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2023 Knott's Berry Farm Events

Buena Park, CA, USA
Knott's Berry Farm Guide
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Article By: Dani Ruben
Last Updated: January 24, 2023
Knott's Berry Farm has a slew of events planned for 2023 for visitors to enjoy, starting with their PEANUTS™ Celebration in January to their Knott's Merry Farm festival at the end of the year. If you plan on visiting Knott's Berry Farm this year, there's a good chance you'll be able to attend one of their fantastic events -most of which are included with your park ticket!

Events at Knott's Berry Farm means decorations, new entertainment, and a variety of new menu items to feast on for the duration of the event. As fun as the park is on its own, visiting Knott's during a special event makes the experience so much more special! Here is a list of all the spectacular events to look forward to at Knott's Berry Farm in 2023:

Festival List Overview

Knott's Berry Farm Previous Events

Knott's Spooky Farm: October 1 - October 30, 2022
Knott's Scary Farm: September 29 - October 31, 2022
Summer at Knott's: May 20 - September 5, 2022
Boysenberry Festival: March 18 - April 24, 2022
Peanuts Celebration: January 22 - March 6, 2022

Knott's Berry Farm Upcoming Events

Knott's PEANUTS™ Celebration: January 28 - February 26, 2023
Knott's Boysenberry Festival: March 10 - April 16, 2023
Knott's Summer Nights: May 19 - September 4, 2023
Knott's Scary Farm: September 14 - October 31, 2023
Knott's Spooky Farm: September 28 - October 29, 2023

Knott's PEANUTS™ Celebration

January 28 - February 26, 2023
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At the beginning of every year, Knott's Berry Farm celebrates the beloved PEANUTS™ gang with a park-wide celebration! Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, and friends will be at the park with new performances, treats, and activities.

Town Hall often features a special PEANUTS™-themed exhibit during this celebration. This year, the exhibit is called "To The Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA". It will feature Snoopy and his relationship with the NASA team. There will even be a Snoopy meet-and-greet so you can meet everyone's favorite astronaut beagle!

The Bird Cage Theater will be hosting both Charlie Brown's Trivia Challenge and the Peanuts Sketch School during the Knott's PEANUTS™ Celebration. These two interactive events are a great way to get everyone in the family involved and having a wonderful time. The sketch school, in particular, is a great way for kids to learn to draw their favorite PEANUTS™ characters -and you get to take your beautiful sketches home with you!

Aside from the decorations and activities going on during the event, the park will offer some limited treats for the duration of the event. The bakery often has newly decorated cookies and cupcakes featuring the PEANUTS™ characters, and sometimes you'll see more elaborate treats, like Lucy's Kit Kat Fingers Funnel Cake from the 2022 PEANUTS™ Celebration.

Things to Look Forward To:
Snoopy's Legendary Rooftop Concert
To The Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA Exhibit
Charlie Brown's Trivia Challenge
It's Your Life, Charlie Brown Stage Show
The Music Goes 'Round and Around Show
Peanuts Sketch School
Beagle Bonanza Ride Overlay
Pigpen's Pig Pen
Peanuts Cowboy Jamboree
The James Street Trio

Knott's Boysenberry Festival

March 10 - April 16, 2023
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One of the most popular and unique events at Knott's is the Boysenberry Festival, held every spring. The entire park celebrates the iconic fruit with boysenberry flavored drinks, desserts, meals, and so much more. You'll need a few days as the theme park if you're determined to try everything on their special Boysenberry Festival menu.

Like most events at the park, local craft vendors will be in attendance with their unique merchandise, from tea and apparel to art and more. Plenty of vendors also make limited edition boysenberry-themed items specially for the event!

The Knott's Boysenberry Festival brings in large crowds year after year, so expect the park to be buzzing with excitement during the festival dates. Food lines, in particular, tend to be much longer during the festival. We recommend visiting during the week for a slight dip in park attendance, allowing you to enjoy the festival with less stress. 

Knott's Berry Park also offers a tasting card, available for purchase, during the festival. This special card allows you to try 6 specialty food items from the festival for a flat rate price. If you intend on trying more than 6 items at the festival (which we highly recommend!), the card will save you a bit of cash, so you can try even more delicious treats!

Things to Look Forward To:
Dozens of special Boysenberry Treats
Craft Fair with Local Craft Vendors

Knott's Summer Nights

May 19 - September 4, 2023
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Knott's Berry Farm turns up the heat all summer long with Knott's Summer nights, happening most nights from May to September 2023. Live bands and musical acts perform at different venues throughout the park when the sun starts to dip. Hot new summer items appear at food booths. The park also tends to close much later than usual, keeping the fun going late!

