We need more festivals that are as interesting as the ones in city living. I don't go to the City Living festivals every sim week but I do still use them and I'm not bored of them. The Cottage Living festivals failed to capture the same interests level for me, the Snowy Escape ones are okay. Most the the Island Living ones don't even happen in my game.
What are some interesting ideas for festivals you would like to see in the future? Or are you not interested in festivals at all?
An arts and crafts festival would be nice too where sims could buy various crafts and supplies, get coupons for free skill classes, children can do some crafts.
A sunday market type of festival where sims come to buy produce, canned goods and cooked dishes.
Similarly, seasonal festivals like winterfest market, harvest fest, oktober fest, sakura fest,
A street party carnival with dancing and food.
A marathon, bike ride, swimming or skating competition.
A photography festival.
Would be nice if sims could attend festivals as either visitor or participant, so they could actively take part in the race, or sell their produce or crafts.
All festivals need to have food and souvenir stands.
A dog and cat show.
A miliatary parade or enlistment ceremony.
A science and technology fair where you can go see the latest developments in science and buy your first robot and maybe even get your old one serviced and upgraded. Children could buy science kits.
A vampire convention.
Make museums to charge en entry fee and then have museum nights where sims could visit the museums for free.
The Night of AdEaters at the movie theater or indie, black and white/silent movie day, movie premiere with red carpet and chance to meet the actors, take pictures with Godzilla and such.
However, after experiencing some of them following the calendar, I got tired of these, which have only one or recycled activities much lamer than those in San Myshuno. I can't immerse myself in the island culture well.
As for Cottage Fair, there are few reactions from other competitors and walkers-by.
I wish we have some festivals in the colourful houses by the Anchorpoint wharf, like craft sales and children's lemonade stalls
Carnivals- some sort of traveling Carnival would be a great addition. Part of the allure I think is in that it is temporary. A Carnival lot that is a park but has options like the community spaces to change into various carnivals. Carnivals could include unique foods, music/dancing, rides, and activities. Having vendors selling crafts and having the ability to see crafts would also be a nice addition.
Music festival- I hadn't really thought of this until it was mentioned above but I love this idea. We really need a bands pack. Having something similar to the sims sessions from a few years ago but as a permanent addition to the game would be great. They could have food stalls, a bar, maybe some general basic activities, souvenir stands.
For me it's entirely the other way around. The Sulani ones feel more communal and down to earth. My sim went to every pot luck and bbq and when she had kids to every family day on the beach as well. Less so the others, but she used them occasionally. The CL ones my sims go to sometimes, but after a few times I feel I've seen them all.
What I would really love is events that perhaps didn't happen so often, but made sense for each town. I love the idea of a Mardi Graz/jazzfestival for Willow Creek. A winterfest market for Windenburg. Egghunt for simster in some world. A music festival in San Sequoia...
In Sims 3 you can create your own festival grounds with Seasonal lot markers. You would typically create 1 per season and each time a new season starts, the festival ground resets and another one appears. If you don’t want festivals in your game, you can delete the lot. No notifications, nothing.
In Sims 4 this level of customization could be a achieved by adding a simple lot trait, the problem here is that you can’t get to it without a loading screen, which is the entire point of having festivals appear in the world itself. Another good reason for a neighborhood editing tool. 😇
The HSY festivals have never worked correctly for me either. Now they just basically take up space on my calendar. Hanford got boring pretty quickly.
That is part of my point. The CL festivals are so fun, the majority of the festivals that have come since have failed to capture that same level of entertainment. I want more in-game festivals more similar to CL.
thinking of small off lot stuff therefore
• Motorcycle racing event
- you can win fun things/money by challenging sims to race motorcycles with you
- you can also kick down the motorcycles and many sims will be angry at you
- maybe some dude bro selling sausages
- maybe you could also show other sims tricks on your motorcycle and possibly die a horrible death
- or maybe sabotage bikes which would lead to horrible deaths also
- should definitely start mid day and last long into the night
- there should definitely be some gasoline row music too
- since game loves situational outfit it would be funny to put everyone in gasoline row style outfits
- can you tell i have unhealthy obsession with gasoline row
- I almost forgot the arm wrestling table yes arm wrestling competition
- apple bobbing
- pie eating contest
- spooky fun
- leaf piles
you know the usual
- food maybe
sims could debate and give speeches n do all that politician stuff and start protests etc or watch the chaos, obviously.
also second arts for San Myshuno n the music n cinema ones for San Sequoia
and honestly i think pie eating contest and kissing booths would have been lovely addition to henford festivals cause first one would have gone hand in hand with the pie contest thing and second one would have been lovely way to get some Agnes bag slap going
I totally forgot about a Medieval faire! So many great possibilities.
The pet would have to have a certain skill level (such as obstacle course skill for dogs) to enter the competition. Grooming skill (the ability for a Sim to comfortably groom them) could be a criteria for cat festivals and dog festivals. Dogs who escape baths are rarely show dogs, and cats who hiss at judges when inspected, are not good show cats. I was hoping to see more at the country fair besides just eggs and chickens being judged. The swag booth did not open during the whole festival for me.
A food tasting festival would also be great: we already have lots of food trucks in game, put all the food trucks on one lot and have them all give out free samples as part of their menu (Order food - Free sample: $0 simoleons). The curry challenge comes close to this, but the samples should come directly from the trucks, and give moodlets (hungry from wanting more, or bored from bland food, or "so much delicious food!" dazed moodlet).
Also, my Sims haven't gone camping in awhile: there needs to be a camping festival or event for Outdoor Retreat held in the National park. Hammocks would be a great addition to the camping and backyard experience.
For Get Famous, there should be a Meet Celebrity festival so that you can go anytime during the event, not just when invited.
Batuu Cosplay would be a great opportunity for an event or holiday activity, or even a new festival on Batuu (Sim discovers what they thought was cosplay...isn't, and/or unlock special interactions recognizing a Sim as Cosplayer from Batuu characters).
However, I think events and activities add more substance than the festival itself does. The festivals I like most in San Myshuno create memorable group activities.
Doctor or dentist visits/checkups might make a great rabbit hole/chance card event.
Vampire initiation would be a cool event. I already have a mod that adds this. Werewolf initiation, spellcaster initiation, and Mermaid initiation would also be great!
Escape room would be a great event. The Sim and their friends solve puzzles to exit a small series of rooms, which works like World Adventures.
E-gaming tournament separate from Geek-con would be useful, ESPECIALLY if you can specify the location, and change it if it would be raining/snowing. Or, the tournament could be watched on Sim-tube or Simeo by non-participating Sims.
Card games, board games (including group exploration board games), and dice games would be fun activities for a Gaming Night holiday or event.
Or, a new Arcade venue could be visited for Gaming night.
Karaoke night would be a great new scheduled event, as would a guided haunted house tour (NOT requiring a move-in to experience), a boat tour in Sulani, a snowman building competition, and/or a bicycle race.
Family sleepovers (with suitcases) should be a player scheduled event, not automatic for unplayed households staying over with 4 people visiting your one-bedroom starter (WITHOUT sleeping bags...!) .
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Yeah CL is great and Snowy Escape Festival are awesome as well. It's just Henford they need to work and HSY they Desperately need to work on that ASAP.
Yes to all of this! I really miss nectar making, hopefully they bring it back eventually.