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Knott's Berry Farm Reopening May 21 (May 6 for Passholders) — Here's What to Expect

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopening - Closed Silver Bullet roller Coaster near park entrance

Oh hoppy day! Knott's Berry Farm reopens May 21, 2021! Season passholders get to visit beginning May 6, but the grand reopening hoppens May 21. The reopening kicks off the summer-long 100th-anniversary celebration, which will run all the way through Sept. 6. We can’t wait to hop back to the fully reopened western-themed Knott's Berry Farm. The park has been closed since March 14, 2020, due to COVID-19, but it's been operating food and beverage events since July 2020 without rides. So we've gotten a taste of Knott's, but finally, it's time to jump back into the full theme park with rides! Yeehaw!

Knott's Soak City water park is also returning. It reopens May 29 (passholder previews are May 22 and 23)! Tickets and reservations are available as of May 10 at 10 a.m. PST. Hop over to our guide to visiting Knott's Berry Farm this summer for more fun and details.

We frogs (and our ever-hungry bellies) have been all hopped up to see Knott's continually think outside the box during the pandemic. Our mouths are watering just thinking of the Taste of Boysenberry Festival hoppening through May 2.

Until the park reopens fully, the California Marketplace is open for shopping and outdoor dining every day. Hop down for the delicious details (and over to our post on Knott's Berry Farm events to learn about more fun heading your way this year!

Tickets and Details for the Knott's Berry Farm Reopening in May

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopening - Western Entertainers talk to passing guests from balcony

Tickets sales and reservations for Knott's Berry Farm are available beginning April 26, 2021. As with all other SoCal theme parks, Knott's will limit capacity and have new reservation requirements. More details to come. Here is the reservation link: https://www.knotts.com/reservations.

Important Knott's Berry Farm Dates:

  • Select days through May 2, 2021 — Taste of Boysenberry Festival
  • April 26, 2021 — Ticket sales and reservations available at 10:00 a.m. PST; Season Passes on sale now!
  • May 6, 2021 — Knott's Bear-y Tales opens for season passholders.
  • May 6-20, 2021 — Season Passholder Preview Days (Passholders may hold one active reservation at a time).
  • May 21, 2021 — Grand reopening to the public.
  • May 21, 2021, through Sept. 6, 2021 — Knott's 100th Anniversary Celebration
  • May 29 — Knott's Soak City reopens to the general public (May 22-23 f or passholders)

In accordance with the State of California, only California residents may purchase tickets and/or make reservations until further notice. Visitors must confirm that their party will not contain more than three households. They must also confirm that all members of the party live in the state of California. Proof of residency may be required upon entrance. Reservations are required for all guests, whether visiting with a single-day ticket or a season pass. Online reservations open at 10:00 a.m. PST on April 26, 2021.

Reservations are for a day and entry time. You may arrive at or after your entry time.

If you already have a season pass, its expiration date will be extended. All 2020 Season Passes purchased by Dec. 6, 2020, and all 2021 Season Passes purchased between Dec. 7, 2020,  and May 5, 2021, will be extended through May 5, 2022. All associated season pass add-ons will also be extended. Season passes and add-ons purchased after May 5, 2021, will be valid through Dec. 31, 2021.

Operating hours vary. You can always view the most up-to-date hours online. Opening weekend, the park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. During the week in May, the park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., but all hours increase in June with Saturday nights staying open until 11 p.m.

Visit the Knott's Welcoming You Back page. Keep hopping back as more reopening details are released!

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopening - Ground markings

When it comes to masks, sanitation and physical distancing, The Knott's Berry Farm reopening guidelines are already in place for the tasting events. We have been impressed with the efforts Knott's Berry Farm has made to entertain its growing fan base while keeping everyone healthy and safe. Can't wait to visit? You can still attend the Taste of Boysenberry Festival through May 2 before you hop back to the fully reopened theme park.

When Is Knott's Berry Farm Reopening and What to Expect When It Does-Boysenberry PieKnott's Taste of Boysenberry Festival

The latest festival celebrates the boysenberry, a berry that was first cultivated by Walter Knott himself. The Knott's Culinary Team is whipping up sweet and savory dishes and refreshing beverages that pay homage to this flavorful berry. While you digest your tastings, you can visit the retail shops, meet characters and explore local artisan craft booths. We have a post on A Taste of Boysenberry Festival with all the yummy details. The park is beautifully decorated with flowers and berries.

What's on the Menu?

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The Taste of Boysenberry Festival offers over 80 food and beverages. Here are just a few:

  • Boysenberry BBQ brisket and tater tots
  • Boysenberry BBQ glazed wings
  • Beer cheese soup with a boysenberry drizzle
  • Boysenberry BBQ carne asada pizza
  • Pork bao buns with boysenberry kimchi and nam pla
  • Beef tips with creamy boysenberry mashed potatoes
  • Elote with boysenberry mayo
  • Mac & cheese bites over tots with boysenberry sriracha ketchup
  • Boysenberry balsamic brussels sprouts
  • Fun bun with boysenberry glaze
  • Boysenberry mint and pineapple agua fresca
  • Boysenberry smoothie
  • Boysenberry pie with whipped cream
  • Boysenberry beer, wine and more

Bring your appetite, because these dishes are toadally filling! You can get a taste of the event and the dishes we tried on our YouTube Channel.


