National Harvest and Cowboy Festival

Friday, Oct 5, 2018


The Home of American Craftsmanship, Silver Dollar City, presents The Country's Premier Craft Festival and one of the best fall festivals around —National Crafts and Cowboy Festival! Held annually in one of America's favorite fall destinations, this fun festival includes: 125 visiting demonstrating craftsmen showcasing their diverse array of talents (that's in addition to Silver Dollar City's own 100 resident craftsmen); and a Salute to the Great American Cowboy that includes Buck Taylor's Cowboy Emporium, an old-fashioned barn dance, chuck wagon cooking and much more.

The National Crafts and Cowboy Festival was named One Of The Nation's Top 8 Fall Harvest Festivals by U.S. News and World Report Travel, as well as The Best Fall Festival in Missouri by Travel and Leisure! Make your plans to visit today!


Wild West Show

September 12 - October 14

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show astounded audiences around the world from 1883 - 1913 with thrilling performances celebrating the American West. In addition to creating legends the likes of "Wild Bill" Hickok, Annie Oakley and Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill's travelling exhibition was so renowned that even Queen Victoria requested a command performance for her Golden Jubilee in 1887. 

Now you can experience some of that spectacle and pageantry with Silver Dollar City's Wild West Show, which returns for its FINAL YEAR of performances in Fall 2018. Join us in Red Gold Heritage Hall during National Crafts and Cowboy Festival as the spirit of the frontier comes alive!

The show is hosted by trick roper and bullwhip artist extraordinaire, A.J. Silver, and features performances from: 8-time World Champion Hoop Dancer Nakotah LaRance; David Rosaire and his Perky Pekes; sharpshooter Kala Howard; and the daring feats of Western Trick Riders.

A patriotic finale closes the show in grand style with pyrotechnics and a flyover from an American Bald Eagle!

Location: Red Gold Heritage Hall

Buck Taylor's Cowboy Emporium

September 12 - October 27

Meet Gunsmoke star and cowboy artist Buck Taylor, along with talented artists and craftsmen celebrating the spirit of the west!

Here are the visiting craftsmen, cowboys and artists scheduled to appear this year.

Dan Burle
Cowboy Humorist/Author
September 12-October 27

Claude Coffman
September 12-30

Don Dane
Western Art
October 3-27

Barry Johnson
Cowboy Sculpting
September 12-30

Tim Krejci
Fur Traders and Horn/Antler Mugs
October 3-27

Steve LaRance
Native American Jewelry
September 12-October 27

Tony Rice
Horseshoe Art
September 12-October 27

Tina Richards
Hand-Painted Turkey Feathers
September 12-October 27

Phil Smith
Leather and Saddelry
October 3-27

Kitty Sutton
American Indian Author
September 12-October 27

Buck Taylor
Gunsmoke Star/Cowboy Art
September 12-October 27

Wynona Wright
Antler Baskets
September 12-October 27

Location: Frisco Barn

National Crafts and Cowboy Festival Craftsmen

Silver Dollar City, known as the Home of American Craftsmanship, is proud to host 125 visiting craftsmen during National Crafts and Cowboy Festival. These remarkable artists are among the best in the nation. Meet them and watch as they demonstrate their skills during this time-honored festival.


From stylish clothing and accessories to home décor and art pieces, fiber artists stitch and weave their materials into creations that are both beautiful and functional.

-Weaving, Macramé and Rugs
-Needlework and Crochet
-Sewing and Apparel


National Crafts and Cowboy Festival boasts a wide variety of visual artists working in mediums including oil, watercolor, acrylic, wax, pen and ink, photography and mixed media.

-Drawing, Printmaking and More


Using hands, heat and hammers, these artists take raw materials and transform them into timeless objects of beauty.

-Pottery and Ceramics
-Stone Art


Building on age-old traditions, these crafts emphasize functionality and the finely-honed skills of the craftsmen who create them.

-Broom Making
-Corn Shuckery and Straw Baling
-Book Binding


These artists create the handmade items that adorn our bodies and our homes, allowing us to express our personal style though their unique creations.

-Bath and Body
-Paper Crafts

Best of Missouri Hands

September 12 - October 27

Best of Missouri Hands Juried Artists have been recognized as artists and craftsmen of the highest caliber the Show-Me State has to offer. Meet some of these talented artisans during National Crafts and Cowboy Festival!

