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87th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Branson

87th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Branson

Downtown Branson
It's been a Branson tradition for nearly nine decades now, dating all the way back to the first parade held here marking Armistice Day and honoring our WWI veterans. Since then, that solemn observance has grown and become one of the largest Veterans Day observances in the country, drawing thousands of veterans and their families from across America. In recent years, it has been organized by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 913. Join us downtown as we celebrate the bravest of our nation on November 11 at 11 a.m. For a full list of Veterans Week Events Nov. 5-11 in the Branson Area, please visit ExploreBranson.com
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Branson Landing Safe Trick or Treat!

Branson Landing Safe Trick or Treat!

Downtown Branson
Round up all the little goblins, superheroes and the Elsas and head to the Branson Landing for the 13th annual Safe Trick or Treat, Oct. 31... Halloweeen night! This event is for children in costume, up to 12 years old. Kids are encouraged to go from store-to-store to collect treats, stickers, coupons and other goodies. Costumes, masks, LOTS of free candy. What's not to love? Come down to the Branson Landing, in costume, and ready to gather up some candy! On October 31st, from 5 - 7 pm, many of the stores on the Landing will be participating! If you come early, the free Sparky trolleys run until 6 p.m. and can help you avoid parking headaches. Don't forget to stop by for pictures in the pumpkin patch with The…
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See Amazing Fall Foliage in Downtown Branson and Along Lake Taneycomo

See Amazing Fall Foliage in Downtown Branson and Along Lake Taneycomo

Downtown Branson
Visions of Orange, Red, Yellow. Add a dash of fall festivals, Halloween and pumpkin spice everything! Who's ready for autumn? The Ozark Mountains have some of the best fall colors to be found anywhere, and Downtown Branson is the leaf-watching capital in the region. The cool mornings and mild fall days are great times to enjoy scenic walking, jogging and hiking around! One of our favorites is the Downtown Branson Fall Foliage Walking Tour, available on ExploreBranson.com Fall Foliage Walking Tour Directions Estimated distance: 1.5 milesTime: 50 minutes walking, 25 minutes jogging Park in the north Branson Landing parking lot (same side as Belk Department Store). Walk toward Lake Taneycomo to find the concrete boardwalk path. Turn right toward the Branson Landing.Continue on the boardwalk about ¼ mile along the…
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The Fall Branson Car Auction Speeding into View

The Fall Branson Car Auction Speeding into View

Downtown Branson
Jim and Kathy Cox have been well known among auto collectors in the Midwest for the past three decades, and Downtown Branson's twice-a-year Branson Auction has become the region's top event for seeing (and buying) unique vehicles. If you love cars, you'll want to be sure to join the enthusiasts, collectors, and restoration fans October 18th and 19th for this popular event at the Branson Convention Center. And be sure to ride throughout Downtown on the Sparky Trolley, which stops on Sycamore Street directly outside the Convention Center. Among the more than 150 cars on the auction block are: 1910 Buick Roadster 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 1928 Ford Model A Pickup 1946 Hudson Series 51 Club Coupe General Admission $15 daily  |  $25  2-day pass$10 daily  Military w/ ID  |…
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Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen Opens Just Steps from Trolley Stop

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen Opens Just Steps from Trolley Stop

Downtown Branson
After more than a year of construction on the north end of Branson Landing, the new Paula Deen's Family Kitchen opened on Labor Day 2019. The 15,696-SF restaurant and store is one of the largest in Downtown Branson and directly adjacent to Sparky Trolley Stop #O6. Paula Deen's is open for lunch and dinner and the menu focuses on traditional Southern dishes, each showcasing some of the celebrity chef's favorite recipes. Diners pick from among several main course and side dish options, and then the entire table shares a meal "family style" with plates of refills waiting in the kitchen. The restaurant is located at 545 Branson Landing Blvd. in Branson, on the north end of Branson Landing across from the Belk department store. More information is available by calling…
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Where to find frozen treats in Downtown Branson!

Where to find frozen treats in Downtown Branson!

Downtown Branson
With so many cool places in Downtown, how do you decide where to stop for a chilly treat? Well Sparky can help you pick (and also help get you there)! Stop O5 - Main & Veterans Blvd. Mr. B’s Ice Cream Parlor at the corner of Main and Commercial Streets for the classic milkshake or banana split, paired with the perfect sammie. Be sure to check out Dreamsicles on Main Street for handcrafted, gourmet popsicles. Don't forget that Clocker's Cafe, The Farmhouse and The Branson Cafe also have amazing home-style treats, including a la mode cobblers and ice cream. Stop O2 & Stop O6 - Branson Landing There are so many spots at Branson Landing for a frozen treat, including full-service restaurants as well as a number of desert-only shops.…
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Bullies Invade Downtown Branson!

Bullies Invade Downtown Branson!

Downtown Branson
The Bulldogs are back! Get ready. As the Missouri Bully Classic returns, so will hundreds of the states finest dogs. All of them preparing to enter the ring and strut for the title of Best In Show. The whole showdown happens at the Convention Center, Saturday August 31st. The Convention Center is located downtown right by Sparky Stop #O3. Sparky Stop #O3 is one of the many trolley stops located near convenient parking lots. So, if you’re downtown grabbing a bite or shopping and want to see some awesome dogs before you go home, hop on Sparky and come to the Convention Center. You can find more information about the competition and the American Bully Kennel Club here http://theabkcdogs.org/events/ When you’re done you can hop back on Sparky and grab…
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Labor Day Weekend Adventures in Downtown Branson

Labor Day Weekend Adventures in Downtown Branson

Downtown Branson
School has started and the only summer holiday left is Labor Day! Bring the kids to Downtown Branson for one last summer weekend, and be sure to ride the free (air conditioned) Sparky trolleys! Monday, September 2nd : You can catch DooWop and the Drifters at Bransons Hot Hits Theatre around 7:30 pm, with their famous mix of 50's and 60's sock hop classics. They were voted 2018's Singing Group of the Year. They'll be a Branson Classic for many many years. At 8:30 am, join 37 North Expeditions as they venture out from the Branson Landing and head to Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreational Area. A 1.5 mile hike includes a cross to the Arkansas side of the state border for a hand dipped cone before heading back to…
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Fun Things to Do in Downtown Branson (with the kids!)

Fun Things to Do in Downtown Branson (with the kids!)

Downtown Branson
Every summer, the kids get out of school and you make a tenative schedule of things to do with them. Silver Dollar City, sports and swimming (of course)! But what can you do when you run out of things to do that will keep them entertained and away from a screen? Go to Downtown Branson of course! Start by letting Sparky The Trolley take you wherever you need to go. As soon as you climb aboard the classic trolleys, you'll realize they are worth the trip just for the fun ride through downtown! And kids love trolley selfies! Here’s a compiled quick list of great things to do with the kids this summer in Downtown. Parks! There are more than a dozen parks and outdoor spaces in downtown. Much like…
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Downtown Branson and Sparky are Ready for the 2019 Tax Free Weekend!

Downtown Branson and Sparky are Ready for the 2019 Tax Free Weekend!

Downtown Branson
It's that time again ... time for school supplies and new clothes. Time for backpacks and new sneakers. And thankfully it's also time for the Missouri State Tax-Free Weekend! In 2019, the Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2, and runs through Sunday, August 4. Before we go any further, we need to jump into the fine print. The Missouri Back To School Tax Free Weekend only applies to "certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers" and other related school necessities. You'll still pay certain local taxes, but the Missouri portion of the sales tax that you'd normally pay (about 4.2%) is waived. If you have school age kids in the house, chances are you wait each year for Missouri's Tax Free Weekend to load up on…
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