Festivals, foliage, and fun in Branson, Missouri

The crisp morning air and cooler temperatures set the stage for the rise of fall activities. The smells of campfires and warm, apple cider fill the air. Vivid foliage paints the perfect picture with various shades of red, orange, yellow and speckling of green. Branson is the perfect location to plan a fall hike or horseback riding session to explore the Ozark Mountains landscape.  

Fall is a fabulous time to visit Branson with its festivals, foliage and fun! Most of Branson’s top seasonal festival are held mid-September through end of October.  


Country Music Days. Silver Dollar City hosts six days (September 8-11/15-18) of country music with back-to-back concerts on its outdoor stages, including its amphitheater. Park and amusements are open each day.  

Harvest Festival. Silver Dollar City visitors will be able to participate in the theme park’s annual Harvest Festival, featuring thousands of glowing pumpkins. Held September 21-October 29. Advance tickets recommended.  

Shepherd’s Pumpkinfest. 

Family fun awaits each weekend at Shepherd of the Hills annual Pumpkinfest. Families can pick out pumpkins, build scarecrows, take a hayride and enjoy scrumptious pumpkin treats. The festival is held September 23-October 30. For details, visit Pumpkinfest.  


Besides hiking, one of the best ways to enjoy Branson’s explosion of color is to take a road trip along one of the area’s scenic highways.  


Branson Winery and Small Batch Brewery. The best winery and small batch brewery in the Ozarks. Visit a locally owned and operated winery and small batch brewery for a true taste of the Ozarks. Located 10 miles north of Branson, the winery and brewery are open daily and feature live music each weekend. Beers are rotated seasonally and wines are available year round. Light menu available.  

Lindwedel Winery. Opened in 2007, this local winery features only Missouri-grown wines, light bites and music on weekends. All featured wines are produced and bottled on-site. Open daily with seasonal hours. Click here to plan your visit.   

Horseback Riding. Bear Creek Trail Rides have been offering city-slickers an opportunity to take to the saddle for almost 70 years. The horses are tame and gentle for riders of all ages (7 years and older). All trails are shaded.  

Explore Nature. Pack a backpack and explore the 10,000 acres of Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. The landscape features ancient burial caves, waterfalls and hiking trails for the novice to the seasoned hiker.  

Zipline. If ziplining excites you then look no further than Zipline Canopy Tour. Experience the thrill of ziplining through nature’s kaleidoscope of the Ozark Mountains.  

Golf. Avid golfers can choose from several designer courses in the Ozarks, including Buffalo Ridge Springs, Branson Hills Golf Club, Holiday Hills Golf Club, Ledgestone Golf Course, Pointe Royale Golf Club and Thousand Hills Golf.