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January[edit]

New Year's Day[edit]

January 1st

Animal Crossing: New Year's Day is held in honor of the New Year. During this holiday the villagers will gather in front of the wishing well for the festivities. If the player visits the Wishing Well between 6 AM and 11 AM, Mayor Tortimer will give out advice for the new year and will give out a new diary from him as a present. Additionally, Katrina will have a table set up near the Wishing Well where she will run the "sunshine lottery" activity. This is the only time the player will be able to receive the Fortune Paper.

Wild World: The firework show will be held until 6 AM If the player speaks to Tortimer in the Town Plaza he will give them a Fortune. Additionally, a letter from Mom, which will contain 10,000 Bells, will arrive in the post.

City Folk: Tortimer will give the player a New Year's Shirt. They will also get a letter from Mom with 1,000 Bells.

New Leaf: If the player talks to Isabelle, they will get a present based on the Chinese Zodiac of the current year. The player will also receive a present from Mom.

La-Di-Day[edit]

January (2nd Saturday)

Wild World: La-Di-Day is an event the only occurs in Wild World. On this day, all villagers in the town will compete in a competition for a new Town tune.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

January (2nd Saturday)

New Horizons: The player will need to catch as many fish as they can before the three minute timer ends. They can pay CJ to do the challenge again and gain more points.

Bug-Off[edit]

January (3rd Saturday)

New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere): The player will need to catch as many bugs as they can before the three minute timer ends. They can pay Flick to do the challenge again and gain more points.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

January (3rd Saturday)

Wild World, City Folk & New Leaf: The Fishing Tourney takes place on the third Saturday of the month. The player is required to compete with the other villagers to catch the largest fish.

Yay Day[edit]

January (4th Sunday)

Wild World: On Yay Day the villagers exchange compliments. Later on in the year they will recall the compliments. Snooty and lazy villagers often have a better recollection of the compliments.

Flea Market[edit]

January (4th Sunday)

City Folk: Every fourth Sunday the flea market will appear. On this day the player can sell the items in their house for more than what Tom Nook would pay them for. The player is also able to go into other villager's homes and purchase items.

February[edit]

Flea Market[edit]

February (1st Saturday)

Wild World: On the first Saturday of the month, the player will be able to go to other villager's houses and buy some of their items from them. The villagers may also go to the player's house and buy items from the player.

Groundhog's Day[edit]

February 2nd

Animal Crossing: Much like the real holiday, the entire village will gather to see if the local groundhog will predict a longer winter or the awaited spring. At 8 AM, Mr. Resetti will make a cameo appearance as the "groundhog". If the player talks to Tortimer after the ceremony, he will give them one of the flower models in honor of the occasion.

City Folk: Tortimer will be standing in front of the town hall. If the player talks to Tortimer, he will give them a model of Mr. Resetti.

New Leaf: Isabelle can be found at the Event Plaza. If the player talks to her, she will give them a model of Mr. Resetti. There is also a cardboard cutout in the Plaza.

Bright Nights[edit]

February (Monday of the second week - following Sunday)

Wild World: The villager's houses will be decorated with lights, the player will get a chance to vote which villager's lights are the best. They can do so by talking to Tortimer in front of the Town Hall.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

February (on the 2nd Saturday)

City Folk & New Leaf: The fishing tourney takes place on the second Saturday of the month. The player is required to compete with the other villagers to catch the largest fish.

Valentine's Day[edit]

February 14th

Animal Crossing: Villagers of the opposite gender will send the player letters, and attached to those letters are gifts that vary based on the player's relationship with that villager.

City Folk: A week before Valentine's Day, the player will get the chance to send a letter to a villager of the opposite gender asking them to be their valentine. On Valentine's Day, that villager will send the player a Chocolate Heart. If the player doesn't send a letter, then they will get a box of chocolates from the villager they have the most friendship points with.

New Leaf: The player will receive some hot chocolate from Brewster, some chocolate or cake from the villagers, and a gift from Mom.

Bug-Off[edit]

January (3rd Saturday)

New Horizons (Southern Hemisphere): The player will need to catch as many bugs as they can before the three minute timer ends. They can pay Flick to do the challenge again and gain more points.

