New User Primer: The Events Calendar and Events Calendar PRO

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 Events Calendar

Download and install the plugin. You can download and use our core plugin, The Events Calendar, for free.

How to install The Events Calendar plugin: Go to Plugins > Add New and browse for The Events Calendar or Upload Plugin to upload Events Calendar Pro Plugins > Add New and search for The Events Calendar to install

If you have purchased a license for Events Calendar PRO, you’ll need to install and activate both The Events Calendar and PRO plugins.

Download Events Calendar Pro by going to My Account, Downloads and selecting Download Go to My Account > Downloads to download Events Calendar Pro

🔔Note: Your downloaded plugin should be a .ZIP file.  If your browser is set to automatically unzip the file into folders, please refer to your browser settings.

License Key

If you purchased Events Calendar PRO, the license key will be automatically entered for you.

Events Calendar Pro License key will be automatically applied

Events > Settings > Licenses

Don't have a license key in your settings? Go to My Account > Licenses to copy your license and enter it into Events > Settings > Licenses.

The plugin will work without the license key, but you’ll need it for automatic updates when we release a new version. Need updates on both your dev site and your live site? We’ve got you covered.


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

Customize your event settings to get the look you want by going to 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 an 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.

If you run into trouble or need help, you can head to our troubleshooting page or post to our help desk.