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For API events that can be handled by the UI or addons, see Events.
The Darkmoon Faire is one of the most iconic events in World of Warcraft.

Events in Azeroth (also known as World Events, Seasonal Events or Holidays when appropriate) run the gamut from small yet ferocious free-for-all skirmishes for loot, to world-wide friendly celebrations, to ongoing military campaigns. An event of this kind is defined, with one exception, by being only available in the game at certain times and not others, ranging from several times a day, to annually, to one-time historical happenings never to be seen again. Below are some of the events, which are fun if you ever get around to them.

Types of environment changes accompanying events include:

Ongoing events

The Gurubashi Arena Booty Run helped to consolidate the popularity of PvP within Stranglethorn.

Over the course of Azeroth's troubled history, the times of celebration have fallen under the shadow of the conflicts that have shaped and scarred the world. Every day, as new challenges surface, new champions answer the call to arms, relishing the glory and the rewards of battles well fought. Below are details of some of the current disturbances warranting investigation - and participation - by the world's most adventurous heroes.

Seasonal events

To help offset the strain and tension of constant warfare, the leaders of the Horde and the Alliance occasionally organize full-blown festivities for their people, centered around holidays and special events. What better way to celebrate the year's victories and other achievements than in the company of a few thousand of your closest allies?

Azeroth Event Time Period Related Earth Event Additional Info
New Year 31st Dec - 1st Jan New Year's Eve Gregorian calendar
Lunar Festival Varies (Spring) Lunar New Year Chinese calendar
Love is in the Air 7th Feb - 20th Feb Valentine's Day
Noblegarden Varies (Easter) Easter
Children's Week 1st May - 7th May Children's Day - Japan
Mother's Day - US (and in most other countries, including: Belgium and the Netherlands)
Midsummer Fire Festival 21st June - 5th July Midsummer
Canada Day - CAN
Independence Day - US
US observed! Fire in the Sky Engineers' Explosive Extravaganza
Pirates' Day 19th Sept International Talk Like a Pirate Day First observed Sept 19th, 2008.
Brewfest 20th Sept - 4th Oct Oktoberfest - Germany
Harvest Festival 27th Sept - 4th Oct Roughly Thanksgiving - Canada, US (actually celebrated in October and November in Canada and US, respectively)
Columbus Day - US
US Stress Test ended: September 12, 2004
Peon Day 30th Sept EU Closed Beta began: September 30, 2004 Observed only in Europe[1]
Hallow's End 18th Oct - 1st Nov Halloween
Day of the Dead 1st Nov - 2nd Nov Day of the Dead
WoW's Anniversary 16th Nov - 30th Nov
Pilgrim's Bounty 22nd Nov - 28th Nov Thanksgiving
Feast of Winter Veil 15th Dec - 2nd Jan Christmas


The Great Gnomeregan Run idea originally came from a player who organized it for charity purposes.

First introduced in patch 7.1.5, these new "micro-holiday" events offer brief holiday-style activities for players to take part in. Unlike the larger holidays like Hallow's End, which run for weeks, these micro-holidays usually only last a day or two, and often involve specific events taking place in the world or celebrate important moments in Azeroth's history. These micro-holidays are only meant for fun and therefore do not offer any significant rewards like permanent pets or mounts, but can still provide some variety and opportunities for hijinks, as well as breathing new life into some of the more static parts of the game world.

Azeroth Event Date Known reason for celebration
Call of the Scarab January 21 - 23 To celebrate the opening of the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj.
Hatching of the Hippogryphs February 19
Un'Goro Madness March 17 - 19
March of the Tadpoles April 5
Volunteer Guard Day April 23
Spring Balloon Festival May 8 - 10
Glowcap Festival May 27
Thousand Boat Bash June 6 - 8
Auction House Dance Party July 22
Trial of Style August 17 - 21
Great Gnomeregan Run October 14 - 15
Moonkin Festival November 12th
Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl December 7

Unique events

A number of one-time-only World Events have occurred throughout the game's history. Most of these events have either directly resulted in changes to the game world or were pre-cursors to expansion packs. They are distinguished from removed content by the fact that they were planned to last only a short time after release (at most one major patch) rather than being removed due to either considerations for new content or gameplay concerns, updates, and other fixes. Note that simply being introduced and removed quickly (e.g. a quest added in patch 3.3.5 and removed for The Shattering) does not qualify something as a One-Time Event or part of one - it must be related to a unique period or occasion.

