Silver Dollar City’s ‘Biggest Entertainment Year Ever’

by Susan and Simon Veness

Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri has declared 2022 their “Biggest Entertainment Year Ever,” and they’re backing up that claim with eight festivals, running from April-December.

Silver Dollar City
Photos courtesy of Silver Dollar City

The 1880s-style theme park, home to 40 rides and attractions, becomes “festival center” as it kicks off a year of lively entertainment, artisan demonstrations, home-style cooking, and tours of the incredible Marvel Cave.

The full lineup of events is impressive, starting with the Street Fest in April, and ending with An Old Time Christmas.

Silver Dollar City Street Fest (April 14 – May 1)

Spring comes to the Ozark Mountains as Silver Dollar City launches an epic street festival filled with engaging performers, stilt-walkers, live entertainment, and special selection of foods from around the world.

Take in live musical performances as the sounds of steel drums and percussion acts fill the air, and the new Living Gardens aerialists, statue illusionists, and larger-than-life, moving topiaries are sure to amaze onlookers.

Bluegrass & BBQ Festival (May 4-30)

What could be better than bluegrass music and succulent barbeque with a view of the Ozarks? Hundreds of musicians take to 10 different stages during this festival, including headliner artists Rhona Vincent & The Range, and Daily & Vincent.

Family bands, newcomers, and seasoned fiddlers join the lineup, and each concert pairs well with exceptional slow-cooked BBQ rustled up by Silver Dollar City’s pitmasters.

Silver Dollar City BBQ and Bluegrass Festival
BBQ and Bluegrass Festival

National Kids Fest (June 11-July 24)

Younger visitors have their own festival, designed especially for them and their grown-ups. Ride the park’s legendary roller coasters, check out the craft demonstrations, and take in a concert featuring superstar bands such as The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and Newsboys.

Stay for an extra day or two and enjoy the family fun of White Water water park and the riverboat Showboat Branson Belle.

Silver Dollar City Moonlight Madness (July 23-August 7)

Not so much a festival as a thrill-fest. As evening rolls around, the park’s world-class roller coasters and thrill rides launch toward the night sky, with a spectacular fireworks show as their background.

Those who prefer tamer entertainment can take part in nightly dance parties, 10 family-friendly rides, and the kid-sized thrills of Fireman’s Landing.

Moonlight Madness
Moonlight Madness

Southern Gospel Picnic (August 25-September 5)

The hills are alive with the sound of gospel harmonies. Southern gospel groups perform by day, while guests enjoy a homey picnic of The City’s famous fried chicken, cinnamon bread, and home-made ice cream. Evenings resonate with gospel sounds in the Echo Hollow area of the park, with performances nightly.

Silver Dollar City Country Music Days (September 8-11)

Enjoy a weekend of country music concerts during Country Music Days. More details will be announced as the event draws nearer.

Silver Dollar City Country Music Days
Country Music Days

Harvest Festival (September 21-October 29)

The annual autumn celebration, “Pumpkins in The City” will be expanding in 2022, providing even more reason to visit the park during Harvest Festival. Thousands of carved, sculpted, and life-sized pumpkins will light up the pathways, and a nightly blacklight dance party will take place in Pumpkin Plaza.

Enjoy live music, watch craft demonstrations, and hear tales of exciting cowboy adventures. The park’s culinary experts will be whipping up seasonal foods and beverages, too.

An Old Time Christmas (November 5-December 30)

As the year draws to an end, the most nostalgic festival of all takes place. Silver Dollar City positively sparkles with 6.5 million lights, and the festivities continue with “A Holly Jolly Light Parade,” an eight-story, animated Christmas tree, the Christmas in Midtown bazaar, and the “Joy on Town Square” light show. The park’s rides and attractions will also be running, decked out in their holiday finery.

Silver Dollar City Carolers
Carolers at Silver Dollar City

For more information on all the park’s festivals, events, rides, and attractions, visit SilverDollarCity.com.

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