LOTRO Events Schedule 2023
Calendar of Festivals, Boosts and Events

LOTRO Events Schedule 2023 | LOTRO Events and Festivals Calendar

LOTRO Events and Festivals form the backbone of community gettogethers in Middle-Earth. With seasonal events, featuring new outfit cosmetics, mounts and tons of other rewards, it’s jam-packed. “Hmm, jam” mutters my inner-Hobbit! And these are the official ones in the Calendar, but keep your eye on the LOTRO Forums and Social Media for player-run events too. Let’s take a look at what the LOTRO Events Schedule 2023 has in store for us!


What Time Do LOTRO Events Start and Finish?

Generally speaking, events and festivals in The Lord of the Rings Online

  • Start: 10am EST, 2pm or 3pm UK Time (Depending on British Summer Time changes)
  • End: 3am EST, 7am or 8am UK Time

So let’s crack on and see what the LOTRO Events Calendar has in store for us in 2023!

Quick Notes

  • The Ill Omens Skirmish Event makes a return in the 2023 LOTRO Events Schedule!
  • Apparently, there may be Treasure Bugan Skirmish Event later this year. Once the dates are in the official version of the schedule, I’ll add it here too.
  • Some images need to be varied for repeated events.

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January 2023

Yule Festival ends on the 2nd January at 3am /servertime


5th January – 9th January:
+10% Lootbox Motes/Embers

Embers of Enchantment Boost - well, actually, Glinmaethor and fire...close enough yes?

Earn 10% more Motes of Enchantment Motes of Enchantment and Embers of Enchantment Embers of Enchantment from Lootboxes

12th January – 17th January:
+25% XP Boost
Myrlas (Hunter) Firing Arrow Combat Animation Effect

An extra 25% XP on defeating, killing, banishing, humiliating enemies, quest completions etc for everyone!

19th January – 23th January:
Gundabad Geode Boost
Gundabad Geode Boost

Given I’ve not reached Gundabad yet, and won’t for some time. But it looks like this is a gathering resource node increase. See the Wiki for node info.


26th January – 30th January:
20% Virtue XP Virtue XP
Myrlas Levels Up in Forochel

Virtue XP grants boost to key combat stats for your character. Usually advanced through deeds, or completing “wrapper” quests during LOTRO events, you can now get 20% more VXP. Deeding spree in order?


February 2023

2nd February – 6th February:
Hobnanigans
LOTRO Hobnanigans Event

Care to thwak chickens for Hobnanigans-only rewards? Then this event is for you!
Learn More

2nd February – 28th February:
Ill Omens Skirmish Event
LOTRO Ill Omens Skirmish Event Guide

Ill Omens returns after a year off! Take part in various Skirmishes and fend off particular nasties to get Tokens of Ill Omens Tokens of Ill Omens! With some special items, pets and cosmetics, you may as well Skirmish away!
Ill Omens Guide →

9th February – 16th February:
The Curator Returns!
LOTRO Curator - Cosmetics, Cosmetic Weapons, Pets, Mounts and more for Figments of Splendour

It’s good to see when the Curator is coming back in the LOTRO Events Schedule! Cosmetics pets, mounts & more.
Find Out More →


16th February – 21st February:
VIP Event Boost
LOTRO Levelling Up Animation - my lowbie High-Elven Warden

A thank you to VIPs, get double XP, +25% Crafting XP and 25% more Marks Marks! XP Event should stack with other XP Boosts and Enhanced XP packs.

23rd February – 28th February:
Marks 25% Skirmish Marks
My Lore-Master during a Skirmish in Mirkwood

Get bonus Marks Marks for all your Skirmishes! Remember the LOTRO Ill Omens Event is still on, so it’s a bonus on a bonus – enjoy!


March 2023

Looking at March in the LOTRO Events Schedule, you really have a chance to progress your character’s stats. Most of the month is Spring Festival, but during it there are five days of Virtue XP VXP Boost and another five for a 25% XP Boost! Take part in the Festival and you can level your character, improve your Virtues and progress your LI track all at the same time!

2nd March – 6th March:
+25% Crafting XP Boost
Get crafting with 25% craft XP

Get extra XP for your LOTRO Crafting professions! Note: this does not apply to ‘processing’ professions such as Forester and Prospector.
LOTRO Crafting Guide →

9th March – 28th March:
Spring Leaves Spring Festival
LOTRO Spring Festival Guide 2023 - Quests, Seasonal Instances, and the Cosmetics, Mounts, Pets you can earn as rewards!

