Pokémon GO Fest 2021 has been announced!

Pokemon Go Fest
Pokemon Go Fest (Image credit: Niantic)

What you need to know

  • Niantic has announced this year's Pokémon GO Fest, which will take place on July 17 and end on July 18.
  • Global Challenges will be making a return, encouraging cooperative play between players in order to get rewards.
  • There has been no mention of whether this will be a shop ticket event like GO Fest 2020 or an in-person event as yet.

Niantic has announced in a blog post that Pokémon GO Fest will be happening over July 17 and July 18, 2021 in Pokémon GO. Global Challenges will make a return, which will incentivize players to coordinate with their friends to catch Pokémon of specific types, participate in raids, and complete friend-specific tasks like opening gifts in order to receive rewards and special encounters.

There has been no mention of whether or not this summer's GO Fest will be an online ticket event similarly to Pokémon GO Fest 2020, which allowed players everywhere in the world to purchase a ticket from the in-game store and participate in challenges that rewarded them with an encounter with the mythical Pokémon, Victini. We will be sure to update you if there is any more news.

The promotional image did feature some musical notes, and Niantic emphasized that players should stay tuned for more details on Pokémon GO Fest 2021, so it's possible that this year's event will feature a musical theme. There was mention of Pokémon's 25th anniversary, so it's also possible that this year's GO Fest will celebrate the history of the Pokémon franchise.

Did you participate in Pokémon GO Fest 2021? If this year's GO Fest is held in a physical location, where do you think it would be? And what's up with the music? Comment below!

Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.