Summer Comes Alive at Knott’s Berry Farm



There’s something fun for everyone at Knott’s Berry Farm this summer, with original adventures that can’t be found anywhere else. Starting with the exciting return of Ghost Town Alive! with an all-new storyline, the nighttime block party liveliness of Knott’s Summer Nights and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark reopening its gates for another wet and wild summer. There’s only one place to experience fun all day and night and that place is Knott’s Berry Farm. Ghost Town Alive is exhilarating, chaotic and so much fun so be sure to wear comfortable shoes because you will be running all over Ghost Town delivering packages, notes, and more.

Ghost Town Alive!

Your favorite town of Calico comes to life once again with the return of the award-winning, interactive Ghost Town Alive! Two years have passed without a celebration and the citizens are determined to make this year’s return a great one. Guests are invited to become the star of this summer’s new action-packed storyline in the streets of Ghost Town. Each guest has the power to unlock secret missions with characters, influence the day’s events, and take on mind-challenging puzzles in this immersive version of the Old West. Ghost Town Alive! will offer new adventures, roles and characters this summer on select days starting May 20.
Below is an example of what to expect. There are a lot of moving parts, and you will be moving from one location to the next while the storyline is in play. My daughter could have stayed in Ghost town the entire day role-playing.  It’s just so creative and slightly chaotic – as everything is improvised.

Hoedown in Calico Square

There is a nightly showdown in Calico square that takes place at 5:30pm nightly. During the hoedown there is also a serpentine parade where everyone marches through Ghost town. It is a lot of fun and the characters love to march with your kids!

Summertime Entertainment

Guests can fill up their entire day with all the fun entertainment offered this summer. You don’t need to go on a single ride to be entertained. Venture into Fiesta Village to be charmed by the colorful and light-hearted showing of Alegre! by the Bob Baker Marionettes, a Southern California treasure since 1963. The entertainment continues with sounds from South of the Border as the Mariachi Angelitas present a lively show filled with rich history and tradition. While in Boardwalk, tune into the coolest station on the dial as our resident K-NOT Radio DJs are back to keep you up to date on all the happenings! A trip to Knott’s isn’t complete without checking out the shenanigans of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbilliesin the Wagon Camp. Grab a seat for the most toe tappin’ and downright funniest band of musicians this side of the Calico Mine. Also in Ghost Town is Miss Cameo Kate’s Western Burle-Q Revueat the legendary Bird Cage Theatre. Miss Cameo Kate returns to the World-Famous Birdcage Saloon, bringing with her a vibrant travelin’ troupe of singers, dancers and tuneful musicians who perform a daily rip-roarin’ western musical can-can revue.


Cameo Kate’s Western Burle-Q Review

This show is high-energy with lots of tap dancing and a live band! It is hard not to smile when watching as there is humor and elaborate vintage costumes as well.

DJ Lance Rock

All-new in the Walter Knott Theater, DJ Lance Rock (of Nick Jr.’s award-winning show, Yo Gabba Gabba), brings his love of music, funky beats and family fun to the farm. During Knott’s Berry Farm Presents DJ Lance Rock, DJ Lance and his friends will take you on a musical journey that combines his passion for music, dance, play and education through two separate shows, Let’s Play! and Everybody Dance. Let’s Play! is a smart and energetic music show featuring DJ Lance Rock who, on a rainy day, dreams up an entire world of play and imagination that takes place inside his apartment. By using his imagination, DJ Lance Rock finds a way to invent a day full of fun and play for everyone. Everybody Dance is an interactive show where DJ Lance Rock engages the audience through song and dance, while teaching the importance of staying active. Singing and dancing his way through his neighborhood, DJ Lance Rock’s imagination helps spread and inspire good vibes, good music and big fun with the audience. So come along to the farm this summer to sing and dance with DJ Lance Rock and make memories that last!

Summer Food Options

In my opinion, the best part of going to an amusement park is the food! And Knott’s definitely does not disappoint. Have a look at Laura, the food and beverage manager discuss all the different food options available this summer! So far my favorite has been the old bay elote! It is delicious.

Ghost Town Alive Summer Merchandise Options

You’re gonna want to grab your lassoes and rope in some of this year’s merchandise because water bottles are the hottest thing this year! They have wood water bottles and sheriff’s hats with built-in snoopy ears!

Knott’s Summer Nights

The summer adventure continues long after the sun goes down, with a nighttime summer party that will liven up the evening. Knott’s Summer Nights offers a variety of live music, classic summer eats and games for the whole family to enjoy. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of top 40’s bands that rotate throughout the event at the Calico Mine Stage. Those in attendance can also choose between bopping to the beats of the Boardwalk DJs around Charleston Circle Fountain or jamming out to an array of bands, including the genres of Latin, Reggae and Zydeco all performing at Calico Park Stage. Classic backyard games and festoon lighting will set the stage for guests to enjoy their summer nights at Knott’s. The Party Planning Crew of Summer Nights encourages good ol’ fashion fun and games that keep the party going all night. A summer night party is not complete without an abundance of food and drinks, and no theme park does food quite like Knott’s. The Knott’s culinary team creates tasty twists to classic summer dishes, from Crab Cake Sliders and Korean BBQ Burgersto Vegan Lettuce Wraps–not to mention Peach and Pineapple Shaved Ice. Guests can experience their favorite summer food in a whole new way at Knott’sSummer Nights. A great way to indulge in all the new food items is by purchasing a tasting card priced at $50 (or $45for season pass holders). The tasting card will offer six tastings from a selection of over two dozen seasonal-inspired dishes and drinks. With a hub of live music, unique summer food offerings, Instagram-able photo opportunities, interactive experiences and family-friendly games, Knott’s Summer Nights will be an event to remember.

Live Music

You won’t want to miss all the live music offered in the evenings. Especially the DJ! It’s so fun to watch the crowd dance and see all the little kids get into a groove! The crowd goes crazy and it’s so fun to cheer them on. Here is DJ Sandy shores DJ’ing on the roof of the boardwalk shop.

Each weekend has a different lineup. One of our favorites is the band Hiatus. Hiatus is a band made up of professional studio musicians. They were originally brought together to perform at a theme park, and quickly became a family. When the show was put on hiatus, and ultimately closed, they didn’t want to stop performing together. Hiatus was born from their joy in music and super close friendships.

Summer Nights Vacation Package


With crowds being at all-time highs, consider staying over at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel! You could literally spend from open to close and then just walk to your hotel and plop down on the bed. Enjoy Summertime at Knott’s with thrilling rides, live shows, interactive entertainment, plus the nighttime party, Knott’s Summer Nights, then keep the fun going all night with a Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel package. The Summer Nights Vacation Package includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Knott’s Admission for one day for each registered guest
  • One (1) Summer Nights Tasting Card
  • One (1) Single-Use Fast Lane ticket per registered guest
  • Hotel Parking

*Reservations consisting of multiple rooms will receive one Summer Nights Tasting Card, per room.

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