Bob Baker Marionette Theater is coming to Knott’s Berry Farm

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater — a Los Angeles institution since 1963 — is joining forces with another Southern California icon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Knott’s Berry Farm.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater at Knott's Berry Farm
Photos courtesy of Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Over one million children have been entertained by Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s original puppet shows, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 21 to Sept. 5, 2021, they’re bringing their unique live marionette performances to the Fiesta Plaza Stage at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Performed in Fiesta Village, the area of the theme park that pays tribute to California’s Hispanic roots and culture, Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s “Alegre!” is a colorful celebration of music and marionettes featuring samba-dancing cacti, fluttering flowers, a majestic marimba player, and many more newly-restored puppets that have been delighting audiences for over 50 years.

Knott's Berry Farm Fiesta Village

“The Bob Baker Marionettes are proud to continue the legacy of puppet performances at the historic Knott’s Berry Farm,” reads a statement on the Bob Baker Marionette Theater website. “Dating from Tony Kemeny’s puppet wagon in the late 1950s to René Zendejas’ marionette performances in the 1980s, Knott’s Berry Farm’s tradition of enchantment through the art of puppetry contributes a unique chapter to Southern California entertainment history. Bob Baker Marionette Theater looks forward to a summer of performances on the very same Fiesta Village stage where past generations of puppetry legends have delighted audiences of all ages.”

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Knott’s Berry Farm, known as Southern California’s original theme park, is marking its milestone 100th anniversary with a summer-long celebration featuring festive park décor, themed food, unique entertainment, exclusive merchandise, and special surprises, all celebrating the historic theme park.

Click here for more information about Bob Baker Marionette Theater and click here for details about Knott’s Berry Farm 100th anniversary celebration.

Knott’s Berry Farm is re-opening on May 21, 2021. Reservations and face coverings are required, and until further notice, attendance is limited to California residents in parties of no more than three households. Proof of residency may be required upon entrance. Click here for more information.


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