A good calendar plugin is necessary for any growing company — the more meetings, classes, and appointments your business has, the more valuable it is to have a visual way to track events so you can avoid confusion.

But separating your calendar from the rest of your website or software is an ineffective way to run your business, especially since planning meetings through back-and-forth emails can waste a ton of your time. This is especially true for individual appointments and large events as you can lose countless hours ironing out your guest list and communicating with attendees.

Choosing the right calendar will make your company more productive and efficient when communicating with clients and potential customers. And, a calendar plugin can ultimately free up time so you can spend more of it improving your customer experience, conducting experiments, or testing other high-value activities to grow your business.

If your company uses a WordPress website, you're in luck — there are plenty of calendar plugins you can use.

But, before we dive in, let's explore the characteristics you'll want to find in any WordPress calendar plugin.

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The Characteristics of the Best WordPress Calendar Plugins

The best WordPress calendar plugins perform several functions:

  • Display your availability for client bookings or events.
  • Allow clients or groups to self-book in those free times.
  • Request and store customer data in a customer database for future use.
  • Record the event in your calendar.
  • Send confirmation notifications to the involved parties of the event's creation.
  • Send updates in the event changes.

It's also critical your calendar plugin includes important information such as the event time and date, how many people are involved, what equipment will be needed, who needs to be present, staff required, and other relevant logistics.

Next, let's take a look at some of the best WordPress calendar plugins to help schedule your workflow and smooth out your clients' booking experience.

1. HubSpot Meetings

hubspot meetings calendar for scheduling

HubSpot Meetings is a standalone meeting scheduler, although it integrates with WordPress through the HubSpot WordPress plugin

While the freemium version allows you to create a unique meetings link with your calendar and availability, the paid version lets you set up and embed a calendar on any website (including your WordPress website). You can customize the form that users have to fill out, the dates and times they can schedule meetings, and how soon the participant will be reminded of the event after they sign up. You can also choose to forward attendees to a specific landing page after they complete the meetings form. 

The real benefit of this tool is that it pipes the data and meetings into a free CRM, so you don't have to worry about stitching together data from multiple sources. When you have to wear many hats, that level of organization and seamless integration is a huge productivity benefit. 

PROS Cons
  • All features are integrated with a free CRM
  • Can add round robin and group meeting links
  • Can send meeting links via email
  • No coding required
  • Works with Google Calendar and Office 365
  • Need a CRM to take full advantage of all features and tools
  • Have to complete a setup process to sync your email inbox with HubSpot
  • Fewer options for customizing your meetings widget

Active Installations: 200,000+

Price: Free, with paid plans available

2. Stachethemes Event Calendar

stachethemes event calendar plugin

Stachethemes Event Calendar is a mobile-optimized calendar with WooCommerce integrations that are all managed through a single-page admin feature. This integration allows you to directly sell tickets or merchandise related to your events from the calendar widget. And, there are options for setting up recurring payments, so participants can attend multiple meetings without having to pay each time they show up. 

Other features include a quick auto-update feature and direct customer booking based on your team's availability. Events are easy to share on social media networks and the calendar works across multiple websites in your WordPress account. 

Event booking options are integrated with WooCommerce, iCal, and ICS, and calendars are available in six different types of views. Every calendar is customizable with colors, fonts, and preset designs, so you can create a look that's right for you.

ProS Cons
  • Comes with six different customizable widget views
  • Offers a responsive design for mobile devices
  • Does not require micro-transactions after you purchase the plugin
  • Has excellent support options
  • Updated regularly
  • May experience issues with older versions of this plugin
  • Some customers have experienced activation issues
  • Doesn't offer a repeater function
  • No free version available
  • Aside from the demos, there are no trial versions

Active Installations: 5,000+

Price: $59

3. The Events Calendar

the events calendar plugin

The Events Calendar plugin is designed to help businesses plan large events. Events are displayed in SEO-friendly microformats, which eliminates the need to click on the event in the calendar view.

With this plugin, you can export your events to other relevant platforms. It's compatible with iCal, Google Maps, and Google Calendar, and its search functions make finding the right event easy and intuitive — even from a mobile device.

This calendar is ideal for venues that regularly host events, including bookstores, philanthropies, concert halls, cafes, and other public gathering places. It's also good for performers or artists on tour as the plugin provides a calendar view and a list view for events. Attendees can browse through all of the events at once and picks ones that they're most interested in.

