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Stardew Valley – Everything To Know About The Desert Festival

Stardew Valley‘s v1.6 patch came out recently and with it a bunch of fun updates and content including the Desert Festival. This brand-new three-day Spring festival is similar to the Night Market festival that happens in Winter but with several more challenges and vendors. It will happen every year in Spring in the Desert from the 15th to the 17th. However because access to the Desert is required to attend the Festival, it’s likely that you won’t have access to this in your first year.

In this guide, we’ll go through everything you need to know about Stardew Valley‘s Desert Festival, including its special currency, items, activities and more.

   

The Desert Festival

Dates: Spring 15, 16, 17
Location: The Desert
Time: 10 AM – 2 AM

The Desert Festival happens every year in the Desert on Spring 15th, 16th, and 17th and is an organised market focused on selling unique goods. Like the Night Market, you’ll have access to the Traveling Cart that appears to sell the standard randomized item pool. As well as the Shrouded Figure who will send you home to your warp statue for 250g. The Desert Trader is also present and accessible but Sandy’s shop is not available, as she is helping Emily and enjoying the festival, however, you can still enter the Oasis.

Unlike non-festival days, players may enter the Desert prior to when Pam arrives at the Bus Stop, though it officially starts at 10 am. On the final day of the festival, the player must wait until Pam arrives to drive the bus at 10 am. This event requires access to the Calico Desert and therefore the Bus needs to be repaired in order to visit the festival.

Before you fix the bus the Desert Festival will appear on the Spring calendar as a set of greyed-out stars on days 15, 16, and 17.

 

How To Fix The Bus

The Calico Desert aka The Desert is located to the far Northwest of Pelican Town. You won’t be able to travel there by foot and will need access to a Bus. This will require you to help to repair the Bus.

There are two main ways to repair the bus:

  • ​​​​​​​On the Community Center path, you must buy all the Vault Bundles (a total cost of 42,500g).
  • On the JojaMart path, you must pay 40,000g on the Joja Community Development Form.

Once you do that in Spring you’ll be able to participate in the Desert Festival.

 

Desert Festival: Currency – Calico Eggs

There’s a special currency that you can earn during the Desert Festival called Calico Eggs. You’ll be able to earn them by participating in the various activities at the Festival which we’ll go through later. And you’ll be able to spend it at a Store on the grounds that will only accept the Calico Eggs.

There’s a helpful counter in the upper-left corner while you’re in Calico Desert, to count your eggs. Do note that these eggs are an inventory item that takes up a slot and persists after you leave. At the end of the festival, you can put the remainder into a storage chest to take out next time the Desert Festival comes around.

 

Desert Festival: Activities

These are some of the various activities at the Desert Festival where you can win Calico Eggs.

 

The Great Desert Race

Head to the east side of the map and go south from the road (or head northeast of the warp point) to find the starting line of the Great Desert Race. The man sitting on the carpet is the Race Announcer, and the course next to him covers half the Calico Desert. Each day from 10 am to 10 pm, three colourful animals race along the course to find out who’s the fastest.

Between each race, you’re able to place bets on which critter will win. This bet costs nothing, but if you win you get 20 Calico Eggs. Just be sure to collect your winnings before the next race begins. This is repeatable, whether you win or lose, until around 11 PM when the final race for the day ends. As of now, this appears to be a game of chance and we can’t tell whether either animal has any better chance of winning.

If you don’t like to play the odds you can also cheat the race by giving the Suspicious Man next to the Oasis a Calico Egg in exchange for one of the race contestants losing. This doesn’t guarantee that your racer will win, but it’ll boost your chances of success from 33% to 50%.

 

Skull Cavern Challenges

Gil and Marlon of the Adventurer’s Guild will offer one-day Quests that will award you Calico Eggs if completed. To start a daily challenge, speak to Marlon in the booth by the Skull Cavern entrance. Pick one of two randomly generated challenges each day. These quests can range from slaying a number of monsters to exploring a certain level of the Skull Cavern. Each challenge also lists how many Calico Eggs you get for completing it. You’ll get your reward the moment you complete the challenge, so you don’t have to return to Marlon.

If you have the key that unlocks the Skull Cavern door (found on the lowest floor of the Mines), you can also go into the Cavern to mine Calico Eggs. Each Calico Egg mining node will yield you 1-3 eggs. And the number of Eggs you can obtain will increase the further down into the Cavern you go.

