Do I Need The Events Calendar or Events Calendar Pro?

When you’re choosing a calendar plugin for your WordPress site, it’s important to be sure you’re making the right choice. Nobody wants to set up a new plugin just to end up switching it for something different.

If you’ve been considering The Events Calendar free plugin, you may have also read about Events Calendar Pro—our premium calendar that comes with additional features and support. 

For some people, The Events Calendar does everything they need. For others, the premium features that come with Pro are a must-have.

Wondering which calendar is right for you? Here are a few pointers to help you decide.

Need a workhorse without the bells and whistles? Go with The Events Calendar.

Just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s watered down. The Events Calendar is a powerful plugin that provides everything you need to get a calendar up and running on WordPress in minutes. 

Use the CSV importer to easily import events from other calendars, control your time zone settings, and choose between flexible calendar views to display your events by day, month, or in a list. You can even set featured events.

If this sounds like everything you need, start with The Events Calendar—you can always upgrade to Events Calendar Pro if you need extra features down the line.

Need recurring events? Go Pro.

Recurring events take the busywork out of managing your calendar and creating new events. With Events Calendar Pro, you can create monthly, weekly, or custom recurring events on the cadence of your choice. If you have lots of recurring events, this saves you tons of time on manual event entry.

Looking for premium views, like week view and map view? Go Pro.

Events Calendar Pro offers additional calendar views on top of month, day, and list view. 

Premium views include map view, which is perfect for letting attendees search events on a map to find happenings nearby. Pro also comes with week view, which offers an at-a-glance look at the week ahead.

Want to embed your calendar or events anywhere on your site? Go Pro.

Sometimes, you need a calendar that you can easily integrate on any page of your site beyond the main calendar page. If that sounds like you, opt for Events Calendar Pro. The premium plugin includes shortcodes that allow you to embed a calendar or event anywhere on your site—not just on the calendar or event page.


Homeroom Fit uses an Events Calendar Pro widget on their homepage to show upcoming classes for the current week.

The Comedy Bureau added the list view shortcode to their homepage, so their audience could easily find featured events.

Pro also comes with advanced widgets for mini calendar grid view, upcoming events, featured venues, and event countdowns.

Want to customize your calendar’s look and feel? Go with The Events Calendar or Events Calendar Pro.

Even though our calendar is designed to look good right out of the box, both The Events Calendar and Events Calendar Pro are ripe for customizing. Our developer-friendly code is ready for you to add your personal touch and create a calendar that fits seamlessly with your website’s look and feel.

The Events Calendar also supports the WordPress Customizer, which is an awesome tool for modifying the appearance of your calendar even if you don’t know how to code.

Want access to premium support? Go Pro.

Your Events Calendar Pro subscription includes access to hands-on support. Our team is here to help you every step of the way and answer questions as you go, so you’ll never have to struggle alone if you get stumped.

Still not sure which plugin is right for you? Learn more about The Events Calendar and Events Calendar Pro.