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Rock the Spectrum 2018
12:00 PM12:00

Rock the Spectrum 2018

The 7th annual Rock the Spectrum event, presented by Summerwind’s Resort and Excursions, will be at Branson Landing on September 22, 2018.

The Purple Xperience - the most entertaining and fun five-piece Prince tribute show hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lindsay With Issues
90’s cover band The Mixtapes
DJ Hadenwood
The Dirty Saints

- Free General Admission to the outdoor Concert
- Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Disney Characters & The Live Mermaids for all the kids to enjoy.
- Beer & Margarita garden for all adults 21 and over to enjoy

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Blues, Brews & Barbeque Festival
2:00 PM14:00

Blues, Brews & Barbeque Festival

Branson Landing is proud to host the second annual Brews & Barbeque music festival! 

BLUES will take center stage and be showcased throughout the day!
BREWS will be refreshingly cold and on tap from Budweiser’s Beer Truck!
BARBEQUE will fill our town square with mouth-watering smells!

Plus - Bounce Houses, Children’s Activities, Ice-Cream Floats by Kilwins and Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Budweiser ‘Rita Kiosks and more all to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks!

2 PM – Check back for Band announcement
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6 PM – Check back for Band announcement

Event brought to you by Branson Landing, Budweiser, Hiltons of Branson, Tri-Lakes Ford, and Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr.Pepper Bottling Company to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks.

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6:00 PM18:00

Taste & Learn Chef Series - Latin Fusion Cuisine

 January 18, 2018 - Latin Fusion Cuisine

January 18, 2018 - Latin Fusion Cuisine

Welcome to our first of many Chef Series at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Branson!  This Taste & Learn Chef Series will be led by Personal Chef Jennifer Bean.  Chef Jen began her culinary career at the age of 16 and never looked back. She learned all the rules just so she could break them and brings her no-holds-barred attitude and passion for creativity to every dish, whether it be a reimagined culinary classic or her own unique creation. The one constant throughout her career has been to deliver amazing culinary experiences to people of all walks of life. 

Classes within this chef series will include lecture and cooking demonstrations of a minimum of 3 courses with tastings of each item.  Attendees will receive recipes of all items prepared as well as special pricing on products purchased during the event.  Tickets are $40 per person, $75 per couple, or $175 for a multi-class pass that gives you access to all 5 classes in this series.  Tickets may be purchased in store or online by clicking the button below.  

The class series schedule is as follows:

January 18th - Latin Fusion Cuisine
February 15 - Fun with Fondue
March 15 - Traditional Cuisines of the World
April 19 - Wok Cooking Basics
May 17 - Asian Fusion Cuisine


Our January class focuses on Latin Fusion cuisine.  Chef Jen will show us how to create fun and out-of-the-box meals while taking a fresh new look at classic favorites.  

Course 1: Cocktails and Appetizers

Our Blood-Orange Smoothie herbal tea is infused with Bombay Sapphire gin and blended with Campari and sweet vermouth to create a Negroni cocktail that will start our evening off with a bang.  Chef Jen will serve tableside guacamole and a variety of salsa fresca for you to enjoy.

Course 2: Main Dish with 2 Sides

Our co-host Veronica Dearing will be serving up Mint-Basil Mojitos using our popular Mint-Basil herbal tea blend, Cruzan Aged Rum, and fresh lime juice sweetened with one of our all-natural flavored sugars.  Meanwhile, Chef Jen will be preparing a pork mole, Cuban-style black beans, fried plantains with a white balsamic glaze and saffron-infused rice.

Course 3: Dessert

We will be exploring a popular frozen Italian dessert called granita.  In Spain, they are called granizados, and here in the USA, we know them better as snow cones.  We will be showing you how to create healthy, all natural and unique flavors at our granita bar that will have you wanting to host your own granita party.

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10:00 AM10:00

First Friday Tasting Event

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Starting December 1, The Spice & Tea Exchange of Branson will be hosting a tasting event on the first Friday of every month.  These tasting events will feature a recipe, tea, and/or spice blend that we carry in store.  We will be offering these tastings on a first come, first serve basis and only while supplies last.

It is our hope to expand these tastings to include more fun and food in the months to come.  Stay tuned and bring a friend because we will be having a great time at The Spice & Tea Exchange.

