Best Event Plugins for WordPress

Finding it hard to find an adequate Events plugin for WordPress? Check out our review of the best plugins out there, we might just have what you've been searching for all along.
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Many events based websites are now using WordPress as their backend, which obviously means that they are on the lookout for a reliable events plugin for WordPress. This space is quite healthy, with a number of successful plugins all battling for supremacy in the niche.

The Best Event Plugins for WordPress

1. The Events Calendar Pro

The Events Calendar PRO is a paid Add-On to the open-source WordPress plugin The Events Calendar

The free version comes with a number of great features such as keyword search, AJAX loading, and the ability to export to iCal or Google Calendar. 

When upgrading to the premium version, you will gain access to a whole host of event management features including:

  • Recurring events
  • Custom event fields
  • Venue & organizer pages
  • Location search
  • Additional calendar widgets
  • & lots more.

The plugin is fully responsive and comes with different multiple views such as week, photo, map, month, list, and day views!

What’s more, the premium version will allow you access to their support team. The Events Calendar Pro comes in at $99 for 1 site, $149 for 3 sites, and $299 for 10 sites. They also offer multisite and unlimited site packages.

The Events Calendar

With over 800k installs, the Events Calendar is one of the most popular calendar plugins for WordPress. Create stunning calendars, import events and allow users to add their own.

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2. Community Events

With Community Events, your users can add their events directly to your calendar, without needing access to your admin. Community Events adds an event submission form to the front-end of your website, making user event submission neat and easy.

While users get the ability to add events to your site’s calendar, you retain all of the management options you need. You can require users to register with your site before submitting, or not. Settings control whether submitted events are published immediately or held as drafts for moderation by an admin. Will users be able to edit and manage their events, or simply submit them? It’s all up to you! Just configure your options and let the event submissions start rolling in!

Prices range from $89 for 1 site to $299 for 10 sites.

3. Event Aggregator

More and more folks are using Meetup, Eventbrite, and Facebook to plan events. With the Event Aggregator add-on, you can tap into the growing number of events users on all these platforms (and more) are organizing by importing public events directly into your WordPress site.

Basic event data along with venue, organizer and category are populated appropriately. No more entering information in two places, or having to recreate someone else’s listing for a public event you want to include on your WordPress calendar. You can manually import individual or group events or automatically import them on a schedule.

The Event Aggregator can also help you filter events imported from Eventbrite, iCal, Google Calendar, and ICS by keyword, location, and date.

Prices range from $89 for 100 imports to $499 for 1000 imports.

4. Sugar Calendar

Sugar Event Calendar is a simple, yet powerful, WordPress event management plugin.

Many event calendar plugins can be complex or bloated. Sugar Calendar is designed to be lightweight allowing you to add just the functionality you need with a growing collection of free add-ons.

Choose the Ultimate or Professional license and get access to pro add-ons for things like event tickets with Stripe or front-end event submissions.

Sugar Calendar comes with plenty of front-end view options and recurring (repeating) event capabilities. Prices range from $49 for a personal plan, to $449 for the ultimate plan.

For a more in-depth look at this plugin’s features, check out our Sugar Calendar review.

Sugar Calendar

Use Sugar Calendar, the all-in-one event calendar tool for tracking and scheduling events.

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5. Event Espresso

Event Espresso is a WordPress event manager which makes it easy for you to register attendees for classes, workshops, events, trainings, conferences or concerts, all from your WordPress website.

Event Espresso events are created from the WordPress admin area. You can create signup forms to collect information about your attendees, accept payments, and create reports. With Event Espresso you get it all; everything from custom registration forms and emails, seating limits, multiple price options and discount codes to printable tickets and seating charts.

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Event Espresso works perfectly for classes, workshops, fundraisers, sporting, trainings, conferences, networking, religion, social, non-profit, and nearly any other type of event.

It’s pricing ranges from $79.95 for the personal edition to $299.95 for a developer licence. There is also a free version available on wordpress.org.

6. WP Event Organiser

Event Organiser Event management for WordPress Event Organiser

Event Organiser adds event management that integrates well with your WordPress site. By using WordPress’ in-built ‘custom post type’, this plug-in allows you to create events that have the same functionality as posts, while adding further features that allow you to manage your events.

This includes the possibility of repeating your event according to complex schedules and assign your events to venues. This can all be done through an intuitive user interface, which allows you to view your events in the familiar WordPress list or in a calendar page in the admin area.

Pricing ranges from £50 for the personal license to £120 for the developer license.

7. EventON – WordPress Event Calendar Plugin

EventON

EventON is a list-style event calendar driven by minimal design. It is packed with great features for your calendar and event needs such as highly customizable repeating events, multiple event images, unlimited event creation, various calendar layout designs, event locations and organizers, and advanced features like multi data types and language corresponding events and etc.

This is the best selling Event plugin for WordPress on CodeCanyon coming in at a price of $25. Feedback from customers is good and there are a number of add-ons available for further functionality.

8. Calendarize it!

Calenderize it!

Another top events calendar plugin for WordPress. It’s feature-packed and more and more people are downloading it every day, definitely one to keep tabs on. At $29, it boasts a fantastic interface and a number of addons that extend functionality.

9. Timetable for WordPress

Timetable for WordPress

Timetable for music festivals, seminars, business events and even sport events! Built for WordPress on jquery and php, this timetable is the ultimate, unique solution for an attractive and easy way to show visitors your events. The data can be updated using an easy admin panel while the php makes sure that everything will be search engine optimized.

The timetable can be printed by your visitors and turns into a comprehensive list. Skins make it easy to adjust this timetable to any existing website. This plugin is priced at $30.

Have you used any other noteworthy plugins for handling events from your site? Let us know!

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Jean Galea
Jean Galea
Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger. He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the Mastermind.fm podcast. His personal blog can be found at jeangalea.com.

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14 Responses

  1. I should have said this will be directory website so it will need to handle 1000’s of events and locations

  2. I need a plugin that has the ability to create different post types however then list their events in different categories. I am having trouble find this plug in, any suggestions?

  3. I’ve been using the Tribe plugins for years but for one-off music festivals and events the EventOn plugin is superior

  4. Better not choose: Events Manager (Pro).
    The codebase is somewhat “crappy”, you have to fix a lot of stuff, and finally the “pro” support is not worth a cent 🙁
    (believe me, i’ve tried that; even the simplest questions can’t be answered in a acceptable time…)

  5. I’ve been contemplating whether to use Events Manager Pro or Calendarize It. Hmmmm.. I saw a site that uses both.

    1. It does have a nice presentation, although I don’t really fancy that it’s connecting to a third party and not self contained within WordPress.

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