Based on the efforts of the Trainers at the event, Lugia was revealed as the first Legendary Pokémon to enter the real world. In addition, since Team Mystic captured the most Pokémon during the event, Articuno joined Lugia in Raid Battles immediately upon completing the challenge.
There were numerous networking and connectivity issues present, during the event. Many Trainers could not log into their accounts during the event. The game's CEO, John Hanke, was booed on stage for the frustration. Because of these issues, all attendees were refunded their admission cost, received $100 in Shop credit and given a free Lugia. 
The following goals were the second phase of Global Challenge. They were set to be done on July 14th and July 15th, for players attending to GO Fest 2018 and these worldwide. The rewards for each goal last between July 16th and 23rd, 2018 and the bonus reward for completing all goals — the Zapdos Day, happening on July 21st, 2018. The event featured the region-exclusive Pokémon Torkoal.
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Pokémon GO Fest 2018 Complete 100,000 Research Tasks
This will be the first year that Pokémon GO Fest is hosted outside of the United States. Tickets for the event will go on sale through the Pokémon GO application.
Grant Park, Chicago
The event was hosted at Chicago's Grant Park from June 13th, 2019 through June 16th, 2019. This was the second time the event has been hosted at Grant Park in Chicago. This was the original location for the event when it debuted in 2017. The event featured the region-exclusive Pokémon Pachirisu.
Following Pokémon were appearing more frequently in wild globally.
The event will be hosted at Westfalenpark in Dortmund, Germany from July 4th, 2019 through July 7th, 2019. Westfalenpark was the location for the 2018 Safari Zone event. The event will feature the region-exclusive Pokémon Carnivine.
A few days prior to the announcement, a leaked image for the upcoming Westfalenpark event depicted Dortmund, Germany as a potential host for the event. A follow-up to this image included a digital brochure that stated that an unnamed event would be hosted at the park from July 4th, 2019 through July 7th, 2019.
The event will be hosted at three venues in Yokohama, Japan from August 6th, 2019 through August 12th, 2019. These venues include Yamashita Park, Rinko Park and Akarenga Park. Yokohama was the location for the 2017 Pokémon GO Park event. The event will feature the region-exclusive Pokémon Chatot.
Event participation is free, but there will be a pre-application lottery system. Application for participation will be open from Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to Friday, June 28, 2019. Winners will be notified on Saturday, June 29, 2019.