KidZone Science
Full Moon Dates

The full moon occurs when the earth is located directly between the sun and the moon, causing the moon to be completely illuminated (it looks completely round and bright).

A full moon happens about every 29.5 days.

Depending on where you are in the world, the dates can be one day off. These dates are for North America.

Full Moon
(farmer's almanac name)
Year Day
Beaver Moon 2016 Nov 14

Cold Moon 2016 Dec 13

Wolf Moon 2017 January 12

Snow Moon 2017 February 10

Worm Moon 2017 March 12

Pink Moon 2017 April 11

Flower Moon 2017 May 10

Strawberry Moon 2017 June 9

Buck Moon 2017 July 8

Sturgeon Moon 2017 August 7

Harvest Moon 2017 September 6

Hunters Moon 2017 October 5

Beaver Moon 2017 November 3

Cold Moon 2017 December 3

Wolf Moon 2018 January 1

Blue Moon 2018 January 31

Worm Moon 2018 March 1

Blue Moon 2018 March 31

Pink Moon 2018 April 29

Flower Moon 2018 May 29

Strawberry Moon 2018 June 27

Buck Moon 2018 July 27

Sturgeon Moon 2018 Aug 26

Harvest Moon 2018 Sept 24

Hunters Moon 2018 Oct 24

Beaver Moon 2018 Nov 22

Cold Moon 2018 Dec 22


My kids always enjoyed celebrating the various full moon nicknames by coloring pictures or making crafts. The Wolf Moon was always a big favorite -- with fun pictures of wolves howling at a full moon! We also liked eating strawberries around the date of the Strawberry Moon.

The farmer's almanac included nicknames for the full moon depending on what month they occured. Most of these nicknames were based on the names North American aboriginal people used. The nicknames they gave related to the natural world and their hunter/gatherer way of life.