Love it or hate it, Pokémon GO has been a huge success. Niantic’s AR monster-catching game recently crossed a new user milestone, added eighty new monsters from Generation II, and now looks to be pushing for greater community engagement with events scheduled to take place across the US this year.

In order to do this, Niantic has partnered with the Knight Foundation, a non-profit that serves to better the fields of journalism, community building, the arts, and technology. The non-profit is inserting Pokémon GO into some of its already scheduled events, the first one being Open Streets, a community festival in Charlotte, North Carolina. The festival, which closes down public streets for the use of cyclists and foot traffic, will be getting sixteen new PokéStops and two gyms to mark the event, which takes place between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 7th.

Also, a “worldwide bloom” event is starting this weekend, which will result in a dramatic increase in the number of grass-type Pokémon found in the wild. The event will run from Friday, May 5th, to Monday, May 8th.

What do you think about these new events? Let us know below!

Source: Fast Co. Design, Niantic

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