Flea Market[edit]

February (4th Sunday)

City Folk: On the fourth Sunday of the month, the player will be able to go to other villager's houses and buy some of their items from them. The villagers may also go to the player's house and buy items from the player.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

February (4th Sunday)

Wild World: The Fishing Tourney takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month. The player is required to compete with the other villagers to catch the largest fish.

Festivale[edit]

February/March (2 days before Ash Wednesday)

Festivale may occur in either February or March depending on when Ash Wednesday is for that year.

City Folk: Pavé will visit the town and if the player talks to him, he will request that a certain color of candy be brought to him. If the player brings him the correct color of candy, they will receive an item from the Pavé series. The player can receive candy by playing games with other villagers.

New Leaf: The player will have to collect different colored feathers for Pavé. The player can do so by either catching them with a net, or by playing games/trading with other villagers. The player can then bring these feathers to Pavé, and if they have collected the specific amount of feathers needed, Pavé will give them an item from the Pavé series.

Leap Day[edit]

February 29th

City Folk & New Leaf: Leap Day is a minor event in both games. A notice would be posted on the bulletin board about Leap Day and villagers may also talk about the event. In New Leaf Isabelle will announce that it is Leap Day.

March[edit]

Flea Market[edit]

March (1st Saturday)

Wild World: On the first Saturday of the month, the player will be able to go to other villager's houses and buy some of their items from them. The villagers may also go to the player's house and buy items from the player.

Weeding Day[edit]

March 2nd

Weeding Day occurs on this day only in the South Korean version of the game.

New Leaf: Weeding Day takes place on this day if the player's region is South Korea. On this day, Leif will tell the player how many weeds there are in their town. Once the player has picked up all of them, Leif will then give them an item from the Flower Set.

Girl's Festival[edit]

March 3rd

Girl's Festival is an event exclusive to the Japanese version of the games.

Animal Crossing: Tom Nook will sell Hinaningyous Dolls in his shop.

New Leaf: If the player talks to Isabelle in the plaza, she will give them a Rice Cake.

Festivale[edit]

February/March (2 days before Ash Wednesday)

Festivale may occur in either February or March depending on when Ash Wednesday is for that year.

City Folk: Pavé will visit the town and if the player talks to him, he will request that a certain color of candy be brought to him. If the player brings him the correct color of candy, they will receive an item from the Pavé series. The player can receive candy by playing games with other villagers.

New Leaf: The player will have to collect different colored feathers for Pavé. The player can do so by either catching them with a net, or by playing games/trading with other villagers. The player can then bring these feathers to Pavé, and if they have collected the specific amount of feathers needed, Pavé will give them an item from the Pavé series.

La-Di-Day[edit]

March (2nd Saturday)

Wild World: La-Di-Day is an event that only occurs in Wild World. On this day, all villagers in the town will compete in a competition for a new Town tune.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

March (3rd Sunday)

Wild World: The Fishing Tourney takes place on the third Sunday of the month. The player is required to compete with the other villagers to catch the largest fish.

Shamrock Day[edit]

March 17th

Shamrock Day is a holiday that is exclusive to the North American and European versions of the game.

New Leaf: Isabelle will be standing in the Event Plaza next to a specially-themed photo standee. If the player talks to her, she will give them a Shamrock Hat.

Father's Day[edit]

March 19th

Father's Day occurs on this day, only in the European version of the game if the language is set as Spanish or Italian.

City Folk & New Leaf: Dad will send a letter in the mail with a red carnation attached.

Spring Sports Fair[edit]

March 20th — 21st

Animal Crossing: The Spring Sports Fair takes place around the Wishing Well. The player may take part in four different activities that happen throughout the day. Tortimer will also be there and if the player talks to him, they will receive the Spring Medal.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

March (3rd Saturday)

City Folk & New Leaf: The fishing tourney takes place on the third Saturday of the month. The player is required to compete with the other villagers to catch the largest fish.

Yay Day[edit]

March (4th Sunday)

Wild World: On Yay Day the villagers exchange compliments. Later on in the year they will recall the compliments.