 

Willy’s Fishing Challenge

Next to the oasis behind the chef is Willy, who will offer a special challenge every day of the Desert Festival where you can earn Calico Eggs. These challenges seem to be the same no matter which year you visit:

  • Day 1: Catch three Sandfish
  • Day 2: Catch one Scorpion Carp
  • Day 3: Find Willy’s Golden Bobber

To get the Golden Bobber, you’ll need to catch a treasure chest as you’re reeling in a fish. The first chest you open in Calico Desert on day three of the festival will contain the unique Golden Bobber item, and you’ll need to actively give it to Willy to complete the day’s challenge. As for the fishing challenges, you get to keep the fish you catch, and you can do whatever you want with them.

 

The Scholar’s Quiz

Head to the northeast corner of Calico Desert to find the Scholar. He’ll give you a series of four questions and if you get them right you’ll earn yourself some Calico Eggs. You can take on the challenge of the Scholar’s quiz once each day, and the questions cover aspects of the game Stardew Valley. They include topics like “How many days are there in a season?” and “How many steps have you taken?”/ If you answer every question correctly, you get 50 Calico Eggs as your prize. However, if you miss even one question, you’ll have to come back the next day to try again.

questions, the player must wait until next year to receive another reward. Questions are randomized from the table per event. Click below to see possible questions and their answers.

 

Chef

The Chef at The Desert Festival is giving out free food! All you have to choose is what ingredients you’d like to use to make your meal and he’ll get it ready for you. The effect of each meal will depend on the ingredients chosen and after eating your meal any effects will be applied immediately, lasting for variable durations.

All Available Dish Combinations

Choices:Rich Marinara (+1 Def)Mushroom Creme (+1 Mining)Cherry Syrup (+1 Luck)Pungent Garlic (+1 Atk)Uncomfortable Hot Sauce (+1 Speed)
Hearty Beans (+3 Def)N/AEarthy MousseSweet Bean CakeSkull Cave CasseroleSpicy Tacos
Cave Loaf (+3 Mining)Mountain ChiliN/ACrystal CakeCave KebabHot Log
Rare Fruit (+3 Luck)Sour SaladSuperfood CakeN/AWarrior SmoothieRumpled Fruit Skin
Extremely Sharp Cheddar (+3 Atk)Calico PizzaStuffed MushroomsElf QuasedillaN/ANachos of the Desert
Shrimp (+3 Fishing)CiopinnoRainforest ShrimpShrimp DonutSmell of the SeaDesert Gumbo
 

Emily’s Makeover Box

Head south towards the Oasis shop to spot Emily and Sandy by a giant cardboard box. Emily is raring to give you a whole new look, and all you have to do to get it is walk into the cardboard box. Emily will go in after you as Sandy guards the door, and when you walk out you’ll have a completely new outfit. This outfit is mostly random but color-coordinated. Any clothing you had on before will go into your inventory, and if you don’t have two or three empty slots for them, the game will refuse to let you enter the box.

The clothing Emily chooses for you includes common hats, shirts, and pants you can craft on your own, never unique or hard-to-get items. However, these items are yours forever, and you can keep, wear, dye, or dispose of them as you like. The only downside is that Emily will only perform one outfit makeover per day.

 

Desert Festival: Shops

 

Cactus Salesman

Once per festival, the player may obtain a cactus decor item from the Cactus Salesman at the bottom of the map. This decor is one out of several, and its face, colours, and design vary.

 

Calico Egg Merchant

ItemTypePriceDescription
Mystery BoxMystery Box20 Calico EggsA blacksmith can open this for you. Who knows what might be inside?
Mummy MaskAccessories120 Calico EggsA large mummy mask… frightening!
Blue BowAccessories50 Calico EggsThis huge bow makes quite a statement!
Dark Velvet BowAccessories75 Calico EggsA big, floppy bow made of dark velvet.
Magic Rock CandyFood250 Calico EggsA rare and powerful candy infused with the essence of the prismatic shard.
Mega BombExplosive15 Calico EggsGenerates a powerful explosion. Use with extreme caution.
Mixed SeedsSeeds5 Calico EggsThere’s a little bit of everything here. Plant them and see what grows!
Eggplant ParmesanFood10 Calico EggsTangy, cheesy, and wonderful.
Desert TableFurniture25 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Desert ChairFurniture20 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Decorative BarrelFurniture10 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Desert FlagsFurniture10 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Desert RugFurniture25 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Calico StatueFurniture35 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Desert FireplaceFurniture20 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Woodcutter’s WeeklyBook100 Calico EggsRead this to gain some foraging experience.
 