One of the biggest surprises is getting to meet Peanuts characters! You can take socially distanced pics with the characters in Camp Snoopy and the Easter Bunny on the second floor of the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. Knott's allows guests to drop masks for a few seconds for a photo if they wish. Entertainment and music was hoppening around the park with Krazy Kirk & the Hillbillies and more. Plus you can always count on some western characters to saunter in and liven up the place.

Taste of Boysenberry Festival Dates and Hours

The Taste of Boysenberry Festival runs March 5 through May 2, 2021.

The event begins at 12 p.m. daily and closes at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. on Sundays). You can purchase dated tickets (which are tasting cards) for the following dates:

  • March 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 and 26 to 31
  • April 1-11, 16-18, 23-25 and 30
  • May 1-2

Tasting cards went on sale for Knott's passholders Feb. 9 and go on sale to the public Feb. 16. The tasting cards cost $45 (plus tax) for five food tastings and $20 (plus tax) for a junior card (ages 3 to 11) for three tastings. We recommend purchasing early because these popular events do sell out. Taste of Boysenberry hotel packages are available at the Knott's Hotel.

Parking is free for these events, and you can come and go the same day with your original tasting card e-ticket (your photo will be taken when you enter at first). You can redeem any unused tastings on a future Taste of Boysenberry Festival visit; however, you will need to purchase a new tasting card to gain entrance on that future date. (We recommend taking food to-go if you get full since you cannot count on acquiring a new tasting card if they sell out.)

Health and Safety Protocols You can Expect During the Knott’s Berry Farm Reopening

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopening - Peanuts mask and shirt on guestAll of the safety information should not come as a surprise. Expect, masks, plexiglass and hand-sanitizer aplenty. You should be used to it by now. Most theme parks have more stringent rules than any other place you go, so those rules are not relaxing at SoCal theme parks anytime soon. In case you are curious, here's what you can expect during the Knott's Berry Farm reopening:

  • Face coverings required (Knott's sells some, and we saw people who bought Peanuts-themed masks online).
  • Face coverings can be removed in a designated RelaxZone (while at least 6 feet from other guests) or when seated at a table for dining. Knott's has allowed us to drop the mask for a quick photo at the events.
  • At Knott's Soak City, face coverings may only be removed while dining on a bench or at a table, while in line for a water attraction, or while experiencing water attractions or pools.
  • Capacity is limited in the park. Once Knott's is ready to officially reopen, the government caps capacity and requires a pre-purchase or reservation system to limit capacity.
  • Temperature checks: If anyone in the party has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, the party will not be admitted. Thermal through scanners read temperature.
  • Employees undergo health screenings, symptom checks and temperature checks.
  • The park has added a number of hand-sanitizing stations. Guests are encouraged to wash hands frequently.
  • Contactless forms of payments are recommended.
  • Look for ground markings in stores and restaurants for physical distancing.
  • Plexiglass separates guests from associates.
  • Extensive and ongoing training for associates on maintaining a safe and hygienic workplace and environment for guests.
  • Specified intervals for frequent sanitization of targeted areas throughout the day.
  • Quick response to spills, trash, and other situations.
  • Daily and frequent sanitation procedures for restrooms, kitchens, dining surfaces, benches, and trash cans.
  • Daily and frequent cleaning and "wash down" of outdoor locations, including walkways and queue lines.

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopening - Checks scan items at the registers while supervised

  • Guests scan and bag their own items in a supervised checkout.
  • Capacity in stores is limited.
  • Changing rooms are closed, and guests are asked not to handle merchandise unless they intend to purchase.
  • Employees disinfect and sanitize frequently touched surfaces. (We saw a lot of cleaning hoppening during our visit.)

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopening - Mask and hand sanitizer for sale with safety sign

  • New ride policies in place regarding social distancing and sanitation.
  • A new virtual queue could potentially be in place for rides and attractions.
  • Expanded use of park apps to communicate safety protocols.
  • Employees monitor traffic in restrooms.

We have a few tips for health and wellness in theme parks that may be particularly useful during the pandemic. You might also want to hop over to our post for hopful tips for wearing masks at the theme parks. Those masks do get hot and sweaty, so we've learned to pack a few extras to swap out during the day.

A New Ride to Enjoy During the Knott's Berry Farm Reopening

Taste of Merry Farm Keeps Season Bright as Knott's Berry Farm Remains Closed - Bear-y Tales Entrance

Once Knott's Berry Farm reopens, guests can ride a new attraction —  Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair. This all-new 4D interactive dark ride celebrates a beloved classic attraction with a reimagined gaming twist. Climb aboard themed vehicles equipped with “jelly blasters” to try to recover stolen boysenberry pies as they travel through whimsical environments such as the Boysenberry Pie Factory, Frog Forest, Fortune Teller Camp and Weird Woods. The ride culminates in a celebration at the County Fair. We love having something new to look forward to! Also, is anyone else craving boysenberry right now? We've definitely developed a taste for Knott's Berry Farm!

