LOTRO has a number of wonderful festivals to enjoy, each one a little different and offering something unique! They occur seasonally and usually around the same time each year, though there are exceptions, of course.
–Spring Festival (late March – early April)
–Summer Festival (late July – early August)
–Farmers Faire (early September) based in the Shire’s Bywater area
–Harvest Festival (late October – early November)
–Yule Festival (late December – early January) based in Frostbluff, accessible by Festival Horses from all starter area Stable-Masters
Additionally, there are main festival hubs in each starter area, where festival quests and NPCs are usually available.
–Shire: The Party Tree
–Bree: Festival Grounds
–Thorin’s Hall: Thorin’s Hall Inn
–Ered Luin: Duillond Festival Garden
Every festival on LOTRO is unique in its own way, but they all have some aspects in common! Here is a guide to the dances and horse-races, which are available in the same locations during every festival.
Every 20 minutes, the Dance Leaders will ask you to participate in dancing with them. Do not leave the area after selecting the quest or else you will fail! Select the Dance Leader NPCs and leave your target selection there. Type the /dance, /dance2, and /dance3 emotes immediately after the NPC has asked you to follow along in dancing “step one,” “step two,” or “step three,” respectively. If you copy all of their moves successfully, you may earn one of the race-specific dancing emotes!