Are you looking for the best WordPress calendar plugin for your site?
WordPress calendar plugins come with a variety of different features. Some are made for simple event management, while others are more complex with booking, ticketing, and scheduling features.
In this article, we have hand-picked the best WordPress calendar plugins for your site.
How to Choose a Calendar Plugin for WordPress?
As we mentioned earlier, there are many different kinds of WordPress calendar plugins available catering to the needs of different users.
Some calendar plugins are simple to use, allowing you to just display events on a calendar. Others have more advanced features like appointments and bookings, scheduling, ticketing, and integrations with third-party services like Google Calendar.
You need to choose a plugin that fits your requirements. For example, if you want to sell event tickets on your WordPress website, then a calendar with just the booking feature may not be suitable for you.
Let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress calendar plugins that you can try.
1. Sugar Calendar
Sugar Calendar is the best WordPress calendar plugin that is both easy and powerful.
The plugin comes with all the essential features that you’d expect such as the ability to create calendar events, start and end times for meetings and appointments, set event time zones, sync with Google calendar, and much more.
Sugar Calendar also comes with powerful addons, including Event Ticketing. This addon allows you to sell tickets, manage attendee records, and easily integrate with Stripe to collect payments.
If you have a membership website or a community forum, then Sugar Calendar lets you set up event submission forms that your members can submit from the front end.
The plugin also integrates with other WordPress plugins and marketing platforms including WooCommerce, WPForms, Gravity Forms, Google Calendar, and more.
2. The Events Calendar
The Events Calendar is a powerful event management system for your WordPress site. It is feature-rich and extremely easy to use due to a neat user interface that blends into your WordPress admin area.
The Events Calendar allows you to easily add your events and manage organizers and venues. You can choose to display Google Maps for your venue locations. The plugin’s settings page gives you full control over how you want to manage your events and calendar.
Want to sell tickets for your events? The Event Calendar has paid addons to integrate it with WooCommerce, Eventbrite, and more.
3. All in One Event Calendar
All in One Events Calendar is a powerful event management plugin for WordPress.
Its intuitive user interface makes it extremely easy to use for beginners. You can easily add events, sort them into categories and tags, and choose from three built-in themes for the calendar display.
You can also display your event venues using Google Maps right along with the event details. The plugin also lets you tweak the calendar theme by choosing different colors.
It also allows you to add events from any other calendar that supports the iCal format, including Google Calendar. It doesn’t have ticket-selling integrations, but you can add URLs to third-party ticketing services.
4. My Calendar
My Calendar is another free and powerful event management solution for WordPress.
It supports multiple calendars, event groups, categories, and locations. The plugin also comes with a shortcode generator and widgets, so you can easily add calendars to your WordPress blog posts, pages, or sidebars.
This is a highly configurable WordPress plugin with an extensive settings page. You can control almost every aspect of how your calendar is displayed on the front end. It comes with six built-in skins for calendar display.
For advanced users, there is a style editor to upload your own custom CSS. It also supports Google Map display on a single event page and an event popup.
5. Events Calendar for Google
Events Calendar for Google displays events from public Google Calendars on your WordPress site in a list, grid, or calendar layout.
You can create and manage your events through Google Calendar. The plugin simply displays those events on your website. All you have to do is provide your Google Calendar feed URL.
The plugin comes with a robust set of features. You can control the display of your calendar and events using the shortcodes. You can even control the appearance of the calendar using custom stylesheets.
The plugin does not support a ticketing system, but you can still use third-party services to sell your event tickets and enter the ticketing page URL right into your event listing on Google Calendar.
6. Booking Calendar
Booking Calendar is a booking management plugin for WordPress.
It allows you to add a calendar to the front end of your website where users can fill in a simple form to submit their booking requests. You can then accept or decline their booking request.
Booking Calendar comes with CAPTCHA support to avoid spam. You can control who can add a booking in the admin area. One downside of the plugin is that you cannot add new input fields for the booking forms in the free version of the plugin.