Mike Barry
Nature Photography
October 3-27

Nancy Brickner
Wire-Wrapped and Chained Jewelry
September 7-30

Tony Brooks
October 10-27

Phillip Cook
Copper Colorist
September 7-30

Cheryl Cooper
Painting on Decor
September 7-October 27

Sherry Day
Metal Artist
September 26-October 27

Tammi Elbert
September 19-30

Jennifer Farr
September 7-30

Tresa Killion
October 3-27

Darlene Kreighbaum
September 7-October 27

Artha Labath
Hand-woven Baskets
September 7-16

Jessica Mahan
Birds and Wildlife Acrylic and Watercolor
September 7-16

Norma Marshall
Copper Enamel Jewelry
September 26-October 7

Vic Mastis
September 7-16

Rebecca Nickols
Birdhouses with living roofs
October 3-7

Lisa Palmer
Paper Filigree
September 7-30

Marty Schmitt
Sandstone Art
September 19-23

Denise Smith
Jewelry Art
October 3-27

Patricia Zieche-Davisson
Wire Wrap Jewelry
October 3-27

Barn Dance

September 12 - October 27

Back by popular demand, Silver Dollar City's Barn Dance returns to National Crafts and Cowboy Festival in 2018! Kick up your heels in the Carousel Barn with music provided by Silver Dollar City's own Horsecreek Band, an audience favorite for over 40 years!

Location: Carousel Barn


October 03 - October 27

Featured on Food Network's Chopped and Throwdown with Bobby Flay as well as NBC's Food Fighters, Chef Kent Rollins demonstrates the art of authentic chuck wagon cooking while serving up cowboy stories, poetry and humor from his restored 1876 Studebaker wagon. 

Location: Red Gold Courtyard

An Evening On The Trail

October 06 - October 26

New for 2018, Silver Dollar City is proud to present an unforgettable meet-and-greet experience with a pair of television icons!

Join us on select days during the National Crafts and Cowboy Festival for An Evening On The Trail with Buck Taylor and Kent Rollins, your chance to meet, greet and hear stories from these two legendary cowboys. You'll enjoy a full-course meal and take home souvenirs including a professional photograph, apron and cookbook to remember this unforgettable experience.

Featured on Food Network's Chopped and Throwdown with Bobby Flay as well as NBC's Food Fighters, chef Kent Rollins will serve up cowboy stories, poetry and humor as he prepares a delicious meal featuring Certified Angus Beef brand. Enjoy an expertly prepared 12 oz. New York strip steak, loaded mashed potato bombs, grilled mexican corn and grilled chocolate banana boats.

You'll also get up close and personal with Gunsmoke star Buck Taylor, now a renowned cowboy artist who keeps the spirit of the Wild West alive with his amazing watercolor paintings.

Location: Culinary Craft School

National Crafts and Cowboy Festival Visiting Performers

Enjoy western music in the Riverfront Playhouse during National Crafts and Cowboy Festival including:

The Western Flyers
September 12-16

Syd Masters and The Swing Riders
September 19-23

Belinda Gail
September 26-October 7 (Wednesday-Sunday)

The Home Rangers
October 10-12

The Willis Clan
October 17-21

Location: Riverfront Playhouse

Cherokee Indian Trading Post

September 12 - September 30

Silver Dollar City presents an all-new experience for the opening weeks of the National Crafts and Cowboy Festival. 

Step into the Cherokee Indian Trading Posts in the Red Gold Courtyard and witness Native American artisans demonstrate traditional crafts that are staples of the Native American culture and heritage. See demonstrations of flute making, cooking, bow making and pottery while learning about how these beautiful hand-made items are created by these talented artists.

These artisans are all Cherokee National Treasures, a prestigious honor bestowed upon those with an outstanding knowledge of the Cherokee culture and arts. Artisans scheduled to appear include:

Tommy Wildcat: Tommy Wildcat is a former winner of the Native American Music Award for Flutist of the Year. He has been making flutes and blowguns for more than a quarter century and has performed on four European tours, countless historic sites and at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Lisa Rutherford: Lisa Rutherford is an accomplished artist who works with several different mediums. You'll be amazed by her live pottery demonstrations.

Richard Fields: See Richard Fields demonstrate the art of bow making and watch him cook grape dumplings, fry bread and Kanuchi in authentic Native American fashion.

Location: Red Gold Courtyard

Silver Dollar City Stagecoach

October 03 - October 27

The National Crafts and Cowboy Festival marks the homecoming of the historic Silver Dollar City Stagecoach, an authentic 1880s stagecoach that was part of the Overland Stage Line carrying mail and passengers out West before it became one of the first rides at Silver Dollar City in the early 1960s.  The restored coach, that has lived through three centuries, is an artifact of American and Silver Dollar City history. See it in the Red Gold Courtyard with Cowboy Rick Hamby.

Location: Red Gold Courtyard

The Farnum Family

September 12 - September 30

Specializing in Bluegrass, Gospel and Western music, this family band loves to perform toe-tapping tunes that take audiences down memory lane.

Location: Boatworks Theater

Faith's Journey

October 03 - October 27

Based in Branson, this talented trio has more than 50 combined years of experience performing delightful Gospel favorites.

Location: Boatworks Theater

The Hanson Family

October 03 - October 27

See one of the best acts in Western Swing music, a highly entertaining show with talented yodelers and fiddlers, during the National Crafts and Cowboy Festival.

Location: Red Gold Courtyard

Spoken 4 Quartet

October 24 - October 27

Hear soulful gospel melodies from Branson's own Spoken 4 Quartet during the final week of Silver Dollar City's National Crafts and Cowboy Festival!

Location: Echo Hollow Amphitheatre