Howdy, partner! Our favorite Western-themed amusement park reopened May 21, 2021! Over the past year, the closed park was more popular than the Lone Ranger with all of the food events hoppening inside. The Knott’s Berry Farm events brought guests into the closed park for food, decoration, entertainment and a little Western fun. But now, the real deal has fully returned with rides!
Let’s go over the 2021 Knott’s Berry Farm events. A Taste of Boysenberry Festival ran through May 2, and the 100th-anniversary celebration and Summer Nights kicked off May 21, during the official grand reopening. And now, Knott's Scary Farm is here! 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 indoors for unvaccinated guests, and you'll need to follow signage to remain physically distant from other guests. 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, and eventually leads into the Boysenberry Festival in the spring. Then, Summer Nights come to life in the summer, Knott's Scary Farm haunts the fall and finally, 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 and go over which ones return in 2021. Yes, we are looking at you, Knott’s Scary Farm. We missed your terrifying self last year, but we're excited to welcome you back in 2021!
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 and into 2022. Plus we will add fresh photos and details as we visit!
Knott’s Scary Farm — Sept. 16 to Oct. 31, 2021
Every year since 1973, Knott’s has terrified visitors with its Halloween haunt, Knott’s Scary Farm. In 2020, we missed this separately ticketed event with its dark shadows, eerie fog and monsters emerging from hidden corners to slide out at you. But it's officially back with a vengeance! The event has themed scare zones and mazes. Hop over to our Knott’s Scary Farm Survival Guide for the terrifying details.
Knott’s Spooky Farm — Weekends from Sept. 25 to Oct. 31, 2021
What about the tadpoles? Knott’s offers Knott’s Spooky Farm, a less-scary event for kids on weekends in September and October. At Knott's Spooky Farm, your little boils and ghouls can dress in costume, trick-or-treat and enjoy wicked good fun. The whole family can enjoy themed shows at Camp Snoopy, join a costume contest and even experience a little magic.
Knott’s Merry Farm — Select days mid-November to early January
Knott’s Merry Farm will fully return in 2021. In 2020, we got a Taste of Merry Farm, so we expect even more Christmas cheer this holiday season, including the return of the Snoopy on Ice show. 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 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. 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 the large 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 us 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.
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 craftspeople 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. Details are still to come for 2021, so keep hopping back!
Knott's Peanuts Celebration — Usually 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, Peanuts-themed foods and comic-strip fun. Hopfully the fun returns in 2022.
Knott's Boysenberry Festival — Spring 2022
The boysenberry is a big (and yummy) 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, raspberry and loganberry.
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.
In 2021, we got a Taste of Boysenberry Festival. It followed in the footsteps of the other Knott's Berry Farm events during the theme park closure. The Festival menu offered more than 80 food and drink items. We tried beer cheese soup with a boysenberry drizzle, boysenberry BBQ carne asada pizza, pork bao buns with boysenberry kimchi and nam pla, and beef tips with creamy boysenberry mashed potatoes. In terms of beverages, there was a refreshing boysenberry mint and pineapple agua fresca, boysenberry smoothie, boysenberry beer, wine and more. In addition to tasty bites, we did some shopping. Knott’s retail shops were open, along with 20 local artisan craft booths. We also caught a performance of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.
We visited opening weekend. Get a taste of this event by watching Tad's video.
Ghost Town Alive! — Summer 2022
Ghost Town Alive! did not take place in 2021. During past years, you could go on an Old West adventure with an interactive storyline 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 craftspeople. Who’s down for a hoedown? Hopfully it returns for summer 2022.
Knott’s Summer Nights — Summer 2022
Every night of summer, the park lights up with live bands, DJs and party lights from Calico Square to Charleston Circle. 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. Hop over to our hoppening guide to visiting Knott's Berry Farm in summer for all of the details.
In normal years, you can experience fireworks light up the sky on Memorial Day Sunday, the 4th of July and Labor Day Sunday.
Are you looking forward to attending any of the Knott's Berry Farm events this year? Please feel free to share in the comments below.