The War of the Thorns was the first of the unique events to feature world quests.
Operation Gnomeregan is an example of a unique pre-expansion event.
  • Iron Horde Incursion — Taking place with patch 6.0.2, this unique world event preceded the release of Warlords of Draenor. The event featured orcs coming through the Dark Portal, ravaging the Blasted Lands and taking over Blackrock Mountain.[2] An extensive quest line saw players battling the Iron Horde invaders in a phased, level-90 only version of the Blasted Lands.
  • Battlefield: Barrens — Taking place in patch 5.3.0, this event transformed the Northern Barrens, introducing hundreds of new NPCs, new areas and a number of dynamic events, along with a range of rewards for participation. Focusing on the building conflict between Garrosh Hellscream and his loyal Kor'kron and the rebelling forces of Vol'jin's Darkspear Rebellion, adventurers from both the Horde and the Alliance were able to assist the rebels in their preparations for the coming war against the warchief. Players secured supplies for the rebellion by defeating Kor'kron units and their powerful commanders, escorting their faction's supply caravans through the zone and even stealing supplies from overturned Kor'kron caravans.
The opening of the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj was the first unique event in World of Warcraft.

Exclusive recipes

Recipe Source BoP
Feast of Winter Veil
[Recipe: Gingerbread Cookie] sold by
Neutral Penney Copperpinch
Neutral Wulmort Jinglepocket
[Recipe: Winter Veil Egg Nog] 2s 40c
[Recipe: Hot Apple Cider] 1 2 1g x
[Pattern: Winter Boots] 1 2 50s x
[Pattern: Red Winter Clothes] 1 sold by Neutral Wulmort Jinglepocket 50s x
[Pattern: Green Winter Clothes] 2 sold by Neutral Penney Copperpinch 50s x
[Plans: Edge of Winter] one randomly from [Smokywood Pastures Special Gift]
quest reward for
A [120] A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!
H [120] A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!

commonly sold on AH
[Schematic: Snowmaster 9000]
[Formula: Enchant Weapon - Winter's Might]
[Recipe: Elixir of Frost Power]
[Pattern: Gloves of the Greatfather]
[Pattern: Green Holiday Shirt]
Lunar Festival
[Schematic: Small Blue Rocket] from [Small Rocket Recipes]
sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong
5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Small Green Rocket] x
[Schematic: Small Red Rocket] x
[Schematic: Large Blue Rocket] from [Large Rocket Recipes]
sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong
5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Large Green Rocket] x
[Schematic: Large Red Rocket] x
[Schematic: Blue Rocket Cluster] from [Cluster Rocket Recipes]
sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong
5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Green Rocket Cluster] x
[Schematic: Red Rocket Cluster] x
[Schematic: Large Blue Rocket Cluster] from [Large Cluster Rocket Recipes]
sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong
5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Large Green Rocket Cluster] x
[Schematic: Large Red Rocket Cluster] x
[Schematic: Firework Launcher] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Schematic: Cluster Launcher] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Pattern: Festival Dress] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry x
[Pattern: Festival Suit] sold by Neutral Fariel Starsong 5 Coin of Ancestry x
Midsummer Fire Festival
[Formula: Enchant Weapon - Deathfrost] dropped by Mob Ahune x
Recipe Source BoP

1 also mailed to Alliance players able to learn it

2 also mailed to Horde players able to learn it

Seasonal world events by patch number

The Feast of Winter Veil was the first seasonal event in World of Warcraft.
Azeroth event Patch introduced Patch date
Feast of Winter Veil 1.2.0 18 December 2004
Noblegarden 1.3.0 7 March 2005 X
Children's Week 1.4.0 5 May 2005
Darkmoon Faire 1.6.0 2 July 2005
Harvest Festival 1.6.0 2 July 2005 X
Hallow's End 1.8.0 10 October 2005
Lunar Festival 1.9.0 3 January 2006 X
Love is in the Air 1.9.3 7 February 2006
Midsummer Fire Festival 1.11.0 20 June 2006
Peon Day 1.12.1 22 August 2006 X
New Year 2.0.1 5 December 2006 X
Brewfest 2.2.2 2 October 2007
Pirates' Day 2.4.3 15 July 2008 X
Pilgrim's Bounty 3.2.0 4 August 2009
Day of the Dead 3.2.0 4 August 2009 X

The patch for the events marked with a X is speculation, based on the last patch to go live before the event was seen on servers.

Other events


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