World Events

In-Game Events

or 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, where the line has blurred.

Recurring (Ongoing) Events

Participate in regularly scheduled events.

ver 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.

Holidays occur on three weekends of each month, starting on Thursday night at midnight and continuing until Tuesday morning. During a holiday, emmissaries from that Battleground will be found in the major cities, and honor and faction rewards for performing objectives in that battleground are increased.

The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza is a grand new event set along the coasts of Stranglethorn Vale. Early on Sunday morning, friendly neighborhood goblins visit Ironforge and Orgrimmar to inform aspiring anglers of the grand tournament and give instructions. At 14.00, the shout will ring out across Stranglethorn Vale to bait your hooks and cast your lines! The contest lasts for two hours, finishing at 16.00.

Will you win the grand prize? Learn more here!

A gathering of the exotic from around the world and beyond, Silas Darkmoon has brought together the Darkmoon Faire as a celebration of the wondrous and mysterious found in Azeroth. Many exotic vendors travel with Silas Darkmoon, offering adventurers hard-to-find items from the far corners of Azeroth. While the Faire spends most of its time in parts unknown, they do stop from time to time in Mulgore and Elwynn forest. When the faire is on its way, barkers will stop by Orgrimmar and Ironforge to announce its arrival.

The Darkmoon Faire begins to set-up on the first Friday of each month, and continues for 3 days. On the early morning of Monday (4 am realm time), the Faire will begin. Learn more about the Darkmoon Faire here...

The Bloodsail Pirates have a penchant for illicit after-hours activities, especially those involving mass-combat and treasure. To see that his crew has its nightly fill of extracurricular entertainment, a lone pirate captain will drop a chest in the center of Gurubashi Arena every three hours starting at midnight. Be the first to get to the chest and loot it, while fighting off everyone else trying to do the same, and you'll reap the reward it holds. Then the pirates will rejoice!

Reports of elemental incursions in different parts of Kalimdor are increasing. Every few days, a new wave of elementals blasts its way into the regions of Silithus, Un'Goro Crater, Azshara, and Winterspring; ostensibly, for the sole reason of seeing just how far into these territories they can penetrate before being beaten back by the forces of the Horde or the Alliance. Investigate these regions and aid your allies in countering these mysterious invasions.

Azerothian Holidays

Find out about how special events are celebrated in the World of Warcraft.
o 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?

Another year ends in the rich world of Azeroth. Countless battles have been fought, and numerous accolades achieved. It is time to laud victories and give remembrance to those lost. In celebration of the old year's passing and anticipation of the new, skilled brewers and talented pyrotechnicians have brought their finest creations to the bustling cities; join the party underway and ring in the new year with your fellow adventurers! Learn more here...

Every year the druids of Moonglade hold a celebration of their city's great triumph over an ancient evil. During the Lunar Festival, citizens of Azeroth have the opportunity to honor their elders by celebrating their sage wisdom, sharing in magnificent feasts, and of course... shooting fireworks! Learn more here...

Something is in the air in the major cities of Azeroth. Some call it love, and some just call it friendship and admiration. Whichever it is, many guards and townsfolks now spend their days giving and receiving tokens and gifts to other amorous citizens. The more skeptical, however, are suspicious of the strange "love sickness" clouding the hearts of so many. Will this widespread occurrence be simply taken as a recent outbreak of amore? Or will our brave adventurers find a sinister plot behind the source of this plague of passion? Learn more here...

Its origins steeped in druidic festivals from times long past, the current incarnation of Noblegarden is a contrast between ancient traditions and modern interpretations. While some races of Azeroth try to stay true to the original spirit of the holiday, others prefer a more lighthearted approach -- in essence, looking everywhere for festively decorated eggs and collecting the goodies found therein. One tenet all can agree on is that the feast of Noblegarden is meant to bring communities together to share the joy of life and friendship.


I Want a Noblegarden Egg!

The egg hunt is on! The towns of Azeroth and their immediate environs have been liberally sprinkled with Noblegarden eggs for players to collect in a ravenous frenzy -- er, in the spirit of sharing. These eggs contain treats fit for commoners and kings alike -- mostly, they contain delicious Noblegarden chocolate.

