Today we at WP Kube would like to show you the best free calendar plugins available for WordPress. There are dozen of free and premium calendar plugins available, but I was able to narrow it down to six great options.
These plugins can be used to schedule and list the upcoming events through a widget or a shortcode. Each plugin provides a different set of options, but the core functionality is pretty much the same.
In this article, I am going to showcase you the best WordPress calendar plugins.
All in One Event Calendar
All-in-One Event Calendar is created by Timely. It features month, week, day, and agenda views.
It also allows you to schedule and list upcoming events through a widget. This plugin combines a clean visual design, solid architectural patterns and a powerful set of features to create the most advanced calendar system available for WordPress. The core version of the plugin is completely free, perfect for small companies and event organizers.
While the core version is free, you will still have to pay extra to get the features like Twitter Integration, CSV Import, and Front-end submission. You can easily change the display settings using a free add-on to show up like a Posterboard. You can see the demo of Posterboard view here.
Front-end users can submit events using an add-on. Other add-ons include:
CSV Import – Lets your import events from Excel or from another database directly into your calendar. Though, I think this is a very basic feature and should have been included in the core version.
SuperWidget – This add-on allows you embed your calender on other sites, even the ones that are not powered by WordPress.
Twitter Integration – Automatically send tweet reminders for your event via Twitter.
Some other features include – filtering event by category, easy sharing with Google Calendar and any other system that accepts iCalender (.ics) files, Google maps integration, and much more.
Pros: Easily customize a page’s calender view or change the location of a calender, via shortcode. Developers can opt to develop their own theme for the plugin.
Cons: There is no way to embed more than one calender on a page, if you are using shortcodes. It also lacked any e-Commerce integrations, and currently there’s no way to sell ticks to events right within your website.
Price: It currently has 3 plans:
- Core Calender (free) – The free version includes core files and support forum.
- Pro Calendar ($75 / year) – The Pro version include core files, pro add-on bundle, and support forum.
- Enterprise Calendar ($99 / year) – The Enterprise version include core files, all add-ons, premium forum, enhanced performance, and EventPromote.
The Events Calendar
The Events Calender allows you to create and manage events with ease. The plugin has been beautifully and carefully crafted by a team of prominent WordPress artisans over at Modern Tribe. They work to release regular updates to provide quality support and updates.
Features include event search, Google maps, upcoming events, widget, catching support, event search, caching support, extensive template tag, events taxonomies, and so on, there are so many features this plugin has that it deserves an in-depth review.
You can easily sell tickets, set up recurring events, and multiple stylesheets to improve integration.
Facebook Events– This plugin allows you to import public events from a specific organization or page into the WordPress calendar plugin. It won’t import events from Facebook Groups and personal profiles though, but is still a great add-on for cross promoting the events. The imported events will automatically be created as entries in the calender plugin.
Eventbrite Events – Sell tickets using Eventbrite directly from the events calender without leaving the WordPress site. Determine the type of tickets, payment options, quantity right from the event editor. It utilizes the eventbrite api to display all the options and data. Apart from that, you can also use this add-on to import events from the Eventbrite website.
WooTickets – WooCommerce is one of the most popular eCommerce plugins, it now powers over 17.77% of all eCommerce websites. So this add-on can come in handy. It lets you sell tickets directly within your event listings without using any third party ticket services.
EDD – It does exactly what WooTickets does, only with Easy Digital Download instead.
Filter Bar – Add new filters to help users find an event they are looking for.
More free and premium add-ons are available on their products page.
Pros: The code has been audited by the likes of Mark Jaquith and Pippin Williamson. Easy to setup, takes less than 5 minutes to get the plugin up and running. Detailed documentation and code snippets available for developers to customize the plugin, along with a themer’s guide.
Cons: No add-on to sync iCal and Google calendar events (All in One Event Calendar comes with this functionality). And the Facebook import add-on only works for importing events from Facebook into WordPress.
Price: The base version is free, but to add more functionality and features, you will need to upgrade to Pro version which will cost you $65 for personal use, $100 for business, and $250 for developer license. Each license provide upgrades and support for one year.
WP Permission Slip
This is a brand new event calendar plugin targeted specifically for managing school field trips. WP Permission Slip is crafted by the same guys who created the popular learning management system, WP Courseware.
Unlike other plugins, WP Permission Slip doesn’t have any free version for you try before purchasing, but they do have demo page for testing. You can see the demo here.
You will notice that in many aspects this is a niche serving calender system for WordPress. Some of the key features are unlimited events, event mapping, set pricing and fees, set attendance limits, custom email templates, and event coupon. It also comes with a digital signature button, which allows for parent release forms when registering kids for field trips.
Release form is fully customizable along with the terms & conditions page. This feature is useful for authorities for tackling legal problems that may arise in future.
Ticket sales (including a payment system) are built right into the plugin, which means no external eCommerce solution is needed to sell the tickets. Automatic email notifications can be sent to parents and coordinators about an event.
Pros: The plugin comes with a lot of shortcodes, which can be used for displaying events in content area. Easily modify the design with its built-in interface. It also comes with a plenty of documentation to help you get started with the plugin.