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8:00 AM08:00

Turkey Trot 5K


he Annual Turkey Trot is brought to you by the Ozarks Running Club. This flat and scenic course at the Branson Landing is a great family friendly venue to either join in as a family to participate or watch your family as they participate in the Turkey Trot. The Branson Turkey Trot is truly a family event to kick off your Thanksgiving holiday and build memories as well as a tradition for years to come. For more info: ozarksrunningclub.com

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12:00 PM12:00

Downtown Tree Lighting

  • Park Central Square Springfield, MO, 65806 United States (map)
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Join Mayor Ken McClure with special guest Dino Kartsonakis, America’s Piano Showman, for the annual Downtown Tree Lighting on Park Central Square!

Schedule of events:

6 p.m.: Free pre-show activities:
• Free hot chocolate
• Performances from Luke Cooksey, Studio VIE and Springfield Little Theatre’s “The Santa Sessions.”
• Appearances from Santa, Mrs. Claus and other holiday guests
• Bring the kids to send their letters to Santa via Santa’s mailbox!

6:20 p.m.: Live performance from Dino Kartsonakis

7 p.m.: Lighting of the Park Central Square Christmas tree. Tree lighting followed by:
• Live performance by 3.Little.Birds
• Jingle Bell March around Park Central Square
• Photo ops with holiday characters
• ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” story times at Park Central Branch Library—free books for all children in attendance!
• Free carriage rides courtesy of the Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District until 10 p.m.

Plus, enjoy free ice skating at Mediacom Ice Park from 6:15-8:15 p.m. (skate rental is $3). Then, take in the stunning light display at Jordan Valley Park.

The Downtown Tree Lighting kicks of Festival of Lights, a flurry of holiday activities throughout November and December that includes horse-drawn carriage rides, free ice skating, holiday productions, shows and concerts and the Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade.

Festival of lights is a proud collaboration between:
• City of Springfield, MO - Connect with SGF
• Springfield-Greene County Park Board
• Downtown Springfield
• The Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District

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to Nov 4

Branson Market Days

 Branson Market Days

Branson Market Days

We are SO excited to help kick off Ozark Mountain Christmas in B-town with Branson Market Days! 

You will find gifts for all your friends AND some things for yourself! Come shop amazing vendors with handmade, boutique, jewelry, holiday decor, cool junk and other lovelies from multiple states and eclectic vendors. 

It's going to be lit up Christmas style---grab your hubby, girlfriends or your mama--you won't want to miss it!!! 🎄💓


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to Nov 7

Ozarks Food Harvest Fund Raising Event

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The Spice & Tea Exchange of Branson will be hosting a fund raising event from November 1 through 7 to support the Ozarks Food Harvest.  As part of our #spiceandteacares initiative, we will be donating 10% of our sales during this time to help solve hunger in Southwest Missouri.  For every dollar donated to Ozarks Food Harvest, 4 meals can be provided to a family in need.  Ozarks Food Harvest is a non-profit organization that provides meals and services to children, families and senior citizens all over Southwest Missouri.  Their programs help so many in need and we at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Branson want to do our part to help feed families this holiday season.

Please stop by our store to donate directly through our cash fundraiser box, or simply shop your favorite spices and teas to let us do the rest.  

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to Oct 15

5th Annual Ozarks Bacon Fest

  • Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds (map)
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Join us for the 5th Annual Ozarks Bacon Fest - A salute to Bacon, Beer & Bourbon!
It's a 4 HOUR bacon-infused wonderland where attendees samples amazing creative bacon inspired appetizers (some folks just hand out stips of bacon!) from the Ozark’s best restaurants and enjoy craft and micro beers, and spirits to wash it all down, along with live music and vendors on hand offering cool items for sale make this an awesome day celebrating all things BACON!

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11:00 AM11:00

Missouri Food Truck Festival & Competition

  • 735 East Saint Louis Street Springfield, MO, 65806 United States (map)
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Food trucks and foodies will gather this September 16th 2017 in Springfield, Missouri for the 3rd Annual Missouri Food Truck Festival & Competition. 
Held in downtown Springfield, MO on St Louis St. in the large lot next to the Springfield Expo Center, this is a one day event featuring the best gourmet food trucks, carts and trailers from around the state of Missouri and beyond. Featuring the brightest and most inspired street chefs offering their food for you to purchase and enjoy. With this being the 3rd year of the event we are to have even more for Food Trucks, Trailer and Carts that offer everything from gourmet hot dogs, sandwiches, Empanadas, BBQ, Mexican & TexMex, American, Vegan, Italian, American, Seafood, Farm Raised, Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and sweets. 
Enjoy live entertainment, activities for the kids and vendors.

