What's the next event for Pokémon Go? Here's what you need to know!

Update: Pokémon Go has just announced a Water Festival that starts at 1 p.m. PT on March 22, 2017 and finishes at 1 p.m. PT on March 29, 2017. With it comes increased water spawns, including Lapras, and Magikarp hat!

Pokémon Go is intended to get you out and about, both on your own and with family and friends. One of the ways Pokémon Go tries to bolster activity is with events. Some of the events get splashy announcements and coincide with big public holidays. Others are quieter and more regular.

So far, events have only ever been announced a couple of days in advanced. Still, based on past events we can make some good guesses about future events, and we can also keep track of the behind-the-scenes events that don't get announced. In other words, bookmark this page and check back often!


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Current Pokémon Go Event: Water Festival from March 22 to March 29, 2017

Pokémon Go has just announced a Water Festival that starts at 1 p.m. PT on March 22, 2017 and finishes at 1 p.m. PT on March 29, 2017. With it comes increased water spawns, including Lapras, and Magikarp hat!

Get ready to make some waves in Pokémon GO! There's a global Water Festival in progress, and Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and friends are looking forward to celebrating with you! Starting today at 1 P.M. PDT, you'll be more likely to encounter Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their evolutions all around the world. Additionally, when you're out exploring areas where Water-type Pokémon more commonly appear, you'll have a greater chance to encounter several of the Water-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, and maybe... you might even encounter Lapras.

Also, starting later today, you'll notice a new avatar wardrobe item—the Magikarp Hat!

Magikarp don't nest, per se, but are part of water spawns near lakes, streams, rivers, piers, etc. So, get out and make a splash!

Everything you need to know about the Pokémon Go Water Festival Event

Current Pokémon Go Event: Nest Migration on April 5, 2017

The next Pokémon Go nest migration is expected to occur at 7 p.m ET / 4 p.m PT — or 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT if they don't switch to Daylight Saving Time — on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (midnight UTC on Thursday, February 9. 2017).

Pokémon Go never announces nest migrations but they've occurred every two weeks at exactly the same time for months. There's always a possibility that will change but, until it does, the nest migration is a safe bet.

What are Pokémon Go Nests and how do you find them?

What should you do to prepare for the next nest migration?

Visit your local nests and stock up on the existing spawns while you still can. That includes any you might need to complete your Pokédex, medals, and build up your high-powered Pokémon. Sadly, the Tyranitar, Dragonite, and Chansey lines don't nest, and Magikarp sticks to water spawns. Rhynhorn does nest, though, and so do the Pokémon you need to max out Gen 1 and Gen 2 starters, and new triple-evolutions. So, catch 'em all — en masse!

What should you do when the next nest migration happens?

Nest migrations are seemingly random so, after it happens, get out and discover what your local nests are now spawning. Sometimes a previously great nest will go bad, and sometimes a common nest will start spawning rares. The only way to tell is to visit it a few times and see what pops up frequently or in number.

Then, do all your fellow players a solid, and report your findings.

2017 Pokémon Go Events: The potentials!

Based on past events, there are a few guesses we can make about future events. First, regional holidays don't mean regional events. Halloween isn't an internationally observed occasion but the event was worldwide. The U.S. Thanksgiving is only celebrated in the U.S., but was likewise a worldwide event. Granted, Pokémon Go is developed by a U.S. company, but it does indicate that other regional holidays could provide the impetus for other worldwide events.

Also, Pokémon Go has multiple levers to pull. They can increase rewards, like candy, XP, and stardust. They can decrease requirements, like walking distance. They can increase spawn rates for all or specific Pokémon and create limited edition Pokémon just for events. They can also give away items or increase their duration.

Lastly, Pokémon Go can have events to aid in charitable causes, like the highly localized tsunami-relief event in Japan that features almost exclusive Lapras spawns, and the Daily Bonus event that tied into a new, international game mechanic. So, if they want to maintain momentum and there's too long a gap between proper occasions, Pokémon Go can invent their own.

Pokémon Go St. Patrick's Day Event around March 17

St. Patrick's Day sounds like it might be too small for a Pokémon Go event but you never know. U.S. Thanksgiving got on, and St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in North American, the U.K., and elsewhere.

Maybe some extra Luck-y Eggs?

Pokémon Go Easter Event around April 16

An Easter event for Pokémon Go would be a great mirror for the Holiday Event. Eggs seem like the most natural fit, including longer-lasting lucky eggs or greater frequency for Pokémon eggs. Perhaps even lower walking distance to hatch them?

Shiny Event

There's also code in Pokémon Go for "shiny", or color variant Pokémon like the red Gyrados. If and when Pokémon Go decides to put those ultra-rare mons live, a short event around the launch could give it some extra luster.

