Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Holidays and Special Events Calendar

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Holidays and Special Events in Animal Crossing: New Horizons are unique days, weekends or weeks which will feature exclusive activities, interactions, and rewards. In this guide you will find a list of all their dates.

Holiday and Special Events in Animal Crossing can totally alter the island, introduce limited time villagers, and plenty more. They’re a big deal, and a chance to collect some one of a kind items for your pad, so it’s definitely worth jotting them down in your calendar in anticipation.

Some events play on real life, for example, Toy Day mimics Christmas while the dreaded Bunny Day equates to Easter in the Animal Crossing universe. Others like the Fishing Tourney add some extra flavour to current in-game activities, and give players a chance to earn some unique loot. These smaller events take place every few weeks or so, while those based on real life only swing round very rarely.

In this guide you’ll find a list of all the key holidays and special events. If anything gets added, or we stumble into something particularly rare, we’ll update this section as soon as we can. Finally, do let us know if we’ve missed anything!

Holidays and Special Events Calendar – Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Here’s a list of all the holidays sprinkled throughout this year, but bear in mind that all of the special events below are solely based on those from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. With this mind, it’s likely they may not occur, may change slightly, or even be replaced by entirely new events! This is why we’ve not filled out the ‘description’ sections as we can’t be certain exactly how island life will impact them.

We’ll be sure to update this section over the course of the year to ensure everything is as accurate as possible.

Special thanks to thonky’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf calendar for all the info. Be sure to visit their site for plenty more in-depth information on the game!

Event Date Region/s Description
New Year’s Day January 1st All
Fishing Tourney Third Saturday in January All
Lunar New Moon Date varies in January Korea
Groundhog Day February 2nd North America
Setsubun February 3rd Japan
Fishing Tourney Second Saturday in February All
Great Full Moon February 8th Korea
Valentine’s Day February 14th All
Rainbow Season February 25th – November 25th All
Leap Day February 29th All
Hina Matsuri March 1st Japan
Fishing Tourney Third Saturday in March All
Shamrock Day March 17th Europe and North America
Father’s Day January 1st All
Mother’s Day March 22nd All
Bunny Day (Easter) April 1st (Actual day is 12th, activities start on this day.) All It’s gone until next April. It’s over. You can breathe again.
Cherry Blossoms April 1st – 10th Northern Hemisphere
Arbor Day April 5th Korea
Plant Colour Change April 6th All
Fishing Tourney Second Saturday in April All
Nature Day April 23rd – May 4th All Special Nook Miles+ rewards available for doing eco-friendly activities like planting shrubs. Leif will arrive more during this period, so grab the bushes and non-native flowers when you can.
May Day May 1st – 7th All Redeem your May Day Ticket at the airport and you’ll be whisked away on a special island tour. It’ll feature a new challenge, rewards, and a meeting with an old friend…
International Museum Day May 18th – 31st All Blathers will hold ‘stamp rallies’, where you’ll need to collect three stamps from each museum exhibit to win a prize.
Fishing Tourney Third Saturday in May All
Wedding Season June 1st – 30th All You can head over to Harv’s island to take sweet wedding photos of Reese and Cyrus this month.
Bug Off Third Saturday in June All
Summer Solstice June 20th All
Tanabata July 7th Japan
Tanning Season July 16th – 15th September All
Summer Third Saturday in July All
Bug Off Third Saturday in July All
Big Cloud Season August All
Fireworks Display Every Sunday in August All
Shaved Ice August 8th All
Obon August 13th – 15th Japan
Bug Off Third Saturday in August All
Weeding Day September 3rd Japan
Labor Day September 7th North America
Bug Off Third Saturday in September All
Cherry Blossoms October 1st – 10th Southern Hemisphere
Halloween Items October All
Otsukimi October 1st Japan
Chuseok October 1st Korea
Autumn Moon October 1st Europe and North America
Explorer’s Day Second Monday in October North America
Fishing Tourney Second Saturday in October All
Halloween October 31st All
Mushroom Season November All
Harvest Series Season November 1st – Fourth Thursday in November All
Winter November 6th or 7th All
Fishing Tourney Third Saturday in November All
Harvest Festival Fourth Thursday in November All
Festive Furniture Season December 1st – 23rd All
Gift Hint Season December 1st – 23rd All
Santa Clothing Season December 1st – 24th All
Festive Accessories Season December All
Snowflakes Season December 1st – February 24th All
Naughty-or-Nice Day December 6th Europe
Fishing Tourney Second Saturday in December Europe
Blizzard December 10th All
Snow Season December 11th – 30th All
Aurora Season December 11th – February 24th All
Snowball Season December 11th – February 24th All
Decorated Pine Tree Season December 15th – January 3rd All
Winter Solstice December 21st All
Toy Day December 24th All
New Year’s Countdown December 31st All

Latest Event – International Museum Day!

Sporting a slightly misleading event title, this lasts from May 18th to May 31st, so you’ll have plenty of time to hoover up what’s on offer.

When it kicks off, you’ll visit Blathers in the Museum who’ll invite you to take part in the Stamp Rally he’s holding.

Teaser for this event begins from 1:14.

Essentially, you’ll need to wander around the fish, bug, and fossil museum exhibits and seek out three special stamp machines in each. Once you’ve found one, interact with it to collect its stamp. Collected all three? Then speak to Blathers and he’ll gift you a special themed plaque (fish, bug, fossil) which you can pin up at home.

And that’s pretty much it. You’ve got plenty of time to complete this activity, so there’s no rush!

We’ve got all kinds of Animal Crossing guides if you’re struggling too – check out our page on how to earn bells quickly, as well as tips for getting as many Nook Miles as possible.

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