Pros Cons
  • Offers a completely customizable embed code
  • Can add recurring events on a monthly, weekly, or customizable basis
  • Compatible with the "Events Ticket" plugin so you can sell tickets to events
  • Premium versions include photos and map views
  • Shortcodes unavailable in the free version
  • Some users have reported bugs after prolonged usage
  • Tickets are not compatible with PayPal
  • Fewer options for customization

Active Installations: 800,000+

Price: Free, with paid plans available

4. EventON

eventon calendar plugin

The EventON WordPress plugin allows you to design calendar events by letting you select the address, time, and date of all your company events. You can also select the colors for your calendar so that it matches the rest of your site. EventOn is simple, easy to use and install, and an excellent option for promoting parties, functions, meetings, classes, and more.

Photos and Google Maps can be added to your events as well, so participants can see what the event will look like and where it will be located. EventON also offers different time views, so you can promote events on a day-to-day basis or by each month if you would like.

The whole calendar is searchable, so finding the event in question shouldn't be difficult. If you want to sell tickets to your event, you can buy the WooCommerce integration for ticket sales.

Pros Cons
  • Offers a live progress bar to show when an event will be complete
  • Can be integrated with Zoom and Jitsi
  • Have control over when you want attendants to see event information
  • Provides a handy shortcode generator
  • Uses pluggable filters, so developers can easily create or alter features
  • Most of the add-ons are expensive but needed for their functionality
  • Not compatible with Elementor
  • Several reported issues with customer support
  • Some reported issues with updates and new features

Active Installations: 55,000+

Price: $25

5. My Calendar

my calendar plugin

This calendar plugin has some truly unique features. For instance, My Calendar is a developer's dream when it comes to creating custom calendars and templates. There's plenty of design options, and you can customize CSS styles and javascript behaviors. 

Creating an event triggers an email notification that's sent to the participating parties, and the settings can be set to post your new event directly to Twitter as needed. That way, you can get the word out for your event as soon as you post it to your website.

This is a good option for users who need to manage multiple sites and calendars. The main appeal is that the plugin enables many sites to host the same calendar, or one site to host many calendars, all through the same WordPress page. You can also display your calendars in a miniaturized version on your website, so visitors can see upcoming events hosted by your company.

PROS CONS
  • User-friendly and reliable plugin
  • Customizable CSS styles and Javascript behaviors
  • Can be used with multiple websites
  • When scheduling recurring events, you can edit individual occurrences of that event
  • Can be integrated with Twitter
  • Need to pay for support documentation
  • Requires a premium version to make the plugin responsive
  • Limited default styling options
  • While basic features appear easy-to-use, more advanced features require an in-depth understanding of this plugin

Active Installations: 30,000+ 

Price: Free, with paid plans available

6. WordPress Pro Event Calendar

WordPress Pro Event Calendar PluginThis is a premium event calendar plugin with a fully responsive design, making it look great on all devices. No matter which layout you choose, it will display properly regardless of the device or browser it's being loaded on. 

The best part of this event calendar plugin is that it offers the option for users to submit their own events, which will keep your site active with new content all the time – thus working as a complete event management platform for your site.

This plugin also offers super flexible event settings, a shortcode generator, responsive design, a Google Maps integration, and more. You can also import events from Facebook, however you can only import from Facebook pages and not Facebook groups. 

Pros Cons
  • Provides responsive layouts and widget designs
  • Users can submit new events from the frontend interface
  • Can add special dates to your calendar for holidays
  • Can import events from Facebook and ICS feeds
  • Event calendar can be translated into different languages
  • The "events" landing pages are unstyled and need design
  • The standard widget design is very simple and could use more styling
  • While you can import events from Facebook pages, you can't import them from Facebook groups
  • Support takes about three days to respond

Active Installations: 6,900+

Price: $29

7. Events Schedule

events schedule calendar plugin

This mobile-friendly plugin is the perfect scheduling tool for people hosting conferences and other group gatherings. It's ideal if you need to translate for an international audience and it's optimized for SEO purposes.

You can choose from twelve different styles for your calendar and select how you want to filter the events you create — including custom colors and design capabilities. Those who want a more active role in event management can edit, add, or delete events as needed in the Visual Schedule builder.

Compatible with WooCommerce, this plugin offers plenty of integrations with outside tools. It's also compatible with most themes on ThemeForest, so you can trust the plugin will work and won't conflict with other elements on your site. After all, it can be very frustrating and scary to install a new plugin, only to find that all of your pages have suddenly turned blank. 

Pros Cons
  • Offers 12 different schedule styles, each with different designs and features
  • Uses a visual composer
  • GDPR compliant WordPress plugin
  • Compatible with almost all ThemeForest themes
  • Multiple customer support options
  • Some features rely heavily on the WooCommerce integration
  • Not as user-friendly as other options on this list
  • Some design issues have been reported with different themes
  • Limited customization options outside the default features

Active Installations: 7,000+

Price: $39

8. MotoPress Timetable and Event Schedule

motopress timetable calendar plugin

MotoPress Timetable and Event Schedule is an effective WordPress calendar plugin for spas, gyms, or other industries that rely on client bookings and mobile website traffic.