The first major LOTRO festival of 2023 kicks off: Spring Festival! Get lost in the Hedge Maze, go fishing for rewards and collect Spring Leaves Spring Leaves for this year’s rewards. And stomp shrews, if squishing defenceless critters is your thing.
Spring Festival Guide →

15th March (Approximate Date):
Myrtle Mint Arrives!
Myrtle Mint in Bree

Myrtle Mint is one of the rotating Figments of Splendor Figments of Splendour vendors. So, if you want some of her exclusive cosmetics, get ready for her arrival. Time to cram some deeds in. And Spring Festival wrappers!


16th March – 20th March:
10% Virtue XP Virtue XP
Myrlas Levels Up in Forochel

Virtue XP Virtue XP grants boost to key combat stats for your character. Usually advanced through deeds, or completing “wrapper” quests during LOTRO events, you can now get 10% more VXP. Deeding spree in order?

23rd March – 27th March:
+25% XP Boost
Glinmaethor and Elladan in Combat against Insects and Maggots

An extra 25% XP on defeating, killing, banishing, humiliating enemies, quest completions etc for everyone!

30th March – 3rd April:
Hobnanigans
LOTRO Hobnanigans Event

Care to thwak chickens for Hobnanigans-only rewards? Then this event is for you!
Learn More


April 2023

Reminder: Hobnanigans is on until the 3rd April at 3am /servertime

6th April – 11th April:
+10% Lootbox Motes/Embers

Embers of Enchantment Boost - well, actually, Glinmaethor and fire...close enough yes?

Earn 10% more Motes of Enchantment Motes of Enchantment and Embers of Enchantment Embers of Enchantment from Lootboxes

13th April – 17th April:
Gundabad Geode Boost
Gundabad Geode Boost

Given I’ve not reached Gundabad yet, and won’t for some time. But it looks like this is a gathering resource node increase. See the Wiki for node info.

20th April – 11th May:
LOTRO Anniversary Event

LOTRO's Anniversary Event 2023 Guide is here! Full of mounts, cosmetics, pets - and even new info on torches and how to complete the daily!

2023 is LOTRO’s 16th Anniversary! Take part in a wide array of quests and activities around Eriador. The Anniversary Scavenger Hunt goes live, with pets and decorations you can’t get anywhere else. Finally, defeating mobs in your normal quests gives Steel Tokens Steel Tokens you can trade for cosmetics. It’s a real celebration, enjoy!
Anniversary Event Guide →


20th April – 25th April:
VIP Event Boost
High Elven Warden levels up in Bree-land, image for the VIP Event on the LOTRO Events Schedule

A thank you to VIPs, get double XP, +25% Crafting XP and 25% more Marks Marks! XP Event should stack with other XP Boosts and Enhanced XP packs.

24th April – 8th May:
The Curator Returns!
LOTRO Curator - Cosmetics, Cosmetic Weapons, Pets, Mounts and more for Figments of Splendour

The Curator is back in town once more, with her unique selection of cosmetics pets, mounts & more. Bring your Figments of Splendor Figments of Splendour!
Find Out More →

27th April – 2nd May:
Marks 25% Skirmish Marks
Lore-Master Ayrthir, fighting with a Lynx pet during a Dol Guldur Skirmish in LOTRO

Get bonus Marks Marks for all your Skirmishes! Take a break from normal questing and experience Skirmishes you’ve forgotten about. You don’t forget them? Just me, then.


May 2023

Reminder: The LOTRO Anniversary Event is still on until 11th May at 3am /servertime

11th May – 15th May:
+25% Crafting XP Boost
Get crafting with 25% craft XP

Get extra XP for your LOTRO Crafting professions! Note: this does not apply to ‘processing’ professions such as Forester and Prospector.
LOTRO Crafting Guide →

17th May – 16th August:
Legendary Item Reward Track Season 6

A new round of the LI reward track kicks off in May 2023. Any Legendary Item XP quests count (so long as you haven LI equipped, I think), which includes festival wrappers and quests! What will LOTRO put into the rewards this time, I wonder?