Abigail’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Abigail’s BowWeapon60 Calico Eggs
Abby’s PlanchetteWeapon70 Calico EggsIt’s made from fine marblewood.
 

Alex’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Magic Hair Gel100 Calico Eggs
Alex’s BatWeapon70 Calico EggsThe sweet spot is dented from Alex’s famous Grand Slam.
Muscle RemedyFood25 Calico EggsWhen you’ve pushed your body too hard, drink this to remove ‘Exhaustion’.
Fried EggFood10 Calico EggsSunny-side up.
MilkFood10 Calico EggsA jug of cow’s milk.
PancakesFood10 Calico EggsA double stack of fluffy, soft pancakes.
HashbrownsFood10 Calico EggsCrispy and golden-brown!
 

Caroline’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Exotic Palace120 Calico Eggs
Green TeaFood10 Calico EggsA pleasant, energizing beverage made from lightly processed tea leaves.
Tea SaplingCrop30 Calico EggsTakes 20 days to mature. Produces tea leaves during the final week of each season, except winter. No watering necessary!
Classic LampFurniture40 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
DandelionForaging10 Calico EggsNot the prettiest flower, but the leaves make a good salad.
 

Clint’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
CoalResource5 Calico EggsA combustible rock that is useful for crafting and smelting.
Copper OreResource2 Calico EggsA common ore that can be smelted into bars.
Iron OreResource4 Calico EggsA fairly common ore that can be smelted into bars.
 

Demetrius’ Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Periodic TableFurniture70 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Nautilus ShellForage50 Calico EggsAn ancient shell.
Spice BerryFruits10 Calico EggsIt fills the air with a pungent aroma.
Deluxe Speed-GroFertilizer2 Calico EggsStimulates leaf production. Guaranteed to increase growth rate by at least 25%. Mix into tilled soil.
 

Elliott’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Elliot’s PencilWeapon70 Calico EggsElliott used this to write his book. It’s sharp!
Tricorn HatAccessories100 Calico EggsIt’s a traditional hat for naval officers.
CrabFish30 Calico EggsA marine crustacean with two powerful pincers.
Squid InkFood30 Calico EggsSquid use this ink to confuse would-be predators.
 

Emily’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
ClothArtisan Good25 Calico EggsA bolt of fine wool cloth.
Prismatic ShardMineral500 Calico EggsA very rare and powerful substance with unknown origins.
Sea UrchinForageable5 Calico EggsA slow-moving, spiny creature that some consider a delicacy.
Mixed Flower SeedsSeeds8 Calico EggsAn assortment of flower seeds. Plant them and see what grows!
 

Evelyn’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
WallpaperFurniture25 Calico Eggs
CookieFood500 Calico EggsVery chewy.
Mixed SeedsSeeds4 Calico EggsThere’s a little bit of everything here. Plant them and see what grows!
Mixed Flower SeedsSeeds2 Calico EggsAn assortment of flower seeds. Plant them and see what grows!
DaffodilForageable15 Calico EggsA traditional spring flower that makes a nice gift.
 

George’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Retro TVFurniture200 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
CoffeeFood10 Calico EggsIt smells delicious. This is sure to give you a boost.
VinegarFood5 Calico EggsAn aged fermented liquid is used in many cooking recipes.
MorelForageable30 Calico EggsSought after for its unique nutty flavor.
 

Gus’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Dusty SkullFurniture50 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
EscargotFood30 Calico EggsButter-soaked snails cooked to perfection.
Lobster BisqueFood30 Calico EggsThis delicate soup is a secret family recipe of Willy’s.
Squid Ink RavioliFood30 Calico EggsTemporarily protects from debuffs.
Eggplant ParmesanFood30 Calico EggsTangy, cheesy, and wonderful.
 

Haley’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Haley’s IronWeapon70 Calico EggsIt’s searing hot and smells like Haley’s hair.
Art PhotoFurniture30 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Art Photo 2Furniture30 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Pink CakeFood20 Calico EggsThere are little heart candies on top.
 

