May To-Do List | May Bugs and Fish | May Events, DIY Recipes, and Birthdays | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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See all the things to do in May in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH), for the Nintendo Switch. These include all May events, new bugs and fish in May, bugs and fish leaving in May, sea creatures, May-exclusive recipes & items, and all May birthdays!

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Calendar Bugs & Fish Sea Creatures DIY Recipes
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List of All Events

List of Events in May

May Event Calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31
5/1
May Day begins
Clyde's Birthday
5/2
Mint's Birthday
5/3
Sylvia's Birthday
5/4
Nature Day ends
Deirdre's Birthday
5/5
Paolo's Birthday
5/6
Tank's Birthday
5/7
May Day ends
Ozzie's Birthday
5/8
Curlos' Birthday
5/9
Bunnie's Birthday
5/10
Patty's Birthday
5/11
Cherry's Birthday
5/12
Ellie's Birthday
5/13
Biskit's Birthday
5/14
Canberra's Birthday
5/15
Leonardo's Birthday
5/16
Ike's Birthday
5/17
Gayle's Birthday
5/18
International Museum Day begins
Pekoe's Birthday
5/19
Olaf's Birthday
5/20
T-Bone's Birthday
5/21
June's Birthday
5/22
Colton's Birthday
5/23
Peggy's Birthday
5/24
Deli's Birthday
5/25
Derwin's Birthday
5/26
Bruce's Birthday
5/27
Del's Birthday
5/28
Renée's Birthday
5/29
Purrl's Birthday
5/30
Hamlet's Birthday
5/31
International Museum Day ends
Marcie's Birthday

Note: In the Southern Hemisphere seasonal events (excluding birthdays) take place in November.

April 23 to May 4: Nature Day

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Event Duration April 23, 2020 - May 4, 2020

Nature Day ends in a few days. Make sure you do the daily Nature Day activities to stack up on Nook Miles!
Nature Day Event Info and Rewards

May 1 to 7: May Day

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Event Duration May 1, 2020 - May 7, 2020

May Day! May Day! Grab a ticket and go on a special tour that's different from your usual Mystery Island Tours! It looks like a special character, Rover, is there too.
May Day Event Info and Rewards

May 18 to 31: International Museum Day

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Event Duration May 18, 2020 - May 31, 2020

A much-beloved activity in Japan called stamp rallies is making its way to New Horizons! Collect stamps from different parts of the Museum, and you'll get an in-game reward!
International Museum Day Event Info and Rewards

May 16 to 31: Mushrooming Season (Southern Hemisphere)

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Event Duration May 1, to May 31, 2020

For Northern Hemisphere players, this season will be available on the month of November.

On the last month of Fall, mushrooms will start growing on your island during the Mushrooming Season. Pick them up to craft mushroom items!

Maple leaves will fall around too!

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Event Duration May 16, to May 31, 2020

Similar to cherry-blossom petals, maple leaves will start to fall on your island which you can catch with a net! Use this as a DIY material for building Maple-Leaf items!

How to Get Maple Leaves Fast

Bugs and Fish Available in May

All Bugs and Fish Available in May

To see the complete list of bugs and fish available in May, check out the following pages.

Northern Hemisphere
May Bugs May Fish
Southern Hemisphere
November Bugs November Fish

New Bugs and Fish Available in May

Check out the critters that have started appearing this May (Northern Hemisphere).

New Bugs Available in May

No. Name Location Sell Price Months and Time
7 Great Purple Emperor ImageGreat Purple Emperor Flying 3000 Season:
May to August
Times:
4 AM to 7 PM
12 Queen AlexandraQueen Alexandra's Birdwing Flying 4000 Season:
May to September
Times:
8 AM to 4 PM
34 Banded Dragonfly ImageBanded Dragonfly Flying 4500 Season:
May to October
Times:
8 AM to 5 PM
38 Pondskater ImagePondskater In ponds 130 Season:
May to September
Times:
8 AM to 7 PM
39 Diving Beetle ImageDiving Beetle In ponds 800 Season:
May to September
Times:
8 AM to 7 PM
46 Violin Beetle ImageViolin Beetle On tree stumps 450 Season:
May to June|September to November
Times:
Any time
48 Rosalia Batesi Beetle ImageRosalia Batesi Beetle On tree stumps 3000 Season:
May to September
Times:
Any time
80 Scorpion ImageScorpion On the ground 8000 Season:
May to October
Times:
7 PM to 4 AM

