Free Animal Crossing Update Brings Art, Nature, and Special Events

This week brings a brand new update for Animal Crossing New Horizons bringing in new features/options, while revealing some upcoming themed events.

As some Animal Crossing players have speculated (based on cheeky teases from character dialog), a new update for New Horizons is bringing art, new nature options, and more familiar characters to the game. Even better, it’s a FREE update that’s coming this week, April 23rd! Here is what players will be able to find this Thursday:

Leif’s Garden Shop – Nature-loving Leif will regularly visit players’ islands to sell his flourishing assortment of foliage, including shrubs and flower seeds. These decorative items will help make any island paradise a little greener.

Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler – After downloading the free update, Jolly Redd will occasionally show up in his boat to sell in-game art, as well as furniture with unique colors. Like in previous Animal Crossing games, players will have to figure out which art pieces are real and which are fake. After purchasing genuine art, players can donate it to the island museum to open an art gallery, which will display all types of donated pieces, from paintings to sculptures.

Nature Day (April 23-May 4) – During the Nature Day period, special Nook Miles challenges will be available that focus on nature-inspired goals, such as planting trees and watering flowers.

This is awesome, mostly because it’s bringing even more options to customize our island and fill out the (already impressive) museum. If that’s not enough for you, Nintendo has also revealed a few more upcoming timed/themed events for us to look forward to:

May Day Tour (May 1-7) – In the first week of May, players can use a one-time May Day Ticket at the island airport to head out on a limited-time tour to an island that looks different than the usual mystery island tours. A special visitor who looks familiar might also be there…

International Museum Day (May 18-31) – To celebrate International Museum Day, players can take part in a Stamp Rally. After receiving a special stamp card, players can enjoy viewing fish, insects and fossils while collecting stamps at the various museum exhibits to earn an in-game reward.

Wedding Season (June 1-30) – During a nuptial-themed June, players can visit Harvey’s island to meet the married couple Reese and Cyrus, as well as help arrange and take anniversary photos with them in the wedding-picture studio. Players will get wedding-themed items as a token of their gratitude.

As you can see, there’s plenty of more things to look forward to in the game. Personally, I can’t wait to play around with all these. While I’m a relative newcomer to the Animal Crossing franchise, I’ve been pulled in so thoroughly it’s kind of scary. As such, it’s nice to see Nintendo is still finding ways to engage players for free!

What are you looking forward to most?