Just as in real life, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, September is a significant month in the year. In the north, it marks the closing of summer and the beginning of autumn. In the south, winter is officially over already, with the snow melted, and spring has begun. Also, as with all months in New Horizons, September brings to the game new events, limited-time seasonal items at Nook Shopping, birthdays, and plenty of bugs, fish and sea creatures to catch. This guide will show you what September has to offer, making sure that you don’t miss a thing.
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In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, September brings some new events. With fall beginning in the north, events relating to the season will be taking place this month, including harvest festivals. These events aren’t exclusive to the northern hemisphere though; southern hemisphere players will also get to enjoy these events.
Grape Harvest Festival
Occurs: All September (1st to 30th)
September brings the Grape Harvest Festival to New Horizons. Sadly, there’s no actual festival taking place in the game, however, you can mark this occasion thanks to Nook Shopping. You can buy a Grape-Harvest Basket for just 800 Bells. You wear it just like any other bag. It’s available to purchase from Nook Shopping throughout September.
Grape festivals are hosted around the world to celebrate the harvesting of grapes. The majority of these take place in August or September. The in-game description for the Grape-Harvest Basket specifically mentions festivities in France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. Celebrations include dancing, wearing traditional outfits, drinking, and parades; basically a big party!
Occurs: September 12th to 21st
There’s the Grape Harvest Festival, and there’s also Chuseok, the Korean harvest festival. This once again is commemorated with an item from Nook Shopping. You can pick up a Songpyeon for 1,100 Bells from September 12th until the 21st.
This is a Korean holiday, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day, and during this time, families gather in their hometowns to pay respects to their dead loved ones at their graves (similar to Day of the Dead in November). Songpyeon is a delicacy during this holiday. They are filled rice cakes steamed on a bed of pine needles. Thanks to Nook Shopping in New Horizons, you can sample this traditional dish.
Moon Viewing Day
Occurs: September 12th to 21st
There’s another event being marked between the 12th and 21st of September: Moon Viewing Day. The moon looks great all year round, but September is the time when it’s really special with the harvest moon, hence why this month officially marks Moon Viewing Day. This is yet another Nook Shopping seasonal event, but it brings not one, but three items that you can grab to commemorate this particular occasion. These include the Moon Rug (2,000 Bells), Dango (1,100 Bells), and Moon Cakes (1,100 Bells).
Occurs: Fourth Saturday of September
Hemisphere: North Only
It’s that time again, for Flick to host his Bug-Off and for you to get the chance to grab some cool unique prizes! Northern hemisphere players should note that this is the last Bug-Off in the north of the year, so you might as well take part for one last time.
Acorn and Pine Cone Season
Occurs: September 1st to December 10th
Hemisphere: North Only
Fall, or autumn, has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere, and for New Horizons, that means two things: acorns and pine cones. These are collectibles unique to this season, used in various fall-themed DIY recipes.
You can find acorns and pine cones around your island by shaking trees. Acorns drop out of hardwood trees, while pine cones are hidden in cedar trees.
September brings another round of birthdays in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, whether it’s villagers, special characters, or even you! Here’s a complete list of all the birthdays of villagers and special characters in September.
Bugs, Fish, and Sea Creatures
In September in New Horizons, it’s a busy month for the wildlife, with bugs, fish and sea creatures coming, going, and staying for another month. We already have a detailed guide on all the bugs, fish and sea creatures you can catch in September, so make sure to check it out. Here’s a quick summary of what you can find this month. Remember that what you can catch is based on the hemisphere you’re playing in.
Bugs are first. Let’s take a look at what bug activity is happening in the north. There are some new September bugs arriving, including the cricket, monarch butterfly, and red dragonfly. There are also a lot of bugs departing from the north, such as the atlas moth, goliath beetle, and walker cicada.
What about the south? The south too will get some new bugs to find, including the honeybee, ladybug, mantis, and some butterflies such as the tiger and yellow butterfly. Only one bug will be gone by the end of the month: the emperor butterfly, so catch it while you still can.
Let’s look at fish next, starting with the northern hemisphere. There are some new fish to catch in the ponds, rivers and seas, including the cherry salmon, golden trout, and pike. Just as with bugs this month in the north, a LOT of fish will be gone after September, such as the blue marlin, puffer fish, and soft-shelled turtle, to name a few. The great big fish such as sharks and ocean sunfish will also be going, so you don’t have much longer to catch these big blighters that sell for good Bells.
Fish are also coming and going in the southern hemisphere. New fish for September include the char, cherry salmon, and loached tadpole. Departing fish includes the football fish, stringfish, and sturgeon.
Finally, let’s dive deep down into the sea and find out what activity is happening there. Starting with new sea creatures in the north, there’s the chambered nautilus, oyster, and turban shell. Quite a few deep-sea dwellers are leaving, including the giant gigas clam, horseshoe crab, and sea urchin.
In the southern seas, five new creatures can be found, including the firefly squid, spider crab, and umbrella octopus. There’s just one deep-sea creature leaving, and that’s the red king crab.
That rounds up everything that’s happening in September in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Is there anything about September you like best? Let us know in the comments.