New Fish Available in May

Name Shadow Size Area Times Sell Price
15 Frog IconFrog Small ShadowSmall Pond Any time 120
18 Catfish IconCatfish Large ShadowLarge Pond 4 PM to 9 AM 800
35 Nibble Fish IconNibble Fish Small ShadowSmall River 9 AM to 4 PM 1500
36 Angelfish IconAngelfish Small ShadowSmall River 4 PM to 9 AM 3000
37 Betta IconBetta Small ShadowSmall River 9 AM to 4 PM 2500
39 Rainbowfish IconRainbowfish Tiny ShadowTiny River 9 AM to 4 PM 800
68 Giant Trevally IconGiant Trevally Large ShadowLarge Sea - Pier Any time 4500
69 Mahi-Mahi IconMahi-Mahi Huge ShadowHuge Sea - Pier Any time 6000

Bugs and Fish Leaving in May

These critters will not be available until their next seasonal month so be sure not to miss them!

Bugs Leaving in May

No. Name Location Sell Price Months and Time
37 Mole Cricket ImageMole Cricket Buried in the ground 500 Season:
November to May
Times:
Any time

Fish Leaving in May

Name Shadow Size Area Times Sell Price
17 Loach IconLoach Small ShadowSmall River Any time 400
29 Golden Trout IconGolden Trout Medium ShadowMedium River - Clifftop 4 PM to 9 AM 15000

Note: These lists are based on Northern Hemisphere dates. In the Southern Hemisphere, these bugs and fish appear in November. We will continue to update this page. If you can provide any kind of verifiable info about bugs not shown in the list, be sure and send us a picture in the comments.

Sea Creatures Available in May

All Sea Creatures Available in May

To see the complete list of sea creatures available in May, check out the following pages.

Northern Hemisphere Southern Hemisphere
May Sea Creatures November Sea Creatures

New Sea Creatures Available in May

Check out the sea creatures that have started appearing this May (Northern Hemisphere).

Name Shadow Size Time of Day Sell Price
6 Sea Urchin ImageSea Urchin Medium Shadow SizeMedium Anytime 1700
7 Slate Pencil Urchin ImageSlate Pencil Urchin Large Shadow SizeLarge 4 PM to 9 AM 2000
18 Gigas Giant Clam ImageGigas Giant Clam Large Shadow SizeLarge Anytime 15000
22 Vampire Squid ImageVampire Squid Large Shadow SizeLarge 4 PM to 9 AM 10000
38 Spotted Garden Eel ImageSpotted Garden Eel Medium Shadow SizeMedium 4 AM to 9 PM 1100

Sea Creatures Leaving in May

These sea creatures will not be available until their next seasonal month so be sure not to miss them!

Name Shadow Size Time of Day Sell Price
25 Dungeness Crab ImageDungeness Crab Large Shadow SizeLarge Anytime 1900

May Exclusive DIY Recipes

You can get these if you are in the Southern Hemisphere which is currently in the season of Fall.

Note that this event is only in the Southern Hemisphere during May. Northern Hemisphere players will experience this on the month of November.

Mushroom Series

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Once May comes around (for Southern Hemisphere players), it's officially Mushrooming Season. You can pick up different kinds of mushrooms growing around your island which can be used to craft DIY items.

Isabelle will also give you a Mushroom Wreath recipe so you can enjoy the mushrooming season. This marks the beginning of May exclusive DIY items, so make sure to play the game during this time.

List of Mushroom Series Furniture & Item Recipes

Maple-Leaf Series

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Maple leaves are only available for a short period, so make sure you gather up these limited-time recipes! Maple leaves are also used to craft some of Tree's Bounty items.

