In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, August could be seen as a winding-down month. This is because this month is when summer and winter officially ends in the north and south hemisphere. This means that seasonal items tied to these seasons will no longer be available. It also means that summer and winter clothing can no longer be bought at Able Sisters and Kicks’ stall. Not all of August is about things coming to an end though. It’s also a month of celebration and festivities, with new events to enjoy and take part in, birthdays to celebrate, and changes with bugs, fish and sea creatures. If you want to find out everything that there is to offer in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in August, read on.
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While July was generally a quieter month, there’s lots going on in New Horizons in August. You’ve got the weekly fireworks shows happening this month, plus there are Nook Shopping items to get. Seasonal collectibles will either be coming to an end or beginning this month as well, as summer/winter ends and fall/spring begins, depending on your hemisphere.
Occurs: Every Sunday in August
Whether you’re enjoying the last of the summer sun in the north or enjoying the last days of snow in the south, in New Horizons August is all about the fireworks displays that occur throughout this month. The only other time you get to witness fireworks is during the New Year celebrations, so you might as well make the most of it while it lasts. You really don’t want to miss the fireworks; as fireworks always are, they’re spectacular.
Fireworks shows take place every Sunday throughout August. They start at 7pm and end at midnight. You’ll see glorious colorful fireworks lighting up the skies throughout the evening. You can also create your own custom fireworks.
As well as fireworks, Redd has a raffle stall set up outside Resident Services. Here, you can pick up many goodies to help you get into the party mood. You can get sparklers, bubble blowers, pinwheels, balloons, and more. You can also get some snacks from Redd.
Isabelle will emerge from Resident Services to join in with the fun festivities. If you speak to her, she’ll give you a head bobber. Isabelle is also the person to speak to about custom fireworks.
Note: Since Isabelle will be busy with the fireworks show, this means that she won’t be available at Resident Services all of Sunday when a fireworks show is being hosted.
Occurs: July 15th – August 15th
This Nook Shopping event actually rolls over from last month, but it’s worth mentioning again since it continues into August. From Nook Shopping, you can pick up a Rodeo-Style Springy Ride-On. This item commemorates Festa de Paeo, a festival originating from Brazil that celebrates all things cowboys. You’ve got until mid-August to grab this item.
Cowherd and Weaver Girl Day
Occurs: August 5th – 14th
This is another Nook Shopping event that takes place in August. Between the dates of the 5th and the 14th, you can buy some special outfits to mark this occasion. Look out for the Hikoboshi Outfit and the Orihime Outfit. This is a Japanese holiday that is similar to Valentine’s Day, which celebrates two star-crossed lovers from East Asian folklore.
Occurs: August 10th – 16th
Obon is a day that tributes ancestors, similar to Day of the Dead in November. In New Horizons, it acts as a Nook Shopping event. For a limited period, you can grab a Cucumber Horse and Eggplant Cow. These represent the creatures that spirits arrive on to visit the living during this holiday.
Occurs: August 20th – August 31st
Did you know that around this time of year, there’s a fun festival originating in Spain where people throw tomatoes at each other between 11am and midday? Sadly, in New Horizons, you cannot partake in this fun activity, since you cannot throw tomatoes at other people, but it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the occasion in some way. Nook Shopping gifts you a Tomato Festival Tee for a limited time in the third portion of August at the price of 1,000 Bells.
Occurs: June 11th – August 24th
Hemisphere: South Only
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, August is also a month when certain seasonal collectibles will no longer be available (not until next year, at least). If you’re playing in the southern hemisphere, you’ve probably been enjoying weeks of glorious crunchy crispy-white snow. This month, the snow will melt, and along with it, the snowflakes used in certain DIY recipes will disappear until the snow returns in June.
Summer Shell Season
Occurs: June 1st – August 31st
Hemisphere: North Only
In the south, the snow and its snowflakes will be gone by the end of August. In the north, it’s the summer shells that will go away at the end of the month. After August, these unique pretty blue seashells will no longer wash up on your shores.
Young Spring Bamboo Season
Occurs: August 25th – November 30th
Hemisphere: South Only
While the snowflake season ends in the south in August, another season begins. Since spring has dawned, so will the young spring bamboo. These will burst out of bamboo as you chop at them for the duration of this season. You’ve got until the end of November, when spring ends in the south, so gather them while you can.
Occurs: Fourth Saturday of August
Hemisphere: North Only
It’s that time again (if you’re in the northern hemisphere anyway) to get out your nets and catch some bugs! Flick will descend on your island on the Fourth Saturday of August, ready to set challenges, award special prizes, and buy your bugs at a higher price than Timmy and Tommy.
Summer and Winter Fashions
North Hemisphere: Summer – June 1st to August 31st
South Hemisphere: Winter – May 26th to August 24th
It’s worth noting that for this month, you may notice some changes at the Able Sisters and Kicks’ stall. The north has been enjoying the summer while the south has been experiencing winter, but this month, that comes to an end in both hemispheres.
In the north, after August 31st, you will no longer be able to buy exclusive summer clothing. In the south, winter clothes will no longer be available to buy after August 24th.
August is brimming with birthdays to celebrate with your fellow villagers. Check out below who is having their birthday and on what day, so you can prepare a present for them and visit their house to join in with the party. Special NPC characters are also included in this list.
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Bugs, Fish, and Sea Creatures
The creatures you can find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons changes every month, and August is no exception. This month, new bugs, fish, and sea creatures will descend on your island, while some will be gone after this month. We already have a detailed bugs, fish, and sea creatures guide for August, so if you want to know everything about your island’s catchable wildlife this month, make sure to check it out. Meanwhile, here’s a brief summary of what to expect in August for both hemispheres.
Starting with the north, only 3 new bugs can be found in August: the migratory locust, rice grasshopper, and walker cicada. You’d better brace yourself, because after August is over, a TON of bugs will be gone. These include cicadas, beetles, and stags, among other bugs, some of them which sell for a lot of Bells. If you’re looking to complete your Critterpedia and fill up the museum and you haven’t yet caught these bugs, don’t hang about, because they won’t stick about forever. Make sure to check out our bugs and fish guide so you don’t miss anything.
It’s a quieter season for bugs in the south. There’s only one new bug: the tiger beetle. On the other hand, just 3 bugs will be going away after August: the Rajah Brooke’s birdwing, the damselfly, and the dung beetle.
In the north, there’s some shift in activity for the fish. There will be 3 new fish to find this month, including the soft-shelled turtle, moray eel, and ray. On the other hand, 5 fish will be gone after August, including the Napoleonfish and squid.
For the south, like the bugs, it’s a much quieter month for fish. No new fish will be arriving at all in August, but 2 fish will be gone: the pond smelt and blowfish.
For both hemispheres, activity in the deep sea is pretty quiet, but there are some changes. Starting in the north, only the flatworm is the new sea creature you can find, while the vampire squid and sea pineapple will disappear for a while once August is over.
In the south, meanwhile, unfortunately there are no new deep-sea creatures to find, only some that are leaving, including the Venus’ flower basket, the sweet shrimp, and sea pig.
That rounds up everything that’s happening in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in August. What do you like best about August in New Horizons? Let us know in the comments.