Branson 2012-Summer Update: June 8, 2012

Its summertime and Branson 2012-Summer News highlights some that will be happening. You can also check our other pages for activities for this summer.

Big Doin's are coming to Area 57 August 17 & 18

If you're going to be in town that weekend you'll want to make plans to attend the 2012 1st Annual Branson Music Fest and Bar-B-Q Showdown. And if your plans didn't include this weekend, now is the time to make your arrangements to include it. This will be a fun time featuring 2 of the best things in life, Music & Bar-B-Q.

If you are not familiar with Area 57, it is a beautiful picturesque area situated between Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater and the Ramada Inn right there on Hwy 76.

BBQ teams will have a "feud" for cash prizes with celebrities judging the feud. $10 for all day ticket with kids 12 & under free and to stay cool, "Monkey Moe's Water Inflatables" will be on site and $10 gets you an all day pass. The festival runs from 10 AM to 10 PM both days.

You can find out more information on this event on our summerfest-2 page. You will need to check out for details on the BBQ competition, sponsorships, vendors, volunteers and early booking discounts. And if you still have questions you can contact Stephanie Daniels at 417-342-3488 or by e-mail at

Branson 2012-Summer-More happenings:

Kidsfest at Silver Dollar City from June 9-July 22. Even if you don't have kids with you this is a fun time. You might want to get a season pass because there are more festivals to come during the Branson 2012 season. The season pass is a real bargain if you can make it 2 or more times during the year. Coming right after "Kidsfest" is Moonlight Madness from July 21 to August 5 when the park opens till 10 PM each night.

The Southern Gospel Picnic from August 24-September 3 finishes the summer season leading us right into the activities for fall.

Summertime is a good time to visit the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater, ride the ZipRider from atop the Inspiration Tower or relax to the famous Sons of the Pioneers at the Pavilion Theater at the entrance to the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.

A special summer event at the homestead, though is the Super Summer Cruise August 9-11. The event features the  Show n' Shine of over 500 cars & trucks at the historic homestead. Highlighting the end of the event is the Midnight Super Summer Cruise Saturday night when the cars head down the mountain to cruise along Shepherd of the Hills Expressway to the delight of the thousands seated along the roadway. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs to this event.

Branson 2012-Summer Festivals

Festivals and events fill all the seasons in the Ozarks and summertime brings a host of great festivals to enjoy all through the hills and valleys of Missouri and Arkansas. Check our summerfest-1 (thru June) and summerfest-2 pages (July-Early September) for some ideas on festivals in the area. And check back and view our fall-fest, holiday-fest  and  winterfest pages for some fun events later in the year.

Branson and the Ozarks love America so celebrating the 236th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence will be a big event. And it's not just for the fun activities and fireworks that we celebrate. It is for the principles and freedoms set forth and to honor "with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence" this wonderful document.

Check our  summerfest-2 for a list of some of the Independence Day celebrations around the Ozarks.

Branson 2012-Summer: Lake activities, RVing, camping & more to come.

There are lake activities all over the Tri-Lakes area and happenings going on in the towns and villages along the shore making road-trips through the area all the more interesting. Summertime is a special time in the Ozarks with luscious forests, clear lakes and sparkling clean rivers and streams and activities to delight all ages.

Our plans for the website include pages on RV and campgrounds, more road trips, scenic drives & day trips, lake activities and more, so please keep checking back.

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