It has a color-coding system that allows you to classify and categorize event types, and shortcodes that make it easy to embed the calendar widget on your website. Calendars can be edited for size, color, time zone, label, category, and more. Additionally, language and filters can be applied to make the calendar searchable, so users can quickly find events.

Want to add multiple calendars to one page? No problem. You can easily keep track of all of the calendars on your site using the individual IDs that are assigned to each one. That way, you can maintain the same look and feel of each calendar on the frontend, while knowing exactly where they're located on the backend. 

Pros Cons
  • Offers several different column types
  • You can add event tags and categories
  • Has the ability to forward submissions to an external website
  • Compatible with Elementor, Divi, and Beaver
  • Offers filter styles like drop-down lists and tags
  • Steeper learning curve than other WordPress plugins
  • Not much support documentation, some is outdated
  • Does not permit you to create parallel sessions for your events — however, there is a workaround available for this

Active Installations: 40,000+

Price: Free

9. Simple Calendar

simple calendar - google calendar plugin

Simple Calendar is a solid choice for users who just need a basic calendar without all the special effects. It integrates smoothly with Google Calendar, and all changes in Google are synced with the calendar on your WordPress site. That way, you never have to schedule events in WordPress as you can do everything from Google.

You can also combine several calendars into one universal calendar if needed. Calendars automatically adjust to the local time zone and date of international users, so you never have to wonder if you're scheduling events are the right time. Events can be displayed in a list or calendar format, and they're easy to embed directly into your website or newsletter.

There's limited coding required with this plugin, but you can customize details like event categories, colors, and event tags. The event tags are one of the strongest features as you can personalize event content based on the tag an event is using.

Pros COns
  • Offers out-of-the-box designs to match your website's theme
  • Has fully responsive grid and list views
  • Can be translated and has features for international users
  • Ability to combine multiple calendars into one
  • Offers add-on features, but at an additional price
  • Problems have been reported with newer versions of this plugin
  • Limited support options
  • Issues have been reported with newer APIs

Active Installations: 70,000+

Price: Free

10. All-in-One Event Calendar

all-in-one event calendar by time.ly

Ideal for reaching a large audience, All-in-One Event Calendar is a good option for people wanting to sell tickets on their website. It provides multiple views of your calendar — by event, day, week, or month — all of which you can easily filter.

Once you fill out the initial form on the backend, the plugin creates an event on your calendar. Events can include dates, times, locations, tags, categories, and contact info. All of this information is gathered from the intake form that attendees fill out on the frontend of your site. You can also color-code your events so you can easily track when events are being held and what campaign they're a part of.

This plugin integrates with Outlook, iCal, and Google Calendar.  There's also a Google Maps integration that lets users see exactly where an event is being held. And, the plugin is SEO-optimized, so your webpages and events will rank higher on search engines.

Pros Cons
  • Has ability to set up recurring events
  • Offers an "upcoming events" widget
  • Has ability to important external calendars and events
  • Provides an inline calendar theme editor
  • May not work with every WordPress theme
  • Reported issues with saving event times and dates
  • In some cases, you need to turn off "secure mode" to use this plugin
  • Missing some CSS capabilities

Active Installations: 100,000+

Price: Free

11. Event Calendar WD

event calendar wd plugin

Event Calendar WD is a fantastic plugin for those who need mobile-friendly and SEO-friendly calendars capable of showing recurring, multiple-day, and single-day events. The number of events created has no cap, so create as many as you need.

There are five different themes you can choose from, and each of them can be adjusted to the user's needs. Filters and headers can also be changed. More than 14 premium add-ons make this a Swiss Army knife of plugins, with various functionalities designed to tailor your website to your business.

Events Calendar WD integrates with Google Maps and lets you add categories, locations, tags, and videos to your event directly from your website. Events are easy to create and even easier to share.

Pros Cons
  • Can add unlimited events to your calendar
  • Can add social sharing buttons to events
  • Offers multiple event display views
  • Customizable themes available with the premium version
  • Events ticket add-on available with the premium version
  • Can only list events on the hour (you can't offer an event at 11:30)
  • While there are multiple add-ons and support options, each one comes with a separate fee
  • Some updates come with an additional fee
  • Users have reported issues with navigating event pages
  • Limited compatibility with payment software

Active Installations: 20,000+

Price: Free, with paid plans available

12. Event Organizer

event organizer plugin

Event Organizer is a strong option for WordPress users — particularly, developers — who need to create recurring and multi-day events using their calendar plugins. Paid add-ons are also available as needed for extra functionality.

