What’s New In April 2023 For Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Cherry Blossom, Bunny Day, Prom)
April 2023 has arrived in Animal Crossing: New Horizons with new seasonal events and items to enjoy throughout April as we begin the Spring season!
In this article, we’ll cover everything new and unique you can enjoy during the month of April in Animal Crossing: New Horizons including Prom Season, Cherry Blossom Season, Bunny Day, minor seasonal events, and more.
Cherry Blossoms: Trees, Petals, Recipes
The most beautiful time of the year in Animal Crossing: New Horizons occurs during the first week of April when Cherry Blossoms season arrives for Northern Hemisphere islands!
During this time from April 1st to 10th, all of the fruitless trees on your island will transform into amazing Cherry Blossom trees and Cherry Blossom Petal crafting materials begin floating in the air to catch with your net.
Collecting these petal crafting materials will allow you to craft the 14 lovely pink Cherry Blossom items including the Blossom-Viewing Lantern, Cherry-Blossom Pochette, and Cherry-Blossom-Petal Pile. In addition to the base game’s items, an extra item was introduced with the Version 2.0 Update in November 2021 called the Cherry-Blossom Rug.
Be sure to shoot down Balloon Presents flying across your island from April 1st to 10th in order to unlock the Cherry Blossom DIY crafting recipes as this is the only way to do so, besides receiving the Outdoor Picnic Set recipe from Isabelle during morning announcements.
For a full list of Cherry Blossom DIY recipes and how to craft them, check out our complete guide here.
Bunny Day Event Begins On April 2nd
This year, the Bunny Day event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons takes place during a week long period from April 2nd to 9th, 2023 with plenty of seasonal fun to enjoy! (2022: April 10th to 17th, 2024: March 24th to 31st)
Beginning on April 2nd, you’ll start to spot Zipper T. Bunny’s preparations for Bunny Day on your island with a special visit from the man himself, alongside six different types of Eggs found around the island. You can collect these special Eggs to both unlock and craft Bunny Day DIY Crafting recipes!
Then later in the month on April 9th, the actual day of Easter in 2023, everyone’s favorite event host Zipper T. Bunny will return to your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island with additional Bunny Day items and DIY recipes not previously offered.
Our Bunny Day article from previous years over here covers everything happening, but here’s a summary of items and recipes you’ll get on that day:
- Bunny Day Arch recipe
- Bunny Day Basket
- Wobbling Zipper Toy recipe
- Bunny Day Wand recipe
Note that veteran players who already enjoyed Bunny Day to completion in previous shouldn’t expect anything new this year, but new players should definitely give it a spin. If you only enjoyed the event in 2020, you may find it to be a better experience in 2023 due to the reduced overlap with Cherry Blossoms.
New Prom Season Seasonal Items
Beginning on April 1st and running throughout the entire month of April, the Prom seasonal event will take place in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to celebrate the high school Prom dances popular in many countries around the world.
While many of these minor seasonal events tend to only include a couple items, Prom Night is more significant than most as it features vast collection with dozens of different themed items available in two locations.
First, you can find 3 different Prom Night themed items for sale in the usual Seasonal tab of Nook Shopping:
The Prom Sash is especially appealing as it’s technically a ‘backpack’ item that can go over types of clothing, rather than being its own entire outfit. Of course, the Prom Wall and Prom Flooring will be great for decorating rooms too.
Next, another 19 different Prom Night clothing and accessory items can be found for purchase at the Able Sisters shop throughout April:
Plus, as the last cherry on top, every one of the clothing and accessory Prom Night items can be found in multiple variations ranging from 2 to 8 different colors! Be sure to collect them all before the end of April.
New Forsythia Plant Seasonal Item
If you’ve ever wished there were more potted plant items to decorate your Animal Crossing island or house, you’re in luck during April!
From April 1st to 10th, the new Forsythia plant furniture item is available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as a seasonal item for purchase at Nook Shopping for 1,000 Bells.
This new item serves to celebrate the Tree Planting Day event, known as Singmogil holiday in South Korea, that encourages planting of new trees by society. We suspect this will be a popular one with many Animal Crossing players, so don’t miss out!
New Cool Globe Seasonal Item
There’s one more new seasonal item in Animal Crossing: New Horizons you can look forward to later during April — the Cool Globe!
Available starting from April 15th to 22nd in Nook Shopping’s seasonal tab, the Cool Globe item can be purchased for 2,300 Bells to celebrate Nature Day. This holiday reminds us all to be mindful of our environmental impact.
Note that 2020’s mini-event for Nature Day featuring limited-time Nook Miles+ goals with dialogue from Tom Nook was removed in Version 1.9 and will not occur in 2021 or 2022.
Last Chance For April Fool’s Day Cushion
Rounding out the Nook Shopping seasonal items for the month of April, you can catch the Whoopee Cushion item for April Fool’s Day on just one day — April 1st, of course! It’s also available during the last week of March, so consider this just a quick reminder in case you miss it then.
The humorous Whoopee Cushion item featuring a rather unpleasant sound when sitting on the cushion is sold for just 400 Bells at Nook Shopping and comes in three different color variations.
New Bushes Bloom
Say goodbye to the Camellia Bushes in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Northern Hemisphere! In fact, say goodbye to all bushes as none will be in bloom during the Cherry Blossom season — a rarity in Animal Crossing: New Horizons as there’s always some bush in bloom during every other part of the year.
But when the Cherry Blossoms leave on April 11th, the new Azalea Bushes will arrive in both Pink and White colors for the rest of Spring until May 31st.
Over on Southern Hemisphere islands, the Tea Olive Bushes just recently became available on March 21st and will remain until April 30th.
Check out our complete guide to Bush Types & Colors in Animal Crossing: New Horizons here.
New April Bugs, Fish, Sea Creatures
Just like any other month, a fresh round of new bugs, fish, and sea creatures are coming to your Animal Crossing: New Horizons island in April! As we come out of the desolate winter, it’s a particularly exciting month as Spring comes into full bloom for the Northern Hemisphere.
Here’s some of the most notable April arrivals for the Northern Hemisphere:
- Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing
- Atlas Moth
- Long Locust
- Darner Dragonfly
- Giant Water Bug
- Snapping Turtle
There’s not really too much going on in the Southern Hemisphere though as the autumn season begins. Check out our complete New Bugs, Fish, Sea Creatures In April For Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide here.
April Fishing Tourney
Ready to embrace some springtime fishing? The Fishing Tourney event returns to Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Saturday, April 8th in 2023 for the first time since January.
If you’ve only been playing for a few months and missed the last tournament in early January, it’s definitely worth participating and collecting all of the exclusive Fishing Tourney items. Not to mention, there’s a special Nook Miles achievement for joining every season’s tourney if you’ve not yet unlocked it.
That covers just about everything new you can find and experience during April 2023 and other years in Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. Our most popular pages include Redd Art, Cherry Blossom Petals, Young Spring Bamboo, Bunny Day Event, New April Critters, Prom Season, Bush Types & Colors, Villager Houses, Sea Creatures, K.K. Slider Songs.
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