Can you believe Pokemon Go is almost a year old? Remember back when there was so much PoGo news that we gave up and went to a daily roundup of all the nonsense and vandalism and accidents and lawsuits and government security freakouts? Good times, good times. Niantic also remembers and is ramping up to celebratory summer events — plural. If you still play, here’s what you’re looking at during Pokemon Go Fest:
- There’s a Pokemon Go celebration in Chicago’s Grant Park on June 19th. (You have to buy tickets, note.) The studio says other US cities may get their own version of this meet-and-greet.
- Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers across Europe will play host to multiple celebrations over the next four months. No details yet.
- Yokohama, Japan, will suffer a “Pikachu Outbreak,” which sounds scary but is said to be a “unique experience.”
- Finally, everyone can take part in the Solstice Event:
“Players around the world who are eager to get outside, explore and fill up their Pokédexes can look forward to the Solstice Event, Pokémon GO’s first in-game event of the summer, running from Tuesday, June 13 at 1:00 PM PDT until June 20 at 1:00 PM PDT. During this event, Trainers can expect increased encounter rates for their favorite Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon, including Charmander, Cyndaquil, Houndour, Swinub, Sneasel, and their Evolutions, and others. Trainers will also be awarded increased XP for in-game actions like Curveballs, Nice Throws, Great Throws, Excellent Throws, and more. In addition, Lucky Eggs will be 50% off in the in-game shop, meaning even more XP can be gained when discovering and catching elusive Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon.”