With this plugin, users can add, edit, or delete events from the backend administrative interface. The software defaults to deleting past events, so you'll never have old events mixing with your new ones — potentially causing confusion. Users can also translate calendars as needed making it easier to collaborate with international teams.

Event Organizer offers customizable, ticket-booking templates and the plugin includes three individual widgets as well. You can also integrate payment software like PayPal, Stripe, iDeal, and Pro-Offline.

Finally, it's important to note — when searching for this plugin, spell "Organizer" like "Organiser", as its creators used the British English spelling.

PROS CONS
  • Can add multi-day events
  • Offers complex recurring event schedules
  • Compatible with payment software like Stripe, PayPal, iDeal and more
  • Offers customizable booking forms
  • The codebase is documented with a function reference, hook reference, and user documentation
  • Some reported issues with theme compatibility
  • Must pay an additional price for iCal sync plugin
  • Limited design options with the calendar interface
  • Limited support options for free users

Active Installations: 30,000+

Price: Free, with paid plans available 

13. Modern Events Calendar

modern events calendar plugin

The primary appeal of the Modern Events Calendar plugin is that it doesn't require a ton of customization for it to function well and look good. However, if you need an advanced ticketing support system, this may not be the best solution for you.

The plugin provides list and calendar views as well as a countdown feature. The free version lets customers book directly in your calendar for single and recurring events. And, there's no cap on when events have to end. You can keep the party going all night if you want to. 

If you want to get fancy with your functionalities, invest in the Pro version to get weather updates, embedded maps, and localized time zones. This plugin also works with Stripe and PayPal, in case you need to accept payment from your customers before an event.

Pros Cons
  • Has ability to create single and recurring events
  • Provides feature that explains why an event was canceled
  • Responsive and mobile-friendly design
  • Compatible with Elementor and WooCommerce
  • Active and quick-to-respond customer support
  • Issues reported with the load time
  • Limited options for modifying event pages
  • No control option for scaling the overview map
  • Limited color styling options

Active Installations: 80,000+ 

Price: Free, with paid plans available

14. WP Simple Booking Calendar

WP-Simple-Booking-Calendar-Wordpress-plugin

The WP Simple Booking Calendar is exactly what it sounds like: simple and easy to use. It lets you display your availability for bookings, which is ideal for real estate rentals and other similar ventures. You can embed the calendar in any WordPress page or post, and you can also show it in the widget area, if desired. 

The premium version allows you to make an unlimited number of calendars, and you can sync with Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway, and other listing sites compatible with this plugin. That way, you can manage all of your listings from one place rather than having to jump between interfaces to see when an appointment is booked. 

Other features include language translations, automatic backups, and a responsive layout so your calendar will display the same on mobile devices as it does on desktop.

Pros Cons
  • Simple and user-friendly interface
  • Automatically backs up and restore calendar data
  • Offers custom legend items with premium version
  • Can be translated into 30 different languages
  • Can sync with popular listing sites like Airbnb and Booking.com
  • Only one calendar offered with free version
  • Can't sync external calendars with free version
  • No legend offered with free version
  • Limited installation documentation

Active Installations: 10,000+

Price: Free, with paid plans available

15. Events Manager

Events-Manager-Wordpress-calendar-pluginThis event management plugin comes with an integrated event calendar. With it, you'll be able to handle registration, allow guest event submissions, and integrate with Zoom for webinars and online events.

Events Manager comes with all of the features required in a quality event plugin: you can manage locations, event timing, booking systems, and more. There's even a Google Map integration to make it easier for users to find the event location.

You can also sync this plugin with your iCal and RSS feeds. And, it's compatible with a variety of SEO plugins, so your attendees will have an easier time finding them when looking on search engines. 

Pros Cons
  • Compatible with WooCommerce
  • Guests can submit their own events
  • Offers advanced user permissions
  •  Can create custom event attributes (like a dress code)
  • Supports multiple location types (physical, online, Zoom)
  • Advanced features are only available in the Pro version
  • Limited customer support options
  • Not user-friendly for novice WordPress users
  • Must add/move CSS selectors in PHP files to style forms and pages

Active Installations: 100,000+

Price: Free, with paid plans available

Ultimately, any one of the WordPress calendar plugins above would be a solid choice for your WordPress site although some are better than others depending on your context and specific needs.

Whichever you choose, just make sure it works best with your project management workflow. The best tools will help you accomplish all your goals in a scalable way so that you can continue to grow your business.

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Editor's note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

Originally published Apr 23, 2021 7:00:00 AM, updated April 23 2021

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