2018 Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival Returns March 16 – April 8

170401 Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Decorations ©Jeff Lee

It is time for the most iconic Cedar Fair food festival to return. Yes, the 2018 Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival returns March 16 through April 8!

Buena Park, California (Feb 2018) – The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is our annual food-inspired event that celebrates the park’s historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry. This year’s festival will feature over 75 new and returning boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by the Knott’s culinary team. Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tantalizing line up of dishes ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to refreshingly sweet and tangy drinks and one-of-a-kind specialty desserts that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm during this time of the year. In addition to the tasty treats, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of daily entertainment, live music and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. This year’s festival has expanded to 24 days, starting March 16 and running daily through April 8.

The historic boysenberry is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry and is named after its originator Rudolf Boysen. The Knott family was the first to successfully harvest and sell the boysenberry on the land that is now known as Knott’s Berry Farm.

Some of the tastiest and most unique food items are rolled out exclusively during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival.

This year’s appetizing lineup includes the first ever boysenberry quesadilla made with a boysenberry-infused flour tortilla, paired with boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream, sprinkled with cotija and mozzarella cheese.

New boysenberry pierogies with onions, bacon and boysenberry sour cream will be bursting with a combination of sweet and savory flavors.

Other flavorful items that will be prepared and served to perfection include the slow cooked boysenberry short ribs, the juicy meat is smothered in boysenberry hoisin sauce served over butter basmati rice and complete with chopped green onions will leave guests asking for more.

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The guest favorite and finger-lickin’ boysenberry chicken wings will also be available during the festival; the irresistible wings are smothered in the delicious and popular boysenberry BBQ sauce which is made exclusively at the Farm.

Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival Buffalo wings ©Knotts


The meaty and boysenberry inspired items also include the very filling boysenberry grilled sausage on a fresh roll prepared with a fresh farm-baked roll, topped with boysenberry ketchup, relish and mustard.

For guests craving a refreshing drink, Knott’s is offering an all-new boysenberry boba tea which consists of boysenberry milk tea and chewy berry-soaked tapioca balls served over ice.

The boysenberry elote is one of the satisfying treats guests will be able to find in the streets of Ghost Town. The lightly grilled corn is smothered in fresh boysenberry butter, mayo and perfectly topped off with cotija cheese.

The Festival also offers a variety of sharable snacks for the family including a new vegetarian/vegan option like the highly enjoyable boysenberry hummus served with pita bread and prepared with garden-fresh boysenberries.

Sweets and desserts are a key part of the festival and this year the culinary team is introducing the scrumptious, perfectly bite-sized boysenberry coconut macaroons, dipped in a decadent chocolate ganache, which are great to enjoy while strolling through the park.

A great option to indulge in a variety of new and returning food items during the festival is by purchasing a tasting card priced at $30 which offers 8 of the new food options per card; guests can select any 8 items of their choice. Returning and other signature boysenberry items will also be available for purchase a la carte during each day of the festival. Tasting cards are available at Knotts.com or in the theme park.

Guest can also take home a taste of the boysenberry festival with limited edition merchandise that can be found throughout the park, such as a new boysenberry bath and body line including soaps, salt soaks, bath bombs, lip balms (introducing three new flavors) and candles. New to the festival this year is Knott’s sugar-free boysenberry concentrate, a low calorie, no sugar version of Knott’s popular drink, a wide selection of boysenberry chocolates including boysenberry versions of milk chocolate bars, truffles, caramel squares, peanut butter and jelly cups. New and exclusive to Knott’s Berry Farm this year is the all-new boysenberry Jelly Belly. The Knott’s Berry Market also features signature boysenberry items like the delicious boysenberry BBQ sauce or the classic jams and preserves. Unique boysenberry inspired products with a homemade twist will also be available as the Craft Fair returns offering a variety of products like boysenberry cashew nut brittle, boysenberry pie shaped homemade accessories and more.

170314 Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Cider ©David Tonelson


Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers endless entertainment options for the festival goers who have a hankerin’ for some good ol’ country fun:

· Tied up in Knott’s! – “Tied Up in Knott’s!” is a tribute art show to the rich history of Knott’s Berry Farm, its beginnings as a farm and its standing as a Southern California institution for millions of visitors during its (almost) 100-year history. More than a dozen artists will be contributing pieces to the show, which pays homage to Knott’s Berry Farm’s past, present and future in various mediums including: oil paintings, illustrations and digital mixed media. These original pieces will be hung on display at the Wilderness Dance Hall during the duration of the Boysenberry Festival and Guests will have the opportunity to purchase many of the pieces, as well as prints of some of the art.

· Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree! – Guests are invited to join Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts Gang in a show that will have families dancing and playing along at the Calico Mine Stage.

· Old Time Melodrama – Knott’s pays tribute to its past at the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre with a special presentation of the musical comedy melodrama with a surprising boysenberry twist!

· Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies – A group of krazy talented performers will have guests toe tappin’, vine dancin’ and knee-slappin’ to a comedic country music show at the Wagon Camp stage.

· Ghost Town Miners – The joy of scrumptious food and country music encompass guests as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a fun musical performance.

· Easter Beagle – Spring has sprung all around the park including in Camp Snoopy where guests can meet everyone’s favorite beagle as he celebrates the season.

