What’s On In Ur ‘Animal Crossing’ Island This Week, May And June

So, uh, in case you couldn’t tell, we looove Animal Crossing here at Syrup (and we know we’re not alone). Outside of the world of TikTok, it’s kinda the only thing giving us life right now and something nice to look forward to each morning and night. 

In fact, I kinda wish I could just live in the game—maybe maybe not my cursed and super messy island but one of the many amazing Twitter people’s, y’know?

Anyway, lucky for all of us, Nintendo just announced a series of new events happening in-game in the next few months. Here’s everything new to Animal Crossing this week, and a peek at what’s coming in May and June.

Starting tomorrow… 

From 23rd April and after downloading the new update, two new shopkeepers will start to visit your happy island home: an adorable nature loving sloth called Leif and a cheeky looking fox pirate named Jolly Red.

According to a press release provided by Nintendo, much like carpet-selling-camel Saharah and the endearing turnip-selling-snot faced-piglet Daisy Mae, Leif will visit your island on occasions to sell you items to make the perfect flower garden. Specifically, a “flourishing assortment of foliage, including shrubs and flower seeds.” 

Also, they’re super cute.

Jolly Red is a mischievous art-selling fox, who in previous games would sometimes sell you art that was fake. 

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ latest update, he’ll occasionally show up in his boat to sell in-game art and unique colours of furniture not available in Nook’s Cranny. But, you’ll have to differentiate the faux real from the faux phoney. 

Sneaky ass bitch. 

After purchasing real art, you’ll be able to donate it to Blathers and expand your island museum, introducing an art gallery space from paintings to sculptures. Perfect for all of us art hoes missing our museum fix. 

What’s On In Your Animal Crossing Island This May

Nature Day

In the spirit of Earth Day, from the 23rd April to 4th May, we’ll be able to celebrate Nature Day. 

During the Nature Day period, you’ll encounter special Nook Miles challenges focusing on environmental sustainability. These include planting trees, watering flowers and, probably, designing an eco-friendly tee in custom design.

May Day Tour

In the first week of May (1st to 7th, to be precise), you’ll receive a one-time ticket at your island airport to adventure to a mysterious island. As Nintendo alludes, the island is unlike the others you visit using a Nook Miles ticket and features a familiar face…

International Museum Day

To celebrate International Museum Day (an actual legit thing, fyi), from 18th to 31st May, you’ll be able to take part in a Stamp Rally. 

After receiving a special stamp card from Blathers, you’ll collect stamps from the various fish, insect and fossil exhibits in your museum to earn some in-game goodies. Assumedly, the more donations you’ve offered to the venue, the more stamps and loot you’ll be able to receive.

It’s unclear whether art donations will be considered to collect stamps, given the feature will be rolled out before this event. 

In June, It’s Wedding Season Babyyy

In June, Animal Crossing players will be able to experience an in-game wedding but, sadly, not be able to host their own or Tom Holland’s

From the 1st to 30th June, you’ll be able to visit headband-wearing-hippie-dog Harvey’s island and meet the soon to be betrothed llama couple, Reese and Cyrus (ship name: Ryrus or Ceese???).

From there, you’ll help them arrange their wedding ceremony, take anniversary photos with them and receive wedding-themed items as a reward. And look, sure I can’t get married to Bones *officially*, but if they give me a cute bridal dress, some pretty bouquets and white floral furniture, I can at least try dammit. 

According to American market research group, the National Purchase Diary Panel Inc. (NDP), Animal Crossing has outsold every Pokémon, Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda game. Pikachu is crying rn bcuz it’s currently the third highest selling Nintendo game of all time. 

And, what, with the ability to add our own memes and albums, how it’s helping us cope with our mental health and recreate some of our favourite games of all time, you can see why. 

Just, maybe, don’t time travel or bully your villages to leave. And, pls Mr. Nintendo, give me froggy chair.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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