Author: Angie Harris

Attacking adventures, searching for amazing food, and finding new friends.  Home in Branson, MO, or exploring Disney, I am searching for deals, finding new experiences, and sharing stories along the way.

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival 2019

A youth bluegrass band is playing outside at Silver Dollar City.

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is kicking off the ‘Year of Shows and Festivals’ with a bang!  The annual festival boasts a Distinguished Achievement Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association for many reasons.  Bluegrass Nights

Bluegrass Nights

The 4000 seat Echo Hollow Amphitheatre features a different artist every night of the festival to create ‘Bluegrass Nights’.  This is punctuated with Grammy Award Winners Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Diamond Rio!   Some of the award-winning entertainers that will take the stage are:

  • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
  • Diamond Rio
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • MIchael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • The Rascals
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon
  • Spillwater Drive
  • Route 3
Doyle Lawson at Silver Dollar City

“Our festival is a banquet of acoustic music, unrivaled anywhere in the world,” explains 6-time SPBGMA* Bluegrass Promoter of the Year, D.A. Callaway. Callaway coordinates all of the award-winning artists during the 24-day event. “This is without a doubt our biggest year for Bluegrass—ever,” says Callaway. “To support the park’s ‘Year of Shows & Festivals,’ we’ll have 70 of the best bluegrass bands from all over the country, but we’re also introducing a whole new experience to our fans with ‘Bluegrass Nights.’” 

Bluegrass Band Contest

A youth bluegrass band is playing outside at Silver Dollar City.

Silver Dollar City and KSMU have partnered again for the 18th Annual Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest. Be there on May 25 to watch bands from across the country compete. This special event is included in the price of admission.

Silver Dollar City ‘B Chord’ BBQ

The‘House of BBQ’ has found its home in the largest presentation in the park.  A custom made 20-foot smoker transforms smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and ribs into dinner while bands are playing on the stage just a few feet away.  

Grab some Silver Dollar City BBQ sauce on your way out of the park in the Marketplace to spice up your summer grilling season.  

Crazy corn, or Elotes ona wooden cutting board.

What’s good to eat?

  • Crazy Corn with Smokey Parmesan or Bacon Jalapeño
  • Mason Jar Caramel Brownie
  • Mason Jar Apple Pie and Strawberry Pie Cheesecakes

All-You-Care-To-Eat Bluegrass and BBQ

Friday and Saturday afternoons on the square there is an All-you-care-to-eat BBQ Feast.  Choose from the Silver Dollar City’s famous smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and ribs.  The carving station specialty is smoked ham and Tri-tip! 

There’s nothing like spring in the Ozarks until you surround it with the smell of amazing BBQ and the sound of bluegrass.  You might consider a season pass to Silver Dollar City because you are going to want to spend the month of May in the hills!   You can find me on the square with some smoked chicken in one hand and a mason jar apple pie cheesecake in the other one!   

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ dates are May 2-27 Tuesday-Sunday and Mondays on May 20 and 27.  

Bonus: Kids FREE in May!

What’s New in Branson 2019

Wonderworks, Branson, Going Out The Door

Aquarium at the Boardwalk

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 27th for Aquarium at the Boardwalk! The 46,000-square-foot aquarium is scheduled to open in summer 2020 at the northwest corner of the former Grand Palace on the Highway 76 Strip. Sure to be an exciting undersea adventure!

Silver Dollar City’s ‘The Year of Shows & Festivals’

2019 will be a sensational year at Silver Dollar City! The park opens on March 13th, and a fabulous new lineup of festivals, shows, and special events are featured throughout the year. Please visit the Silver Dollar City website for calendar, pricing, deals, vacation packages, and much more!


Coming to Branson in fall 2019, WonderWorks will be located at the old Baldknobbers Theatre at 2835 West, 76 Country Boulevard. This extraordinary mind and science focused indoor adventure will appeal to all ages with four floors of over 100 hands-on and interactive exhibits!

The Skyscraper

Get ready for the thrill of being 170 feet in the air and spinning up to 60 miles per hour on a windmill-style propeller! The Track Family Fun Parks newest attraction, The Skyscraper, is located at Track 3 and has a height requirement of 52″ & up. The price is $29.95 plus tax for one flier or $49.95 plus tax for two fliers. Special offers and packages are also available.   

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Featuring Southern cuisine and hospitality in a family-style setting, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will soon be coming to Branson at 100 Branson Landing Ste. 545! “As soon as our guests walk in the door, we want to make them feel like we are wrapping our arms around them and saying, ‘Hey y’all, come on in. Make yourself at home.’” — Paula Deen

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, TN. Photo Credit: Paula Deen’s Facebook page

LandShark Bar & Grill

Missing the beach? Visit the Jimmy Buffett-inspired restaurant, LandShark Bar & Grill, for a tropical experience! Offering beautiful views of Lake Taneycomo, the restaurant is located next to the fountains at Branson Landing. Hours are Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Photo Credit LandShark Bar and Grill Branson Facebook page

If you enjoy keeping up with the Branson news you might enjoy the Going Out The Door Facebook page. Why Branson?

Coming Soon to Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Land, Going Out The Door

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

March 31, 2019

Rev up and race in to see Lightning McQueen as he teaches you the tricks of the trade. Located next to the Rock’n Roller Coaster you can get your high octane thrills all in one place. This show brings our Radiator Springs friends together to help Lightning and his friend Cruz Ramirez get back on track.

Wonderful World of Animation Projection Show

May 2019

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios there will be a new projection show on the Chinese Theater. The show moves in themes like Family, Magic, Love, and Adventure. we will see characters and sequences from beloved films that inspire people of all ages.Sleeping Beauty, Coco, and The Incredibles have been confirmed to be part of the show

March 31, 2019

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Summer 2019

With rumors saying it could be testing as early as May, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is going to be challenging how we think about 3-D attractions. Featuring a catchy new song and a style of animation they are calling ‘2-½ D’ that requires no glasses. We can expect this attraction to bring everything we love about our fabulous five friends to the station.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens

August 29, 2019

Black Spire Outpost on Planet Batuu is a beautiful must-see for any space traveler, rebel spy, or Imperial guard. Enjoy local foods, gear up, and explore the edge of the galaxy. There are two all-new attractions, three dining experiences, and four new shops. You are sure to love your adventures in space.

The magic of the movies is something that has stood the test of time. It has fascinated the masses since the first photograph was taken. We love the changes at Hollywood Studios and hope to see many more

“Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.”

– Walt Disney

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