Howdy, partner! Our favorite Western-themed amusement park has the full line-up of events planned for 2023! We always look forward to the 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. Don't froget to hop over to the Knott's Code of Conduct page for the current status of the chaperone policy during the time of your visit.
Knott’s Berry Farm Events in 2023
Knott's Berry Farm has several seasonal events that take place throughout the year. The PEANUTS Celebration kicks off the year, which leads into the Boysenberry Festival in the spring. Then, Summer Nights and Ghost Town come to life in the summer. Knott's Scary Farm haunts fall nights while Knott's Spooky Farm entertains the tadpoles during the day. Finally, Knott's Merry Farm makes the holiday season bright (and yummy). We’ll hop through some of these annual events for seasons of fun that take place throughout the year.
Here's a look at the 2023 Knott's Berry Farm events. This year, an all-new Fiesta Village and refurbished roller coaster, Montezooma: The Forbidden Fortress will be unveiled!
Keep hopping back now, ya hear? We’ll be updating this post as we visit Knott’s Berry Farm events and will add fresh photos and details as we go! Hop back for 2023 dates.
Knott's PEANUTS Celebration — Daily Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2023
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the PEANUTS gang are all part of Knott's Berry Farm year-round, but they usually get their own Knott's Berry Farm Peanuts Celebration in the first part of the year. The PEANUTS Celebration features special entertainment, meet and greets, PEANUTS-themed foods, shows and comic-strip fun. Even though the celebration hoppens all week, there is a larger array of entertainment available to guests on Saturday and Sunday.
Knott's Boysenberry Festival — Daily March 10 through April 16 and weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) through May 7, 2023
The boysenberry is a big (and yummy) part of Knott's history. This year, the event takes place from March 10 through May 7, 2023. It occurs daily through April 16. After that, you can enjoy the festival offerings for three more weekends (April 21-23, April 28-30 and May 5-7 only). 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.
The Easter Beagle arrives for a few days around Easter from April 7-9, 2023!
Ghost Town Alive! — May 26 through Sept. 4, 2023
Ghost Town Alive! is back to life for summer 2023! The festivities kick off on May 26, 2023. Take your tadpoles 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? And whose team or a you on? Do you fancy yourself part of a bandit gang or a law-abiding citizen? You can complete in games to help your team win a treasure map to gold!
Also a hoppening spot in summer, Knott's Soak City is the coolest place to be on a hot day! The water park is open from May 20 through Sept. 10, 2023. The park is open only on weekends early and late in the season, but it is open daily from mid-June through mid-August.
Knott’s Summer Nights — Select nights May 26 through Sept. 4, 2023
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. And of course, there is special food. Hop over to our hoppening guide to visiting Knott's Berry Farm in summer for all of the details.
Look for news of fireworks that may light up the sky on Memorial Day Sunday, the 4th of July and Labor Day Sunday.
All-New Fiesta Village — Opens May 26, 2023 (MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress! will open at a later date)
Come visit the revitalized Fiesta Village and ride the reimagined MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress! Fiesta Village is inspired by the Hispanic influence on Southern California. The renovated area will be full of celebration, vibrant color and culture once it reopens! It will feature new experiences, live entertainment, dining (at Casa California), drinks (at Cantina Del Sur), shopping and thrills.
Knott’s Scary Farm — Sept. 21 to Oct. 31, 2023
Every year since 1973, Knott’s has terrified visitors with its Halloween haunt, Knott’s Scary Farm. Knott's Scary Farm has terrifyingly good 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. In 2023, Knott's Scary Farm will be celebrating 50 years of Halloween haunts. We are dying to see what they pull out of the crypt for this occasion.
Knott’s Spooky Farm — Daytime Thursdays through Sundays from Sept. 28 to Oct. 29, 2023, plus Halloween (and likely Oct. 9, 2023)
What about the tadpoles? Knott’s offers Knott’s Spooky Farm, a less-scary event for kids on weekends during the day in October (and in some years September). 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, join a costume cavalcade, eat fall and Halloween treats, trick-or-treat and even experience a little magic. A few rides get family-friendly layovers, such as the Timber Mountain Log Ride: Halloween Hootenanny, Calico Candy Mine Ride and some Halloween surprises to look for on the Trip to Camp Spooky on the Grand Sierra railroad. Catch Peanuts characters in their costumes and in shows.
Knott’s Merry Farm — Select days Nov. 17, 2023, through Jan. 7, 2024 (Park is closed Christmas day)
Knott’s Merry Farm offers special entertainment both day and night. Highlights include the Snoopy's Night Before Christmas: Ice Show, Peanuts characters in their holiday best, festive lights, music and delicious treats. Be sure to catch hourly snowfall in Ghost Town and visit Santa (or Santa Snoopy.)
On New Year's Eve you can experience live shows, entertainment and midnight fireworks. Hop over to our festive guide to Knott’s Merry Farm to get a sense of the holiday décor, treats, entertainment and fun.
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. Did you know that you can save a lot of money on Knott's Berry Farm and Knott's Soak City tickets through Undercover Tourist?
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