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For many of Azeroth's inhabitants, combat on both a grand scale and at the level of individual skirmishes has become ritualistic and in some ways even ceremonial. This page documents the ongoing confrontations and celebrations in the game — and those events in-between (player organized events included) which the line has blurred. Below are some of the events, which are fun if you ever get around to them.

Types of WoW Icon 16x16.gif environment changes accompanying events include:

In World of Warcraft

WoW Icon 16x16.gif This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.

Before the dreaded merge of the old community sites, there used to be a nice web-based calendar showing upcoming and past in-game events, but it the calendar is no longer accessible on the new Official sites. They can still be seen on the in-game calendar.

Ongoing Events

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.

  • Argent Tournament (permanent, added in Wrath Patch 3.1.0 and expanded in Patch 3.2.0)
  • Battlegrounds Holiday (from Thursday night to Tuesday morning every week)
  • Darkmoon Faire (appears one week per month, alternating locations)
    • 2011: Sunday, October 2 through Saturday, October 8; Sunday, November 6 through Saturday, November 12; Sunday December 4 through Saturday, December 10.[1]
  • Elemental Invasions (occurred randomly, though frequently)
  • Gurubashi Arena Booty Run (every 3 hours)
  • Kalu'ak Fishing Derby (Saturday from 2 - 3 pm server time,[1] added in Wrath Patch 3.3.0)
  • Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza (Sunday from 2 - 4 pm[1] server time)

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 Dec 31 - Jan 1 New Year's Eve Gregorian calendar
Lunar Festival Varies (Spring) Lunar New Year Chinese calendar
Love is in the Air Feb 7th - Feb 20th Valentine's Day
Noblegarden Varies (Easter) Easter
Children's Week May 1st - May 7th Children's Day - Japan
Mother's Day - US (and in most other countries, including: Belgium and the Netherlands)
Midsummer Fire Festival June 21st - July 5th Midsummer
Canada Day - CAN
Independence Day - US
US observed! Fire in the Sky Engineers' Explosive Extravaganza
Pirates' Day Sept 19th International Talk Like a Pirate Day First observed Sept 19th, 2008.
Peon Day Sept 30th EU Closed Beta began: September 30, 2004 Observed only in Europe[2][3]
Brewfest Sept 20th - Oct 4th Oktoberfest - Germany
Harvest Festival Sept 27th - Oct 4th 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
Hallow's End Oct 18th - Oct 31st[1][4] Halloween
Day of the Dead Nov 1st - Nov 2nd[1] Day of the Dead
Pilgrim's Bounty Nov 20th - Nov 26th[1][5] Thanksgiving
Feast of Winter Veil Dec 15th - Jan 2nd[1] Christmas

World 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.

  • Gates of Ahn'Qiraj - Introduced in Patch 1.9.0, this two-part world event occurred once per server (until [[Patch 3.2.0) resulted in the opening of Ahn'Qiraj. It was comprised of a quest chain completed by a single player to obtain the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to open the gates themselves, as well as a server-wide war effort to gather materials for the Horde and Alliance to battle the insectoid menace that issued forth from the opened gates.
  • The Scourge Invasion - Originally introduced in Patch 1.11, this world event involved an invasion of Scourge forces across the world to coincide with the release of the Naxxramas raid instance.
  • Elemental Invasions - Starting with Patch 1.4, this world event involved the appearance of groups of various types of elementals reportedly throughout Azeroth (although mostly just Kalimdor: Silithus, Un'goro Crater, Azshara, and Winterspring).
  • The Dark Portal Opens - Introduced in Patch 2.0.1, this world event was a precursor to the Burning Crusade expansion and featured the forces of the Horde, Alliance, and Argent Dawn fighting back against the demonic legions entering Azeroth through the Dark Portal.
  • Capture of Sun's Reach - Introduced in Patch 2.4.0, this world event occurs once per server and requires the completion of a number of daily quests on the Isle of Quel'Danas in order to allow the Shattered Sun Offensive to take over and rebuild the town of Sun's Reach.
  • The Spirit of Competition - This event occurred simultaneously with the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and simply rewarded players for completing battlegrounds during the event.
  • Zombie Infestation‎ - Introduced in Patch 3.0.2, this world event was a precursor to the Wrath of the Lich King expansion and featured plagued crates that would transform players into zombies with the ability to pass the zombie plague onto others. It was followed by a repeat of the Scourge Invasion world event from Patch 1.11.0.
  • Operation: Gnomeregan and Zalazane's Fall - Beginning on September 7, 2010 as part of Patch 3.3.5, these world events were the first precursors to the Cataclysm expansion and allowed Alliance and Horde players to assist in the retaking of Gnomeregan's surface and the Echo Isles respectively.
  • Elemental Unrest - Occurring just after the release of Cataclysm Cataclysm (patch 4.0.1), groups of elementals will attack citizens and denizens of four major faction capitals, supposedly encouraged by elemental lieutenants reporting to Cho'gall who leads the Twilight's Hammerclan and serves Deathwing.

Exclusive recipes

Recipe Source BoP
Feast of Winter Veil
[Recipe: Gingerbread Cookie] sold by
Neutral Penney Copperpinch
Neutral Wulmort Jinglepocket
[Recipe: 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 [35] A Smokywood Pastures' Thank You!
H [35] 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 Combat Ahune x
Recipe Source BoP

1 also mailed to Alliance Alliance players able to learn it

2 also mailed to Horde Horde players able to learn it

Other Events


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Kaivax 2011-10-06. Happy Holidays. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
       Blizzard Entertainment 2011-10-06. Happy Holidays. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).
  2. Peon Day! by Daliniya, 28/09/2005 at the old EU official site
  3. Europeans celebrate Peon Day! -- Sprawl 29 Sep, 2005 at WoWVault
  4. Was Oct 18th - Nov 1st before 2011
  5. Was Nov 22nd - Nov 28th before 2011

See also

External links

Official info

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