Your calendar is full of events that matter to you. Birthdays, soccer games, office parties — they all have a place on your favorite calendar app. But how do you keep track of events where you aren’t personally involved, like concerts around town, or a cool meteor shower sighting this evening?
Sit back, relax, and let the Internet help you out. A few event-tracking calendars will keep you updated about what’s happening across various topics. For example, knowing when the next episode is out can help you avoid Game of Thrones spoilers.
Forekast (Web | Free): Crowd-Sourced Calendar of the Internet
Forekast has been getting a lot of attention recently, and with good reason. It claims to be a crowd-sourced information hub, which means anyone can submit an event regarded to anything they think is worth mentioning. If you subscribe, you can add reminders for items and even get a weekly newsletter of the biggest upcoming events.
Forekast’s main page only showcases things the community at large is interested in, like fascinating Reddit AMAs or major celestial events. You can browse individual categories like sports, movies, TV, technology, holidays, and more for specific interests. And if there’s any event you like, you can automatically add it to Google Calendar or iCal in one click.
Oh yeah, and make sure you set your country as well. While Forekast is largely US-related events, there are some from UK and other nations across the world too.
Skimm Ahead (iOS | $2.99/month): Curated Events Synced to Your iPhone
Don’t trust the Internet’s hive mind and want some professionals to curate events for you? We don’t blame you. What you need is Skimm Ahead, an events-focused app by the folks behind Skimm, a weekday newsletter to get a snapshot of daily news. Skimm Ahead is iPhone-only, and syncs with your Calendar app.
Skimm Ahead tracks major events about politics, trendy TV shows, releases of major books and movies, and entertainment events. For example, you’ll get a quick alert when the tickets to the new Adele concert go on sale. Plus, it has smaller, cooler additions that you don’t get otherwise, like an update of when it’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s!
The only downside is that it’s a paid app, and pretty steep at that. It seems a bit high to pay $2.99 every month just to get some Calendar updates, but hey, it’s free for the first month, so try it out before you buy!
Download: Skimm Ahead for iOS (Free One-Month Trial | $2.99/month after that)
Trakt.TV (Web | Free): Personalized TV Show and Movie Tracking
It’s been around for a long time now, but Trak.TV’s new calendar is the absolute best way to know the release or air dates of movies and TV shows you’re interested in. The catalogue is filled with almost anything you can think of, across various countries, so you’ll probably find a way to track any show you want.
Log in, add the shows and movies you are interested in, and Trakt.TV’s calendar will let you know when it is going to be available. You can even comment, find people with similar interests, and maintain a personalized library of what you’ve seen and what you haven’t.
While Trakt.TV doesn’t have official mobile apps, it has a database of several apps to track your shows. So having that Trakt.TV account will help keep your interests synced across platforms. Here’s the full list of apps Trakt.TV supports.
Evnnt (Web | Free): Find Events Anywhere in The World!
You’d think it’s too ambitious for one website to track events in cities across the world. But Evnnt isn’t admitting defeat and you have to give it points for trying. Yes, you might not see every single happening around each town on the planet, but at least you’ll get the highlights!
Head to the site and use its Google Maps plugin to point to the location you’re in. In seconds, the site will show you all the events within a certain distance. You can choose that distance through a handy bar going from 5 to 1,000 kilometers or miles. Events are also categories, so you can click a tag to find all events in that category. You’ll also get the venue, the distance to it, and when it starts.
We’ve seen some Google Maps mashups tracking events in the past, but Evnnt is by far the most comprehensive global attempt.
UpTo (Chrome, Android, iOS | Free): Import Event-Specific Calendars Made by Others
UpTo imports data from your Google Calendar, Outlook, and iCal, as well as events from your Facebook. A few taps and you’re done. This is your “main calendar”. But UpTo also has a “second layer calendar”, which is all about your interests. Now, say you love watching tennis and want to know when there’s a major match. Go to UpTo’s Shared Calendars, search for tennis, and you’ll probably find someone who is tracking the sport’s big events. Just “follow” that calendar and it will be added to yours.
The best part is that UpTo knows these second layer events aren’t top priorities for you. So by default, it will show you only your regular calendar view, integrating events from all your calendars. But tap the layer icon and it will expand to show events from all your second-layer interests. It works smoothly and efficiently.
There is no web version of the app, but if you love to schedule on Google Calendar, there’s a handy UpTo Chrome plug-in to show upcoming events.
Of all these apps, Forekast and UpTo are my favorites. UpTo, in fact, surprised me by the sheer number of events it offered, and could be a decent alternative to the soon-shutting Sunrise, a fantastic cross-platform Calendar app.
But that’s not to say there aren’t other event-tracking apps and services. Most of these focus on the US, so we’d be interested in knowing what’s the best way to find events in your country or city. Here in India, BookMyShow is arguably the best.
What about where you live? How do you keep track of all your calendar events?
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