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Throughout the week - and even year - certain events will take place for maximum enjoyment of your island life. Events can be weekly or seasonal.
Seasonal event - available on the fourth Saturday of the designated months, from 9AM until 6PM in both hemispheres
- Northern Hemisphere: Fourth Saturday in June, July, August, and September
- Southern Hemisphere: Fourth Saturday in December, January, February, and March
When the Bug-Off event is available on your island, you'll find Flick stationed next to a pop-up canopy at the island plaza, promoting the event. The event tests your ability to catch as many bugs as possible within three minutes. You can participate in the event as many times as you'd like during the event window. The first entry fee is waived each subsequent participation will cost 500 Bells.
To best prepare for this event, equip a net prior to speaking with Flick. Immediately after speaking with Flick to start the event, begin running in search of bugs - as you'll have approximately three free seconds to run before the timer starts. The best place to find bugs are near bloomed flowers and sources of water - especially ponds. Tree trunks also provide a valuable source for bugs, such as cicadas and other beetles that tend to rest on them.
One of the best methods for catching a lot of bugs is to use a spoiled turnip to help you spawn bugs. Ants are far easier to catch than some other bugs like dragonflies and pondskaters, and it's entirely possible to catch over 10 bugs each run using the turnip. It may be possible to use multiple spoiled turnips to increase your chances of bug spawns, but I haven't fully confirmed this.
At the end of the three minutes, return to Flick to conclude the event. Each bug you catch is worth one point, and you'll get a bonus two points if you manage to catch three or more. These points are used to acquire event-exclusive items that cannot be purchased anywhere else. Every 10 points will earn you one of 13 unique items from the event, and you'll receive additional prizes in the mail for accumulating a set number of points. After your points have been added to your total, go to the bug cage under the canopy and retrieve any bugs you don't want to sell, donate, or otherwise keep. Any bugs you sell to Flick will be worth 1.5 times their normal price.
Here is a list of items you can acquire from the event. As previously mentioned, these items are exclusive to this event and cannot be obtained by any other means. Additional information about these items can be found in the Items section.
- Artisanal Bug Cage
- Bug Aloha Shirt
- Bug Cage
- Bug Wand
- Butterflies Wall
- Butterfly Backpack
- Ladybug Rug
- Ladybug Umbrella
- Spider Doorplate
- Spider Web
- Termite Mound
- Toy Centipede
- Toy Cockroach
For accumulating a set number of points throughout the event, you'll receive a bug trophy to commemorate certain milestones. You can receive a Bronze, Silver, and Gold Bug Trophy for acquiring 100, 200, and 300 total points, respectively.
Limited-time event - available from April 1 through Easter in both hemispheres (date subject to change based on actual holiday)
Bunny Day is a limited-time event that commemorates Easter in the real world. This event runs for approximately two weeks before Easter and concludes on Easter Sunday - check your local calendar for exact dates.
Speak to Zipper, who will tell you that there are six different types of eggs to collect, as well as a host of different DIY recipes scattered among the island. What's more, if you can collect the recipes and craft at least one of every item available, you'll get a special treat. To get you started, he'll give you one of the recipes you need to complete this event. Other recipes can be found by talking to villagers, shooting down rainbow-colored balloons, or receiving them from Egg Message Bottles.
Note: The following recipes can only be obtained by meeting certain criteria:
- Egg-themed outfit items (earth, leaf, sky, stone, water, wood) can be acquired by collecting at least 10 of their respective egg types.
- Egg Party Dress and Egg Party Hat can be acquired by collecting at least 10 of each egg type.
- Bunny Day Bed and Bunny Day Arch can only be acquired by speaking to Zipper on the first and last days of the event, respectively.
- Wobbling Zipper Toy can only be acquired after crafting at least one of every event item.
- Bunny Day Wand can only be acquired after crafting at least one of every event item, including the Wobbling Zipper Toy.
|Material||Method(s) to Obtain|
|Earth Egg||Dig this item up from holes in the ground|
|Tree Egg||Shake hardwood trees that have this item on them|
|Sky Egg||Shoot rainbow-colored balloons|
|Stone Egg||Use a tool to collect these items from large rocks|
|Water Egg||Use a fishing rod to catch this item|
Here is a list of the recipes that you can obtain during this event. For more details regarding these recipes, see the Recipes section of this guide.
