You’ve booked your speakers. You’ve locked down a venue. The schedule is planned out to a T. You’ve assembled a guest list, and you're ready to send your invites. Now, you just need to get the word out about your latest event, and what better way to do that than with a unique website?
The WordPress CMS makes it possible for anyone to assemble a slick website without knowledge of coding, and this is thanks in big part to WordPress themes. Your theme largely determines how your site looks, so it’s key to find one that matches your precise needs.
If you’re planning an event, there are dozens of WordPress themes made specifically for event sites, as well as multipurpose themes with event templates. These themes bring functionality you’ll need, including layouts for speaker profiles, schedules, and pricing tables, plus integration with ticketing platforms and ecommerce plugins to sell passes and merchandise.
Sound like the right choice? You’re invited to our list of the 34 best WordPress events themes below, all guaranteed to drive signups and generate buzz for the big day.
Best WordPress Event Themes
- WordPress for Conferences
- Event Management WordPress Theme
- Buzz Club
- Grand Conference
- Multiple Event and Conference
- Native Church
- The Keynote
The Avada WordPress theme is the top-selling theme on the ThemeForest marketplace — it packs a page builder, virtually endless design customization options, and a multitude of pre-built websites so you don’t need to start from scratch.
Among its library of importable websites are its nine events website templates for weddings, festivals, and even yoga studios — see the festival demo pictured below. Avada is also integrated with the Events Calendar plugin, a scalable and feature-rich calendar, and an events management suite.
With Avada, you can design and build any form of niche website to meet your branding and event requirements. With Avada's massive range of design elements and layout options, you can build anything from a church event website, to an upcoming conference, to a ticket sales ecommerce-driven website.
Astra is currently one of the most popular themes in the WordPress repository. It’s a multipurpose theme that can be used to build websites for any type of event, whether that be a concert, a meetup, a party, or a conference.
With Astra’s advanced options like multiple header designs, custom layouts, and flexible footer layouts, you get everything you need to design a website from scratch. Or, opt for a pre-build website — Astra offers dozens, including multiple for events.
Astra’s ease of use, compatibility with all major page builders, and integrations with different event plugins give you the freedom to customize. You no longer need to stick with specific page builders and plugins. Simply pick the ones that suit you best, then pair them with Astra.
Divi is a huge player in the WordPress space, serving as both a multipurpose theme and a fully featured website builder. Together, Divi re-does your WordPress builder into an intuitive, user-friendly interface with a ton of options.
While meant for use on any type of website, Divi has its own category of pre-built websites for events. There are 12 event layout packs encompassing everything from art galleries to weddings to conferences — install one and tweak it to make it your own.
WordPress for Conferences is a powerful theme dedicated to modern conference event websites. Rather than starting from scratch, this theme encourages admins to pick from one of eight starter designs, pre-built websites for different niches. Take Conference Pro for example — this starter design leverages the themes flexible back-end to power a conference website, complete with pages for events, news, a schedule, and a ton more.
WordPress for Conferences is built to work with the Conference Plugin, made by the same developer. This plugin introduces many modules that you can use to build out your site. You also get a text editor, sponsors, speakers, map, content, and social media options to put on your event page. The drag-and-drop interface simplifies the process immensely.
You’ve probably heard this said about dozens of themes, but I’ll say it again here because this theme deserves it — Bridge looks fantastic. With this popular theme, you can serve up a sleek, minimalist event website with minimal effort thanks to its integrations with the drag-and-drop page builders Elementor and WPBakery.
Aimed at creatives, Bridge is flexible enough for any event site that conveys class — among its 500+ demos, there are several for events, like the Festival demo pictured below.
Despite the minimalist look of its demos, Bridge packs hundreds of shortcodes and options in the theme options panel, an icon and font library, and even animations to capture and hold visitors’ attention.
The flagship product from developer ThemeIsle, Neve is a mobile-first theme with a focus on speed. Neve is constructed based on accelerated mobile page principles but remains easy to build with and customize thanks to its compatibility with page builders. Plus, Neve is responsive without any extra effort on your part.
Included with Neve Pro is the Events starter site, allowing you to add event details like location, timing, and a form for sign-ups via social. Not doing it for you? — Neve has dozens of other starter themes to adapt for your event website.
