A year and a half later, Niantic is trying to revive that magic with a new monthly event called Community Day, during which players can meet up at local parks to encounter a special Pokemon. The day is created to bring players together in local parks to "make new friends and experience what it means to be part of this special community". During the Community Day, a special Pokemon will spawn around the world for just a few hours. Inevitably, every time we post about new Pokemon GO stuff we attract snide comments about how the game is dead, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Other reasons include increased XP or Stardust and the fact that Lure Modules worldwide would stay activated for three hours.
The first Pokemon to feature for Community Day will be Pikachu, and his event move will be Surf.
The first Community Day event was announced to take place on January 20th, 2018.
Pokemon Go will likely never reach the same peaks that it hit in 2016, but it's nice to see Niantic scheduling more events for a game that desperately needs them. Pokemon Go uses OpenStreetsMap as a source for its overworld map, and seems to use the open source database to limit where EX Raids appear.
Asia-Pacific Region: 12:00 PM - 3 PM JST.
Please note that each region gets only one window for the Community Day event, so be sure to pay attention to how these times line up with your local timezone. During the podcast, we mentioned how little sense hosting an event like this actually made, as Pokemon GO requires good cellular connectivity. Plus, some of these Community Day Pokemon could add some much needed variety to gyms and the Pokemon Go metagame, which often stagnates in between Pokemon releases. At the time, it was a bit of a mystery why they made Pokemon GO festival a centralized thing instead of just making it a global event everyone can enjoy.