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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!

EventDateRegion/sDescription
New Year’s DayJanuary 1stAll-
Fishing TourneyThird Saturday in JanuaryAll-
Lunar New MoonDate varies in JanuaryKorea-
Groundhog DayFebruary 2ndNorth America-
SetsubunFebruary 3rdJapan-
Fishing TourneySecond Saturday in FebruaryAll-
Great Full MoonFebruary 8thKorea-
Valentine’s DayFebruary 14thAll-
Rainbow SeasonFebruary 25th - November 25thAll-
Leap DayFebruary 29thAll-
Hina MatsuriMarch 1stJapan-
Fishing TourneyThird Saturday in MarchAll-
Shamrock DayMarch 17thEurope and North America-
Father’s DayJanuary 1stAll-
Mother’s DayMarch 22ndAll-
Bunny Day (Easter)April 1st (Actual day is 12th, activities start on this day.)AllIt's gone until next April. It's over. You can breathe again.
Cherry BlossomsApril 1st - 10thNorthern Hemisphere-
Arbor DayApril 5thKorea-
Plant Colour ChangeApril 6thAll-
Fishing TourneySecond Saturday in AprilAll-
Nature DayApril 23rd - May 4thAllSpecial 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 DayMay 1st - 7thAllRedeem 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 DayMay 18th - 31stAllBlathers will hold 'stamp rallies', where you'll need to collect three stamps from each museum exhibit to win a prize.
Fishing TourneyThird Saturday in MayAll-
Wedding SeasonJune 1st - 30thAllYou can head over to Harv's island to take sweet wedding photos of Reese and Cyrus this month.
Bug OffThird Saturday in JuneAll-
Summer SolsticeJune 20thAll-
TanabataJuly 7thJapan-
Tanning SeasonJuly 16th - 15th SeptemberAll-
SummerThird Saturday in JulyAll-
Bug OffThird Saturday in JulyAll-
Big Cloud SeasonAugustAll-
Fireworks DisplayEvery Sunday in AugustAll-
Shaved IceAugust 8thAll-
ObonAugust 13th - 15thJapan-
Bug OffThird Saturday in AugustAll-
Weeding DaySeptember 3rdJapan-
Labor DaySeptember 7thNorth America-
Bug OffThird Saturday in SeptemberAll-
Cherry BlossomsOctober 1st - 10thSouthern Hemisphere-
Halloween ItemsOctoberAll-
OtsukimiOctober 1stJapan-
ChuseokOctober 1stKorea-
Autumn MoonOctober 1stEurope and North America-
Explorer’s DaySecond Monday in OctoberNorth America-
Fishing TourneySecond Saturday in OctoberAll-
HalloweenOctober 31stAll-
Mushroom SeasonNovemberAll-
Harvest Series SeasonNovember 1st - Fourth Thursday in NovemberAll-
WinterNovember 6th or 7thAll-
Fishing TourneyThird Saturday in NovemberAll-
Harvest FestivalFourth Thursday in NovemberAll-
Festive Furniture SeasonDecember 1st - 23rdAll-
Gift Hint SeasonDecember 1st - 23rdAll-
Santa Clothing SeasonDecember 1st - 24thAll-
Festive Accessories SeasonDecemberAll-
Snowflakes SeasonDecember 1st - February 24thAll-
Naughty-or-Nice DayDecember 6thEurope-
Fishing TourneySecond Saturday in DecemberEurope-
BlizzardDecember 10thAll-
Snow SeasonDecember 11th - 30thAll-
Aurora SeasonDecember 11th - February 24thAll-
Snowball SeasonDecember 11th - February 24thAll-
Decorated Pine Tree SeasonDecember 15th - January 3rdAll-
Winter SolsticeDecember 21stAll-
Toy DayDecember 24thAll-
New Year’s CountdownDecember 31stAll-

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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