Every so often, a Noblegarden egg will contain something besides chocolate, as a variety of special items are also hidden inside. These special items include seasonal clothing, special prizes, and more. However, if you’re not fortunate enough to find the prize you want, you can still purchase them from special vendors located in towns. The currency for these prizes? Noblegarden chocolate, of course!

Achievements and Daily Quests
New achievements have been added for Noblegarden and can be seen in the World Events section in the Achievements interface. In addition, a new daily quest is offered from Noblegarden questgivers located in towns.

Children's Week is celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance in Orgrimmar and Stormwind City. At the beginning of May and lasting for a week, it is a time for heroes of both sides to give back to the innocents of war: the orphans! Learn more here

The Midsummer Fire Festival is almost upon us! All across Azeroth, brilliant bonfires have been lit to rekindle the spirits of its celebrants and ward off ancient evils. A celebration of flame, it is rumored that adventurers who are willing to brave the hardships and dangers of Azeroth's dungeons may learn to harness the power of the flames.

Learn more on our Midsummer Fire Festival page...

Every two years, the Spirits of Competition grow especially fervent, and draw close to the mortal realm. During such times, members of both the Alliance and Horde can honor the spirits and earn Competitor's Tabards by seeking to defeat one another in the battlegrounds.
Learn more on our Spirit of Competition page...

On September 30th, goblin vendors arrived in Stormwind and Orgrimmar. These vendors sold fireworks at discounted prices. The reason? So that everyone might celebrate the Day that was saved by the hard work of the mighty peon and the great peasant!

Legend has it that long ago, the leaders of the two races: orc and human, each called upon a lowly worker and assigned him a great task. This task had to be finished by the end of the day, lest the world suffer grave consequence. Working diligently, both completed their task four minutes before the day ended. Thus, on the anniversary of that day, we celebrate in honor of them and of all the peons and the peasants everywhere.

Throughout history, many have given their lives to aid their allies. Every year, members of the Horde and the Alliance set aside time to honor the memories of the fallen and to pay tribute to those whose memories are held most dear: Uther Lightbringer, for the Alliance, and Grom Hellscream, for the Horde. Heroes take time from their adventures to visit the graves of these two great persons and to leave a tribute to them at the memorial.

Learn more about this event at our Harvest Festival page.

Celebrated by both Horde and Alliance, at Brewfest complimentary mugs filled with fresh, foamy beer sit atop tables outside of all the major cities. If you drink one down while standing near one of the brewers' stands outside of Ironforge or Orgrimmar, one of their assistants will toss you a new mug. You can also fill up your empties at any of the kegs sitting near the brewers' stands. At Brewfest, you'll never have to worry about how you'll quench your thrist!

Learn more about this event at our Brewfest page.

Observed by both the Horde and the Alliance, Hallow's End is the celebration of the break between the Forsaken and the Scourge. Adventurers can speak to innkeepers to get silly masks to wear during their adventures, and much more.

Learn more about this event on our Hallow's End page.

From December 15th until January 2nd, the Feast of Winter Veil is upon us and Greatfather Winter is busy spreading holiday cheer in major cites across the land! The Jinglepocket Goblins have set up their seasonal fare shops in major cities and adventurers can purchase many holiday favorites - including Greatfather's Winter ale, candy-canes, gingerbread cookie recipes, and mistletoe. Also, all the cheer-spreading is making Greatfather Winter hungry, and he is looking for adventurers to get him his daily fix of milk and cookies! Learn more here...

Events in History

Read about the once-in-a-life-time events in Azerothian history.

The fires rained down on innocent and guilty alike as the Burning Legion took over Azeroth. Creatures of unimaginable power stormed the major cities of both the Alliance and the Horde, bringing ruin and chaos where order and peace had so briefly flourished. The ancient trees of the elven land, Teldrassil, burned like a funeral pyre, their smoke rising to the heavens, shrouding the land in darkness. The great stronghold of Orgrimar lay in ashes as the dark Dreadlords and the gargantuan Infernals raged over the continent of Kalimdor. Ironforge, nestled in the mountains of Dun Morogh faired no better, the dwarven stronghold melting back into the magma that gave it birth. And so, the European Beta Test came to an end. Once again we'd like to thank all of the testers who participated in World of Warcraft's Beta Test. Your contributions helped create a fun and exciting game that will entertain players for years to come!

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