Multipurpose WordPress themes are adaptable, but they might not be exactly what you’re looking for. If you want a dedicated events theme for WordPress, we’ll feature plenty on this list, starting with the Event Management WordPress Theme.
This theme lets you build a simple website for organizing different events, and comes with two different homepage versions and a boxed or full layout depending on your needs.
The crisp color and beautiful typography make all the sections of the site look great, and you can showcase your events in a grid or a list view. Because the theme is fully responsive, all sections of the theme will look great across mobile devices.
The multipurpose Kallyas theme has made a name for itself in the marketplace as an advanced, user-friendly, demo-rich option for creatives, agencies, and businesses. It features its own integrated page builder, the Zion Builder, acclaimed as a powerful drag-and-drop no-code tool. There are over 100 builder elements to go with it, plus the ability to add parallax scrolling, contact forms, mega menus, and most other things you could dream up.
Among its demos, Kallyas offers several for events. These include a wedding demo, a concert/club demo, a conference demo, and a demo for travel websites. These demos will drastically cut down on your site building time to get more signups faster than ever.
Themify claims Ultra to be the best theme in its library, and for good reason: With 32 importable starter websites and over 60 page layouts, users will have plenty of options to kick off their event website. Additionally, Ultra includes 12 builder add-ons for creating specialized elements — relevant here are its countdown, timeline, pricing table, and map builders.
Ultra also offers a unique smart layout feature, which lets you set a site-wide page design or vary your designs page-by-page. This system applies to headers and footers, post layouts, backgrounds, colors, and typography. Backed by the Themify Builder, you can be sure your site will be high-performing and simple to construct.
Also from Themify is the Event theme, tailor-made for event websites. It offers a specialized event post type intended for concerts, festivals, conferences, and parties — advertise your future events or showcase your past ones. Inside this post type, you can incorporate an image slider or gallery, a date and time picker, a map, and a ticket link.
Want to show off videos of your event? Event also comes with the video post type to easily embed videos from third parties. The post automatically converts a frame of the video to the post thumbnail — there’s no need for an additional plugin.
Backed by the WPBakery page builder, Ekko is easy to use from the beginning. In addition to building an ecommerce site, portfolio, business site, or blog, Ekko offers several options for event-oriented sites.
Ekko was made to save you time in the build process — there are over 250 template blocks that you can place with shortcodes or drag into the builder area, and over 50 complete websites (including Ekko Event, ideal for conferences and festivals). Complete with Google Maps integration and parallax scrolling, Ekko brings what you need for a captivating events site.
Those in search of a theme for speaker events might very well be impressed by what Evently offers. While it doesn't have as many layouts or demo sites as the multipurpose theme options on this list, it brings more event-focused features that any event manager will appreciate.
To start, there are nine homepage layouts to pick from. Then, build out your guest showcase pages with a featured image and session information. Finally, add your scheduling table, testimonial section, and image gallery to cap things off.
The7 is a hugely popular multipurpose theme with remarkable customization. Take your pick of page builder — WPBakery or Elementor — then explore the 750+ customization options to craft any design you can think of. You can also dive right in with the theme’s Design Wizard: Choose a layout, add your colors, and a site is created for you.
Ventcamp is a flexible WordPress theme with all the features and options you need to make your event site. The theme is equipped with a drag-and-drop builder, an advanced customizer, ecommerce features, and WooCommerce compatibility
With Ventcamp’s built-in tools, you can sell tickets for your events right on your site, and with the extended schedule shortcode you’ll be able to manage the details of your event easily. It also offers you speakers shortcode as well as a well-integrated Google Maps option.
The Ventcamp theme comes with three different homepage layout options to choose from, over 100 design elements, hundreds of icons, and one-on-one dedicated support if you’re in a rut.
15. Buzz Club
Nightclub promoters and DJs should consider Buzz Club, a premium events theme aimed at nightlife enthusiasts. It comes with a comprehensive event calendar plugin as well as the ability to customize all of your design elements. The super flexible portfolio design will help you to showcase the events on your site to attract more visitors.
To cover your socials, you can place your Instagram widget on your homepage, and you’ll be able to explore premium plugins such as Layer Slider and Revolution Slider (both of which come free with the theme). You'll also enjoy an optimized HTML5 and CSS3 design, a custom admin panel, and over 90 shortcode options to bring the nightlife.