Harvey’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Harvey’s MalletWeapon70 Calico EggsIt brings back memories of Harvey’s clinic.
Radio DeskFurniture40 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Model PlanesFurniture30 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
CoffeeDrink10 Calico EggsIt smells delicious. This is sure to give you a boost.
 

Jas’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Ancient DollFurniture1 Calico EggsAn ancient doll covered in grime. This doll may have been used as a toy, a decoration, or a prop in some kind of ritual.
Fairy SeedsSeeds5 Calico EggsPlant in fall. Takes 12 days to produce a mysterious flower. Assorted Colors.
Rabbit’s FootProduce100 Calico EggsSome say it’s lucky.
Magic Rock CandyFood300 Calico EggsA rare and powerful candy infused with the essence of the prismatic shard.
 

Jodi’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
WallpaperFurniture20 Calico Eggs
Crispy BassFood25 Calico EggsWow, the breading is perfect.
Mixed SeedsSeeds2 Calico EggsThere’s a little bit of everything here. Plant them and see what grows!
Mixed Flower SeedsSeeds2 Calico EggsAn assortment of flower seeds. Plant them and see what grows!
 

Leah’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Leah’s WhittlerWeapon70 Calico EggsLeah’s favorite tool for shaping driftwood.
Short BookcaseFurniture40 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
HardwoodResource3 Calico EggsA special kind of wood with superior strength and beauty.
SaladFood20 Calico EggsA healthy garden salad.
 

Maru’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Maru’s WrenchWeapon70 Calico EggsA big, metal wrench. It smells like Maru.
Battery PackResource Calico EggsIt’s fully charged with precious energy.
Strawberry SeedsSeeds Calico EggsPlant these in spring. Takes 8 days to mature, and keeps producing strawberries after that.
 

Pam’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
BeerFood20 Calico EggsDrink in moderation.
MeadFood20 Calico EggsA fermented beverage made from honey. Drink in moderation.
Pale AleFood30 Calico EggsDrink in moderation.
 

Penny’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Penny’s FryerWeapon70 Calico EggsPenny’s favorite frying pan. There’s some rubbery gunk stuck to the inside.
Strawberry DecalDecorationCalico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Night Sky Decal # 1DecorationCalico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Night Sky Decal # 2DecorationCalico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Night Sky Decal # 3DecorationCalico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Pirate FlagDecoration100 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
 

Pierre’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Pierre’s SignDecoration50 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
200 Calico EggsResource150 Calico EggsA unique egg that can be found during the Desert Festival.
SquidFish10 Calico EggsA deep sea creature that can grow to enormous size.
Wheat FlourFood2 Calico EggsA common cooking ingredient made from crushed wheat seeds.
OilFood4 Calico EggsAll purpose cooking oil.
 

Robin’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
WallpaperDecoration20 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
WoodResource1 Calico EggA sturdy, yet flexible plant material with a wide variety of uses.
StoneResource1 Calico EggA common material with many uses in crafting and building.
Furniture CatalogueUpgrade1000 Calico EggsProvides unlimited access to almost every furniture item… from the convenience of your home!
 

Robin’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
WallpaperDecoration20 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
WoodResource1 Calico EggA sturdy, yet flexible plant material with a wide variety of uses.
StoneResource1 Calico EggA common material with many uses in crafting and building.
Furniture CatalogueUpgrade1000 Calico EggsProvides unlimited access to almost every furniture item… from the convenience of your home!
 

Sam’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Sam’s SkateboardFurniture50 Calico EggsCan be placed inside your house.
Sam’s Old GuitarWeapon70 Calico EggsIt’s seen better days.
Maple BarFood20 Calico EggsIt’s a sweet doughnut topped with a rich maple glaze.
Joja ColaTrash2 Calico EggsThe flagship product of Joja corporation.
 

Sebastian’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
Seb’s Lost MaceWeapon70 Calico EggsOne of Sebastian’s medieval replicas.
Frozen GeodeMineral10 Calico EggsA blacksmith can break this open for you.
Energy TonicMedical Supplies25 Calico EggsRestores a lot of energy.
 

Vincent’s Shop

ItemTypePriceDescription
FibreResource1 Calico EggRaw material sourced from plants.
Bug MeatMonster Loot1 Calico EggIt’s a juicy wad of bug flesh.
SapForageable1 Calico EggA fluid obtained from trees.
Cave CarrotForageable2 Calico EggsA starchy snack found in caves. It helps miners work longer.
 

Stardew Valley

You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

 

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