suited to comedy, than shoeing horses.  We don’t know the quality of his farrier work, but he is definitely a top-notch comedian.  His antics on stage keep audiences in stitches all the way to the intermission.

Paul Harris & The CleverlysThen he is joined on stage by his bluegrass band, The Cleverlys.  The humorous ‘trio’ of four bring plenty of laughter, and they are truly outstanding musicians.  The performance is spot on, and like none you’ve heard as they play bluegrass renditions of music from all genres.  Can you imagine AC/DC or Lady GaGa, bluegrass style?  These talented men will amaze you, in a fun, knee-slapping, toe-tapping show.