Just starting out with The Events Calendar and Events Calendar Pro? These steps will help you get set up and ready to rock an awesome calendar. Follow the links for detailed tutorials.

Install the plugin

You can download The Events Calendar for free from the WordPress plugin directory. If you have purchased a license for Events Calendar Pro, you’ll find the download in your account on the Downloads & Licenses screen.

👋 Note: The Events Calendar is our cornerstone plugin, and it is required in order to run any of our premium calendar add-ons, including Events Calendar Pro.

Events Calendar Pro license
Note that your license key (blurred out above) is available on this screen.

👋 Your downloaded plugin will be packaged in .zip file. Depending on your browser settings, the file may automatically unzip for you.

Register your site

While you are on the Downloads & Licenses screen, note the “Show Sites” button. Clicking that displays the sites that are set up to use Events Calendar Pro. If you’re registering your plugin’s license key for the first time, then you won’t see any sites listed and you’ll have to register one to enable automatic updates and support features.

The Downloads & Licenses screen you are on displays your license key. Click it to automatically copy it to your computer’s clipboard, then head over to your site’s WordPress admin. You’ll want to open up the The Events Calendar settings by going to Events → Settings → Licenses and enter your copied license key in the Events Calendar Pro license key field.

Events Calendar Pro License key will be automatically applied
Events > Settings > Licenses


Configure both your WordPress settings and Events Calendar settings so that your calendar works how you’d like it.

Events Settings > General
Events > Settings

Add a link to your calendar on your website so that visitors can find it.

How to add events page to menu: go to Appearance , Events, View all, and select the Events page to add to menu
Go to Appearance > Menu to add your events page to the menu

Create your first event

You’re ready to add your first event!

Hurrah! Your calendar is now up and running! You can stop there or further tailor your calendar with the options below.