Whoa there! Before you head to Knott's Berry farm for western fun and events, you should know that Southern California has a Regional Stay-at-Home Order in effect. Knott's had to cancel the remaining dates of A Taste of Merry Farm, and the Stay-at-Home Order could delay the next Knott's Berry Farm events. Croak! The Knott's Marketplace is open. You can still get a taste of Knott's Berry Farm. Hop by the Farm Bakery for pre-packaged items from the Taste events (you can re-heat them at home). Keep reading to learn about all the fun Knott's Berry Farm events we hope to experience this year.
Howdy, partner! Our favorite Western-themed amusement park has been technically closed since March 2020 due to COVD-19. But it seems that the closed park has been more popular than the Lone Ranger lately with all of the food events hoppening inside. The Knott’s Berry Farm events have been bringing guests into the closed park for food, decoration, entertainment and a little Western fun. Knott’s kicked off its Taste of Calico event in the summer, and it sold out immediately. That event lead to two other fall events: Taste of Knott’s and Taste of Fall-O-Ween, both of which quickly sold out. That brings us to Taste of Merry Farm, a holiday celebration with expanded dates that — you guessed it! — was selling out quickly. Sadly, the season got interrupted and canceled due to a Regional Stay-at-Home Order.
These Knott's Berry Farm events are starting to become a way of entertaining and feeding theme parks fans while they wait for their beloved parks to reopen. We're putting all these interim events in one place as they are announced, and including some of the normal annual events at Knott's just in case the theme park is able to reopen fully before they take place. (We are hopful frogs who always like to think positively.)
Knott's Berry Farm Events 2021
Let’s go over the 2021 Knott’s Berry Farm events. Before we hop to it, there are a few things you need to know to attend the Knott's Berry Farm events right now. Masks are mandatory. You'll undergo a temperature screening, and you'll need to follow signage to remain physically distant from other guests. You can remove your mask when you sit down in designated areas to enjoy food and beverages. Our Knott's Berry Farm reopening post should bring you up to speed.
Knott’s Berry Farm Events in 2021
Knott's Berry Farm has several events that normally take place throughout the year. The Peanuts Celebration usually kicks off the year. That leads into the Boysenberry Festival in the spring. Then, Ghost Town Alive! comes to life in the summer, Knott's Scary Farm haunts the fall and Knott's Merry Farm makes the holiday season bright (and yummy). We’ll hop through some of these annual events that take place in a normal year, as we are ever hopful that they will return in 2021. Yes, we are looking at you, Knott’s Scary Farm. We miss your terrifying self.
Knott's has some special celebrations in store for 2021. Of course, the theme parks have to be able to reopen for some events to occur. Hop over to our post on when to expect the theme parks to reopen for the latest news. If the theme parks remain closed longer than we can imagine, perhaps Knott's will keep offering modified versions of tasting events, as it has proven to be successful and the audience is literally eating it up.
Be sure to keep hopping back now, ya hear? We’ll be updating this post as Knott’s continues to add new events and confirm other major events that may occur later in the year.
Knott's Peanuts Celebration — Select weekends January to March
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang are part of Knott's Berry Farm all year round, but they usually get their own Knott's Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration in the first part of the year. With special entertainment, meet and greets and Peanuts-themed foods and comic-strip fun. Hopfully the fun returns in 2021.
Boysenberry Festival — Select days March to April
The boysenberry is a big part of Knott's history. Walter Knott was the first person to commercially cultivate the boysenberry, selling the berries at his farm stand in 1932. People kept returning to buy the large, tasty berries. He named them boysenberries, after their originator, Charles Rudolph Boysen, who successfully bred a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry.
The incredible flavor of the boysenberry can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. At the Boysenberry Festival, the Knott’s Culinary Team creates new dishes that use the berry in new and delicious ways. The festival features a unique assortment of food, dessert and boysenberry-infused drinks. Beyond food, the Boysenberry Festival is a bushel of fun with musical entertainment, a craft fair, games, craft beer tasting and more.
