We helped you figure out how to start playing Pokemon GO; now we’ve rounded up some upcoming events to up your game. Yes, Niantic nerfed Vaporeon’s attacks, and no, you don’t have time to tweak out everyday like your friends at level 25, but you can still have fun while you play!
Here are a few Pokemon GO centered events coming up to help you get out in the world and train with other Pokemon Master hopefuls:
Hawaii Pokemon GO Fest
Where: SALT at Our Kaka’ako
When: August 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SALT at Our Kaka’ako is celebrating the massive phenomenon known as Pokemon GO with a festival this Saturday. In addition to some store specials like Hank’s Haute Dogs’ Pokemon GO-Dog and Mr. Tea Cafe’s 10 percent discount for Pokemon trainers, SALT is dropping lures around the complex every 30 minutes. They’ll provide charging stations, too, and live music from DJ Romeo Valentine, Instagram raffles, giveaways, a Pokemon costume contest and photo ops with the Hawaii Pokemon GO Girls – models dressed as Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur.
Here’s a closeup of the nice long stretch of Poke Stops that run along SALT, starting at Highway Inn on the corner of Ala Moana Boulevard and Coral Street. Enjoy the lures, hatch some eggs, maybe win some prizes and meet a lot of other trainers!
For more information, visit SALTatKakaako.com.
Pedal for Pokemon GO Safety
The 808Viral crew’s event this Sunday promotes safety while playing. How? By jumping on a Paradise Pedal Hawaii 16-passenger mobile bar, pedaling down Kalakaua Avenue and giving away prizes at every PokeStop along the way until they reach the Waikiki Aquarium. Whether you’re pedaling with them or walking along the sidewalk, you’ll definitely be able to hit up lots of the PokeStops dotting the streets of Waikiki and probably hatch an egg or two. Trust me, you’ll need all the pokeballs you can collect from your walk to fully enjoy the spawning of Pokemon at the end of this Waikiki rainbow.
If you have enough pokeballs already, you can just wait for them at the aquarium: There are three PokeStops and a gym right in front that have been keeping Pokemon trainers busy since week one of the game’s release.
For more info, visit the event page on Facebook.
Bellows Pokemon GO Family Fun Day
Where: Bellows Air Force Station
When: August 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission: Free, but Military/DoD ID required
Pokemon GO’s even on a military base. If you’ve got the credentials to get you into Bellows or know someone who can take you, then you can enjoy the three PokeStops on the lawn behind Turtle Cove. They’ll be lured up for the event starting at 10:30 a.m. so you can enjoy spinning for free items and catching Pokemon while your non-playing family members can enjoy the beach, so don’t forget your sunscreen! And if your family drags you away from the Poke Stops to the beach, at least there’s a Pokemon gym there to keep you busy.
There will be activities for the kids, fundraiser food for sale, and raffles for Pokemon trainers. Check out the Facebook event page for more info.
Honolulu Pokemon GO Bar Crawl
Where: Honolulu Chinatown
When: August 20, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Admission: $20 online presale; $25 at the door (21+ only)
This Chinatown bar crawl kicks off at Scarlet Honolulu, where you’ll be able to pick up your team wristband that gets you entrance to venues, food and drink specials and chances to win prizes, plus helps one of three local non-profits. Team Mystics’ sales help 808 Cleanups, Team Valor awards the Hawaiian Humane Society, and Team Instinct will be helping the Autism Society of Hawaii, so you can do your good deed, drink and train at the same time!
All the PokeStops near participating bars will be constantly lured to help you catch ’em all while you bar hop. There’ll even be prizes for the best Pokemon costumes, so bust out your Pikachu plushie and throw on your Ash Ketchum hat and jacket and join all the other trainers for some friendly competition.
You can see which bars they’ll be hitting up, buy your wristbands online and get more information from the Facebook event page.