Knott's Berry Farm tends to be fairly crowded in the summer, especially when school is not in session and visitors tend to flock to the Los Angeles area. Usually, the crowds die down toward the evening, but Knott's Summer Nights tends to keep the crowd levels high until late evening. We recommend attending with a lot of patience and an empty belly, since the delicious food at Knott's Summer Nights will be worth braving the crowds.

Things to Look Forward To:
Live Music & DJ's Every Evening
Special Summertime Food Items

Knott's Scary Farm

Select Nights September 14 - October 31, 2023
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Knott's Scary Farm is a special evening event held on select nights from mid September through Halloween night. This event requires an additional ticket to attend; a regular Knott's Berry Farm ticket can not be used to attend.

Once the sun goes down, Knott's Berry Farm turns into a haunting nightmare you can enjoy all evening long. The park features a handful of haunted houses and mazes for brave guests to explore. Each house often has a special theme that immerses you in chaotic worlds. Bloodline 1842, one of the more popular attractions, let's you hunt bloodthirsty vampires with your crew as you walk through the streets of Valdonia. Carnaval du Grotesque, on the other hand, features terrifying carnival acts that will both scare and delight guests!

Sections of the park also turn into scare zones, bring guests into grim environments where they're bound to meat creatures of all shapes and sizes. The lake underneath Silver Bullet becomes the Forsake Lake, full of gothic creatures seeking new victims to prey on. One of the newest scare zones, "Gore-ing '20s" brings guests to a bygone era with gangsters, zombie flappers, and secrets to be discovered.

One of the best parts of Knott's Scary Farm is the creepy cornucopia of food options they offer. From sweet blood bags to bloody churros and more, there's plenty to feast on as you navigate this thrilling event.

Things to Look Forward To:
Haunted Houses/Mazes
Scare Zones
Terrifying Performances
Special Scary Farm Food Options

Knott's Spooky Farm

Thu-Sun September 28 - October 29, 2023 + Halloween
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From the very end of September through Halloween, Knott's Berry Farm transforms into a spooky wonderland full of autumn colors and fun Halloween treats. Unlike Knott's Scary Farm, Knott's Spooky Farm is held every day during the event's run time, and it's more suitable for families with younger kids to attend (as opposed to the scarier evening event).

Most eateries at the park will feature one or two new special items for guests to try. The Ghost Town Bakery, in particular, often has more than a dozen adorable new treats for the Halloween season. Visitors will get to enjoy plenty of pumpkin-themed items with cinnamon and spice and everything nice!

The Great Pumpkin is also featured in the PEANUTS™ shows at Camp Snoopy. All your favorite PEANUTS™ characters gather together to celebrate another delightfully spooky Halloween season.

Things to Look Forward To:
Halloween-themed Shows
PEANUTS™ Characters in their Halloween Outfits
Special Spooky Farm Food Options
Halloween Decoration Throughout the Park

Knott's Merry Farm

Knott's Merry Farm is when Knott's Berry goes big for the holiday season! The park is decorated in a dazzling array of holiday spirit, from wreaths and chrismas trees to mistletoe and jingle bells. Special holiday performances are scheduled daily throughout the season at various locations throughout the park, so there's always something to going on no matter where you are at the park. Knott's also offers dozens of delightful holiday food options from pastries and snacks to full holiday meals.

This jolly event features a local craft fair, so visitors can peruse dozens of local artisans to see some amazing handmade goods. These booths are spread through Ghost Town. The variety of artwork and crafts is beautiful to see, and it's a great way for guests to support local artists.

Santa's Cabin is also a new location that opens in the theme park during Knott's Merry Farm. This is a large cabin in Ghost Town that's filled with some tables and season, food booths, and a large, decorated setup where visitors can meet the big man himself (Santa) for photos.

Two very special events that shouldn't be missed during Knott's Merry Farm are the Christmas tree lighting and the Snow and Glow. The Christmas tree lighting features a light show that happens in Camp Snoopy where the lights dazzle and delight. The Snow and Glow happens in Ghost town and involves music and snow - a magical combination indeed!

Things to Look Forward To:
Christmas Crafts Village
Santa's Christmas Cabin
Christmas Tree Lighting
Snow and Glow
Holiday-themed Performances
Special Holiday Food Options
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