Knott’s 100th Anniversary: A Knott’s Family Reunion — Summer 2021
I’m sure your big birthday and anniversary plans in 2020 have been thwarted. Knott’s turned 100 years old in 2020. You cannot turn 100 without a big celebration, so the party moves to a summer-long event in 2021! Come relive your favorite Knott's memories while you create unforgettable, exciting new ones. This once-in-a-lifetime anniversary celebration features festive park décor, themed food items, unique entertainment, exclusive merchandise and special surprises along the way.
This event will invoke all the feelings of nostalgia associated with the historic theme park. In fact, I remember visiting Knott’s Berry Farm as a child in the 1980s. I remember the funnel cake (it’s still here!) and this incredibly cool soapbox car racing ride called Gasoline Alley near where Xcelerator is today. The Haunted Shack was my favorite, as it twisted the forces of gravity so water ran uphill, along with other illusions. It was located where the Calico Mine Stage sits.
One ride is returning. It’s so thematically appropriate, as once Knott’s Berry Farm fully reopens, it will be a homecoming for everyone! The 1920s-themed Knott’s Bear-y Tales returns when the park reopens, and we’ll all return to the fair!!
Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair — 2021
As mentioned, this 1975 ride was revamped into a dinosaur ride (which led to a chain of since-closed rides) in the 80s and now it’s reborn in 2021 as a 4-D interactive dark ride. The new story takes place 34 years after the original adventure. Riders follow Boysen Bear and Girlsen Bear as they travel to the Country Fair to earn the blue ribbon prize for their famous boysenberry pies, but watch out. Crafty Coyote is back (along with his mischievous pups). They plan to steal all the pies for themselves. (I mean, have you tried the boysenberry pie at Knott's? Yum! It's delicious, but don't steal it or be selfish like Crafty Coyote.)
Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair takes guests on an exciting journey through reimagined show scenes from the original dark ride, including the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp, Thunder Cave and Weird Woods. It culminates in a celebration at the County Fair.
Guests climb aboard ride vehicles equipped with jelly blasters to try and recover the stolen boysenberry pies. They travel through whimsical and beautiful environments while competing for the highest score.
Ghost Town Alive! — Summer 2021
You cannot celebrate Knott’s 100th birthday without resurrecting Ghost Town Alive! Go on an Old West Adventure with an interactive storyline for guests to explore and mysteries to unravel with the citizens of Calico. Unlock adventures, solve puzzles and influence the day’s events. Take on challenges as you immerse yourself into the Old West alongside bandits, cowboys, judges and crafts people. Who’s down for a hoedown?
Knott’s Summer Nights — Summer 2021
Every night of summer, the park lights up with live bands, DJs and party lights. Dance or sing along to such bands as Suburban Legends, Hiatus, Suffragettes and others that rotate throughout the summer event. You can rock out to a top 40's band at the Calico Mine Stage, or bop to beats of the Boardwalk DJ around Charleston Circle Fountain.
In normal years, you can experience fireworks light up the sky on Memorial Day Sunday, the 4th of July and Labor Day Sunday.
Knott’s Scary Farm — Mid-September to early November (Unconfirmed for 2021)
Every year since 1973, Knott’s has terrified visitors with its Halloween Haunt, Knott’s Scary Farm. We missed this event with its dark shadows, eerie fog and monsters emerging from hidden corners to slide out at you. The event has themed scare zones and mazes. Hop over to our Knott’s Scary Farm Survival Guide for the terrifying details. We do not yet know if Knott’s Scary Farm will return for 2021, but we’re dying to go back.
Knott’s Spooky Farm — Daytime weekends in September and October
During a normal year, Knott’s offers Knott’s Spooky Farm, a less-scary event for kids on weekends in October. In 2020, Knott’s held a Taste of Fall-O-Ween instead of Spooky Farm or Scary Farm due to COVID-19. The socially distant event was a family-friendly Halloween festival. Kids could wear costumes and trick or treat. And of course there were delicious fall foods, beverages and treats for everyone.