25th – 30th May: Buried Treasure Event!LOTRO Buried Treasure Event Guide

Get your pick-axes and Cave-Claws and head to Ered Luin to dig for treasure! In the LOTRO Buried Treasure Event, you can collect tokens for mounts, cave-claw pets and decorations. You can even dig up mounts for your character – straight from the ground! Because that’s normal.


25th May – 30th May:
10% Virtue XP Virtue XP
Myrlas Levels Up in Forochel

Virtue XP Virtue XP grants boost to key combat stats for your character. Even if there is no event on, you can now get 10% more VXP from other sources, such as LOTRO deeds.


June 2023

1st June – 5th June:
Hobnanigans
LOTRO Hobnanigans Event

More chicken-thwacking so you can earn Hobnanigans-only rewards! If concussing chickens in the name of sport is your ‘thing’, then this event is for you!
Learn More

8th June – 5th July:
Midsummer Festival
FibroJedi's LOTRO Midsummer Festival Event Guide 2023 - The Great Wedding of Aragorn and Arwen

Celebrate Aragorn and Arwen’s Wedding at the LOTRO Midsummer Festival! Quest around the iconic location of Minas Tirith and earn Midsummer Tokens tokens for a huge array of celebratory mounts, cosmetics and pets. Soak in the good feelings and attend the wedding ceremony. There is loads to do, so sit back and enjoy!
Midsummer Festival Guide →

15th June – 20th June:
VIP Event Boost
High Elven Warden levels up in Bree-land, image for the VIP Event on the LOTRO Events Schedule

A thank you to VIPs, get double XP, +25% Crafting XP and 25% more Marks Marks! XP Event should stack with other XP Boosts and Enhanced XP packs.


29th June – 5th July:
+25% XP Boost
Myrlas (Hunter) Firing Arrow Combat Animation Effect

An extra 25% XP on defeating, killing, banishing, humiliating enemies, quest completions etc for everyone!


July 2023

July is one of those in-between months, so is a quiet one for the LOTRO Events Schedule. It’s a time I focus on actually questing, head of Farmers Faire in August!

12th July (Approximate Date):
Figments of Splendor Filbert Fig Arrives
LOTRO Filbert Fig - Cosmetics - Rotating Figments of Splendor Vendor NPC

Move over Myrtle, Filbert Fig is in town! The rotating Figments of Splendor Figments of Splendour vendor changes, so head over to browse wares you cannot get any-ware else! (bah-dum-tss).
Filbert Fig’s Goods →

13th July – 17th July:
+10% Lootbox Motes/Embers

Embers of Enchantment Boost - well, actually, Glinmaethor and fire...close enough yes?

Earn 10% more Motes of Enchantment Motes of Enchantment and Embers of Enchantment Embers of Enchantment from Lootboxes

27th July – 31st July:
Marks 25% Skirmish Marks
The City aflame during the Skirmish: The Doom of Caras Celebren in LOTRO

Get bonus Marks Marks for all your Skirmishes! So, if you’ve been putting off those Skirmishes, or your Epic progress depends on them, go and get some extra rewards!


August 2023

Season 6 of the Legendary Item Reward Track ends at 9:59am /servertime on the 16th August!

3rd August – 7th August:
Hobnanigans
LOTRO Hobnanigans Event

Do you enjoy hitting chickens upside the head and being rewarded for doing it? Then Hobnanigans is the event for you!
Learn More

9th August – 17th August:
The Curator Returns!
LOTRO Curator - Cosmetics, Cosmetic Weapons, Pets, Mounts and more for Figments of Splendour

Get out your Figments of Splendor Figments of Splendour as the Curator is back. With a wide selection of outfit cosmetics, housing decorations, pets, mounts & more, you’ll want to stock up on Figments ahead of time!
More on the Curator →

10th August – 16th August:
Gundabad Geode Boost
Gundabad Geode Boost

Given I’ve not reached Gundabad yet, and won’t for some time. But it looks like this is a gathering resource node increase. See the Wiki for node info.


16th August – 15th November:
Legendary Item Reward Track Season 7

For those of us who suck at getting even near to the end of the LI reward track, a new season starting just puts us further from the fun rewards! But as Farmers Faire and Fall Festival are in this season, there’s plenty of Legendary Item XP LI XP up for grabs!