· Ghost Town’s Town Hall– In honor of the famous berry that started it all, guests are invited to learn the history of the boysenberry and how Walter and Cordelia Knott started the Farm.

· Old MacDonald Petting Zoo – Young ones and young at heart are invited to cozy up to the cutest critters on the farm including horses, sheep, goats and other furry friends.

The Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm. Additional costs apply for food tasting experiences within the event. Knott’s will have extended hours on select days March 16 – April 8, allowing guests extra time to take advantage of all of the limited-time offerings.

The best way to savor every day of the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival and all of the other Seasons of Fun is with a 2018 Season Pass. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the recently expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Regular passes are just $94 or six easy payments of $15.66 and Gold Passes are $113 or six payments of just $18.83. These offers end April 8, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

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2018 Cedar Point Brew & BBQ

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One of Cedar Point’s most successful events, Brew & BBQ, will again return for 2018! Though expect to see some changes to how it has been done in the past.

Before we get into details, lets lay the scene. When Cedar Point opens for the 2018 season, the area surrounding Steel Vengeance is going to be PACKED! You pair the very popular Maverick with Cedar Point’s first Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) monster, and Frontier Town is going to be gridlock.

Pro Tip: This will also be a great time to hit up every other area of the park.

In 2016 and 2017, Cedar Point held Brew & BBQ in Frontier Town, which is a great setting for the event. Brew & BBQ was typically held in mid-May to the beginning of June in years past. However, with a new coaster, when crowds will be at their peak in the area, it makes sense to delay Brew & BBQ, at least a little. Maybe Steel Vengeance’s wait times will decrease from 4 hours to 3 by the time the event roles around! 🙂

No doubt, no matter what Cedar Point does in 2018, the area around Steel Vengeance is going to be packed! Which begs to reason if the event location will be shifted for 2018. We will see.

This year, Cedar Point’s Brew & BBQ will be held a little later in the season, June 8 through July 1, 2018. The good news is the event is scheduled to run everyday of the week!

Stay tuned as additional details become available.

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KOA Care Camps $20 Promotion

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This deal is too good not to share! Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is offering a special promotion on May 11-12, 2018. Campers staying at participating KOA Campgrounds as paying guests on Friday, May 11 are eligible to receive a $20.00 night of camping on Saturday, May 12. Funds raised from Saturday, May 12 support the KOA Care Camps Trust which distributes more than $1 million dollars annually to support 125+ medically-supervised summer camps for kids with cancer. Learn more at koacarecamps.org.

So how does this promotion benefit you? Good you asked! All the below offers are priced out at two nights (May 11-13, 2018) including the $20 promotion on the second night.

To partake in the special buy weekend, visit the KOA Care Camps webpage.


The Sandusky KOA is located minutes away from Cedar Point.

Tent site start at $61.88
RV sites start at $77.48
Cabin rentals start at $112.37

We could run different scenarios all day, but we quickly compared the savings in cabin rentals. Prices start at $80.50 for May 12 only. If you book the May 11-13 combo, you save at least $60 on the second night.


Less than 20 minutes away from Kings Island, the Lebanon/Cincinnati NE KOA is partaking in this promotion.

Tent site start at $60.40
RV sites start at $68.76
Cabin rentals start at $150.78
Rental Trailers start at $127.01

This KOA requires two night stays in cabins, so we could not retrieve a good apples to apples comparison for savings. RV sites start at $48.77 for Saturday, meaning you will save around $29 on those sites alone.

Save an additional 10% by adding the KOA Rewards Program, good for one year for $30.


Unfortunately, the Kings Dominion KOA is not partaking in this promotion; however, the one 30 minutes north of the park is participating.

Tent site start at $60.67
RV sites start at $73.88
Cabin rentals start at $93.73

A cabin rental for May 12 only starts at $64.99, meaning the two night promo saves you $45!

Another interesting property on the list for this promotion is the Williamsburg, Virginia KOA which is near Busch Gardens!


We are really excited to see this location show up on the list, because it is located only 6 minutes away from Carowinds!

Tent site are currently all booked
RV sites start at $71.04
Cabin rentals start at $91.87

A cabin rental for only Saturday night is $62.76, saving you $42 by combining it with a Friday night stay!


This campground is located 30 minutes from Worlds of Fun.

Tent site start at $56.80
RV sites start at $71.94
Cabin rentals not available for this promo

Make sure you select the options showing $20/night as several selections are rated per night and do not include the promo.


This KOA is less than 20 minutes from Valleyfair.

Tent site start at $52.60
RV sites start at $62.80
Cabin rentals start at $98.77

This KOA requires two night stays in cabins, so we could not retrieve a good apples to apples comparison for savings. RV sites start at $38.48 for Saturday, meaning you will save around $18 on those sites.


This KOA is less than 10 minutes from Michigan’s Adventure.

Tent site start at $44.00
RV sites start at $49.00
Cabin rentals start at $85.00

Cabin rentals for only Saturday are $65, resulting in a $45 savings by pairing with Friday night.


Remember all the rates above are for two nights for this promotion and include tax! Save an additional 10% by becoming a KOA Rewards member for $30/year. You will need to weigh the cost of the membership versus your savings. For our family, it easily makes sense to join because the savings more than offsets the cost on our spring break trip to Kings Dominion and Carowinds each year.

Remember, to book this special deal, you must visit the KOA Care Camps webpage.

Let us know below in the comments if you partook in this offer.

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