- Themed Furniture
- Bunny Day Arch
- Bunny Day Bag
- Bunny Day Bed
- Bunny Day Crown
- Bunny Day Fence
- Bunny Day Flooring
- Bunny Day Festive Balloons
- Bunny Day Glowy Garland
- Bunny Day Lamp
- Bunny Day Merry Balloons
- Bunny Day Rug
- Bunny Day Stool
- Bunny Day Table
- Bunny Day Vanity
- Bunny Day Wall
- Bunny Day Wall Clock
- Bunny Day Wand
- Bunny Day Wreath
- Wobbling Zipper Toy
- Themed Clothing
- Earth-Egg Outfit
- Earth-Egg Shell
- Earth-Egg Shoes
- Egg Part Dress
- Egg Party Hat
- Leaf-Egg Outfit
- Leaf-Egg Shell
- Leaf-Egg Shoes
- Sky-Egg Outfit
- Sky-Egg Shell
- Sky-Egg Shoes
- Stone-Egg Outfit
- Stone-Egg Shell
- Stone-Egg Shoes
- Water-Egg Outfit
- Water-Egg Shell
- Water-Egg Shoes
- Wood-Egg Outfit
- Wood-Egg Shell
- Wood-Egg Shoes
Seasonal event - available April 1 through 10 in the northern hemisphere; October 1 - 10 in the southern hemisphere
For the first ten days of the last month of spring (depending on hemisphere) you'll find that the leaves on the hardwood trees have changed color to commemorate the cherry blossom festival. Additionally, you'll find cherry blossom petals drifting about the island which can be captured and used for time-limited crafting recipes. Use a net to capture these petals, but be careful: much like bugs, if you miss capturing a petal, it will likely disappear.
Recipes can be obtained from villagers, in Message Bottles, or from shooting down balloons. The list of recipes you can acquire during this event is below - see the Recipes section of this guide for more detailed information about them.
- Blossom-Viewing Lantern
- Cherry-Blossom Bonsai
- Cherry-Blossom Branches
- Cherry-Blossom Clock
- Cherry-Blossom Flooring
- Cherry-Blossom Petal-Pile
- Cherry-Blossom Pochette
- Cherry-Blossom Pond-Stone
- Cherry-Blossom-Trees Wall
- Cherry-Blossom Umbrella
- Cherry-Blossom Wand
- Outdoor Picnic Set
- Sakura-Wood Flooring
- Sakura-Wood Wall
Limited-time event - available every Sunday in August, starting at 7PM in both hemispheres
Every Sunday evening, take part in viewing a spectacular fireworks show on your island. Starting at 7PM, you'll see fireworks light up the night sky, and all of your island's residents will be out and about taking in the sights.
At the Island Plaza, you'll find Redd set up with a raffle booth, where you can pay 500 Bells to receive a random item. Items that can be received are sparklers, bubble blowers, fireworks, balloons, and more.
Isabelle will also be present at this event, allowing you to create your own custom fireworks display. To do this, speak with Isabelle, who will allow you to select up to eight different custom designs to be used in the display. After confirming your selections, look to the skies to see the results of your creation. You can do this as many times as you'd like.
Seasonal event - available on the second Saturday of the designated month for each season, from 9AM until 6PM in both hemispheres
- Spring: Second Saturday in April (northern) / October (southern)
- Summer: Second Saturday in July (northern) / January (southern)
- Fall: Second Saturday in October (northern) / April (southern)
- Winter: Second Saturday in January (northern) / July (southern)
When the fishing tournament is available on your island, you'll find C.J. stationed next to a pop-up canopy at the island plaza, promoting the event. The event tests your ability to catch as many fish as possible within three minutes. You can participate in the event as many times as you'd like during the event window. The first entry fee is waived; each subsequent participation will cost 500 Bells.
To best prepare for this event, have a solid supply of fish bait on hand, which can be crafted from clams dug up along the beach. Prior to actually starting the event, have your fishing rod equipped - preferrably a brand new one that will survive at least 8 successful catches - and have your cursor hovering over your fish bait in your pockets. When the event starts, immediately run to the nearest body of water, preferrably the ocean. If a fish is nearby, then great! Try to catch it before using your bait. Otherwise, use your fish bait to summon a fish and catch it.
At the end of the three minutes, return to C.J. to conclude the event. Each fish you catch is worth one point, and you'll get a bonus two points if you manage to catch more than 3 fish. These points are used to acquire event-exclusive items that cannot be purchased anywhere else. Every 10 points will earn you one of 13 unique items from the event, and you'll receive a prize in the mail after accumulating a set number of points. After your points have been added to your account, go to the cooler under the canopy and retrieve any fish you don't want to sell, donate, or otherwise keep. Any fish you sell to C.J. will net you 1.5 times the normal price.
