Mark your calendar for all of the ACNH holidays and seasonal events

Do you want to build a snowman? Or maybe make a daisy chain? You’ll be able to do it as long as it’s the right season.

One of the things that makes Animal Crossing: New Horizons unique is that the activities and events within the game correspond to the real-life time of year. That means that when it’s Spring-time, cherry blossoms and vibrant flowers will be plentiful on your New Horizons island. And when it’s Winter, snow will furnish every tree and building.

What makes Animal Crossing one of the best Nintendo Switch games is that there are several season-specific activities for you to engage in, whether that be building a snowman in Winter, or gathering flowers for a daisy chain in Spring. Here are all of the seasonal activities in the Animal Crossing calendar that we know of so far. We’ll be sure to update as we learn more.

In due season

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Enjoy seasons and activities

As you build your life on a deserted island, the in-game seasons will change to match your real-life seasons. Enjoy holiday events and yearly activities with your favorite villagers.

Seasons decided by your hemisphere

When you start your New Horizons game, you’ll be asked whether you live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. This will affect what order the seasons appear in your game. For instance, let’s say you’re starting a game in April. Those who select Nothern Hemisphere find a lush Spring island filled with cherry blossoms and greenery, whereas those who choose the Southern Hemisphere will find a Fall island filled with yellow and red leaves.

The seasons will cycle through in-game just the way they do in real life. This adds variety to gameplay and changes up what activities, holidays, and events you can participate in.

Animal Crossing Events Calendar Holidays and seasonal activities

Event Date Regions
New Year’s Day January 1st All
Fishing Tourney (Winter) Third Saturday of January All
Groundhog Day February 2nd North America
Festivale February 11th All
Shamrock Day (St. Patrick’s Day) March 17th Europe and North America
April Fool’s Day April 1st All
Bunny Day (Easter) April 1st – April 12th All
Cherry Blossoms April 1st – April 10th All
Fishing Tourney (Spring) Second Saturday in April All
Nature Day April 23rd – May 4th North America
May Day May 1st – May 7th All
International Museum Day May 18th -May 31st All
Wedding Season June 1st – 30th All
Bug Off 1 Fourth Saturday in June (Northern Hemisphere), Third Saturday in November (Southern Hemisphere) All
Bug Off 2 Fourth Saturday in July (Northern Hemisphere), Third Saturday in December (Southern Hemisphere) All
Summer July – August All
Fishing Tourney (Summer) Second Saturday in July All
Bug Off 3 Fourth Saturday in August (Northern Hemisphere), Third Saturday in January (Southern Hemisphere) All
Bug Off 4 Fourth Saturday in September (Northern Hemisphere), Third Saturday in February (Southern Hemisphere) All
Fishing Tourney (Fall) Second Saturday in October All
Fall October – November All
Halloween October 31st All
Mushroom Season November All
Maple Leaves November 16 – November 26 (Northern Hemisphere, May 16 – May 26 (Southern Hemisphere) All
Winter November – December All
Turkey Day (Thanksgiving) Fourth Thursday in November All
Toy Day (Christmas) December 24th All
New Year’s Eve December 31st All

It’s the time of the season

Animal Crossing is unique in that it’s one of the few games that changes seasons and it brings about events to match real-life holidays. As you go about your year, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in several different in-game activities or to experience things that you weren’t able to do at a different time of the year.

In due season

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

$60 at Amazon

Enjoy seasons and activities

As you build your life on a deserted island, the in-game seasons will change to match your real-life seasons. Enjoy holiday events and yearly activities with your favorite villagers.

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