Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist: Every challenge and reward for Spring (Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2023)

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Forza Horizon 5 launched as one of the greatest racing games available to play, but Playground Games refuses to rest on its laurels and consider its masterpiece "finished." The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist brings new challenges, events, and rewards to the game every single week, with larger Series updates introducing even greater changes and additions over time. With the Festival Playlist, FH5 promises years of constant post-launch support and new content for players to explore.

Forza Horizon 5 has solidified its place as one of the best Xbox racing games, and it's only getting better. Here's what you need to know about the FH5 Festival Playlist, and all the challenges and rewards this season.

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Playground Games has delivered its latest masterpiece with Forza Horizon 5, which features the series' most diverse map and largest car list yet. The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist constantly adds content to this ever-growing racing gem.

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Forza Horizon 5 current Festival Playlist: Spring, Series 16 (Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2023)

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The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist updates every week as the in-game season changes, with larger updates slated for every month as a new Series begins. It can be difficult to keep track of everything there is to do in Forza Horizon 5's Festival Playlist and decide whether it's worth it to tackle the challenges. Fortunately, that's what we're here for.

Series 16 “#FORDzathon” (Jan. 5-Feb. 1, 2023)

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Forza Horizon 5 Series 16 "#FORDzathon" celebrates Forza Horizon's long-standing partnership with car manufacturer Ford. Although no new Ford vehicles are added in this update, the entire Festival Playlist features challenges, events, and rewards featuring the best Ford vehicles in Forza Horizon 5.

  • Series 16 rewards. Series 16 of Forza Horizon 5's Festival Playlist has a total of 240 Playlist Points across all Seasons. The Series rewards include:
    • 2021 MG MG6 XPower for 80 Playlist Points. This is a Rare rarity car and is exclusive to this Festival Playlist
    • 1965 Hoonigan Ford Mustang Gymkhana 10 "Hoonicorn" for 160 Playlist Points. This is an Epic rarity car and is hard to find
  • Monthly Events. There are two monthly events.
    • Horizon Baja Scramble: Post a clean lap at the Monthly Rivals Event. Rewards 4 Playlist Points
    • Emerald Circuit: Post a clean lap at the Forza EV Event. Rewards 4 Playlist Points

Spring “Hot Season” (Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2023)

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This is the Spring Season of Forza Horizon 5's Series 16 Festival Playlist, which is available from Jan. 26 until Feb. 1, 2023.

  • Season rewards. The Spring Season of Series 16 has a total of 60 Playlist Points across all Challenges. The main rewards include:
    • 2010 Renault Clio R.S. for 20 Playlist Points. This is a Common rarity car and is exclusive to this Festival Playlist
    • 2017 Ford Fiesta #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing GRC for 40 Playlist Points. This is an Epic rarity car and is hard to find
  • Weekly Challenge. "Rally Legend" — The Weekly Challenge has four Chapters. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and 80 Forzathon Points.
    • Fast Fordward: Own and drive a 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 MKII #5
    • Special Stage: Win a Dirt Race Event with a 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 MKII #5
    • Triple Caution: Earn 3 Ultimate Air Skills with a 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 MKII #5
    • Danger Over Crest: Earn 5 Stars at Danger Sign PR Stunts with a 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 MKII #5
  • Daily Challenges. There are seven Daily Challenges. Each reward 1 Playlist Point and 10 Forzathon Points.
    • Flash Fordward: Take a photograph of any Ford vehicle
    • Play by the Rules: Play an Event Blueprint created by another player
    • Clean Energy: Earn 3 Clean Racing Skills with any fully electric vehicle
    • Next Day Delivery: Win a Street Race Event with a Vans & Utility vehicle
    • Ready Ford This?: Earn 9 Stars at PR Stunts with any Ford vehicle
    • Speed Stunt: Reach 200Mph with a 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
    • On Board: Earn a Skillboard Skill by hitting a billboard
  • Season Events. There are nine Season Events.
    • Time to Focus: Win The Trial Championship with an A-Class 2017 Ford Focus RS. Rewards 10 Playlist Points and a 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
    • Team King: Complete the Seasonal Playground Games with a B-Class Ford vehicle. Rewards 3 Playlist Points and a 1985 Ford RS200 Evolution
    • Bypass: Complete the Speed Trap PR Stunt challenge with an S1-Class Ford vehicle. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Horizon Super Wheelspin
    • Cannonball: Complete the Danger Sign PR Stunt challenge with an S1-Class Ford vehicle. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Horizon Super Wheelspin
    • Atlantes de Tula: Complete the Speed Zone PR Stunt challenge with an S1-Class Ford vehicle. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Horizon Super Wheelspin
    • Track Time: Win the Seasonal Championship with an S1-Class Ford Track Toys vehicle. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
    • Shelby Street: Win the Seasonal Championship with an S1-Class 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupé
    • Grass Routes: Win the Seasonal Championship with an A-Class 2014 Ford F-150 #11 Rockstar Trophy Truck. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
    • Co-op Championships: Complete a Horizon Tour Championship. Rewards 3 Playlist Points
  • Challenges. There is one Challenge.
    • #Fordzathon: Photograph a 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupé at Uxmal. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Horizon Wheelspin
  • Hot Wheels Events. There are two Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels Events.
    • Nexus View: Complete the Speed Trap PR Stunt challenge with an S1-Class Ford vehicle. Rewards 2 Playlist Points and a Horizon Super Wheelspin
    • Sightseeing: Win the Seasonal Championship with an S1-Class Ford vehicle. Rewards 5 Playlist Points and a 2011 Ford Transit Supersportvan
  • Forzathon Shop. The Forzathon Shop offers the following items this Season:
    • 1965 Hoonigan Ford Mustang "Hoonicorn" for 400 Forzathon Points
    • 2014 Ford F-150 #11 Rockstar Trophy Truck for 400 Forzathon Points
    • Senkoe's Tank Top Vanity Item for 75 Forzathon Points
    • DOOM E1M1 High Car Horn for 75 Forzathon Points
    • Horizon Wheelspin for 60 Forzathon Points
    • Horizon Super Wheelspin for 150 Forzathon Points

