Event calendar plugins are popular and installed on many websites. They can be used for a number of purposes, such as displaying events, showing upcoming events, inviting and receiving registrations, accepting bookings, and scheduling events. From simple calendars that merely display events to complex ones that take care of registrations, bookings, and venues, there are a variety of plugins available.
Event calendars are a way to keep visitors or people in a group informed of upcoming events, like family gatherings, parties, weddings, important school dates, and anything else of interest to the group. A business can use one to keep team members in the loop about meetings, conferences, seminars, and business lunch dates or to advertise events to visitors. You can include these calendars in a widget or on any page on your website.
While picking out a plugin to add to your website, you should check out the features. Plugins come with added features, such as being responsive, integration with external resources like Google calendar and Twitter, customization, import and export of events, and sale of tickets. So, if a particular feature is important to you, make sure it is included in the plugin that you pick. If it is simply events you want to display, choosing a plugin should be easy. Many free ones in the WordPress plugin directory that can do this efficiently.
The Events Calendar
The Events Calendar is a popular plugin available for free in the WordPress Directory. It allows you to share events with your team, community, or any other group of persons. It is a well-crafted, tried, and tested plugin.
Without having to use code, you can set up your calendar quickly and start sharing events almost immediately. It works equally well for large organizations like universities, where many events are shared with thousands of persons or with a small website owner displaying special dates. It has been tested with high traffic websites, too.
View the calendar in either day mode or month mode. You can display the venue through Google Maps and add an upcoming events widget. You can also search for events and save venues and organizers. To save time and effort, save the settings for recurring events. Notably, the plugin uses AJAX for smooth scrolling and is completely responsive.
Developers will find this particularly useful in building websites. Skeleton stylesheets, template tags, hooks, and filters are all available. There is also a library of code snippets on GitHub.
Events Calendar Pro provides additional viewing formats to your calendar. Add-ons help with recurring events, ticket sales, Facebook event integration, and more. You can search for the location of the event and add additional custom fields.
The purchase price for the premium version is $89–$299.
All-in-One Event Calendar
All-in-One Event Calendar is a visually pleasing calendar display that works efficiently. You can control the calendar from your WordPress admin. Both free and premium versions are available. Some features are restricted in the free version.
Public users can submit events via the front-end directly or after your approval. An upcoming events widget can be displayed in the sidebar or footer. Events can be displayed in multiple formats, and sub-calendars can be created and shared using filters.
You can import events from any other calendar supporting the iCal format. You can organize your calendar in color-coded categories. Different colors can be assigned to different regions, age groups, or on any other basis. Users can save events to a wish list of their own. Events can look more attractive with posters and videos.
You can also promote events on social media by adding hashtags. Display them on a map to make it easier for users to find the venue. The calendar themes are customizable, too. If you connect it to MailChimp, you can send out periodical newsletters right from your calendar.
The premium version is available for $94 per year.
My Calendar is an easy-to-use customizable plugin. You can have many individual calendars within WordPress Multisite. Calendars can simply show a lists of forthcoming events, or they can be displayed according to category, location, or author.
The calendars can be viewed in a grid or list format. Events are also available in monthly, daily, and weekly views. For compact views, you can have mini calendars. Widgets are available for upcoming events, mini calendars, today’s events, or event search.
Developers can use this plugin to create customized calendars as the CSS style and Java Script can be edited. The shortcode generator can lend a hand here.
You can schedule recurring events and edit individual instances of recurring events. Access to parts of the plugin can be restricted, and views can be limited based on location, author, post, or category. When you create or edit events, the administrator will get an email notification, and it will be posted on Twitter.
The premium plugin allows logged-in visitors to edit events from the front-end. Site visitors can also post events from the front-end. It comes bundled with advanced search features.
You can buy a single year’s license for $49.
Simple Calendar is an open source calendar that will let you add Google Calendar events to your WordPress site. All your events can be managed within Google calendar without creating it separately in your WordPress. The calendar can be customized to suit your website. It is fully responsive and are available in monthly and list views.
Customize the event content with simple tags. You can fuse multiple calendars into a single one or maintain them separately after categorization. In the Advanced Settings tab, you can adjust the time zones, the starting day of the week, and the time and date display format.
The premium add-ons offer a secure connection between your website and Google and allow you to display private Google calendars. They let you display the avatars for any guest confirmed for an event. You can also add a list of attachments with links to the original source. Then, highlight the events with colors that match Google Calendar event colors.
The add-ons come at prices between $29 and $149, with a 60-day money-back guarantee.
Events Manager is not just a plugin for displaying events. It does a lot more than that. It can manage registrations, bookings, and even locations for events. Also, it can manage single-day events as well as events spread over a number of days. Duplication is possible for recurring events.
The plugin is compatible with Multisite and BuddyPress. It allows front-end submission and management and gives advanced user permissions. You can categorize and tag events. Visitors can book without having an account. Customize booking messages and email confirmations.
You can make it easier for participants to find the location by adding Google Maps and custom location fields. You can add images of the location or thumbnails as well. Use widgets and shortcodes, and modify template files and event pages. Advanced hooks for developers are also available.
The pro add-on ensures premium support and spam protection with reCAPTCHA. In addition, a coupons and discount manager, transaction history, individual customized attendee forms, customizable booking forms, and additional payment methods are available to purchasers of the add-on.