(Heads up: This theme’s demo contains intensely flashing colors.)
Switching gears a bit, the Church theme is suitable for users new to programming as well as advanced developers. The theme is built for religious organizations, but it also works for any other conference, charity, or business website
The drag and drop page builder makes it easy and fun to customize the site, and the included features will make it accessible for users as well. Its importable demos are all mobile-friendly, customizable, and SEO-friendly.
TheGem is one more big seller on the ThemeForest marketplace, amassing over 50,000 sales to date. It’s made for creatives, be it freelancers, bloggers, artists, or agencies, to show off their best work backed by stunning designs and intuitive layouts.
There are so many pre-built sites available, you’re bound to find one that matches your vision. Also notable is TheGem’s blocks plugin included with the theme, which provides section templates that help you build your pages fast. This approach is especially useful if you find yourself recreating different complex layouts across multiple pages on your site.
When it comes to themes for conferences, conventions, and meetups, Xpo steals the show. With purchase, you’re provided nine different homepage designs, speaker popups, and scheduling templates. Best of all, you can import the design of your choice right away and get started.
Xpo offers a single-page design and three different layout options to showcase the schedule of your event. It also comes with modern infographic elements so that you can create dazzling visuals to engage your audience. Beautiful conference pages, easy data management options, and WooCommerce compatibility also make this theme stand out.
If you're in the market for a one-page WordPress theme, give Eventr a try — this one-pager is designed for conferences, events, workshops, and summits. Its page layouts support full-width sliding images (thanks to the included Slider Revolution plugin), and you can add speaker profiles, schedules, CTAs, event stats, accommodation listings, and more.
Events is best for simpler event sites. If you don’t need multiple pages with an elaborate structure, this theme includes all you need for informative event pages, and all users have to do is scroll.
Brando is a one-page multipurpose theme that comes with several event management options. The design starts with a parallax section for registration, followed by other relevant sections such as the details of the event, the speakers, a countdown timer, a complete schedule, and a photo gallery.
Brando also includes a “coming soon” design that you can use to showcase your event site before it’s ready, and a portfolio or blog option to document the high points of your event. All of this is bundled together with the included and integrated WPBakery page builder plugin.
The Eventica theme is a dedicated events theme with ecommerce capabilities, allowing you to sync your events site and your shop. This theme is event-calendar-ready and compatible with the WooCommerce plugin to help you sell tickets for your event or merchandise.
Plus, the built-in event slider will help grab and hold users' attention, and there are additional templates for your homepage, event list, daily schedules, and a contact page.
22. Grand Conference
Grand Conference is a fully featured event and conference theme for those who want their site to make an impact. It provides enough functionality and flexibility for nearly any type of conference, allowing for built-in maps and directions, schedules, payment gateway integration, CTAs, pricing tiers, and even hotel listings.
As the admin, you have hundreds of options to customize the design of your site and manage your visual content. Plus, with its live content builder, you can design the layout and place your content while seeing your changes in real-time.
Another strong conference-centric option, this event theme comes with great-looking and ready-to-use demos that you can install with a click. Along with the homepage demo designs, you have multiple layout options for single pages. Demos are also available for art, games, education, sport, tech, and fashion niches. Whichever you pick, you’ll have venues and speakers options, as well as the options to create unlimited events, sell tickets on your site, and a lot more.
With purchase, you get the premium WPBakery plugin in the theme bundle, so you can easily create an amazing custom layout for your site without writing any code. In addition, the powerful theme options panel will make sure that everything is at your fingertips.
Eventerra is a capable, flexible theme design with options to customize to your needs. You can build out a captivating homepage from scratch or with a demo, then create great landing pages for your events, schedule, speaker, location, or any other info you want to promote. Finally, you can integrate the Tickera Event Ticketing System plugin into your website and sell tickets for your event, or use WooCommerce thanks to its integration.
Alongside the included WPBakery page builder plugin, you also get two free premium slider plugins: Revolution Slider and Layer Slider. You also have a mega menu option, six color schemes, unlimited sidebars, and a live customizer.
