As summer’s warmth gently fades away and the leaves begin to change their colors, the charming town of Branson, Missouri, comes alive with the vibrant spirit of fall. If you’re looking for family-friendly, autumn-inspired events, look no further than these delightful fall festivals happening in and around Branson in 2023. From craft fairs to pumpkin patches and everything in between, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

1. Downtown Branson’s 50th Annual Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival Date: September 14th – September 16th, 2023

Kicking off the fall festival season is the 50th Annual Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival in Historic Downtown Branson. Running from September 14th to 16th, this family-friendly event begins each day at 9 a.m. Here, you can explore the picturesque downtown area while witnessing artisans from across the country showcase their craft. Don’t forget to visit the Sleds of the Midwest Classic Car Show on Commercial Street while you’re in town!

2. Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival Date: September 15th – October 28th, 2023

Silver Dollar City, a renowned theme park, hosts its annual Harvest Festival from September 15th to October 28th. This event features Craft Days and Pumpkins in the City, offering thousands of illuminated pumpkins and non-frightful fun for the whole family. With new craftsmen each week, chuck wagon cooking demonstrations, and a “Garden of Giants” showcasing massive homegrown pumpkins, you’re in for a treat. And of course, you can’t miss the delicious fall treats!

3. Cedar Fest at Big Cedar Lodge Date: September 18th – October 31st, 2023

Experience the essence of fall at Cedar Fest in Big Cedar Lodge from September 18th to October 31st. This celebration adds an autumn twist to guest activities, including pumpkin picking, decorating, pottery painting, face painting, and more. As the sun sets, the Swimmin’ Hole Lawn comes alive with singin’ jack-o-lanterns, bonfires, s’mores, movies (on select nights), and the Ozarks Lost Soul Maze.

4. Shepherd’s PumpkinFest Date: September 22nd – October 29th, 2023 (Friday – Sunday, occasional Thursday)

For a unique pumpkin patch experience during fall weekends, head to Shepherd’s PumpkinFest at Shepherd of the Hills. From bounce houses and petting zoos to hayrides and rock climbing walls, it’s the perfect spot for family fall fun. Plus, you can enjoy breathtaking views from the Inspiration Tower or take a thrilling ride on the Copperhead Mountain Coaster.

5. McKenna’s Pumpkin Patch Date: September 23rd – October 29th, 2023 (Open every day except Monday and Tuesday)

Mckenna Family Farm invites you and your family to join them for pumpkins, bonfires, activities, and fall decorations throughout the season. Kids of all ages can have a blast on the Bounce Pillow and explore a big bale hay maze. Other activities include games, a hay ride through the woods, and a new pallet maze.

6. Sycamore Creek Fall Roundup Date: September 29th – October 29th, 2023 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

The Fall Roundup at Sycamore Creek Family Ranch promises a delightful array of autumn activities for the whole family to enjoy. From pumpkin picking and hayrides through scenic countryside to exploring a challenging corn maze and cozying up by the campfire with s’mores, there’s no shortage of fall-themed fun. Kids of all ages can bounce to their hearts’ content on the giant jumping pillow, embark on a thrilling zip line adventure, and try their hand at archery or apple slingshots. The picturesque ranch setting and a variety of seasonal treats make it the perfect destination to celebrate the spirit of fall in a lively and memorable way.

7. Forsyth’s Harvest Moon Festival Date: October 7th, 2023

Celebrate the fall season at Forsyth’s Harvest Moon Festival, hosted by the Forsyth Area Chamber of Commerce. This event on October 7th promises a car show, dog show, food and craft vendors, Scottish Highland games, wagon rides, and more. It’s a day of family fun and community spirit.

8. Hollister’s Grape & Fall Festival Date: October 14th, 2023

Just outside Branson in Hollister, the Grape & Fall Festival on Downing Street offers a charming experience. Expect activities like grape stomping, a pup pageant, Color Me Grape 5K run, and an array of booths selling handmade crafts and local goodies. It’s a day filled with fun and unique finds.

9. Veterans Homecoming Week Date: November 5th – 12th, 2023

Finally, Branson’s Veterans Homecoming Week from November 5th to 12th is a special time to honor servicemen and women. This week-long commemoration features concerts, reunions, dinners, activities, and the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade in Historic Downtown Branson.

As the leaves turn and the air becomes crisp, Branson, Missouri, welcomes you to embrace the magic of autumn with these fantastic fall festivals. Whether you’re a local or visiting from afar, these events promise unforgettable experiences and cherished memories for you and your family. Don’t miss out on the seasonal delights of the Ozarks! And be sure to book your home base before your dream home books!