Here is a list of the items you can acquire from this event. Again, these items are exclusive to this event - you cannot buy them from Nook Shopping, nor will they ever appear in Nook's Cranny. If you're hell-bent on farming this event for all of its worth (and there's plenty of it), keep one of each item and sell the rest. The list of items you can acquire during this event are below; for more information about each item, see the Items
- Anchor Statue
- Fish Doorplate
- Fish-Drying Rack
- Fish Pochette
- Fish Print
- Fish-Print Tee
- Fishing-Rod Stand
- Fish Rug
- Fish Umbrella
- Fish Wand
- Fresh Cooler
- Marine Pop Wall
- Tackle Bag
For accumulating a set number of points throughout the event, you'll receive a fish trophy to commemorate certain milestones. You can receive a Bronze, Silver, and Gold Fish Trophy for acquiring 100, 200, and 300 total points, respectively.
Limited-time event - Available May 18 through May 31 in both hemispheres
The International Museum Day event is a limited event that allows you to collect stamps for visiting various parts of the museum.
During the event period, you can acquire three stamps for each major section of the museum; filling each stamp card will reward you with a unique item. The rewards received will always be the same for each day of the event, allowing you to obtain multiples of an item if you desire.
To fill each stamp card, venture through each major section of the museum and you'll come across a small yellow booth that has a red owl logo on front. Interact with this booth and you'll receive a stamp for that particular location. A list of possible stamp booths are listed below.
|Bug Farms||North room, atop the steps in the center of the room|
|Butterfly Garden||West room, south of the fountain|
East room: north of Quiet Bench and south of Dragonfly Bridge
|Dragonfly Bridge||East room: north of Coconut Corner and west of Giant Tree|
|Giant Tree||East room: east of Dragonfly Bridge and north of Shady Path|
|Hiding Bugs||North room, near the display just north of the door leading to the west room|
|Quiet Bench||East room: north of the door leading to the west room, south of Coconut Corner, and west of Sun-Peek Path|
|Shady Path||East room: east of Sun-Peek Path, north of the entrance, and south of Giant Tree|
|Singing Forest||East room: east of the door leading to the west room and west of the entrance|
|Sun-Peek Path||East room: east of Quiet Bench and west of Shady Path|
|The Lab||North room: in the northwest corner of the room|
|Abyss||East room: in the lower northeast corner of the room, east of The Deep|
|Big River||West room: the large tank southeast of Headwaters and north of the door leading to the east room|
|Coral Reef||North room: the large tank at the top of the stairs, west of Icy Sea|
|Headwaters||West room: near the three-tiered tank in the north of the room|
|Icy Sea||North room: near the ramp east of Coral Reef|
|Serenity Tank||West room: south of the door leading to the north room and west of The Pond|
|The Deep||East room: the giant tank in the center of the room, west of The Abyss|
|The Coast||North room: directly west of the stairs leading to Coral Reef|
|The Pond||West room: the topless tank in the center of the room, east of Serenity Tank, south of Headwaters, and west of Big River|
|Aquatic Reptiles||North room: first group of fossils along the west wall, west of Extinction Spot|
|Cenozoic||East room: in the center of the room on the lower level|
|Extinction Spot||North room: near the blue circle in the center of the room|
|Mollusks/Arthropods||South room: on the west side of the room just north of the entrance|
|Pterosaurs||North room: second group of fossils along the west wall, north of Aquatic Reptiles|
|Synapsids||North room: east of Extinction Spot and just west of the door leading to the east room|
|Vertebrates||South room: on the east side of the room just north of the entrance|
Return to Blathers once you've completed a stamp card and you'll receive the following rewards:
|Stamp Card||Reward||Category||Sell Price|
|Bug Card||Bug Plaque||Wall-Mounted||300 Bells|
|Fish Card||Fish Plaque|
|Fossil Card||Fossil Plaque|
Limited-time event - Available May 1 through May 7 in both hemispheres
The May Day event is a limited event that allows you a one-time opportunity to take a unique Mystery Island tour.
During the event period, speak with Tom Nook to receive a May Day Ticket for use at the Airport. Go to the airport and speak with Orville, who will allow you to use the the ticket to participate in the event. There is no need to empty your inventory for this event, as Orville will store all of your items at the airport until you return back to your island.
