19 Jul 2021 10:25 AM +00:00

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Bug-Off Dates, Times and Tips

Animal Crossing New Horizons has no shortage of special events, and one of the funnest is the Bug-Off challenge event with Flick. We'll lay out the dates and times for the Bug-Off event here, updated for 2021.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bug-Off Dates and Times


Once you've updated your island, look for a bulletin board message announcing that the event has begun.

It'll be occurring on the third weekend of the month for the next few months. Here are the dates:

Northern Hemisphere:

  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 22
  • September 26

Southern Hemisphere

  • November 21
  • December 19
  • January 16
  • February 20

How to Play Bug-Off Event

First entry is free, but you'll need to drop 500 Bells to take place every time after.

On the day of the event, chat to Flick to learn the rules. Essentially you'll want to catch as many bugs as possible within three minutes, with each one worth a point and a bonus of 2 points if you catch three or more.

Afterwards, swap your points with Flick to earn random clothing, items, or decorations for your home.

But what about the bugs? They're all sent to Flick's bug cage, and you can then either keep them for yourself or sell them to Flick at an increased rate.