Things To Do

You will jump with joy when you see your choices of fun things to do in Branson. Branson is known for its music shows, theme parks, and attractions, but there is so much more waiting for you to DISCOVER.

Check out any of our links to the right of the page for great  things to do. We have  day trip ideas in “Off the beaten path,” and for those adventurous souls who truly want to try something new, check out our articles in “Ozarks Tales” page.

Time to Rev Up the Bike

The autumn leaves are beginning to change colors and the temperatures are perfect, so it is time to rev up and hit the road.

Shepherd of the Hills Returns for a Limited Engagement

Last year the announcement was made that Shepherd of the Hills Drama would be closing their doors after 54 years.  Their last performance was completed on October 19th, 2013.  After much consideration and overwhelming support from the community,  Shepherd of the Hills Drama is back for a limited engagement for 2014.  The show schedule has been scaled back for the 55th year of Shepherd of the Hills.  The show will start performances Memorial Weekend 4 nights a week through the summer and weekends only through the fall.  Performances start May 23rd Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and run through August 16th.  Starting August 22nd performances will be Friday and Saturday only until October 25th.

The Shepherd of the Hills Drama, Harold Bell Wright’s epic story of love, loss, power, and hardship, is brought to life every night underneath the stars in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The play has over 80 actors, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, vintage guns and rifles, a 1908 DeWitt automobile, and an actual burning log cabin.

Shepherd of the Hills has added a new performance, Roundup on the Trail,  this year in the newly climate controlled Pavilion Theater.  Roundup on the Trail replaces Sons of the Pioneers at the Pavilion Theater April through October and is followed by Christmas on the Trail in November and December.  Also out at Shepherd of the Hills you can still take the Homestead Tour which runs every hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Trail of Lights runs from November 1st through December 31st, seven nights a week beginning at dusk.  Take a ride on the Vigilante Extreme Ziprider.

If you have never seen the Shepherd of the Hills and would like to experience the outdoor drama that has entertained millions of Branson visitors since 1960, or if you want to experience it again call  us at 1-800-768-3892 to make your reservations!

Golf News in Branson, MO

Branson Creek and Murder Rock golf courses, located close to the Branson Airport, were purchased by Johnny Morris in 2013. Branson Creek has undergone a major redesign by Tom Fazio and has been renamed Buffalo Ridge. Buffalo Ridge Golf Course offers incredible beauty and nature including native grasses and free ranging buffalo from nearby Dogwood Canyon.

Buffalo Ridge Golf Course hit the news when it announced the PGA Tour will sanction a new event named “Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops.” The event will take place from June 2-8, 2014. Former players like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson will make up the two man team competition conducted over 54 holes. The event will take place at the Par 3 Top of the Rock course and the 18- hole Buffalo Ridge course. The tournament is expected to bring in nearly 20,000 visitors.

The Top of the Rock course with a Jack Nicklaus design has undergone extensive renovations over the past 7 plus years. This will be the first time a par 3 golf course has been included in a professional championship event. Top of the Rock is a fine mixture between golf and nature with sights such as Table Rock Lake, waterfalls, creeks, and bass filled ponds.

Branson Landing Special Events 2014

Event Date Event Time Event Name
May 9, 2014 12:05 PM South Harrison High School Jazz Ensemble
May 9, 2014 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 PM West Magnet Dance Team Performance
May 11, 2014 11:00 AM Sheridan High School Jazz Band Performance
May 11, 2014 12:05 PM Blue Springs High School Jazz Band Performance
May 17, 2014 11:00 AM Armed Forces Parade
June 6, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Gold Wing Road Riders Association – Parade and Light Show
June 6, 2014 8:00 PM Makenna and Brock – Live in Concert
June 13, 2014 5:00 PM Branson/Lakes Area Salutes America’s Hometown Heroes
June 20, 2014 8:00 PM The Mark Chapman Band – Live in Concert
June 21, 2014 6:00 PM KHOZ 102.9 Country Showdown Competition
July 3, 2014 8:00 PM Journey Resurrection
July 3, 2014 After Concert 7th Annual liberty Light Up Fireworks Show
July 4, 2014 7:30 AM Firecracker 5000 Race
July 18, 2014 8:00 PM Boogie Wonderland – A Tribute To Disco
August 1-3, 2014 Store Hours Missouri Sales Tax Holiday
August 1, 2014 8:00 PM The Mark Chapman Band
August 15, 2014 8:00 PM Wonderland – Live in Concert
August 29, 2014 8:00 PM Backlit – Live in Concert
August 31, 2014 7:30 AM 5k/10k Labor Day Weekend K-Life Race
September 5, 2014 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM Rock the Spectrum 2014
September 13, 2014 10:15 AM Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2014
September 26, 2014 8:00 PM Journey Resurrection
September 26-27, 2014 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM 4th Annual Artisan’s Market
October 11, 2014 All Day 5th Annual Paint The Landing Pink
October 11, 2014 7:00 PM Makenna and Brock
October 31, 2014 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Safe Street Trick Or Treat
December 7, 2014 5:00 PM The 66th Annual Adoration Celebration Parade

Branson Baldknobbers Show Past to Present

If you visited Branson in 1959, you may have been here for the fishing. After casting their line in, Branson guests could have wandered over to the theater on Taneycomo’s Lakefront that housed the Baldknobbers Show. The Baldknobbers name came from the Ozarks vigilante group that met on the bald knobs (tops) of mountains in the area in the 1800s. The lakefront theater the Baldknobbers used had about 50 folding chairs. The Mabe brothers (Jim, Lyle, Bill, and Bob) were there using instruments such as a washtub for rhythm, the jawbone of a mule for the drums, a dobra (flat-top guitar), and an acoustic guitar.

You may have also spotted the Baldknobbers playing for the square dance the first year of the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama (1960).

A few years later in 1968 the Baldknobbers built their new 1500 seat theater on 76 Country Blvd.

In 2011 the Mabe brothers donated several original Baldknobbers artifacts including costumes and instruments to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

In 2014 the Baldknobbers Theater is home to the Buck Trent Country Music Morning Show, the Sons of the Pioneers Matinee Show, and the Baldknobbers Jamboree Show in the evening.

Monday through Saturday nights the 2nd and 3rd generations of the Mabe family as well as other talented performers mix classic and new country as well as gospel music with side-splitting comedy to entertain audiences. The Baldknobbers who started with a washtub, jawbone, dobra, and guitar now perform with a fiddle, mandolin, guitar, drummer, steel guitar, dobra, piano, banjo, and bass. Though their instruments may change, the roots the Mabe brothers planted so many years ago have grown deep. The family just keeps right on entertaining folks from all over and providing people with heart felt friendliness and laughter that can brighten anybody’s experience! As they say at the Baldknobbers, “Ya’ll come see us!” on your next trip to Branson.

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