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist: How to complete challenges

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The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist is always packed with unique challenges and events, and the majority of them are relatively easy or simple to complete. However, some challenges may require additional effort to earn its sweet rewards, such as enigmatic Treasure Hunts, Collectible challenges, and more. Here, we'll quickly detail how to complete any more difficult challenges that appear during the current Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist.

How do I complete the Ford Time Lucky Treasure Hunt challenge?

Treasure Hunt Challenges can often be the most difficult to complete in Forza Horizon 5, since they involve deciphering a riddle, completing a specific challenge, and tracking down the treasure. The Ford Time Lucky challenge in Series 16 Winter has the following clue: Make sure to escape in time, as you get lucky by drifting up close. It rewards 3 Playlist Points and 100 Forzathon Points when completed.

To complete this challenge, hop into a Ford vehicle like the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 shown in the picture and earn a Near Miss Skill while drifting, which means getting awfully close to a moving vehicle without touching it. The easiest place to do this is probably the highway, which features plenty of spread-out vehicles on a wide, straight, flat surface. Once you've completed the challenge, the search circle will appear on the west side of Guanajuato.

To find the Treasure Chest, head to the westernmost asphalt road of Guanajuato (the one that runs north and south), and drive below where it meets the east-to-west dirt road. Once you find the Treasure Chest, built up a small amount of speed and smash it with your car. The Ford Time Lucky Treasure Hunt will be completed, and you'll be instantly rewarded.

Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist: What you need to know

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What is the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist?

The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist is what incentivizes players to continually return to the world of Mexico in FH5. The Festival Playlist is an ever-changing list of events, races, challenges, and missions for players to explore and complete in exchange for exclusive rewards such as new cars, cosmetic items, in-game currency, and even fresh music.

The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist is divided into Series. Each Series is four Seasons long, and each Season lasts exactly one week. These Series typically have a theme that decides what kind of challenges and rewards players can expect throughout the Series, such as holiday-themed events or collaborations with other brands.

The Festival Playlist is always 100% free, and will continue to add brand-new content to Forza Horizon 5 over time. Some of that content will only last for the duration of the Series in which it's introduced, but some of it will be permanently added to Forza Horizon 5, such as new Horizon Stories and PR Stunts.

When does the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist begin?

The Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist is always active, which means there's never a shortage of things to do whenever you're racing around Mexico. The four-weeks long Series release in a continuous, uninterrupted stream, with developer Playground Games typically announcing the details for each Series in the days before its release.

The Series are divided into week-long Seasons, modeled after the very real seasons of the world, with each Season featuring a fresh array of challenges and unique rewards. A new Season always arrives every single Thursday, so you never have to wonder when to log onto Forza Horizon 5 to check for fresh content. We also update this space every Thursday with all the new information on each Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist Season.

How do I access the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist?

There's no secret to gaining access to the Forza Horizon 5 Festival Playlist — All you have to do is start the game! Once you complete the short introduction to Forza Horizon 5, the entire world (including the Festival Playlist) is immediately available to you. Festival Playlist events and challenges will appear on the map for you to find, and you may even complete sections of the Festival Playlist just by playing the game.

Every time you start Forza Horizon 5, you'll be presented with the latest Festival Playlist (as long as you're connected to the internet, of course). You can also find the Festival Playlist in the "Campaign" tab of the Pause Menu. Here, you can scroll through the entire current Series and each of its Seasons, and find the Season that's active right now. The Festival Playlist makes it easy to discover how to complete missions and challenges, what rewards you can earn, and what you've already completed.

Zachary Boddy
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.