When you arrive, you'll find yourself on a unique Mystery Island, but there's a catch - the island has been transformed into a maze. Having brought nothing with you, you'll need to utilize all of the items you find throughout the maze in a precise manner such that you can receive all of the available rewards.
For reference, I have created a simple overhead map of the maze for you to follow, using the steps below.
- Start by grabbing the shovel (1) and using it to dig up the shrub (2) that is blocking a piece of fruit (3).
- Dig up the tree (4) blocking the route and go north and then west, ignoring the path that goes east. Jump over the pits and grab the tree branch (5). Continue down the path and jump over the next two pits.
- Grab another tree branch (6) and pick up the Worn Axe (7). Retreat and pick up another tree branch (8) and stone (9).
- Reverse your route, stopping to chop down the tree (10) blocking the path to another tree branch (11) and two more pieces of fruit (12).
- Return to the eastern path you previously ignored and grab the three pieces of wood (13).
- Reverse your route again, returning to series of three pits spaced one square apart. Jump across the first pit and pick up the tree branch (14).
- Continue down this path and jump the pit. Eat one of your fruits and use your shovel to break the rock (15) blocking access to an Iron Nugget (16).
- Reverse your path all the way to where you picked up the wood (13) and eat another piece of fruit to break the rock (17). Grab the fruit (18) and eat it to dig up the tree (19) blocking access to a Simple DIY Workbench and two DIY recipes (20).
- Use the DIY recipes to learn how to craft a Flimsy Axe and an Axe (if you haven't already learned them), and use the adjacent workbench to craft these items. First craft the Flimsy Axe, then craft the Axe.
- Retreat along the path and jump across the series of three pits to chop down a tree (21) blocking access to two more pieces of fruit (22).
- Return to the area of the Iron Nugget (16) and use the axe to chop down the tree (23).
- Continue on along the path and pick up another piece of fruit (24). Jump across the pit and use the axe to chop down three trees (25).
- Speak with Rover (26) and receive Rover's Briefcase.
- Use your shovel to dig up the shrub (27) that is blocking two Bell Vouchers (28). Use your shovel again to dig up two more shrubs (29).
- Follow the path along the outside of the maze and eat all of your fruit (you should have three left) to break the rocks (30) that are blocking off five more Bell Vouchers (31).
- Finally, dig up the shrubs (32), jump the pit, and dig up the last shrub (33) to reach the starting point.
Seasonal event - Available May 1 - 31 in the southern hemisphere; November 1 - 30 in the northern hemisphere
Mushroom Season marks the final month of Fall, and allows you to collect rare crafting materials for equally rare DIY recipes. During this event, roam your island to find various types of mushrooms, acorns, pine cones, and maple leaves to create rare, Fall-themed items. These crafting materials will typically be found near hardwood trees; some mushrooms are buried underground and are indicated by the usual buried item marker.
DIY recipes obtained during this event can only be obtained by shooting down balloons, so keep a watchful eye out for any drifting gifts and claim them as you see them. The recipes you can obtain from this event are listed below - see the Recipes section for more information about them.
- Forest Flooring
- Forest Wall
- Mush Lamp
- Mush Log
- Mush Low Stool
- Mush Parasol
- Mush Partition
- Mush Table
- Mush Umbrella
- Mush Wall
- Mushroom Wand
- Mushroom Wreath
Limited-time event - Available April 23 through May 4 in both hemispheres
During this event, additional Nook Miles + activities will be available to you. These activities will be marked with a green sprout icon at the top and are always worth 5x the Nook Miles. Below are the different activities you may encounter:
- Tree Transplantation (100 Nook Miles)
- Decorate with Flowers (150 Nook Miles)
- Get Stylin' by Wearing Flowers (150 Nook Miles)
- Plant Coconuts by the Beach (150 Nook Miles)
- Plant 3 Flowers (200 Nook Miles) - type varies
- Plant 5 Shrubs (500 Nook Miles)
Limited-time event - Available various times throughout the year
Throughout given times of the year, you'll be able to purchase exclusive items from the Nook Shopping section of the Nook Stop Terminal. These time periods coincide with various regional holidays throughout the year. A summary of these events is provided below. Note that, while a country of origin is listed, the items are available worldwide.
|Holiday||Country or Region||Dates||Exclusive Item(s)|
|Mother's Day||International||May 1 - 31||Thank-You Mom Mug|
|Father's Day||International||June 1 - 30||Thank-You Dad Mug|
|International Children's Day||International||June 1 - 30||Handmade Cape|
|Summer Solstice||International||June 6 - July 6||Summer-Solstice Crown|
|Winter Solstice||International||June 6 - July 6||Winter-Solstice Sweater|
|Tanabata||Japan||July 1 - 31||Bamboo Grass|
|Cowboy Festival||Brazil||August 1 - 31||Rodeo-Style Springy Ride-On|
|Cowherd and Weaver Girl Day||Asia||August 1 - 31||Hikoboshi Outfit|
Limited-time event - Available June 1 through June 30 in both hemispheres
Fly to Harv's Island to participate in this event. For this event, your job is to help Harv take photos for Cyrus and Reese's anniversary photo shoot.