It can be used for booking any kind of service. However, if you are particularly looking for a hotel booking system, then you should check out our guide on how to add a hotel room booking system in WordPress.
We hope this article helped you choose the best calendar plugin for your WordPress site. You may also want to see our expert pick of the best virtual business phone number apps, and how to create an email newsletter the right way.
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Troy Media says
I want to assign certain WordPress users on our site (for example the Chamber of Commerce) as qualified to enter new events. In other words, create a new role for them so they can fill in all of the details of their upcoming event.
The event will then be held in draft mode until we approve it.
Is there such an event calendar?
WPBeginner Support says
Most if not all of the plugins can allow for user submissions which should be what you are looking for but you would want to reach out to the support for the plugins directly and they can let you know the specifics of their access control.
Troy Media says
I will reach out to The Events Calendar as to how to provide access to users.
I disagree with this article. I have several calendars running on several sites. I recently upgraded to Events Calendar Pro and it is a huge pain to work with. In order to do pretty much anything to make your calendar look decent you have to mess with php files. Also, when I use one of there shortcodes on a page it looks totally different (colors) then if you just link to the /events…no good at all!
Salman Lateef says
I’ve been using The Event Calendar for 3+ years now and while the pro version isn’t the cheapest it works well and at scale.
Hafiz Ameer Hamza says
Thanks for your very informative post.
Hello: I am using The Events Calendar on an HOA website. Part of the site is for residents only. I am using Simple Membership to make a section of the site private. Simple Membership Plugin has a check box in each page that I can check to make them private (only viewable when a resident is logged in) I need the calendar to also be private, however, The Events Calendar plugin auto creates the calendar page, so I cannot get in it to check the Simple Membership check box. I need a plugin that will allow me to add a calendar to a page via a shortcode. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks P.S. I already contacted the The Events Calendar people, still waiting for a response.
Robert Janger says
Just put your link to the events calendar (http://example.com/events/month) on a page that only a resident (subscriber) can get to. The resident would have to be logged in to get to the restricted page, so the public could not view the calendar.
There’s any calendar that can sync Fromm Google and shows only few days a week. For example show only Saturdays !!!
I looked up I couldn’t find any !
Any tips please !
I am looking for a calendar plugin that i’ll use for booking request. My website is for hall/space hire.
I’m looking for a calendar that will accept reader generated submissions for a fee. In other words if they wnt their event posted to the calendar. They will pay to submit and we will approve each post before publishing. which calendar plug in is best?
I have a requirement to connect 3 parties with calendar.
End Customer , Vendor and our Our Back end. For eg lets say one customer selects a restaurant appointment. Is that possible if all parties – End Customer , Vendor and our Our Backend system can be synchronized ?
Hi, I need a calendar that shows only available slots (in hours) or multiple hours of our venue (hall for hire) eg hiring for a breakfast is from 0800am to 1100am; lunch is from 1100am till 200pm and suppers are from 200pm till 1000pm. and then there is also the whole day event hiring option.
I dont want to show the details of booked time slots, these must show a different color as unavailable.
All bookings are tentative until confirmed by payment by certain date.
I’m new to WP .
We are looking for the same thing ….did you find anything?
I’m also looking for the something very similar to this. Did you manage to find anything useful?
I’m using now EventON since 2 weeks, not that bad, but you have to pay for almost every option and that can cost you a lot.
I already bought FullCal already as add-on.
I having now an issue with them, because they advertised some add-ons with an also paid for add-on called “Event Search” in it.
Even on the advertising pages for the basic calendar “Event Search” was illustrated.
So now i want that add-on now for free, since it was presented as included in the basic calendar and FullCal add-on, but they refuse.
It’s not that i don’t want to pay for it, it just that they mada a fault in their advertisement and that i expected that this “Search” option was included like it was told on their pages.
I even receive a message from them saying if it said literally FREE maybe, but no.
I’ve got proof, i took same printscreens, and a couple of hours after i posted that topic, this “Search Event” option was cleard from their pages.
So, what do you think of this matter???
Bobby M. says
You should go with Events Plus instead. They provide all the core features at no extra costs. Look for it in CodeCanyon, it costs the same as EventOn and the support is great.
