‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’: What Upcoming Events Should Players Watch For?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons remains one of Nintendo’s most popular video games more than a year after its release. The open-world game allows fans to create a picturesque island escape. Part of its appeal is the completely customizable nature of the gameplay. Still, users are welcome to participate in regular festivals and events on their private islands. Several events and festivals are planned to welcome the month of June. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons introduces a Cheesing Rolling event

2021 will bring a brand-new festival to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. May 2021 on the islands will end with the Cheese Rolling event. From May 22 to May 31, players can participate by purchasing a specialty cheese in their shops. Nintendo has not released all the details on how the event will work, but fans certainly hope it’s as unique as the actual event it is inspired by.

Cheese Rolling race is photographed from the top of Coopers Hill in Gloucester, England in May 2006
A cheese rolling race in Gloucester, England | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

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A real-life cheese festival takes place each year in Gloucester. The festival draws crowds to Cooper’s Hill, where participants chase wheels of cheese down a hill. The real-life event has been mentioned in several television shows, including Gilmore Girls.  

June 2021 will bring Wedding Season to players’ islands

June will be a busy time for players who are continuing to build their islands. The official wedding season will begin on June 1 in Animal Crossing: New HorizonsWedding season is not exactly new, though. June 2020 also featured a wedding event. Nintendo will make new furniture, clothing, and other items available to players this year.

June rings in the wedding season on the islands because it’s a popular month for weddings in many locations. According to The Knot, 13% of marriage ceremonies take place in June. In recent years, September and October have become more popular for weddings, but June was the preferred month to tie the knot for decades.  

The Dragon Boat Festival will go live in Animal Crossing: New Horizon on June 5

The Dragon Boat Festival is another new holiday in the open-world game. According to Animal Crossing World, the Dragon Boat Festival will last nine days, running from June 5 to June 14. Again, Nintendo isn’t giving away a ton of information about how players will participate but several exclusive items to build and purchase are expected. The Dragon Boat Festival will run concurrently with the Dano Festival event.

Dragon boats wait for racers ahead of the Dragon Boat Festival in Honolulu Hawaii
Dragon Boats in Hawaii | Phil Mislinski/Getty Images

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Like the Cheese Rolling event, the Dragon Boat Festival and the Dano Festival are both inspired by real-life holidays. The Dragon Boat Festival is an event that commemorates the life of Qu Yuan, a Chinese scholar. The Dano Festival is a Korean holiday that residents traditionally used to mark the end of the sowing season.