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The first Pokemon Go Fest kicks off in the United States later this year and sees players visiting a real-world site to enjoy “a ton of exciting festivities.”

As you can imagine, these will probably be community based, rather than providing special Pokemon Go rewards, although Niantic have yet to provide all the details.

Pokemon Go Fest Chicago takes place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA in Grant Park on July 22, 2017. 

Tickets for the new Pokemon Go Fest go on sale later today, at around 6-7pm, BST.

This is when Niantic are expected to announce news on what activities will be included during the Chicago Festival.

“Tickets and more information for Pokemon GO Fest Chicago will be available at PokemonGoLive.com/Fest on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 A.M. PDT, so make sure to mark your calendars and follow our social media channels to be notified when tickets go live,” a message from Niantic explains. 

More Festivals are being worked on by Niantic and their partners for Europe and later, the Asian market.

“European Trainers can look forward to Pokémon Go celebrations hosted across the continent from June through September in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers. 

“We’ll be posting a complete schedule for these events very soon. Also, The Pokémon Company is organizing “Pikachu Outbreak”, a Pokémon event in Yokohama, Japan, in August where they’re exploring a unique Pokémon GO experience.”

The first details of these Festival gatherings have started to be shared, with dates and participating countries now revealed.

Trainers in France, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Sweden have so far had Unibail-Rodamco shopping center events confirmed.

The Pokemon Go dates confirmed include:

  • June 17: Paris, France – Les Quatre Temps – Cnit
  • June 24: Paris, France – Centre Commercial – Rosny 2
  • June 30: Munich, Germany – Pasing Arcaden
  • July 1: Oberhausen, Germany – CentrO Oberhausen
  • July 8 & 9: Copenhagen, Denmark – Fisketorvet Shopping Center
  • July 15: Madrid, Spain – Parquesur
  • July 21: Barcelona, Spain – La Maquinista
  • July 29 & 30: Stockholm, Sweden – Mall of Scandinavia

It’s unclear just how many new Festivals will be confirmed for Europe, although something more in line with Chicago is probably being planned for London.

It follows news that Pokemon Go gyms will be going offline later today.

The development team revealed that as part of their summer patch plans, Gyms would be inaccessible for a set amount of time, and that all Pocket Monsters would be returned to players.

A further statement posted on Reddit explains: “I don’t have an exact time. There’s a lot of moving pieces to this process so it would be hard to promise any timeframe.

“But I can say that it will likely happen within West Coast, USA business hours.”

This could mean a Gym closedown at around 9pm BST, although it will be worth checking back for more information.