17th August – 7th September: Farmers FaireLOTRO Farmers Faire Festival Event Guide 2023

Celebrate all things food, throw stuff at the Mayor, fight the heat and spray water on groups of Hobbits! Oh and there’s plenty of relaxing fishing to do, tons of rewards and much, much food! Did I mention food? Tuck in!
Farmers Faire Guide →

24th August – 29th August:
+25% Crafting XP Boost
Get crafting with 25% craft XP

Get extra XP for your LOTRO Crafting professions! Note: this does not apply to ‘processing’ professions such as Forester and Prospector.
LOTRO Crafting Guide →


September 2023

Farmers Faire ends on the 7th September at 3am /servertime

31st August – 5th September:
20% Virtue XP Virtue XP
Myrlas Levels Up in Forochel

Virtue XP grants boost to key combat stats for your character. Usually advanced through deeds, or completing “wrapper” quests during LOTRO events, you can now get 20% more VXP. Deeding spree in order? NB: yes this starts in August, but it looked neater to put it first thing in September 2023!

7th September – 11th September
+10% Lootbox Motes/Embers

Embers of Enchantment Boost - well, actually, Glinmaethor and fire...close enough yes?

Earn 10% more Motes of Enchantment Motes of Enchantment and Embers of Enchantment Embers of Enchantment from Lootboxes

14th September – 20th September:
Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner
LOTRO Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner Event - Guide and Cosmetics

A ship has run aground along the Brandywine towards Evendim! Can you help them out, and get fab pirate-themed rewards? Arrr, that ye can! Get swimmin’ tha’ waters, scrag.
See more here →


20th September – 26th September::
Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday
LOTRO Baggins Birthday Event Guide | Gaffer's List | Map

Baggins’ Birthday is a week of celebrating the birthday of the (in)famous Hobbit! Collect people’s favourite stories about Bilbo, then go and give him the gift of those memories. There is also a separate Frodo’s birthday quest during the event.
Baggins’ Birthday Guide →


October 2023

5th October – 9th October:
Hobnanigans
LOTRO Hobnanigans Event

Care to thwak chickens for Hobnanigans-only rewards? Then this event is for you!
Learn More

5th October – 10th October:
+25% XP Boost
Myrlas (Hunter) Firing Arrow Combat Animation Effect

An extra 25% XP on defeating, killing, banishing, humiliating enemies, quest completions etc for everyone!

12th October – 2nd November:
Fall / Harvestmath Festival
LOTRO Fall Festival 2023 Guide | LOTRO Harvestmath 2023

Relax in all things Autumn, food and spookiness, it’s Fall / Harvest Festival again! Run riot in the Haunted Burrow and get lost in Wistmead! Seasonal cosmetics, pets, mounts and tons more. It also has various name: Fall, Harvest, Harvestmath etc!
Fall Festival Guide →


17th October – 23rd October:
Durin’s Day
Durin's Day header by Valkyrique

Celebrate a key moment from Tolkien’s works, Durin’s Day. If you’re a fairly low level, speak to someone in World Chat for tips on how to safely get to the event, or even to hitch a lift. (I still don’t have a guide to this, so the link goes to the Wiki!)
Durin’s Day header by Valkyrique

19th October – 23rd October:
VIP Event Boost
High Elven Warden levels up in Bree-land, image for the VIP Event on the LOTRO Events Schedule

A thank you to VIPs, get double XP, +25% Crafting XP and 25% more Marks Marks! XP Event should stack with other XP Boosts and Enhanced XP packs.

26th October – 2nd November:
+25% Crafting XP Boost
Get crafting with 25% craft XP

Get extra XP for your LOTRO Crafting professions! Note: this does not apply to ‘processing’ professions such as Forester and Prospector.
LOTRO Crafting Guide →


November 2023

→ Fall Festival and 25% Crafting XP Boost end on the 2nd November 2023 at 3am /servertime
→ Legendary Item Reward Track Season 7 ends at 9:59am /servertime on the 15th November!

9th November – 13th November:
Marks 25% Skirmish Marks
Lore-Master Ayrthir, fighting with a Lynx pet during a Dol Guldur Skirmish in LOTRO

Get bonus Marks Marks for all your Skirmishes! Take a break from normal questing and experience Skirmishes you’ve forgotten about. You don’t forget them? Just me, then.