You can purchase the pro version for $75 and use it on one site. For $150, you can use it on five sites.
EventOn is a feature packed premium event calendar plugin. It has a responsive mobile-ready layout and supports multiple languages. You can make your calendars attractive by adding featured images to events. The design is clean, and the plugin offers a great user experience.
You can display the calendar in a tile format if you wish. Set the event date and time in any color that you choose. You can also color the events based on their type, and this color can override the color set for the individual event. Classify the events into five categories. Create repeating events by duplication in wp-admin. Also, you can only show the events to logged-in users.
The widgets and the shortcode generator will allow you to add features. With Google Maps directly integrated into the event, visitors can find the venue easily. There’s more you can do. Color the maps to match your website. Set the location by latitude and longitude. Include an event location image. Save and use the locations for subsequent events.
Additionally, you can display upcoming events and hide past events. You can also include detailed info, but collapsed for a clutter-free appearance. The jump month option helps visitors move quickly to the month they want.
You can purchase the plugin on CodeCanyon for $29.
Calendarize it! is a premium event calendar plugin that is flexible and customizable. Customization is possible with simple drag and drop without the need for any shortcodes. Eight predefined templates act as the starting point for our own calendar. More than 30 content elements will help you with building your calendar.
You can choose between a month view and a list view for your events. In the map view of events, you can add banner advertisements. Submit and edit the events from the front-end. You can also charge your customers for submitting events for the front-end. Add several payment options to make the payment process easier. Visitors can view, rate, and review events as well. Visitors can also submit a RSVP.
A number of free and paid add-on increases your options. Custom buttons, Visual CSS Editor, and featured image and links for events are some of the free add-ons. The paid add-ons include Eventbrite Tickets, Accordion Upcoming Events, Member profile, Events Map View, payment options, and more.
Facebook Events is a plugin that simply imports events from your Facebook account. With a great number of daily active users on Facebook, it would make sense to offer this option.
Directly import public events organized on Facebook into your WordPress, including the data on the venue and the organizer details. You can do this one by one or automatically on a schedule. For events on personal pages or group pages, you can import the event details manually from the event ID.
To use this plugin, you will need to obtain credentials from Facebook by registering with them. Note, though, that Facebook will not allow the calendars to show events with adult content.
You can obtain the license for a price ranging from $49 to $149.
Timetable Responsive Schedule for WordPress
Timetable Responsive Schedule will help to display a timetable view of all your events. You can use it to create a timetable for your dance classes, meal plans, lesson plans, and other similar needs.
The shortcode generator will help you with the details of your timetable. Fine-tune categories, columns for display, format for events, Google fonts, and tabs for filtering. Custom post types will help you to design your events. Do you have a single event occurring many times? Use the shortcode generator to list and display the occurrences. The widgets are for displaying today’s events or all upcoming events.
You can customize the whole table or any part of it. You can also import and use the demo tables, widgets, and settings as is or make adjustments to your liking. In addition, you can use event tooltips and have the responsive mode switched on or off. For a clutter-free appearance, you have the option to hide the column displaying the hours. You can also add any number of timetables, events, or occurrences of events.
The plugin costs $19 at CodeCanyon.
With FT Calendar, have as many calendars as you like on your WordPress site using a simple interface. Assign colors to the calendars, and attach events to any or all of the calendars. FT Calendar is an advanced calendar plugin where you get to create, maintain, and own the data. Import and export data easily with CSV files.
You can implement repeating events easily with FT Calendar. RSS and iCal feeds are provided so that visitors can import them into their calendars. Many widgets are available, too, and you can use them to add features. Features that you can add are a mini calendar widget, an upcoming events widget, a full calendar shortcode, and a shortcode for different views of the calendar. You can add events to any page, post, or custom post type.
Purchase this plugin for $39. It comes with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, or you’ll get your money back.
Some Additional Plugins
- WP Permission Slip manages events like school trips where the permission of a parent is a requirement. The plugin can send out emails to parents automatically. Sell event tickets with this plugin, which also allows multiple pricing. You can further include terms and conditions and download attendance sheets.
- Events + help you add a countdown to your website. When the timer expires, a visitor is redirected to the live stream. Build an entire event management network on the lines of Facebook events. Set up Events Plus with reservations, ticket sales, promo videos, event information, location, and map. Also, use shortcodes or widgets to place elements wherever you want on your website.
- Event List displays a list of events with their description, times, and locations. It uses a WYSIWYG Editor to add descriptions, text, links, videos, or images to images. A duplicate function helps you create event copies. Sync event categories with post categories, and filter events according to dates or categories.
- Event Espresso is a complete event management plugin. It can turn your website into a fully featured event management system. It also takes care of customized registration forms, seat limits, tax administration, restricting access, customized emails for confirmations, and discount codes.
- Event Booking Pro comes with PayPal integration and is a full-fledged event booking system. Manage multiple tickets and discount coupons with this plugin. It allows offline and multiple booking and supports many payment gateways. Also, it includes Lazy Load shortcode and a mobile fallback booking page.
- The WordPress Pro Event Calendar makes it easy to manage events and special dates. It supports a date range function and is cross-browser-compatible. Users can submit events from the front-end. You can import events from an ICS feed and Facebook. Export events to an Excel file and assign user roles.