Flea Market[edit]

March (4th Sunday)

City Folk: On the fourth Sunday of the month, the player will be able to go to other villager's houses and buy some of their items from them. The villagers may also go to the player's house and buy items from the player.

Bunny Day[edit]

March/April (Same day as Easter)

Bunny Day may occur in either March or April depending on when Easter is on that year.

City Folk: The player may find a total of thirty eggs hidden around the town. Some will contain Bunny Foil, the player may talk to Zipper T. Bunny to exchange these for an item from the Bunny Day Series.

New Leaf: The player may obtain six different types of eggs. Some of these will contain prize tickets which can be exchanged for an item from the Bunny Day Series by talking to Zipper T. Bunny. These eggs may also contain a grand prize ticket which can be exchanged for Zipper T. Bunny's picture.

New Horizons: The Bunny Day event lasts for two weeks before Bunny Day meaning the player can collect eggs for two weeks before Bunny Day. There are a total of six eggs the player may obtain which can be used to craft Bunny Day Series DIY which can be found in a variety of ways. If the player crafts all the items, Zipper T. Bunny will give them the DIY recipe for a Bunny Day Wand.

April[edit]

April Fool's Day[edit]

April 1st: Villagers will play a variety of pranks and tricks on the player. Tortimer will give out an item called "Super Tortimer", which he claims is a playable NES game. However the game is not playable.

On April 1st in City Folk, Tortimer will be out of the town hall and if the player speaks to him he will give them a leaf.

Cherry Blossom Festival[edit]

April 5th - 7th: Non-fruit trees will turn pink. If the player visits the mayor he will explain more about the festival and its meaning to the town. After the explanation, Tortimer will give them the pink tree model.

Nature Day[edit]

April 22nd: Tortimer will give the player advice about nature and a tree model when spoken to.

May[edit]

Spring Cleaning[edit]

May 1st: Tortimer will give the player a Dump Model, and the villagers may ask the player if they have been cleaning. Fish-themed kites hung on poles will also appear around town.

Mother's Day[edit]

May (2nd Sunday): In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, Tortimer reminds players to call their mother by handing out a Lovely Phone. In most Animal Crossing games, with the exception of Welcome amiibo and Happy Home Designer, the Lovely Phone is the only phone that can be activated to give players messages, which are random. In Welcome amiibo, the Lovely Phone's messages are not random and provide players with information about which Daily Luck program is influencing their in-game experiences each day; it is a prize won from Redd's booth during the August Fireworks shows in Welcome amiibo.

June[edit]

Graduation Day[edit]

June (2nd Friday): On this day the villagers commemorate the hard work and progress the player has made so far in the game. If they speak to the mayor, he will present them with a model of the Able Sisters store.

Father's Day[edit]

June (3rd Sunday): Dad will write to the player. If the player speaks to Tortimer, he will give out a locomotive model.

Summer Fishing Tourney[edit]

June (Every Sunday): In Animal Crossing, the Fishing Tourney takes place every Sunday, and is hosted by Chip. The player is required to compete with the other villagers to catch the largest fish. Also, the player can talk to the mayor to receive the angler trophy.

Summer solstice[edit]

June 21st: In New Leaf, Isabelle takes the day off and hangs out in the Plaza. The sun stays out very late on this day. If the player talks to Isabelle, they will receive Ladder Shades. In the Plaza there is also a cutout; featuring a sunflower and the sun.

Midsummer's Day[edit]

June 21st: This is a minor event that only appears in European copies of Animal Crossing: City Folk. The player can speak to Tortimer in the Plaza to obtain an Espresso Maker.

July[edit]

Fireworks Show[edit]

July 4th: Coinciding with American Independence day, the Animal Crossing series town will hold a fireworks show in the evening. To view the fireworks display, players must go to the lake between 7 PM and 9 PM. Crazy Redd will also set up a stand at the event. He sells a variety of pinwheels and balloons. When players find the mayor during the festivities, they will receive a bottle rocket from him.

Morning Aerobics[edit]

July 25th - August 31st: Morning Aerobics is an event that only occurs in Animal Crossing for the GameCube. When the player speaks to Tortimer they receive a special event card. Every morning during this time period Copper will conduct Morning Aerobics. Tortimer will reward the player with a special aerobics radio after they attend fourteen Morning Aerobic sessions. The radio will enable the player to preform the exercises in their house. Utilizing the C stick, they are able to preform the aerobic exercises.

