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The plaza during Festivale in New Horizons
February or March (see recurrence)
Music (New Horizons)
Time All day
Host Pavé
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

Festivale is an event in the Animal Crossing series that occurs in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It takes place in February or March, two days before Ash Wednesday. Pavé hosts the event and during it, confetti falls from the sky, items themed around the event can be obtained, and villagers dance around while singing the town tune. The player's objective is to collect specific items as requested by Pavé. If the player obtains the items, Pavé gives them an item from the Pavé Series (City Folk and New Leaf) or Festivale Series (New Horizons). In City Folk, the player must collect candy, while in New Leaf and New Horizons the player must collect feathers.

Festivale is based on Mardi Gras, the last day of Carnival, a festive season occurring before Lent.


In City Folk[edit]

Pavé speaking to the player in City Folk.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk during the day, neighbors walking around the town challenge the player by asking them to play games, with the chance to win candy. However, if the player loses, they have to give some candy or 500 Bells to the villager. There is no limit of how many games can be played with the neighbors, but only the ones outside of their homes offer to play games.

The games are as follows:

  • Imaginary Soccer - The neighbor pretends to be a sports commentator and acts out a soccer scene. In response, the player has to select either I'll kick left/right or I'll protect left/right. The player has to score or protect two times in a row. This results in the neighbor giving them a random colored item of candy.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors - The neighbor plays a word game of rock, paper, scissors, and the neighbor shouts their answer. The player has to be the first to get it right two times in a row to win a randomly selected item of candy.
  • Coin Toss - The neighbor flips a coin and asks the player what side they think is facing up. Players have to do this 3 times in a row; if they lose at all, they lose the game. When they win, they can pick what color candy they want to receive.
  • What hand the candy is in - The neighbor asks players which hand they think the candy is in. Their guess must be correct both times in the two rounds; getting it wrong once results in a loss. Once they win, they get a random piece of candy.
  • Psychic/ESP Test - The neighbor asks players what the image in their mind is. Players must get both questions right to get the candy. The first question is out of 3 shapes: either circle, triangle, and square. The second question is what fruit players think the villager pictures in their mind: apple, peach, orange, cherry and pear (occasionally, "None" is an option in place of one of the fruit options). One wrong guess results in losing. If players win, they get to pick what color candy they receive.

The candy the player has won can be given to Pavé, who exchanges it for furniture in the Pavé Series. However, players must have three of the color candy he asks for.

If a player buries a pitfall seed on the day of the Festivale, it may turn into candy the following day.

In New Leaf[edit]

Pavé in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the event is slightly different compared to the Festivale in City Folk. Unlike the objective in City Folk, the player must collect feathers instead of candy for Pavé. During the day, feathers can be seen falling from the sky along with confetti (the feathers can be obtained using a net).

The villagers walking around the town can be found wearing headdresses with different colored feathers on top of them. They may also be heard singing the town tune. Villagers inside and outside their homes both offer to play games with the player to win feathers. Some villagers offer the player a feather without asking for anything in return.

Pavé appears in the event plaza and asks the player to find feathers of a specific color. If the player obtains the specific number of feathers requested by Pavé or obtains a rainbow feather, then Pavé performs a dance. After Pavé has finished dancing, he gives the player an item from the Pavé Series.

On the seven days before Festivale, the Able Sisters sells either the Festivale tank, Festivale tank dress, Festivale pants, or Festivale accessory. On the day of event, the shop sells all four items.


  • Trading - Villagers may ask to trade one of the player's feathers for theirs (exchange colors).
  • Charades - The villager performs emotions depicting a concept. The player then needs to choose the correct concept from a list.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors - The villager starts a countdown whereupon reaching 1 the player selects either rock, paper, or scissors. The player only has to win once to obtain the feather.


  • Pink Feather NL Icon.png - "I got a pink feather! I can hardly resist the zest!"
  • Red Feather NL Icon.png - "I got a red feather! It's got the passion of fire!"
  • Blue Feather NL Icon.png - "I got a blue feather! It's as cool as a breeze!"
  • Green Feather NL Icon.png - "I got a green feather! It's so easy on the eyes!"
  • Yellow Feather NL Icon.png - "I got a yellow feather! It begs for your attention!"
  • White Feather NL Icon.png - "I got a white feather! It's so so soft and pure!"
  • Purple Feather NL Icon.png - "I got a purple feather! It was yearning for my net!"
  • Rainbow Feather NL Icon.png - "Yippeeeee! I got a rainbow feather! These are extremely rare!"