Legendaries and Mythicals

Then, of course, there are the last remaining Gen 1 Pokémon still unseen in the game: The Great Birds, Mew, and Mewtwo. And now the new Gen 2 that have yet to be introduced: The Great Beasts, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Celebi.

The Great Birds and Great Beasts sound like they'll be saved for a real-time event, where they're released at a specific time and place for those who gather for them.

When that'll happen, and how Mew and Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, and Celebi will be handled, remain huge questions.

Past Pokémon Go Events

The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. So, to look forward to the next Pokémon Go events, it's helpful to look back at the events that have already run.

Pokémon Go Snorlax in Japan Event 2017

Similar to last fall's Lapras event, Japan's Kumamoto region is getting a Snorlax event to help bolster tourism following the earthquake of 2016.

Here's an approximate translation:

We've received information that in the Kumamoto prefecture and in Oita prefecture, Yufu city and Beppu city, Snorlax has begun appearing more frequently. Was it roused by the Pokémon flute? The phenomenon is expected to continue from March 4 to March 13. There are areas and places where local reconstruction work is continuing. Do not enter a dangerous place. Otherwise, please enjoy Kumamoto and Oita!

If you're in Japan or have wanted to go to Japan, and Snorlax is still on your must-get list, now's the time to go!

Pokémon Day from February 26 to March 6, 2017

The Pokémon Day event saw Pokémon Go join the larger festivities by offering a special, limited edition Pikachu in a festive hat that could be caught from February 26 at 1:00 p.m. PST to March 6 at 1:00 p.m. PST.

More on the Pokémon Day event and Party Hat Pikachu

Pokémon Go at Mobile World Congress 2017

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is a large consumer electronics show held yearly in Barcelona, Spain. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, the company that develops Pokémon Go, spoke at the show and revealed that three (3) major updates would be coming to the game in 2017. Major is Pokémon Go lingo for Gen 2-sized updates. So, what could they be? Some possibilities:

  1. New Gym combat system. The current one was what they could do for launch but a more sophisticated one has been in the works. Based on interviews, this could be the next big update.
  2. Breeding. Rumored for earlier in the year, it could be ready to ship before the end of the year.
  3. Gen 3, which if it follows the same timeline as Gen 2, could hit between summer and fall.
  4. Player vs. player. PvP would be a great way to boost engagement.
  5. Trading. Pokémon Go is being incredibly careful to engineer it in a first-person way to prevent cheating but it will still take time to get it right.

Again, those are just guesses. We'll have to wait and see what 2017 delivers!

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Pokémon Go Valentine's Day Event 2017

Pokémon Go ran a Valentine's Day event for a whole week! That's right, from February 8 to February 15, 2017.

During the Valentine's event there was double candy, half walking distances, increased spawning rates for pink Pokémon, and Lures that lasted six hours.

More about the Pokémon Go Valentine's event

Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year Events 2016/2017

The Pokémon Go Holiday & New Year Events overlapped, the holiday part running from December 25 through January 3, 2017 and the New Year part, December 30 through January 8.

During the holiday part, it offered and increased spawn rate for limited-time Santa Pikachu, an increased chances of hatching Gen 2 babies Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Smoochum, Elekid, or Magby, and a free 1-time Incubator from the first PokéStop spin of the day.

During the New Year part, it offered Increased spawn rate for Gen 1 Starter Pokémon and their evolutions, Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise, and Lures lasting twice as long.

More about the Pokémon Go Holiday and New Year Events

Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event 2016

The Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event ran from November 23rd through November 30th. It offered Double XP and Stardust for catching, hatching, and evolving Pokémon.

More about the Pokémon Go Thanksgiving Event

Pokémon Go Lapras in Japan Event 2016

From November 11 to November 23, 2016, Pokémon Go made Lapras easier to find in the Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures of Japan. It was an attempt to help bring tourism back to the region following the earthquake earlier in the year.

Rough translation:

Listen up everyone! It has been confirmed that Lapras is now easier to find in the coastal regions of Iwata, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. The phenomenon will continue until November 23. Please go out and journey in Tohoku! There are many wonderful discoveries to be made beyond Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go Halloween Event 2016

The Pokémon Go Halloween Event ran from October 26 through November 1. It offered double candy for catching, hatching, and transferring Pokémon, and cut the distance for walking Buddy Pokémon down to 1/4. Increased spawn rates were also offered for Zubat, Golbat, Drowzee, Hypno, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Cubone, Marowak, Meowth, and Persian.

More about the Pokémon Go Halloween Event

What Pokémon Go events do you want to see?

If you were planning the next big Pokémon Go event, when would you have it and how would you handle it?