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Our ~Hoppening~ Guide to Visiting Knott's Berry Farm This Summer

by Mommy Frog on December 3, 2021 Los Angeles

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - PinterestWhat's happening at Knott's Berry Farm this summer? It looks like 2022 will be most frogciting with the return of Ghost Town Alive! The annual Summer Nights party is back too. The summer entertainment kicks off early on May 20 and runs through Sept. 5, 2021. Don't froget, the water park — Knott's Soak City — will be open to cool you off on hot summer days. It opens for the season May 28, 2022.

There is so much fun to be had at Knott’s Berry Farm this summer. It's a hoppening SoCal destination. Tad and Leap are always hopping to "hang ten" on their favorite surf-themed dive coaster, HangTime. And Lily loves meeting new and old characters and seeing her favorite Peanuts characters on stage. Plus there are so many toddler-friendly rides at Camp Snoopy. (Hop over to our post on tips for Knott's Berry Farm with kids to learn more.) We all love digging in to Knott's delicious food (including Knott’s boysenberry pie). After 5 p.m., the Knott's tasting cards and food booths return! I'll try to remind Leap to enjoy his food after he rides Silver Bullet. I love getting to take a trip down memory lane in the Calico Mine Train. Summer is looking to be berry fun!

What's Hoppening at Knott's Berry Farm in Summer 2022?

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - Knott's resident partiers, Saul Minella and Anita Drink, enjoy the music

SoCal theme park fans have been filling their bellies with Knott's goodness, and it's brought new life to this historic theme park. Not only will diehard fans be returning this summer, but we frogs suspect Knott's picked up a ton of new fans who hopped by one of the many Knott's events or newly discovered this simple and affordable theme park that does not require park reservations.

The affordability of Knott's really sits nicely with a lot of folks who are still affected by the pandemic. Plus Knott's has had over a year to practice all of the sanitizing and strategies to keep employees and guests safe. Its dining plans make eating in a theme park crazy cheap. And the food is so good! All of this sets Knott's up to create a summer to remember.

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - Hangtime Coaster Lit up at Night

Before we take a look at the reasons to visit Knott's Berry Farm this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind when visiting in summer 2022. You may need to wear a face covering indoors, especially if not vaccinated. Knott's no longer has to limit capacity.

Party at Knott's Summer Nights

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - Band on Stage

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - Summer Nights Live Bands PlayEvery summer night heats up for Knott’s Summer Nights party. The park lights up at dusk with live bands, DJs and party lights stretching from Calico Square to Charleston Circle. It’s not just on the weekends — you can cut a rug almost every night this summer through Sept. 5! Expect entertainment to be weekend and holidays only in early and late summer.

You can rock out to a top 40s band at the Calico Mine Stage, or move to the music of the Boardwalk DJ around Charleston Circle Fountain. Catch smaller musical performances at Calico Town Square. Sing along to favorite songs from bands including Suburban Legends, Hiatus, Suffragettes and others that rotate throughout the summer event. You can find the night's lineup on park signage and in the Knott's app. Be sure to look for Knott's resident partiers around the stage areas.

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - Shrimp lettuce wraps from Summer Nights TastingsKnott’s has tasty food, so be sure to purchase a food tasting card to sample delicious one-of-a-kind summertime treats and good eats or drinks. Most food stands are available from 5:00 p.m. until park close. The tasting card costs $45 (2021 price) and is good for six tastes. If you've attended any of the past taste events, you know the portions are HUGE! Good news! You do not have to use all the tastes in one night. We recommend sharing.

Attend a Marionette Show

In 2021 you could watch Alegre! on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays May 21 through Sept. 5. This colorful celebration of music and marionettes from Bob Baker Marionette Theater took place in Fiesta Village. You do not want to miss a lineup of samba-dancing cacti, fluttering flowers, a majestic marimba player and many puppets that pay tribute to California's Hispanic roots and vibrant culture. Marionettes performed at Knott's in the late 1950s and 1980s, so we nostalgic frogs were toadally excited to see them return to the Knott's stage. Hopfully they return for summer 2022.

Happiness Is ... Seeing Peanuts Characters on Stage

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - PEANUTS show

You can catch Peanuts characters with singers and dancers on stage. Grab some tasty food, sit at a picnic table and enjoy the outdoor show.


Enjoy small bursts of fireworks on select nights for the lighting of the K Tower. On or near July 4, guests may also enjoy a dazzling display of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day at 9 p.m. (following the K Tower lighting). The park has 4th of July activities for everyone to enjoy. Check the show times in the Knott'e Berry Farm app for fireworks and other entertainment. You may also see fireworks light up the sky on Memorial Day Sunday, the Fourth of July and Labor Day Sunday.

Ghost Town Alive!

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - Jail in Ghost TownGhost Town Alive! springs back to life for summer 2022! 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? Chat with or watch the characters. Look on the show schedule to see the hoppenings and performances in Ghost Town. And be sure to visit Sad-Eye Joe in jail. He's been in there so long. Answering your question is his only entertainment.

Meet Whittles in Ghost Town. Whittles was a Knott's character from the 1960s and '70s. He has returned! We are not sure what this prospector has been up to for about 40 years, but they say he has been lost in the hills looking for gold. But you can meet him in Ghost Town. Use the Knott's app to locate characters by time and location by clicking Shows & Events.

Knott's Berry Farm in Summer - Whittles Returns to Greet Guests

Stay Cool at Knott’s Soak City

Can we even discuss Knott’s Berry Farm summer without talking about the number one way to cool off on a hot day? Just across the parking lot from Knott’s Berry Farm sits Knott’s Soak City. You’ll need a separate day ticket to make a splash in this 15-acre water park. Soak City offers 23 speed, tube and body slides. Shore Break features six different waterslide experiences, plus you can brave The Wedge raft ride. Catch a wave in the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool or chillax in the one‑third‑mile Sunset River. Declare a water war on your family members at the three‑story Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises. The water park is open from May 28 through September.

What are you most looking forward to at Knott's Berry Farm in summer? Let us know in the comments below. 

Related: The Full Lineup of Beary-Good Knott's Berry Farm Events

Related: Best Theme Parks in California by Age Group

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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