For speaker-centric events and conferences, you may want to consider the Meetup theme — this option includes a lightbox for speaker profiles, so you can list out your guests’ credentials and information in full detail. You can also take advantage of the included WPBakery, WooCommerce, Slider Revolution, Contact Form 7, and Tickera plugins to bring your site to its full potential.
Meetup also offers you demo content and a one-click demo import option so that you can get started quickly. The theme includes some beautiful homepage designs to choose from, and the Bootstrap 3 grid system makes the theme modern and SEO-friendly so that your content gets better search engine rankings.
Putting together a music event? Pump up the crowd before they arrive with the Electron WordPress event theme. This theme is built specifically for concerts, festivals, raves, or any other event involving music or dance.
Electron comes with features similar to what we’ve seen in this list — page builder integration, a capable theme options panel, integration with ticketing systems, pages for gathering event info and scheduling, and a variety of color palettes to match your event’s branding. However, this theme’s demos are made specifically for music lovers, a unique touch that’s hard to find elsewhere.
Though DirectoryEngine is not specifically an event theme, it does allow you to showcase your events. DirectoryEngine is one of the best location-based directory themes — if you want to connect visitors with events or businesses in their area, give this one a try.
DirectoryEngine implements a fully responsive WordPress design that will make your site fit on any size screen. It’s also highly customizable via drag-and-drop, and you also can list businesses and events from the frontend of the site to make things easier.
The Meeton events theme is a responsive, retina-ready choice for conventions and speaker events. It offers you five different speaker layouts, four different gallery layouts, and five homepage layouts, so you have plenty of choices regarding look and feel.
The theme also comes with the premium WPBakery plugin and the premium Revolution Slider plugin for free as a part of the theme bundle. The one-click demo installation feature will get you started almost instantly, and the powerful theme options panel will help you customize your site in no time.
29. Native Church
NativeChurch is another WordPress theme specifically designed for church, charity, non-profit, and religious websites, although this theme will work on other types of sites as well. It is based on Twitter Bootstrap 3.0 framework, and you will find it to be fully responsive and retina-ready.
This theme is unique for its sermons manager, which lets you upload audio, video, and PDFs of your sermons, and its causes and donations functionality, which allows you to accept donations through PayPal, plus support for the Seamless Donations plugin.
Gameplan is a fun WordPress theme for events, fitness, gym, and sports clubs. The theme comes with WPBakery built-in so users can create their layout with the simple drag and drop feature. There are a variety of homepage, blog, and event page templates to pick from.
Gameplan can also be integrated with WooCommerce if you would like to create a shop. Lastly, this theme is also fully responsive and retina-ready, and it comes with a light and a dark version for quick color customization.
31. The Keynote
Yet another solid option for speaker events is The Keynote. This fully responsive theme lets webmasters list their speakers, accommodations, integrate with PayPal for ticket purchases, add social links and a countdown timer, and even add parallax scrolling to any page.
The conference and meetup theme imEvent is fully WooCommerce and Eventbrite compatible, and also accepts payments through multiple gateways including PayPal. The theme is backed by WPBakery, and there’s even a donation option if you’re running a fundraiser or nonprofit event.
Beyond payments, imEvent includes the expected event theme features like a countdown timer, Google Maps integration, and fully responsive pages across your site.
Exhibz, a modern WordPress event theme, comes with 16 smart demos, letting you quickly launch a generic event site, a food festival site, an education conference site, or a one-page WordPress site. All its importable demos are colorful, user-friendly, and engaging to create and experience.
If you like Elementor, you may also be drawn to this theme, since it’s compatible with the page builder. Plus, you get multiple styles for your headers and footers, and compatibility with the popular WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, and MailChimp plugins.
To close out our list, the EventMe theme offers unlimited color options, powerful theme options, and event-specific features. The theme also includes the premium WPBakery plugin to help users create a unique layout complete with speaker profiles, a countdown timer, pricing tables, and a blog.
WordPress Themes for Any Event
Whether you’re running a convention, conference, meetup, concert, or TED Talk, WordPress event themes can handle the heavy visual lifting for you. Simply purchase and install your theme of choice, tweak your layouts, add in your content, and watch the guest list grow.
Editor's note: This post was originally published in January 2020 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.
Originally published Jun 18, 2021 7:00:00 AM, updated June 18 2021