In New Horizons[edit]

The plaza during Festivale in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Festivale was added in the 1.7.0 Free Update.[nb 1] Pavé returns as the host of the event, and like in New Leaf, the player must catch and bring him colored feathers.[1]

From February 1 until the day before the event, Nook's Cranny sells Festivale-themed furniture, and the Able Sisters sells Festivale-themed clothing.[2][3] Additionally, for a limited time, Nook's Cranny sells the Viva Festivale Reaction Set, which includes four Festivale-themed Reactions: Feelin' It, Let's Go, Viva, and Confetti.[3]

On the day of Festivale, Pavé asks the player for three of a specific color of feathers—either a blue feather, green feather, purple feather, or red feather—which can be found floating around the island and can be caught with a net. He also gives the player the DIY recipe for a rainbow feather, which requires one of each of the other feathers. If the player gives him the correct three feathers, or a single rainbow feather, Pavé gives them a random item from the Festivale Series, and the color variation of the item given depends on the feather(s) given. After the player exchanges feathers with Pavé nine times, he asks them to bring him three rainbow feathers. If the player brings him them, he gives them the Festivale float and goes into a dancing frenzy.

During the event, villagers dress up in Festivale-themed clothing (male villagers wear Festivale costume and females wear the Festivale tank dress) and perform Festivale dances with each other. They approach the player to talk to them, but unlike on Halloween, they do not force them into a chat. They can trade one to three feathers with the player. Villagers ask for feathers of the same color as their outfits if the player has any, and feathers of other colors if they do not. The color of the feathers that they are willing to trade for varies.

If Pavé is invited to The Roost, he mentions that Festivale takes place on a Monday 40 days before Bunny Day, not counting Sundays. This is in reference to Festivale's real-world connection to Lent.


  • Green Feather NH Inv Icon.png - "I caught a green feather! So smooth, so soothing..."
  • Red Feather NH Inv Icon.png - "I caught a red feather! The passion! It is overwhelming!"
  • Blue Feather NH Inv Icon.png - "I caught a blue feather! As cool as it is hot!"
  • Purple Feather NH Inv Icon.png - "I caught a purple feather! How flirty and fabulous!"
  • Rainbow Feather NH Inv Icon.png - "WOO-HOO! I caught a rainbow feather! Viva Festivale!"

Item list[edit]

Festivale items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Item Image Type Buy price Sell price Available from
Festivale balloon lamp Festivale balloon lamp Furniture  4,000 Bells  1,000 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale confetti machine Festivale confetti machine Furniture  5,000 Bells  1,250 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale drum Festivale drum Furniture  2,100 Bells  525 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale flag Festivale flag Furniture  1,300 Bells  325 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale float Festivale float Furniture Not for sale  20,000 Bells  Pavé
Festivale garland Festivale garland Furniture  4,000 Bells  1,000 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale lamp Festivale lamp Furniture  1,500 Bells  375 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale parasol Festivale parasol Furniture  2,500 Bells  625 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale stage Festivale stage Furniture  6,000 Bells  1,500 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale stall Festivale stall Furniture  3,000 Bells  750 Bells  Nook's Cranny
Festivale accessory Festivale accessory Clothing  2,240 Bells  560 Bells  Able Sisters
 Apparel shop
Festivale costume Festivale costume Clothing  2,600 Bells  650 Bells  Able Sisters
Festivale tank dress Festivale tank dress Clothing  2,600 Bells  650 Bells  Able Sisters
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In amiibo Festival[edit]

In the Board Game mode in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Pavé appears and all spaces turn into feather spaces. When a space is landed on, the player receives the feather indicated on the space and Pavé awards them a prize. Yellow feathers give 3,000 Bells, red feathers give 10 Happy Points, green feathers give 10 turnips, and rainbow feathers give 10 Happy Points, 3,000 Bells, and 10 turnips.


Festivale occurs on the day before Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras, which itself is 40 days before Easter excluding Sundays.

  • March 6, 2000
  • February 26, 2001
  • February 11, 2002
  • March 3, 2003
  • February 23, 2004
  • February 7, 2005
  • February 27, 2006
  • February 19, 2007
  • February 4, 2008
  • February 23, 2009
  • February 15, 2010
  • March 7, 2011
  • February 20, 2012
  • February 11, 2013
  • March 3, 2014
  • February 16, 2015
  • February 8, 2016
  • February 27, 2017
  • February 12, 2018
  • March 4, 2019
  • February 24, 2020
  • February 15, 2021
  • February 28, 2022
  • February 20, 2023
  • February 12, 2024
  • March 3, 2025
  • February 16, 2026
  • February 8, 2027
  • February 28, 2028
  • February 12, 2029
  • March 4, 2030
  • February 24, 2031
  • February 9, 2032



Festivale audio tracks

Title Game Track Notes
Festivale Theme Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Festivale Theme (Pavé only) Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Festivale Final Theme (Short) Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Festivale Final Theme (Long) Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese カーニバル

Korean 카니발

Simplified Chinese 狂欢节
Kuánghuān jié

Traditional Chinese 狂歡節

Russian Карнавал

Dutch Carnaval

German Karneval

European Spanish Carnaval

European French Carnaval

Italian Carnevale


  1. While the event was added in version 1.7.0, it was not unlocked until version 1.7.0a.


  1. Nintendo (January 26, 2021). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Free Update 1.28.20". YouTube. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  2. https://topics.nintendo.co.jp/article/703cc041-e5ff-4399-b70b-33fe7e4f49d9
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ryan Craddock (January 26, 2021). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Next Free Update Arrives This Week". Nintendo Life. Retrieved January 26, 2021.

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