Whether you’re planning a trip to Branson, MO for the first time or going back for your annual family getaway, there’s a good chance you already know that the city is teeming with life and activity at just about any time of year. There is a limitless number of things to see and do in the popular Ozark Mountain town. You could easily fill your entire itinerary with all the live entertainment, amusement parks, museums, and outdoor attractions that are offered, but it’s also nice to know which special events will be going on during your stay. If you want to ensure that you don’t miss a thing during your vacation, mark your calendar with the following events for May.


Ozark Mountain Shindig Festival – This year’s 3rd annual Shindig Festival continues throughout the month of May, giving Branson visitors and residents the opportunity to participate in more than 100 live shows and events. It all comes to fruition on May 28 when everyone in town comes together for the Shindig Shuffle and tries to set the record for the world’s longest Shindig line dance.


Wallace Hartley Violin Display – From May 7-29 Titanic enthusiasts will get the chance to see a piece of history. The Titanic Museum has gained exclusive rights to display the recovered violin of Wallace Hartley, which was sold at auction for an impressive bid.


Silver Dollar City Bluegrass & BBQ Festival – This international event features some of the most notable names in bluegrass music, including Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, The Grascals, and the Kruger Brothers. Come for the live performances running until May 30, and stay for the succulent barbeque offered throughout the park.


Divas Half Marathon & 5K Series – This is not your normal marathon event. On May 15 the streets of Branson will be filled with runners donning pink tutus, boas, and tiaras. Once participants have completed the 3.5-hour course, they will be rewarded with champagne and a post-race party.


Flotilla Adventure on Lake Taneycomo – Those who love a good water adventure won’t want to miss this one on Sat, May 21. The afternoon will be spent with guides on the gorgeous waters of Lake Taneycomo in a canoe or single, double, or triple kayak learning much of the area’s interesting topographical and historical details.


Makenna & Brock + Leather & Lace Concert – The Branson Landing stage is pleased to welcome back X-Factor contestants Makenna & Brock on May 27 who will also be joined by Leather & Lace in an opening performance. The country duo promises a night for all attendees to remember.