As the season of Fall comes to an end, Isabelle will also give you the Red-Leaf Pile recipe, which you can craft using maple leaves.

List of Maple-Leaf Series Furniture & Item Recipes

Bamboo Noodle Slide DIY Recipe

Bamboo Noodle Slide ImageBamboo Noodle Slide
Recipe Availability February 25 - May 31
(Northern Hemisphere)
August 25 - November 30
(Southern Hemisphere)

The end of May is the last chance you have to receive the Bamboo Noodle Slide DIY recipe from Isabelle. Collect all the Bamboo-themed DIY recipes to complete the Bamboo Series Furniture collection!

Bamboo Series Furniture & Item Recipes

May Exclusive Items

Buy Thank-you Mom Mug from Nook Shopping

Thank-you Mom mug Nook Shopping
To celebrate this year's Mother's Day, ACNH has a Thank-you Mom mug for sale, in Nook Shopping, until May 31. Show your Mom how much you care! Buy yours for only 600 bells before it's gone!

Young Spring Bamboo Available Until the End of May

Bamboo Grove

Seasonal Material Northern Hemisphere
Young Spring Bamboo IconYoung Spring Bamboo February 25 to May 31

Young Spring Bamboo are available until this month only! Make sure you harvest them to craft Bamboo items!
List of Bamboo Series Furniture & Item Recipes

Get Mushrooms for the Whole Month of May

Note that this event is only in the Southern Hemisphere during May. Northern Hemisphere players will experience this on the month of November.

All Mushroom Materials
Elegant Mushroom IconElegant Mushroom Flat Mushroom IconFlat Mushroom Rare Mushroom IconRare Mushroom
Round Mushroom IconRound Mushroom Skinny Mushroom IconSkinny Mushroom -

You can pick or dig up mushroom around trees during the last month of Fall!

Maple Leaves Available for 10 Days

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Note that this event is only in the Southern Hemisphere during May. Northern Hemisphere players will experience this on the month of November.

For a short period of 10 days, you'll be able to catch maple leaves that are flying around. Like butterflies, you'll have to use your net to catch them. They can disappear if you miss or bump into them, so you'll want to be careful when aiming for them.

List of Villager Birthdays in May

Clyde Image
Clyde

(May 1)
Mint Image
Mint

(May 2)
Sylvia Image
Sylvia

(May 3)
Deirdre Image
Deirdre

(May 4)
Paolo Image
Paolo

(May 5)
Tank Image
Tank

(May 6)
Ozzie Image
Ozzie

(May 7)
Curlos Image
Curlos

(May 8)
Bunnie Image
Bunnie

(May 9)
Patty Image
Patty

(May 10)
Cherry Image
Cherry

(May 11)
Ellie Image
Ellie

(May 12)
Biskit Image
Biskit

(May 13)
Canberra Image
Canberra

(May 14)
Leonardo Image
Leonardo

(May 15)
Ike Image
Ike

(May 16)
Gayle Image
Gayle

(May 17)
Pekoe Image
Pekoe

(May 18)
Olaf Image
Olaf

(May 19)
T-Bone Image
T-Bone

(May 20)
June Image
June

(May 21)
Colton Image
Colton

(May 22)
Peggy Image
Peggy

(May 23)
Deli Image
Deli

(May 24)
Derwin Image
Derwin

(May 25)
Bruce Image
Bruce

(May 26)
Del Image
Del

(May 27)
Renée Image
Renée

(May 28)
Purrl Image
Purrl

(May 29)
Hamlet Image
Hamlet

(May 30)
Marcie Image
Marcie

(May 31)

Daily To-Do List

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To learn more about activities you could do every day or every week, check out our guide on Things to Do Every Day!
Things to Do Every Day

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2 Tigger5 months

I thought that O'Hare's birthday was in July. He's not having his birthday today on my island, at any rate.

1 jk5 months

For the May birthdays, May 26th is Bruce. (One of my villagers told me so!)

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