Weeks before the dawn of spring, the month of February brings not only Valentine’s Day to get your heart pumping, but also carnival season with its confetti, dancing and general jovialness. We could all do with a drop of frivolity, right?
The arrival of carnival seasons means it’s time for Pavé, the divine dancing peacock, to land on your island and get that party started. The 28th January 2021 update to Nintendo’s sedate life sim contains a host of new items and activities to look forward to, as well as the Festivale event itself, and we’ve collected all available information about the event in this handy guide.
We’ll be updating this page with more information once the update drops, but for now you can find everything we know about the Festivale event in New Horizons below.
What is Festivale?
Festivale in Animal Crossing is an event that mirrors the real-world Carnival and Mardi Gras festivals. It has featured previously in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and the event, — which involves plenty of colour and dancing — is hosted by the fabulous Pavé the peacock.
In New Horizons specifically, it appears you’ll be charged with collecting different coloured feathers found floating around your island, much like the cherry blossom or snowflakes of previous events. Giving these feathers to Pavé, who arrives on your main plaza and stays there for the duration of the event, will cause him to do a special dance for you. Ooo la la!
Festivale is an event celebrated on 15th February in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
What’s new with the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Festivale update?
This guide is a work in progress and we’ll update it with more information as and when it becomes available. For now, here’s all we know about the Festivale event in New Horizons…
Festivale Reaction Set
A new set of reactions for your character can be bought from the cabinet in Nook’s Cranny for a limited time during the event. It’ll set you back some bells, but you’ll get a set of new reactions, including ‘Feelin’ It’, ‘Let’s Go’, ‘Viva’ and ‘Confetti’.
Seasonal Festivale clothing will be available to buy at the Able Sisters’ shop from 1st February, which should help you get in the dancing mood alongside Pavé.
We’ll update this guide with more details and a full list of the limited-time clothing available during the Festivale event when we get our hands on them and our (digital) bodies into them.
January and February Seasonal Items from Resident Services
The Nook Stop in Resident Services (and the Nook Shopping app, if you’ve unlocked that) will also feature seasonal items to order. Valentine’s Day-themed gifts including chocolate hearts and heart-shaped bouquets will be available to order from 1st February until the 14th February.
Other items with a ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Big Game Celebration’ theme will also be available throughout January and February, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for those!
We’ll update this guide with more details when we get them.
This article is part of our Animal Crossing: New Horizons walkthrough, which includes a Complete Fish List, Complete Bug List and Complete Sea Creatures List. If you’re looking for specific fish or bug, we can tell you how to catch the elusive Coelacanth, Mahi-Mahi, Giant Trevally, Stringfish, Golden Trout and all the Sharks and Beetles, along with a full list of Critters leaving at the end of the month. We’ve also compiled a Complete Villager List and a Complete List of K.K. Slider Songs, as well as the Best Custom Design Codes and Islands we’ve found so far, and the best islands to visit using Dream Address Codes.