Changing the 'Free' event price to '0' (zero)


When you enter a price or a price range for an event and it is or starts with zero (0), then on the front-end it will show up as 'Free'

If you would rather like to see the number zero instead of 'Free', there are two easy ways to do that.

Option 1 - with a snippet

Copy the below code into your (child) theme's functions.php file (or wherever you usually put custom code).

function tribe_tec_change_free_to_zero ( $translation, $text, $domain ) {

	$custom_text = array(
		'Free' => '0',
	// If this text domain starts with "tribe-", "the-events-", or "event-" and we have replacement text
	if( strpos($domain, 'the-events-calendar') === 0 && array_key_exists( $translation, $custom_text ) ) {
		$translation = $custom_text[$translation];
	return $translation;
add_filter( 'gettext', 'tribe_tec_change_free_to_zero', 20, 3 );


Option 2 - with the 'Say what?' Plugin

The Say what? plugin actually does what the above snippet, but it gives you a nice user interface.

After installing and activating the plugin go to Tools > Text Changes and add a new entry like in this screenshot:

Click on save and you're set.


  • The Events Calendar


  • Originally written in May 2019
  • Tested with The Events Calendar 4.9.2
  • Author: AndrĂ¡s Guseo
  • This is for The Events Calendar plugin. If you need a solution for RSVPs / tickets with Event Tickets or Event Tickets Plus, then this article might be helpful: Removing "Free" from Event Cost Range


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