- This article is about the place in New Leaf and New Horizons where events are held. For other uses, see Plaza (disambiguation).
The player celebrating their first day on town with Tom Nook, Timmy, Tommy, and two villagers.
The Event Plaza (広場, Hiroba, Plaza) is a location in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and serves as a communal hub of the town. During certain events and holidays and random visits, special characters can be found in the Plaza.
In New Leaf
At the beginning of the game, the player who is designated mayor will participate in a ceremony and plant a sapling in the center of the plaza. The sapling will grow steadily based on the amount of time the game has been played, going through five different stages of growth until it ultimately reaches a humongous size. If a player sits on the brick wall surrounding the town tree once it reaches a certain size, they will be able to view a list of accomplishments and statistics during their time as mayor.
During events or holidays, special characters can be found here, including Chip, Nat, Katrina and Redd, who will set up tents or stalls whenever they visit the player's town. Additionally, other attractions such as face boards may be present during some events. In other events, Isabelle can be found within the Plaza and will give each player a gift, much like Tortimer does in previous games. Whenever Isabelle is present in the plaza, the Town Hall will always be closed.
In New Horizons
The Plaza is situated in front of Resident Services, initially appearing as a dirt area with a wooden boundary. As part of the upgrade of Resident Services from a tent to a building, the Plaza is upgraded to a brick design. Like Resident Services itself, its location on the island is set permanently when an island design is selected at the start of the game and cannot be moved.
Much like the Plaza from New Leaf, events throughout the year such as the Bug-Off and Fishing Tourney are hosted here, and traveling visitors such as K.K. Slider, Label, Kicks or Leif will periodically appear here to offer their services.
Players cannot place their own furniture in the Plaza; however furniture items such as benches, stools or barbecues may appear there from time to time, either randomly or for specific events, and cannot be moved or taken by the player. Changes can sometimes be triggered after exiting a building; setup and cleanup of this furniture will not be shown on-screen.