15th November 2023 – 14th February 2024:
Legendary Item Reward Track Season 8

A new round of the LI reward track kicks off in November 2023. Any Legendary Item XP quests count (so long as you haven LI equipped, I think), which includes festival wrappers and regular quests! This one takes us into 2024, which is kinda bonkers. Especially as I’m writing this at the end of 2022!

15th November (Approximate Date):
Figments of Splendor Rowan Raspberry Arrives
LOTRO Rowan Raspberry - Rotating Figments of Splendour Cosmetics

The final change of the Rotating Figments of Splendour vendors for 2023 brings Rowan Raspberry. As they all have exclusive outfits, mounts, pets and decorations, make sure you’ve banked up your Figments ahead of time!
More on Rowan Raspberry →


22nd November – 28th November:
Buried Treasure Event
LOTRO Buried Treasure Event Guide

Get your pick-axes and Cave-Claws and head to Ered Luin to dig for treasure! In the LOTRO Buried Treasure Event, you can collect tokens for mounts, cave-claw pets and decorations. You can even dig up mounts for your character – straight from the ground! Because that’s normal.

30th November – 4th December:
Hobnanigans
LOTRO Hobnanigans Event

Care to thwak chickens for rewards? Love seeing feathers fly everywhere as you prove your superior wit over them? Head to Hobnanigans!
Learn More


December 2023

Hobnanigans finishes on the 4th December at 3am /servertime

7th December – 11th December:
20% Virtue XP Virtue XP
Myrlas Levels Up in Forochel

Virtue XP grants boost to key combat stats for your character. Usually advanced through deeds, or completing “wrapper” quests during LOTRO events, you can now get 20% more VXP. Deeding spree in order?

7th December 2023 – 3rd January 2024:
Yule Festival
LOTRO Yule Festival 2023 Guide | Mounts, Outfits, Pets and more from the Winter Festival!

It’s holiday season! Head to Winter-home in Frostbluff for the LOTRO Yule Festival! Build Snowmen, throw snowballs, help the poor, cause mayhem for the Mayor and try to ungrumpify the Snow-Beasts! Relax and enjoy a festive end to 2023!
Yule Festival Guide →

14th December – 18th December:
+10% Lootbox Motes/Embers

Embers of Enchantment Boost - well, actually, Glinmaethor and fire...close enough yes?

Earn 10% more Motes of Enchantment Motes of Enchantment and Embers of Enchantment Embers of Enchantment from Lootboxes


21st December 2023 – 2nd January 2024:
The Curator Returns!
LOTRO Curator - Cosmetics, Cosmetic Weapons, Pets, Mounts and more for Figments of Splendour

The Curator’s last visit to Middle-Earth for 2024. So get those Figments of Splendor Figments of Splendour ready to spend-our! (bah-dum-tss).
More on the LOTRO Curator →

21st December – 26th December:
VIP Event Boost
High Elven Warden levels up in Bree-land, image for the VIP Event on the LOTRO Events Schedule

A thank you to VIPs, get double XP, +25% Crafting XP and 25% more Marks Marks! XP Event should stack with other XP Boosts and Enhanced XP packs.

28th December 2023 – 2nd January 2024:
+25% XP Boost
Myrlas (Hunter) Firing Arrow Combat Animation Effect

An extra 25% XP on defeating, killing, banishing, humiliating enemies, quest completions etc for everyone!



2024 Notes

  • The Legendary Item Reward Track, Season 8 ends on the 14th February 2024 at 9:59am /servertime.
  • Yule Festival 2023 ends on the 3rd January 2024 at 3am /servertime.
  • 25% XP Boost ends on the 2nd January 2024 at 3am /servertime.
  • The Curator departs 2nd January 2024 at 3am /servertime.
  • 2nd January – 5th January 2024: Hobnanigans
  • 4th January – 8th January 2024: 25% Skirmish Marks

TL;DR A Crammed 2023 LOTRO Events Calendar

Hmm, Cram. LOTRO Events range from boosting XP through to the fantastic story and quest-rich festivals. There really is something for everyone! I hope you can find some things in the LOTRO Events Schedule you can enjoy.

Whether you come for the rewards, or the character and Legendary Weapon boosts, LOTRO festivals and Events have a way of bringing the Community together, so come along and belong. Here’s to a great 2023 in The Lord of the Rings Online!


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