Cons: Doesn’t have any iCal capabilities, nor it does have any integration with any popular event management services. You will be surprised to see that it does not have any social media integration, either.
Price: $27 for one site, $47 for 2 sites, and $77 for unlimited sites.
Event Organiser is another great calendar plugin that has a free base version available in the WordPress repository. It’s built with custom post type and allows you to create events that have the same functionality as posts, while adding further features that allow you to manage your events.
This plugin shows a list of all the events in the familiar WordPress list, which you can use to re-create the events with same data and schedule them. It also comes with a lot of shortcodes that you can use to add calender, list of the events, event agenda, and venue map in the content area.
Allows complex recurring patterns for events. You can create events that last an arbitrary time, and repeat over a specified period. Supports complex schedules such as on the third Tuesday of every third month or every month on the 6th.
The pro version of this calendar plugin is available for purchase from WP Event Organiser.com, along with a number of free and premium extensions. It includes event search shortcodes, Bookings & RSVP, venue custom fields, booking form customizer, detailed documentation, tutorials, and priority support. The site also some free and premium extensions:
Event Organiser CSV – This add-on lets you import events from a CSV file into Event organiser plugin. It also works other way around, by exporting events from Event Organiser into a CSV ile.
Frontend Submissions – This add-on adds a front-end submission, so that visitors can submit events to your site.
This add-on allows you to quickly and easily create forms by which your visitors can submit events to your site.
Discount Codes – Create custom discount codes for bookings made with Event Organiser Pro. You can also set a limit on the number of times a discount code can be used or allow unlimited use.
Stripe Gateway – Accept credit card payments for events directly on your site, and if you offer multiple gateways the credit card form appears when the gateway is selected. This is a great add-on for selling tickets without relying on third party services.
iCal Sync – This extension adds a feed management system on your site, allowing you to automatically import ICAL feeds from other sites / Google Calendar.
Pros: The plugin has been in the market for a long time, so you can expect regular updates and quality support.
Cons: Doesn’t have any compatibility with EDD, Evenbrite, and WooCommerce (which the Events Calendar by Modern Tribe offers).
- Personal license (£40) – Pro version with priority support for 1 site.
- Business license (£80) – Pro version, user & developer tutorials, priority support, selected add-ons (iCal sync, venue markets, and discount codes) for 5 sites.
- Developer license (£120) – Pro version, user & developer tutorials, highest priority support, all add-ons for unlimited sites.
EventOn is another powerful calendar WordPress plugin available on CodeCanyon. This plugin aims to provide amazing calendar design and user experience. It also lets you add custom calendars to any post, page, or widget area.
Allows you to set time and date along with several other values with ease. Once you have created the events, users can instantly download them to their Google Calendar or iCalendar. Other features include shortcode generator, integrated google maps, set custom colors for events & event type categories, re-arrange event card, repeat events, custom language text, and filter events.
You can sell tickets for your events with Event Tickets addon ($27.99).
Other add-ons include:
RSVP Events – Enable your site visitors to RSVP to your events using name, email address, and number of spaces needed. As a site owner, you can also check in attendance of how many people have participated or manually check-in on behalf of the users directly from the back-end of the site.
Events List – Allows you to show events list regardless of what month the events are on. You can easily create various event lists including ongoing, upcoming, and past events.
Action User – This add-on allows you to assign roles or better permission control to the users. Very useful feature if you have a lot of contributors involved in the project.
Events Map – Show all the events in one big google map.
Pros: Great support and detailed documentation with a strong user rating from 600+ customers. Regular updates and new features have been added regularly.
Cons: It still lacks a lot of features compared to other plugins in this segment.
My Calendar is a feature rich event management with customizable ways to display events on your website. This has a built-in feature that allows you to show events from multiple calendars on pages, in posts, or in widgets.
You can show the events via standard calendar grid and list view with an option to show them daily, weekly, or monthly. Though, you can limit the view by categories, location, author, or host.
Sugar Events Calendar Lite
Update: It was last updated in December 2014 and no new features has been added since then. Though, you will still get full support if you decide to purchase the premium version.
This is a very basic yet intuitive calendar plugin for WordPress. This plugin features – simple event management, events custom post type, simple event configuration, easily set event dates, a short code for showing calendar of events, events archive, and much more.
The premium version of this plugin features recurring events, large and small calendar views, event categories, widgets for displaying calendars, gravity forms integration, action hooks, google maps, event filters, and more. It costs around $18 for single site license. If you are looking for a simple solution that get the job done, then you should go with the lite version.
These are some of the best event calendar plugins, but each one is different. If you are looking for something to get signature from parents to register children for events, then WP Permission Slip is the only plugin with that unique feature.
If you want a sync functionality with Facebook & Twitter, then go with All in One Event Calendar or The Events Calendar. And if you are looking for a unique experience and quality design, then go with EventOn.
We hope this post helped you find the right events calendar plugin for your site. You may also want to see our post on best WordPress landing page plugins.
Which is your favorite calendar plugin? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.