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Fortnite Summer Event 2023: Items, Skins, Start Date

Epic Games has revealed the start date for Fortnite's 2023 Summer event. Here's what you need to know.
Fortnite Summer Event 2023: Items, Skins, Start Date

Every year, Fortnite players have the chance to celebrate the Summer season with a themed event. In keeping with the theme, Epic Games rolls out a number of new features within the Battle Royale, including new cosmetics, skins and in-game items. Players will likely also see a number of changes make their way onto the island.

For the most part, Epic Games has kept pretty quite on what sort of content we can expect from this year's Summer Event. But, thanks to the recent v25.11 update (and some handy leaks), we now have a good idea of what's coming our way.  Below, we'll go over everything we know about the upcoming Summer event, including its start date, cosmetics, and more.

When Does Fortnite Summer Event 2023 Start?

According to the v25.11 patch notes, Epic Games has confirmed that the Summer Event will begin on July 4, 2023, at 9 a.m. ET. This means players can expect a full blog post detailing the event and features alongside the regular Tuesday update. 

Fortnite Summer Event 2023 Skins And Cosmetics

A number of free cosmetics will be available to earn through completing the Summer Escape quests, including the Toasted Coconut Emote. Players will be able to earn the following items:

All the free cosmetics available during the Summer Escape event. (Picture: Epic Games, via HYPEX)
  • Treezy Back Bling
  • Blossom Drop Contrail
  • Toasted Coconut Emote
  • Bugsy Glider
  • Artifact Axe 
  • Starry Sea Weapon Wrap
  • Nanner Buddy Back Bling (Free for Fortnite Crew subscribers)
  • Nanners Weapon Wrap
  • Wild Fronds Back Bling
A new edit style for the 4th of July skin could be on the way. (Picture: HYPEX, Epic Games)


For completing certain amounts of Summer Escape Quests, you’ll unlock new items for your Locker:

  • Complete 14 Summer Escape Quests: Wild Fronds Back Bling

  • Complete 18 Summer Escape Quests: Bugsy Glider

  • Complete 24 Summer Escape Quests: Toasted Coconut Emote and the Lagoon Escape Loading Screen

Completing these specific Summer Escape Quests will unlock even more items for your Locker:

  • Destroy 10 stones: Artifact Axe Pickaxe (Quest available July 11 at 9 AM ET) 

  • Mantle within 30 seconds of busting through a door: Starry Sea Wrap (Quest available July 12 at 9 AM ET) 

According to known Fortnite leakers HYPEX and Shiina, there'll be a few new skins rolling out alongside the Summer Event as well as an 'edit style' for the previously released 4th of July skin. A new July Crew Pack will also be made available, featuring a new Summer-themed skin based on a concept by content creator @D3NNI_yt.

As always, we'll continue to update this page once more information becomes available.