Festivals

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Festivals are special events in Stardew Valley. Each season has two festivals. Mayor Lewis will send you a letter in advance of each festival, describing when and where it will take place. Attending festivals is optional. On the day of the festival, a pop-up on left-hand side of the screen will let you know when the festival has begun. Time does not pass during a festival, so feel free to take your time exploring and talking! When a festival ends, you will be returned to The Farm late at night.

If it is a festival day, animals do not need to be fed; the game will automatically consider them fed.

Attendance at the festivals is entirely optional. Attendance (just by itself) also has no effect on friendship with the villagers (though there may be information benefits). Speaking to them there does not increase friendship points, nor does failing to attend decrease them. However, some festivals (like the Luau) do have activities where participation can affect friendship.

Spring

Egg Festival

Main page: Egg Festival

The Egg Festival takes place on the 13th of every Spring. You enter the festival by entering Pelican Town Square between 9am and 2pm. When the festival ends, you will be returned to The Farm at 10pm.

The featured attraction of the Egg Festival is the Egg Hunt. You and the other villagers search for small colored eggs hidden around Pelican Town. The Egg Hunt starts by talking to Mayor Lewis. You must gather 9 colored eggs (in 50 seconds, real time), or else Abigail will win. If you win, you will receive a Straw Hat as a reward. If you have already won an Egg Hunt in previous years, you will receive Coin Icon1,000g.

There is a booth set up where you can purchase a decorative Plush Bunny and Strawberry Seeds. (If you plant the seeds the same night as the festival, you will be able to harvest Strawberries two times before Summer).

The festival ends after Mayor Lewis announces the winner of the Egg Hunt.

Flower Dance

Main page: Flower Dance

The Flower Dance event takes place on the 24th of every Spring. You enter the dance by entering Cindersap Forest between 9am and 2pm. When the festival ends, you will be returned to The Farm at 10pm.

The dance takes place in the far west of the forest, across the bridge that is south of the Wizard's Tower. This area is accessible only during the Flower Dance.

There is a booth set up where you can purchase a Dandelion, Daffodil, Tub o' Flowers, and Rarecrow #5.

During this festival, you can dance with one of the bachelors or bachelorettes. You must talk to them (twice) and invite them to dance, but they will refuse unless you have four hearts of friendship with them. You can talk to the other villagers and they will have event-related dialogue.

Dancing will increase friendship with your partner by 1 heart (250 points).

Once you talk to Mayor Lewis, the dance begins. The festival ends after the dance is performed.

Watch Flower Dance Video.

Summer

Luau

Main page: Luau

The Luau takes place on the 11th of every Summer. You attend the Luau by entering The Beach between 9am and 2pm. When the Luau ends, you will be returned to The Farm at 10pm.

Pierre does not sell items from a booth at the Luau.

A central feature of the Luau is the potluck soup. Villagers bring different ingredients to prepare this soup for the Governor, who tastes and judges it. The soup-tasting begins by talking to Mayor Lewis.

Depending upon what type of produce you supply for the soup, there will be different reactions from the Governor and Mayor Lewis. The outcome will increase or reduce friendship points with all villagers.

The Luau ends automatically after the Governor tastes the soup.

Dance Of The Moonlight Jellies

Main page: Dance Of The Moonlight Jellies

The Dance Of The Moonlight Jellies takes place on the 28th of every Summer. You enter the festival by entering The Beach between 10pm and 12am. When the festival ends, you will be returned to The Farm at 12am.

This festival does not have a booth.

During the festival, villagers gather at the docks to watch migrating jellyfish who are attracted to the light of a torch that Mayor Lewis lights. Talk to Mayor Lewis to begin the festival.

The festival ends automatically after watching the jellyfish.

Fall

Stardew Valley Fair

Main page: Stardew Valley Fair

The Stardew Valley Fair takes place on the 16th of Fall every year. You enter the fair by entering Pelican Town between 9am and 3pm. When you leave the festival, you will be returned to The Farm at 10pm.

There are several games where you can gain Star Tokens, a currency that can be exchanged for prizes at the Shop near the entrance to the Bus Stop.

The Fair also has a Grange Display contest where you can show the products of the farm and gain Star Tokens. Talk to Mayor Lewis when you're ready to have the products judged. Items displayed in the Grange Display are returned, but not automatically.

During the Fair, you can eat Survival Burgers cooked by Gus north of Pierre's General Store for free.

The festival ends when you leave Pelican Town.

Spirit's Eve

Main page: Spirit's Eve

The Spirit's Eve festival takes place on the 27th of Fall every year. You enter the festival by entering Pelican Town between 10pm and 11:50pm. When you leave the festival, you will be returned to The Farm at 12am.

The festival features a maze where it is possible to obtain the Golden Pumpkin. Pierre has a shopping booth where you can purchase festive items including a Rarecrow #2, a Jack-O-Lantern, and the Jack-O-Lantern recipe.

The maze is located to the north of Pierre's festive shop. The maze has few dead ends and progresses in a nearly linear fashion. You have as much time as you need to navigate to the finish. Towards the end of the maze, in the northwest corner of the map, you must walk through a block of hedges to the left of a wooden sign with a question mark. Once through, you must go north through an open cavern and continue east to get to the Golden Pumpkin.

The festival ends when you leave Pelican Town.

Watch Spirit's Eve video.

Winter

Festival of Ice

Main page: Festival of Ice

The Festival of Ice takes place on the 8th of every Winter. You enter the festival by entering Cindersap Forest between 9am and 2pm. When the festival ends, you will be returned to The Farm at 10pm.

At the festival there are ice sculptures and igloos set up. There's also an Ice Fishing Contest you can take part in along with Pam, Willy, and Elliott. Getting at least five fish in the first year will win you three tackles and a Sailor's Cap. In subsequent years, winning the contest will award Coin Icon2,000g.

The festival ends after Mayor Lewis announces the winner of the Ice Fishing contest.

Feast of the Winter Star

Main page: Feast of the Winter Star

The Feast of the Winter Star takes place on the 25th of every Winter. You attend the festival by entering Pelican Town between 9am and 2pm. When the festival ends, you will be returned to The Farm at 10pm.

The main event of the Feast of the Winter Star is secret gift-giving. A random villager will be selected to give you a gift, and you are assigned a random villager to give a gift to. A week beforehand on the 18th, Mayor Lewis will send a letter telling you who your gift recipient is. You find out who is giving you a gift at the festival.

The festival ends when you leave Pelican Town.

Bugs

Time passes differently on The Farm than inside farm buildings during festivals. This is most noticeable if the player has a shed/coop/barn full of Kegs or Preserves Jars, with one left outside to indicate when processing is done. The keg or preserves jar outside the building will advance processing time more quickly than those inside the building.