Niantic has just announced that Pokémon GO Fest is going live, in celebration of Pokémon GO’s one year anniversary and 750 million global downloads. Pokémon GO Fest is a celebration taking place both in the virtual and in the real world.

To kick things off, from June 13 2017 to June 20, a Solstice (Fire and Ice) event will take place, as leaked by Team Evolution, featuring:

  • increased fire and ice spawn rates
  • XP bonuses for Poké Ball throws
  • Discounted Lucky Eggs

Right after the event ends, the GYM REWORK is going to land. In preparation for that, Niantic will be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.

Here’s the official wording:

To kick things off, we will be hosting the Solstice Event starting on June 13, 2017. This in-game event will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon, huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately, and discounted Lucky Eggs in the in-game shop. Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.

Following up on that, a first real-world Pokémon GO event is coming: Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago! This event will take place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA at the beautiful Grant Park on July 22, 2017.

The event is not only limited to US players, as European Trainers can look forward to Pokémon GO celebrations hosted across the continent from June through September in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers.

  • Jan Pierre Silubrico

    I guess South East Asia don’t have enough trainers for Niantic to hold a real world event

    • Joseph Cohen

      Japan had a Lapras event…

      • Jan Pierre Silubrico

        Lol Japan is not in South East Asia FYI

        • Joseph Cohen

          Hey, sorry if that was offensive. I just meant that might be the closest you’re going to get. It is quite close though – only 2,000km away.

          • Jan Pierre Silubrico

            Don’t worry about it.


  • Antonio Mercurio

    i wanted to get the rework today or tommoro. I dont care now that they have announced it. !!

  • Antonio Mercurio

    look closely at the image!! Unown!! And heracross!!! YES I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS SINCE DAY1 OF POKEMON GO

    • Zeke Kestrel

      Heracross and Unown are already in-game and have been for some time. Unown is just incredibly rare and heracross, like corsola is a regional.

      • Antonio Mercurio

        will it?!!!

  • Elusive7

    SOME European trainers…. stop acting like this is a Europe-wide partnership, Unibail-Rodamco only operate in shopping centres 11 out of 50 European countries.

  • masterchief70

    wait does that mean that the gyms i am in rn well be lost after the rework?

    • Joseph Cohen

      yup. Bad move IMO – lots of players will be mad

      • Splendora Conway

        Sure it does, dingle hopper. They said that it’ll happen right AFTER the fire and ice event.

        • Joseph Cohen

          It is rumored to begin before the Soltice Event ends, actually. Of course always subject to change, but leaked gyms will be disabled on the 16th. “Dingle hopper”? Please keep your offensive cutesy nicknames to yourself.

          • Splendora Conway

            Wah. Cry me a river.

      • hkmaly

        You mean the same lots of players who rarely hold gym more than week because someone always conquers them? Or the lots who are not at high enough level to ever GET to gym?

        I don’t think people who hold gyms so long they forgot how they got there are majority.

  • Joseph Cohen

    I’m not getting my hopes up for Heracross, since it is still regional but hopefully with TWO Unown in that image there will be an increase in spawns!! Legendaries, please?

    • Kyle Gribelli

      I can’t seem to spot the second Unown. Is it above Heracross?

      • Joseph Cohen

        You spotted it! ?

    • Splendora Conway

      Which region is Heracross?

      • suukialdrea

        Here in Florida! 🙂 I have way too many Heracross.

      • Alpha X

        Looks like is an american respawn, here in argentina are plenty of them

      • Higher_Ground

        anywhere south of ~25-30° N I think, and probably confined east/west to the Americas.

  • Pokémon Central


    • Splendora Conway

      I wish…. A rumor said they’d be released at the end of the year. I hope so.

  • Charlie Woods

    I don’t understand why the events don’t say at least Canadian capital cities, nobody plays in the territories so that’s fine. But there’s a great number of players in capitals of each province. Winnipeg, Edmonton, etc… Why only the US and Europe? It didn’t say NA.
    If they do, I bet it’ll only be in Vancouver and Toronto, ugh.