Johan Stam says
Any suggestion for a WP Plugin showing a calendar with week numbers?
Or a calander which shows 2 months?
Want to use them in a sidebar.
Dan Carter says
I am now evaluating the Events Calendar from Modern Tribe. Chose it due to all the good things I have read about it. But…
It astounds me that in the List view, the very simple concept of Next Page and Previous Page do not function. All I’m seeing is a spinning wheel, as in “please wait”. Went to their forum, and in several cases a problem is described by a user, and their support people merely say “are you using one of the basic themes? If not, we can’t help you.” There are what, maybe 4 basic themes in use, and hundreds of 3rd party themes?
And when a user describes an issue and receives help, if the user doesn’t respond within about a week, the item is CLOSED. Whether the issue was solved or not. So, don’t be impressed when they state that issues are usually closed within a week or two. They don’t solve the problems, they just slam the door.
I wish I could be more positive, but I’ve spent about 30 hours this week investigating how I might get this calendar to actually go to the NEXT PAGE and PREVIOUS PAGE. When I copy the underlying link and paste it into an address bar, it actually works. But that is not an acceptable solution. Someone else experienced this problem, and they were met with a stone wall.
This should not be rocket science. There should be a fix readily available, and easily found.
Marylu Carl says
Not thrilled with EC by MT. But, they did give us a refund months after purchase. I need help and their support forums or whatever are not user friendly for us novices.
I use event calendar by modern tribe on the next and previous work for me. Take a look i don’t remember changing any settings for that feature.
Sadly the support forum is lacking as Dan mentioned.
We need a calendar that can receive entries from any of our members, can anyone suggest one?
Wow! Like everyone else, I use Event calendar but for a new website I’m wrapping up, my theme design doesn’t work well with that calendar. So I thought why not try All in One Event Calendar and all I can say, is where have you been all my life! Good stuff. One issue. the url I add into “organize content info”, is giving me a dead string. It’s picking up the main website, and not the website I’m trying to showcase. Any issues on that? Also, I’m trying to update some content, and it doesn’t show when I hit the update button. I do love the connection to my google and other calendars.
But overall very nice.
Bobby M. says
I have used many wordpress calendar plugins before, but lately I have been using the Events Plus plugin for most of my projects and it works great. I highly recommend it! you can view the demos here
Kevin H says
Hey guys, is there a WP calendar plugin that allows other people to submit calendar events (with moderation) ?
Robin Jennings says
I’ve been using The Event Calendar for 3+ years now and while the pro version isn’t the cheapest it works well and at scale.
Which Calendar plugin lets me add files (pdf), and link dates to pdf files. So I will have a month view, and when clicking on dates, I am linked to a PDF file (downloadable or open the pdf)
Thuận Bùi says
My favorite is Event Manager, which is the most flexible calendar plugin in my opinion. I tested all of the plugins above but none of them comes close to the flexibility and usability that Event manager offers
Google Calendar Events is one of my favorite event plugins! It makes it easy to manage your calendar collaboratively via google calendar and publish it to your site! I highly recommend it!
In my experience as a developer, I try to do as much work as possible with The Events Calendar. It’s a very well coded solution that is very developer-friendly that always has a clear upgrade path. We have also used All in One Event Calendar in the past and had a much poorer experience, particularly with compatibility with other plugins and the upgrade path.
I’m a co-founder of Timely.. we’ve had a lot of upgrades/hotfixes to stabilize in the last 3 months especially. We hope you can give us another chance and regain your trust
I appreciate you reaching out. I know you’ve put a lot of work into the plugin. We’ll give it another look, but it’s going to be a while before I can safely recommend Timely.
I get that it takes time to re-build trust. We’ll continue to work on a stable/reliable product and aim to be here for you. Next week we have a really cool new feature set coming along. All the best
At Invoke Media Group we will give it a try. I attempted to use The Events Calendar and it was an EPIC fail! All we see is a white page and after four days of inquiries – no feedback. Hope your customer support is stronger.