2018 is more than half over...really, can you believe it? We’re already into mid-August with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Branson’s big celebration of Christmas creeping up on us. So, why wait for the traditional end-of-year announcement of what’ll be new in Branson for the coming year? We released a New in 2018 in December of 2017, an update of what’s new for 2018 in January, and a list of 2018 concerts in July - now we’re giving you an update on what’s popped up since these articles were posted, and what’s been announced. Here are just a few new things that have us excited about Branson this year and next:
Branson Has Opened More Places to Eat!
Gettin’ Basted: Previously located in a small diner space in the Starlite Theatre, demand for the golden meaty goodies at this popular barbecue spot created the need for a bigger space! You’ll now find it at 2845 Highway 76 (in front of the Baldknobbers Motor Inn.) We suggest trying the Basted Championship Wings or the Judge’s Plate.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Famous for their delicious grilled beef entrees, this popular chain opened in Branson this year right on the Strip - 2821 West Highway 76 - right across the street from the Clarion Hotel. What to get? Why steak, of course!
Noodles 22: This delightful little Asian fusion restaurant has opened an additional, and larger, location near Branson Meadows - 2001 State Highway 248. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we recommend the Ramen, Glass Noodles, and Sushi.
More New Shows in Branson - Yep, More!
Comedy of Jim Barber Lunch Show: Who doesn’t love a good ventriloquist? Well, Barber is a great one, and he’s serving up the laughs with a delicious lunch! Located at Shepherd of the Hills Homestead.
Fleetwood Mac Dreams: The Stevie Nicks Concert Tribute: A sincere nod, by a talented artist, to the gypsy queen of rock ‘n’ roll!
Glen Campbell Songbook: Enjoy some of late great Campbell’s best work, courtesy of popular tribute artist, James Garrett.
Goldwing Express - Bluegrass Morning Show: A talented father and his sons who share their love of country, gospel, and bluegrass, as well as their Native American ancestry.
Jagger: The Rolling Stones Concert Tribute: An authentic tribute to a rock icon and the legendary band he fronts - featuring scores of unforgettable hit songs!
Music From Across the Tracks: Branson veterans deliver a wide range of 50s and 60s songs from several genres, including country, rhythm & blues, gospel, and rockabilly. And there’s loads of laughs, too!
Parrottville - Jimmy Buffett Tribute: A fun nod to one of music’s most popular artists, a singer whose longevity in a fickle industry is owed to a loyal following of fans - Parrotheads!
Pierce Arrow Presents: Decades: One of Branson’s hottest shows brings back your favorites from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and rounds it out with a whole lot of funny, courtesy of James Sibley!
The Music Factory: Just two guys on stage produce an orchestra full of music - they perform a variety of pop, rock classics, and even Disney favorites.
Tributes to Southern Rock: Enjoy all those classic rock songs you love, from southern bands like Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, and the Allman Brothers, as well as the hits of the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, Traffic, and more!
More Concerts & Special Performances Have Been Scheduled!
David Spade: Yep, you read that right, the hilarious and edgy comic will be in Branson! Emmy-nominated for his role on “Just Shoot Me” and his writing for “Saturday Night Live,” Spade is sure to bring the house down with laughter! (NOTE: This is an adults-only performance - guests must be at least 18 years-of-age.)
Schedule: Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Jeff Tracta - “The Singing Trump”: Daytime actor turned comedy genius, Tracta delighted the judges and audience alike on America’s Got Talent, and he’s sure to charm the daylights out of Branson!
Schedule: Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.
T.G. Sheppard & Moe Bandy: Two country legends loved by Branson for years - Sheppard a popular visiting artist, and Bandy, who once headlined his own resident show, gave us hits like “Devil in the Bottle” and “Americana.”
Schedule: Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m.
More New Attractions Open!
Shepherd of the Hills - Zipline Canopy Tours: One of the many new activities added to the legendary Homestead - you can “zip tour” the four short, four long, or all eight lines.
Shepherd of the Hills - Lil Pete’s Playland: A perfect new place to play for your young ones! Rope bridges linking treehouses, an obstacle course, mini-golf, petting zoo, and more fun to be had!
Shepherd of the Hills - Ozark Off-Road ATV Adventures: Experience the beauty of this nice little slice of the Ozarks on a quality ATV - both one (1) and one-and-a-half-hour (1.5) excursions available.
Shepherd of the Hills - Ropes Course: Sporting a comfy harness for safety, you’ll enjoy the challenge of rope walls, swinging bridges, and other cool features in a beautiful location.
VIP Tours - Progressive Dinner Tour: Enjoy three of Branson’s best upscale eateries - St. James Winery & Restaurant, Chateau on the Lake Resort, and Branson Convention Center - Hilton Hotel's Level 2 Steakhouse.
Guess What’s Coming to Branson? Hooray!
LandShark Bar & Grill: Coming to Branson Landing, this popular chain is part of the Margaritaville line of Jimmy Buffett-inspired restaurants. (Scheduled to open in late 2018.)
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen: Another new Branson Landing restaurant, the famous chef and author’s chain will open a location here in late spring of 2019.
WonderWorks: This fantastic attraction will be opening its 7th location in Branson on Highway 76, It’ll feature interactive activities - 100 hands-on exhibits that combine entertainment and education for kids of all ages! (Scheduled to open in 2019.)
And, if all of this isn’t enough to get you excited about upcoming visits here, a new H&M store has opened at Branson Landing! If you haven’t been to Branson in a while, you’ll find several other new boutiques and shops around town. As we’ve said before, Branson is always offering something new, so if you think it’s just another “been there, done that” location, you’re really in for a big surprise with every visit...make your next one soon!