What’s Open Daily at Knott’s Berry Farm?

While the theme park is, well, a ghost town (outside of the tasting events), you can still visit select locations in the California Marketplace. You can enjoy Mrs. Knott's Chicken-to-Go Restaurant, Farm Bakery and the Knott's Berry Market (in case you need some boysenberry pie!). Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant has outdoor seating (available per government guidelines). Reservations are recommended when dining takes place. There's a new outdoor seating area on the restaurant's north side allowing you to dine al fresco near the fountain.

Knott’s Berry Farm Reopening - Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant with Outdoor Seating

In the Marketplace, Knott’s has marks on the floor to show where to stand for social distancing, a roped queue and has added plexiglass and hand sanitizers in front of registers. Guests use scanners to do a supervised, touchless self-checkout and self bagging.

Keep hopping back for further details about the Knott's Berry Farm reopening. Once it's time to head back to the theme park, you can save on Knott's Berry Farm tickets (and other attractions) by purchasing a Go Card. Your wallet will thank you too!

Related: What to Expect When the Southern California Theme Parks Reopen

Related: Disneyland Reopening — What You Need to Know

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 6, 2021 at 7:01 p.m. Anne Koenig Says...

Paid for Knotts Scary Farm, will that event be happening this year?

Otherwise do we get a refund?

Thank you

May 6, 2021 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne,

Knott's Scary Farm has not yet been announced for 2021, but we'll keep you updated once we hear anything!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 6, 2021 at 12:49 a.m. Trish Says...

I could not find online if toddlers must wear a mask and if so what are the ages and what if a toddler has autism and will not wear a mask he will not allow covering on his face not even the hat with the clear plastic?

May 6, 2021 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trish!

All guests age 2 and older are required to wear a face covering at this time, except while in the RelaxZone, while dining at a table or bench, while waiting in line for water attractions at Soak City Waterpark or when experiencing water attractions or pools at Soak City Waterpark.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

May 5, 2021 at 5:53 p.m. Katherine Lopez Says...

I want to renew my season pass which I got during February-March of 2020. How do I do this?

May 5, 2021 at 1:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katherine,

All 2020 passes have been automatically renewed and are valid until May 5, 2022.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 27, 2021 at 5:38 a.m. Nancy Says...

We are planning to go the end of May. I saw online that the refillable drink cups are available to add to your ticket purchase, will the coke freestyle machines be open?

Apr 29, 2021 at 9:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

They are open, but there may be different procedures in place due to COVID. They may give you a new cup to pour into your cup and may have an attendant helping acquire drinks.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 26, 2021 at 3:25 p.m. Cally Williams Says...

I don't see a tab to make a reservation for passholder preview days.

Apr 26, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cally!

Reservations open at 10 a.m. Pacific, so stay tuned - you should see something pop up in the next few hours :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 22, 2021 at 9:46 p.m. Jennifer Ramos Says...

I purchased my season pass Dec 2019 for the 2020 season. When will my payments pick back up as we were on a payment plan

Apr 23, 2021 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

For 2020 Season Passholders who purchased prior to 12/6/20 participating in the Easy Pay Program and had monthly payments paused, billing will resume on 4/19/21. Your payment date will remain the same as it was prior to the pause.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 22, 2021 at midnight Jeni Says...

No thanks. I’ll pass. California really knows how to show us a good time.

Apr 21, 2021 at 6:18 p.m. Jean Gomez Says...

Where and how are we to register? What time? And please dont allow people to register for people out of family.

Apr 21, 2021 at 2:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jean!

Reservations will be available April 26th at 10 a.m. PST on Knott's website. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 21, 2021 at 5:22 p.m. ELIZABETH VEGA Says...

If I have a season pass do I just show up on May 6- or after?

Thank you!

Lizz Vega

Apr 21, 2021 at 2:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lizz!

You'll need to make a reservation to attend, which will be available beginning April 26 at 10 a.m. PST. Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. Adela Dominguez Says...

am a pass holder for several years, in the beginning of Covid we were told our passes would be renewal for a year does that still apply I have not heard anything for knotts regarding pass holders and the extension. also do I need to reserve for the 6th of may if so how do i go about that, I have not seen anything on the website.

Thank you Adela Card holder of 7 passes

Apr 20, 2021 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Adela!

All 2020 Season Passes purchased by 12/6/20 and all 2021 Season Passes purchased between 12/7/20 and 5/5/21 will be extended through 5/5/22. All associated Season Pass Add-ons will also be extended. Season Passes and Add-Ons purchased after 5/5/21 will be valid thru 12/31/21. Reservations will be available starting April 26 - as soon as we have a link, we'll be sure to add it so that you can hop on those reservations! :) Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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