Aerobics Controls
  • Straighten Your Back - Down then Up
  • Roll Your Arms - Rotate Upper Semicircle
  • Straighten Your Side - Hold Up and Left or Up and Right
  • Twist Your Body - Hold Left or Hold Right
  • Throw Out Your Chest - Hold Down and Left or Hold Down and Right
  • Rotate Your Body - Full Rotation
  • Leap - Hold Up
  • Practice Deep Breathing - Press Down then Up

Hometown Day[edit]

July (Random Day - Consult your calendar): Hometown Day is a fictional holiday meant to celebrate the player's town and its unique aspects. On this day Tortimer will give the player a train station model. There are fifteen train stations models in the game. They represent the fifteen possible station designs.

August[edit]

Fireworks Show[edit]

August (Every Saturday): This event occurs from 7 PM to Midnight in Wild World and City Folk. The player is able to receive two items from the mayor during this event. In New Leaf it takes place every Sunday instead. Isabelle will hand out one of four bopper hats or a Fountain Firework. Custom designs can be submitted for fireworks in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Redd will also operate a stand in both of those games.

Meteor Shower[edit]

August 12th: If the player goes to the lake between 6 PM and 9 PM they are able to watch the meteor shower in the sky above the lake. If they speak with the mayor they will receive a telescope.

Founder's Day[edit]

August 21st: Founder's Day is in honor of the town's founder. As per usual, Mayor Tortimer will bestow thoughts regarding the founding of the town. On this day the player will receive the weed model.

Morning Aerobics[edit]

August (All Month): The Morning Aerobics event started in July and continues to the end of this month. For further information regarding the Morning Aerobics event, see the July section on this event.

September[edit]

Labor Day[edit]

September (1st Monday): Tortimer will give the player a shop model as a gift if they speak to him during the day.

Fall Sports Fair[edit]

September 23rd or 24th: The Fall Sports Fair has a number of different events that the player can watch. Villagers will engage in races, tug-of-war, or a ball game. If the player shows up early enough, they are able to participate in the first event. gymnastics. Utilizing the C stick will allow them to perform a variety of different tricks. If the player tracks down the mayor during the sports fair he will give them the Spring Medal to commemorate the occasion.

Event Times

Harvest Moon Festival[edit]

September (Consult your calendar): The Harvest Moon Festival is an event that only occurs in Animal Crossing. This event can either occur in September of October depending on the year. If the player goes down to the lake during this day between 6 PM to 9 PM they can see the moon reflecting in the water. If the player speaks to the mayor he will give them a large model of the moon.

October[edit]

Explorer's Day[edit]

October (2nd Monday): Explorer's Day is a play on the American holiday Columbus day. Explorer's Day celebrates the exploration of new lands and of a more personal nature. The mayor can be found at the Wishing Well on this day. He will give the player a bottled ship if they speak to him before 6 PM. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Isabelle will give the player a sailboat model if they talk to her in the plaza.

Mushrooming Season[edit]

October 15th - 25th: Every day during Mushrooming Season, five mushrooms will appear at 8:00am. Every fifteen minutes after 8:00am a mushroom will disappear (as it has been found by a villager). The player can sell mushrooms to Tom Nook for 5,000 Bells each.

Harvest Moon Festival[edit]

October (Consult your calendar): This event can occur in either September or October.

Halloween[edit]

October 31st: On Halloween the villagers in town will dress up to look like Jack, the self-proclaimed Czar of Halloween. Each villager wears a blue shirt and a pumpkin on their head. Jack also appears in town, and it is up to the player to find him. Jack, unlike the villagers, will not run after the player demanding candy. If the player approaches Jack and gives him a piece of candy, they will receive as piece of furniture from the Spooky Series. In Animal Crossing, if the player correctly identifies the mayor he will give them a model of Katrina's Tent.

November[edit]

Mayor's Day[edit]

November (1st Tuesday): Mayor's Day is an event that occurs in Animal Crossing, it is a play on election day. The player will receive a Well model from the mayor on this day.

