If your organization runs events – even a small number – it’s important that your visitors to your website can find them easily. Furthermore, if a list of your upcoming events is difficult to search and access, you could see a sparse turnout on the day.
One of the reasons we love WordPress is the sheer number of plugins available – and there are a myriad of event calendar plugins on the market to make displaying and administrating your event listings quick and easy.
In this post, we’ll give you our pick of the ten best WordPress event calendar plugins – by the time we’re done, you’ll know exactly which one will suit your requirements. Let’s get started!
The 10 Best Event Calendar Plugins
There are obviously many calendar plugins available, so we needed to keep the list manageable. The following plugins represent our top ten, in no particular order.
1. The Events Calendar Freemium WordPress Plugin (A Total Theme Recommended Add-on)
One of the most popular event calendar plugins out there, The Events Calendar from Modern Tribe has over 400,000 active installs and a 4.7-star satisfaction rating. This free plugin will help you to easily create and manage events with WordPress, plus there is a suite of premium add-ons offering additional functionality. Plus, as the title implies, it’s fully compatible with the Total WordPress theme (check it our on our Sustainable demo).
The Events Calendar is easy to use and highly customizable, and includes features such as Google Maps integration, event search, and ‘microformats’ to take your event calendar to the next level.
2. Events Manager Free WordPress Plugin
The Events Manager plugin is actually a full featured event registration plugin, but also offers a powerful event calendar as one of its many features. It has over 100,000 active installs and a 4.4-star satisfaction rating.
Built to be flexible and reliable, this free plugin enables you to categorize your events, add custom attributes (such as a dress code), and easily control every detail of how events are displayed on your site. With event registration and ticketing functionality included in the free version, this plugin is worth considering if you need more than a calendar.
3. All-in-One Event Calendar Free WordPress Plugin
Up next is the beautiful All-in-One Event Calendar plugin from Timely. This free plugin also has over 100,000 active installs and a 4.1-star satisfaction rating. There have been some recent issues relating to its import feature, but its beautiful design may make it worth checking out for yourself.
Color-coded event categories, calendar views such as agenda and poster-board, and an inline calendar theme editor are just some of the features that this plugin provides to make your event calendar stand out.
4. My Calendar Free WordPress Plugin
The accessible and highly customizable My Calendar plugin has over 30,000 active installs and a 4.7-star satisfaction rating. This free plugin is easy to use, but flexible enough for designers and developers who need a custom calendar.
5. EventOn Premium WordPress Plugin ($29)
With over 21,000 sales and a 4.41-star rating, the EventOn WordPress calendar plugin is worth considering if you’re looking for a premium option. This plugin comes loaded with a full range of features, along with a beautiful design.
Event colors, featured images, and beautiful event views are just the start – throw in a shortcode generator, custom event fields, and Google Maps integration, and you can start to see why EventOn may be the right choice for you if you need a beautiful full featured calendar plugin.
6. WordPress Pro Event Calendar ($25)
The WordPress Pro Event Calendar is another full featured premium plugin offering a beautiful design. With over 4,000 sales and a 4.51-star rating, this is a good choice among premium events calendar plugins.
This plugin is fully customizable through easy to use settings, so you can create a unique calendar to meet your needs. User-submitted events, Google Maps integration, and a shortcode generator are some further features that you can draw on to create a unique events calendar.
7. Calendarize it! Plugin For WordPress ($29)
For $29, the Calendarize it! plugin aims to provide you with a flexible and feature-rich solution to create your event calendar. With nearly 7,000 sales and a 4.27-star rating, there are clearly many people who believe it delivers.
This plugin is fully compatible with the popular Visual Composer page builder plugin, and a free visual CSS add-on enables you to easily customize the colors, styles, and fonts of your event calendar. You can also customize the layout for events and venues using a built-in layout editor.
8. Sugar Event Calendar WordPress Plugin ($18)
The last premium option on our list comes from Pippin’s Plugins. The Sugar Event Calendar is a simple and lightweight calendar plugin, with a sweet price of $18 for a single site. The plugin is designed to avoid complexity by only providing what the user needs to create their events and calendars.
With a streamlined approach, this plugin is not as full featured as the other options on this list. However, if you want a clean and reliable calendar that just works, this plugin is worth checking out.
9. Spider Event Calendar (Free)
The Spider Event Calendar is a solid free calendar that has over 30,000 active installs and a 4.4-star satisfaction rating. The plugin is designed to provide a highly configurable and easy-to-use events calendar.
Color-coded categories and custom HTML in event descriptions are just the start of this plugin’s long list of features. More detailed customization of your events calendar’s appearance is reserved for the Pro version, but the free plugin provides a wide range of features to help match your requirements.
10. Event Calendar WD (Free)
Last on our list is Event Calendar WD, which has over 10,000 active installs and a 4.7-star satisfaction rating. Easy elegance is the focus of this free plugin, not full functionality.
Besides basic event functionality, the free version of Event Calendar WD provides Google Maps integration and event search for users. There is a premium version, but for simple requirements, the free version could be ideal.
Your events require attendees, and having a beautiful and functional events calendar goes some way to ensuring that your events are sold out.
In this post, we’ve presented our top ten picks. You should be able to find the perfect event calendar plugin among them – whether you have simple needs or require a more advanced solution. With the plethora of plugins available, there’s plenty of opportunity to take one for a spin, and ultimately, pick one that suits your requirements.
Do you have a favorite events calendar plugin not featured above, or do you have any tips and tricks for working with them? Let us know in the comments section below!