It’s fair to say that people here—whether tourist, local, or somewhere in-between—have a deep-rooted love and appreciation for the fall season.With the crisp cool feeling to the air, the beauty of the trees changing colors, the warm, tasty drinks, the smell of hay and the endless amounts of pumpkin products available in every other product on the market it’s hard to argue why autumn might be the best thing since sliced bread.
Branson, of course, has its share of fun fall festivals, harvests, pumpkin patches and hayrides available annually lasting from September until Mid-November. In other words, there are plenty of things to do in Branson during the fall.
Here are 10 Reasons You Should Visit Branson, Missouri This Fall Season:
Experience new artisians each week, thrilling night rides, and more-than-you-can-count illuminated, nonn-scary pumpkins during Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival! The whole family can enjoy great cooking, fun rides, amazing light shows, towers of pumpkins, face painting, black light photo spots and more! Get into the spirit of the season while surrounded by a welcoming autumn vibe and plenty of pumpkin-flavored goodies to consume. This popular, glowing event at the world’s most beloved theme park is definitely not one you’ll want to miss!
Get out the fluffy blankets. It’s time to go for a hay ride at the annual Fall Roundup at Sycamore Creek Family Ranch! The ranch offers whole cornfields of fun including a pumpkin patch(available for purchase), a 4-acre Corn Maze, a Cow Train, a 5k gorgeous hiking trail, Bonfire(with S’mores available to buy), farm animals including horses and alpacas, hayrides and concessions.
If you and your family are looking to celebrate fall in the traditional sense of being outside in nature with a welcoming atmosphere and the great wide open, turn your sights at Sycamore Creek this autumn!
Come bask in the casual and quaint atmosphere of Shepherd of the Hills Farmer’s Market. Set your sights on a plethora of hand-crafted products, farm-fresh produce, local artisans and plenty of baked goodies. The Farmer’s Market offers a great opportunity for buyers to get their hands on some fresh food items and one-of-a-kind gifts.
There is a ice cream shop nearby incase anyone needs to satisfy a sweet tooth called Sammy Lanes Sweets N Treats. If you’re hungry for more of a lunch and/or dinner plate, Shepherd’s Mill Restaurant serves delicious country style items like Chicken Fried Chicken and Meatloaf.
If the weather behaves itself, Farmer’s Market at Shepherd of the Hills is open 3-6PM on Fridays May 29-October 23.
Explore 10,000 acres of paradise this coming autumn while doing fun, family friendly outdoor activities such as fishing, horseback riding, Segway tours and hiking. Try out one of the restaurants or book a cabin for the night to experience the full extent of this exceptional nature park. Open 9-5 PM weekdays and 9-6 PM on weekends!
Grapes are delicious and fun to eat but have you ever tried…stomping on them? The Hollister Grape & Fall Festival takes place almost every year in historic Downing Street in Hollister and is truly a festival to remember. Experience live entertainment, the sidesplitting grape stomp, a Color Me Grape 5k, a kid’s area complete with petting zoo as a wide selection of diverse food and craft vendors. This event is special not just for it’s grape stomping, the festival stems from a deep-rooted history of the area. It’s a way for guests and local residents to celebrate yet another year of hard work and progress in the area.
Opening September 10th and lasting through October 31st, the Still Waters Resort Harvest Festival annually sets this time aside to feature daily activities from 10am to 8pm every day. Located in contrast with the beautiful Ozark Mountains and Table Rock Lake, this festival at Still Waters will offer fun and activities for all including giant inflatables, live music, Pupkin Chukin( you read that right), Hay Rides, Pumpkin Bowling, Crafts for Kids and yummy Harvest Eats!
The Annual Autumn Daze Festival in Historic Downtown Branson features homemade crafts, foods, live entertainment and more! The festival will take place Thursday – Saturday, Sept 19-21. Hours are: Thursday & Friday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free to the public.
There will be an entertainment stage set up and will present daily FREE live music from a handful of some of Branson’s most talented entertainers! Attendees will also discover a wide variety of items to browse and purchase including wood crafts, clothing, jewelry, hats, ladies’ accessories, toys and collectibles.
But wait! There’s more. Autumn Daze will additionally feature a food court(score!) and a Downtown Branson sidewalk scale. Win, win.
The festival will take place Thursday – Saturday, Sept 19-21. Hours are: Thursday & Friday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free to the public.
Exciting news! Larry’s Country Diner is coming to Branson this year(2020) at Clay Cooper Theatre October 5-9th! Larry’s Country Diner is an amusing variety show that incorporates fine entertainment, interviews, and music in a country diner venue. The show will feature character regulars such as Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, Waitress Renae and the enthusiastic church lady, Nadine. So, sit back and get ready for some good eating and a spontaneous and impromptu show like none other. Remember, it’s only showing for a limited time in Branson!
Did you know Branson is known as being one of the most veteran-friendly cities in the U.S? Though Branson honors Veterans every day of the year in some shape, way or form, Veterans Homecoming Week is a special week dedicated to honoring servicemembers and their families through parades, events and reunions.
Veterans Homecoming Week presents several different occasions including mini reunions, memorials, and the Veteran’s Day Parade. Veteran’s Homecoming Week will include events like WWII Mini Reunion at the Americana Theatre, Vietnam Veterans Reunion at Westage Resort and the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Branson. See the full list of events for 2020 here: https://www.explorebranson.com/blog/veterans-homecoming-week
Guess what? The Mckenna Family Farm is absolutely FREE to visit! Why visit there in the autumn months? Excellent question to which we have an excellent answer. It at the Mckenna Family Farm that guests can jump on the amazing bounce pillow, sit down and snuggle on their hayrides, venture through the 3 acre corn maze and take all the pictures you want of the tire mountain. Guests will have the option purchase produce, pumpkins, baked goods and fall themed décor all right there on the farm! Campsites are also available and are perfect for parties and cookouts. S’mores anyone?
Keep calm, and Pumpkin on!