All Summer Festivals in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
All Summer Festivals in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

In this guide we will cover all festivals that happen during summer in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature.

Swimming Festival

Date: Summer 1

Location: Mineral Beach

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:50 PM

The player wins the swimming festival | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The player wins the swimming festival

The Swimming Festival (also called Opening Day) is a swimming competition where you race with other characters on the beach. You’ll receive a Power Berry when you win the competition for the first time.

The goal is to reach the finish line first. Watch your stamina levels or you’ll pass out and lose the race.

A detailed guide on how to win the Swimming Festival can be found here:  How to Win the Swimming Contest in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

Chicken Festival

Date: Summer 7

Location: Town Square

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:50 PM

Bring your best chicken to the Chicken Festival | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Bring your best chicken to the Chicken Festival

The Chicken Festival will test your chicken’s affection. You will have a better chance of winning the competition if you regularly take care of your chickens. Bring your chicken to the Town Square and speak to Rick to join the contest.

Your goal is to scare the other chicken out of the ring for 3 rounds. The trick is to press the X button after the other chicken jumps.

This mini-game will be easy if you have a chicken with high affection as it will not be spooked much by your rival chicken.

A chicken that wins the Chicken Festival gains the ability to lay Golden Eggs.

Tomato Festival

Date: Summer 12

Location: Town Square

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:50 PM

The annual Tomato Festival held at the Town Square | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The annual Tomato Festival held at the Town Square

The Tomato Festival’s mini-game is a tomato fight between two teams. Speak to Mayor Thomas to join the competition.

You can play with any of the four teams in the competition, but they won’t gain extra affection if you win. 

  • Star Team: Ann, Doug, Gray
  • Chicken Team: Popuri, Kai, Rick
  • Sheep Team: Elli, Stu, May
  • Coconut Team: Manna, Duke, Cliff
The tomato fight begins | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The tomato fight begins

You’re eliminated from the round if you get hit by a tomato, so watch out for the other team before going out of cover. Defeat two other teams to win the tomato fight.

Any girl that you speak to will increase their affection by +500. They’ll gain another +500 affection if you win the competition.

Cow Festival

Date: Summer 20

Location: Yodel Ranch

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:50 PM

Only the best cows win the Cow Festival competition | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Only the best cows win the Cow Festival competition

Similar to the Chicken Festival, you can win the Cow Festival by competing with a cow that has a high affection level.

Barley will take your cow to his farm a day prior to the event. Go to Yodel Ranch on the day of the festival and talk to Barley. There is no mini-game on this festival, he will just judge the cows and announce the winner.

If your cow wins, it will have a small crown next to its name and will produce golden milk (Milk G) the next day.

Note: Pregnant or sick cows can’t join the competition.

Fireworks Display

Date: Summer 24

Location: Mineral Beach

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:50 PM

The townsfolk are preparing to watch the fireworks | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The townsfolk are preparing to watch the fireworks

You can invite a girl to watch the fireworks display together at Mineral Beach. Every villager you speak to will gain +5 affection. Every girl you speak to will gain +500 affection.

Watching the  fireworks display with Popuri | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Watching the fireworks display with Popuri

If you are already married, you’ll watch the fireworks display at the dock with your wife.

The girl you invited won’t have any bonus affection points, though.