WHAT - KOLR10 & HY-VEE presents the MO Food Truck Fest
WHEN - Saturday, September 16, 2017
WHERE - Downtown Springfield MO in large lot next to Springfield Expo Center on St Louis St. - EXACT ADDRESS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GPS IT - 735 E. St. Louis Street, Springfield Mo.
TIME - 11am till 7pm
COST - FREE to attend, food and drink will be sold from various vendors at the event

For more info and a list of food trucks and vendors, visitwww.mofoodtruckfest.com

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to Sep 17

Cider Days on Historic Walnut Street

  • 900 East Walnut Street Springfield, MO, 65806 United States (map)
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Celebrate 20 years of Cider Days! Join us for family-friendly fall fun on beautiful Historic Walnut Street September 16 and 17. 

This two-day fall festival features regional artists and crafters, three performance stages, pumpkin carving, fall-themed activities for kids, and, of course—delicious real apple cider!

Admission is $4 per person, and kids 10 and under are free.

Want to learn more? Stay in the loop at ciderdaysonwalnut.com.

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to Sep 16

44th Annual Autumn Daze Festival

  • Historic Downtown Branson (map)
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 Autumn Daze

Autumn Daze

The three days of the Autumn Daze Festival will feature homemade crafts, foods, live entertainment and more. Artisans and crafters will exhibit their work during the 44th Annual Autumn Daze Arts, Crafts & Music Festival in Historic Downtown Branson Thursday - Saturday, Sept 14-16, 2017. Hours are Thursday & Friday 9AM to 6PM and Saturday 9AM to 4PM. The festival is free to the public. Throughout each day the entertainment stage will feature FREE live music from some of Branson's finest entertainers! Crafters and artists from many states around the country will participate. Shoppers will find a wide variety of items including wood crafts, quilts, clothing, crocheted and knitted items, jewelry, hats, purses, ladies' accessories, toys, floral arrangements, ironworks and collectibles. Many vendors will be demonstrating their techniques! In addition to continuous entertainment and homespun wares, Autumn Daze will also feature a food court, a celebrity autograph booth, a Downtown Branson sidewalk sale and more. 

The event is FREE and open to all.

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1:00 PM13:00

Oktoberfest in the Ozarks

Time to dust off the ol' lederhosen and dirndls and get ready for the 7th EVER Oktoberfest in the Ozarks! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 9th. Gates open at 12:30pm and the good times continue until 7pm. We'll be kickin' it in Your Mother’s Backyard. Just $10 gets you in the door and kids 15 and under are FREE!

Wanna know what to expect? Find out more on their Facebook event page.

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4:00 PM16:00

Ballers, Brew, and BBQ Competition

 Missouri Ridge Distillery

Missouri Ridge Distillery

10th Annual Gridiron Golf Classic- August 26th-27th, 2017

Missouri Ridge Distillery will be hosting the Ballers, Brews & BBQ competition. We will have Charlie Farley performing starting at 6:00pm. Follow this link for more information about our distinguished guests... http://www.ozarksjuniorgolf.com/the-gridiron-golf-classic.html

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5:00 PM17:00

Sip & Savor Event

Introducing Sip & Savor presented by Esterly, Schneider & Associates! 
The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB is excited to host Sip & Savor, a taste event open to the public. Everyone attending can satisfy all of their senses in one event! We’ll spend the evening sipping wine, brews or moonshine while sampling zesty barbecue, gourmet pizza, delicious pasta, sweet treats and so much more. Try what you like or try it all!

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5:00 PM17:00

Rock the Spectrum - Benefit Event & Concert

Enjoy Music, Bounce Houses, Kid’s Activities, a Beer Garden, and more during Rock The Spectrum! All monies raised will go to directly help families affected by autism in Branson, Missouri and surrounding areas. This event is founded by Brent & Cristal Hedrick in honor of their goddaughter Shaylee O’Day. 

LIVE music performances by DJ Hadenwood, Lindsay with Issues, Kresleigh, Makenna & Brock and headliners The Mixtapes!

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