Officer's Day[edit]

November 11th: Officer's Day is an event that occurs in Animal Crossing. It celebrates Copper and Booker's contributions to the town. If the player speaks to the mayor, they will receive a police station model.

Fall Fishing Tourney[edit]

November (Every Sunday): In Animal Crossing, the Fishing Tourney takes place every Sunday, and is hosted by Chip. The player is required to compete with the other villagers to catch the largest fish. Also, the player can talk to the mayor to receive the angler trophy.

Harvest Festival[edit]

November (4th Thursday): The Harvest Festival is the Animal Crossing series equivalent of the American holiday Thanksgiving. If the player shows up at the Wishing Well between 3 PM and 9 PM they can participate in the event. Franklin the turkey realizes he is in trouble when the mayor invites him for dinner; or rather to be dinner. Franklin will hide behind trees and wait for the player to bring him pieces of silverware from the banquet by the well. Removing the silverware removes the threat of him becoming dinner. For each piece brought the player will receive one piece of harvest furniture. A cornucopia item can also be obtained from Tortimer.

Sale Day[edit]

November (4th Friday): This event only occurs in Animal Crossing. Tom Nook will sell grab bags at his store instead of the normal items he sells. Each grab bag contains three items. The grab bags may contain pinwheels which can only be obtained on this day or during the Fireworks Show. Each grab bag is sold for a low price, but the deal varies. Crazy Redd will also set up shop selling various items. If the player speaks to the mayor he will give them the market model.

December[edit]

Snow Day[edit]

December 1st: Snow Storms occur in December. Snow will not stick to the ground until December 10th. If the player speaks to the mayor on this day, he will give them a snowman model.

Winter solstice[edit]

December 21st: This event appears in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The sun will never rise on this day, meaning total darkness for 24 hours. Isabelle will give the player a Glow Wand if spoken to.

Midwinter's Day[edit]

December 21st: Only appearing in European copies of Animal Crossing: City Folk, this is the opposite of Midsummer's Day. The player can speak to Tortimer in the Plaza to obtain an Snow Globe.

Toy Day[edit]

December 23rd: If the player talks to the mayor before 6 P.M, they will receive either a miniature car or a doll. The toy is dependent on the player's gender.

Jingle Arrives[edit]

December 24th: Jingle the reindeer wanders around town from 8:00pm on December 24th to 1:00am on December 25th. If the player tracks him down he will give them a piece of Jingle furniture. To receive more furniture the player will have to change into a different outfit and talk to him again. The player can only get a maximum of 10 pieces per town; regardless of how many characters have been created. Once the player has talked to Jingle five times in a row in one outfit, he will give them a piece of the Jingle Series. When finished they should head out of the acre and switch into a different shirt. If they find Jingle again, he will ask the player questions; depending on how they reply they will get different furniture. Generally, a response of "Printed" or "Woven" will result in the player receiving wallpaper, carpeting, or a shirt. The player can receive duplicates. Jingle furniture sells for a high price but it cannot be re-ordered at Nook's.

New Year's Eve[edit]

December 31st: The player should head down to the lake to see the big countdown clock count the minutes until the end of the year. Between 11:00pm and 1:00am there will be a fireworks display at the lake as well. The mayor will hand out a noisemaker when spoken to.

Special Events[edit]

Camping Season (Summer): Animals may visit town during the summer months to camp out for a while. If the player talks to them they may give them some camping gear.

Bridge Building (Random): The mayor may seek the player's input on a new bridge once the town contains fifteen villagers. There will be two locations to choose from.

Igloos (Winter): If there is snow on the ground one of the villagers may decide to live in an igloo for the day. The player can visit them to chat or play special winter games. If the player spends enough time in the igloo, they may receive one of several special snowy gifts.

Lighthouse Watching (Winter): The mayor may ask the player to light the lighthouse for him for a week during one of the first two months of the year while he is on vacation. If they do it regularly they will receive chocolates and a lighthouse model when he returns.

Your Birthday: On the player's birthday they will receive presents in the mail from the other villagers. The quality of the presents will improve the better the quality of the relationships they have with your villagers. Their mom will also send them a special item: a birthday cake.