Knott’s Merry Farm — Select days mid-November to early January (unconfirmed for 2021)
It’s too early to say if Knott’s Merry Farm will fully return in 2021. In 2020, we got a Taste of Merry Farm, so I think it's safe to say we can count on some kind of Christmas cheer next holiday season. Hop over to our festive guide to Knott’s Merry Farm to get a sense of the holiday décor, treats, entertainment and fun. Read on for a look at A Taste of Merry Farm from 2020.
The theme park was merry and bright in 2020, allowing guests to escape the challenges of 2020 and hunt for toilet paper for at least a little while and hop into the holiday spirit. The park was decorated with thousands of festive lights, the smell of holiday treats fill the air and cheery entertainment had froglets of all ages feeling cheery. You could even do some holiday shopping at the shops and artisan booths. Sadly, the season was cut short due to a Regional Stay-at-Home Order.
Taste of Merry Farm filled our bellies with holiday spirit with 60 different food and beverage items to choose from! Like the other Knott’s tasting events, admission to Taste of Merry Farm was included with the purchase of a Tasting Card lanyard. The date-specific Tasting Card for an adult was $40 (plus tax) and included five tastes. For ages 3 to 11, the $29 (plus tax) Tasting Card came with three tastes. Much like the other Knott's tasting events, Taste of Merry Farm sold out early.
Ho, ho, ho! We felt like we looked like Santa Claus after trying some of these filling menu items! Knott's may call them "tastes," but we shared them with family because they are big portions.
There were many different holiday foods to try, such as Blitzen’s Christmas tree bundt cake, Comet’s maple-glazed cinnamon bun, Cupid's corn chowder soup, Scrooge’s spicy wings, turkey dinner tater tots (a unanimous winner for the Frogs), cold salmon winter salad, pulled pork mac and cheese (another top favorite), chocolate peppermint cheesecake bars, gingerbread cake and much more. And yes, you could find Knott's famous funnel cake — strawberry funnel cake with ice cream, sprinkles and a raspberry drizzle! Quench your thirst with fun holiday beverages such as Rudolph's winter pear lemonade, "Ode to Santa" milk or eggnog with candy cane cookies. You could also get classic hot cider and hot chocolate to warm your hands and bellies if it got chilly at night.
Take a trip around Knott's Taste of Merry Farm in Tad's YouTube video.
Taste of Merry Farm Dates and Hours
Taste of Merry Farm was set to run the following dates:
- Nov. 20 to 29
- Dec. 4 to 6, 27 to 31 (the event was already canceled Dec. 11 to 26)
- January 1 to 3
The event ran from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. most days, but was set to close early Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Jan. 3.
Taste of Merry Farm hotel packages were available at the Knott's Hotel. If you had a hotel stay scheduled, call (866) 752-2444 for assistance.
What's not to miss at Taste of Merry Farm? We saw people don their holiday accessories to be part of the fun. People came for the day and stayed for the nighttime hours to see the park light up with dazzling decor. We found plenty of entertainment throughout the park. You could meet Peanuts characters above the Charles M. Schulz Theatre and around Camp Snoopy (socially distanced, of course). You were allowed to drop your mask for a quick photo at Knott's.
In Ghost Town, we came across a Christmas tree, roaming stilt walkers and Scrooge on the balcony of the Calico Saloon. Don't worry — he's already had his change of heart. The crafts people were also honing their skills in Ghost Town.
In the Boardwalk area, we enjoyed DJs and a Christmas Tree salesman trying to sell off the "actual" Charlie Brown Christmas Tree for about $5,000. He did not have any takers on our visit. At times, the HangTime roller coaster lit up and flashed to music. The games of skill were open and there were some fun photo-ops.
Camp Snoopy was beautifully lit with twinkling lights and whimsical holiday decor. And Fiesta Village was festively lit, with a DJ and fun music for entertainment. We strolled through the entire park to get a different feel for the areas. You could find shopping throughout the park so you could get holiday gifts or unique craft items.
On New Year's Eve in normal years, you can experience live shows, entertainment and midnight fireworks.
Are you looking forward to attending any of the Knott's Berry Farm events this year? Please feel free to share in the comments section below.