Upon arrival, you'll witness some chatter between Harvey, Cyrus and Reese discussing problems with the photo shoot. Harvey will ask for your help decorating the wedding set such that the photo shoots can occur. Each day of the event, Reese will inform you of the photo theme she would like to recreate, be it either ceremony or reception.
Using the theme and tips from Reese, decorate the studio using furniture from your catalog (it doesn't cost anything and can be customized free of charge) in a manner that you feel most conforms to the theme. Additional points are awarded if you use items that match the theme, as well as items customized by Cyrus. When you're satisfied, speak with Reese and she'll ask you to take the photo for her. Press the ZL Button to enter the Camera App, customize the photo layout to your liking and capture the photo. If you capture multiple photos, only the last photo will be used for grading.
For the purposes of grading, the process is fairly simple: use as many items from the Event tab in the room decorator. Use items that correspond to the theme for the day, such as using the wedding benches when the theme is ceremony. After grading, you are rewarded with Heart Crystals that can be exchanged for limited-time furniture and clothing. For the first 5 photo shoots you complete, the number of Heart Crystals you can receive as a reward is capped at 11; the cap is increased to 15 every day thereafter.
In addition to the Heart Crystals you receive, you'll be given an item from Cyrus, according to the following list:
- Day One: Wedding Bench
- Day Two: Wedding Table
- Day Three: Wedding Flower Stand
- Day Four: Wedding Head Table
- Day Five: Wedding Pipe Organ
- Day Six: Wedding Arch
- Day Seven: Reese & Cyrus Photo Plate
Lastly, speak with Harvey on your seventh day of the shoot to receive the DIY recipe for a wedding fence; complete your seventh photo shoots and you'll receive the wedding wand DIY recipe.
The limited-time items that can be obtained from this event are listed below. Because these items can be purchased using the Heart Crystals received from this event, additional information about these items has been included. For more detailed information about these items, find them in the Items section.
|Item||Buy Price||Unlock Requirements|
|Blue Wedding Rug||4 Heart Crystals||Complete 1 photo shoot|
|Bridal Veil||12 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
|Brown Wedding Flooring||12 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
|Cake Dress||20 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
|Green Wedding Flooring||12 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
|Green Wedding Wall||12 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
Red Wedding Rug
|4 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
Reese & Cyrus Photo Plate
|Can't be bought||Complete 6 photo shoots|
|Wedding Arch||20 Heart Crystals||Complete 6 photo shoots|
|5 Heart Crystals||Complete 1 photo shoot|
|Wedding Cake||5 Heart Crystals||Complete 4 photo shoots|
|Wedding Candle Set||4 Heart Crystals||Complete 3 photo shoots|
|Wedding Chair||3 Heart Crystals||Complete 2 photo shoots|
|Wedding Decoration||3 Heart Crystals||Complete 1 photo shoot|
|Wedding Fence Recipe||Can't be bought||Complete 6 photo shoots|
|Wedding Flower Stand||4 Heart Crystals||Complete 3 photo shoots|
|Wedding Head Table||6 Heart Crystals||Complete 4 photo shoots|
|Wedding-Party Wall||12 Heart Crystals||Complete 2 photo shoots|
|Wedding Pipe Organ||40 Heart Crystals||Complete 5 photo shoots|
|Wedding Pumps||6 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
|Wedding Shoes||6 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
|Wedding Table||6 Heart Crystals||Complete 2 photo shoots|
|Wedding Tuxedo||20 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|
|Wedding Wand Recipe||Can't be bought||Complete 7 photo shoots|
|Wedding Welcome Board||5 Heart Crystals||Complete 6 photo shoots|
|White Wedding Flooring||12 Heart Crystals||Complete 1 photo shoot|
|White Wedding Rug||4 Heart Crystals||Complete 1 photo shoot|
|White Wedding Wall||12 Heart Crystals||Complete 7 photo shoots|