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How to Create Events on Facebook

Nancy Messieh 29-01-2018

Whether you’re hosting a small get-together or a big public event for your business, Facebook makes it easier than ever to send out one big blast to let people know they’re invited.


How to Create Events on Facebook

  1. Click on Events under the Explore section of the left hand sidebar.
  2. Click the blue Create Event button.
  3. A dropdown menu will appear allowing you to create a private or public event. Make your selection. The following steps will be almost identical regardless of your selection, but you can’t change privacy settings after creating an event.
  4. Fill in the form with the details of your event: Upload a photo or video to your event, the recommended photo dimensions are 1920×1080 pixels. Fill in the event name, date, location, and a description. You can also select whether guests can invite other guests and whether or not the guest list will be visible to others.
  5. Click Create.

Once the event is created, you can invite guests, share posts to the event page, and edit your event details after the fact — except of course the privacy settings.

Public vs. Private Events on Facebook

There are three main differences between public and private events:

  1. Public events can be hosted by a Facebook page you manage, whereas you will have to use your personal profile to host private events.
  2. You can select posting privileges to the page with public events but not with private events.
  3. In addition to adding a photo or video, private event hosts can also choose one of Facebook’s pre-made themes available for all sorts of different events: birthdays, parties, travel, holidays, and more.

Profile vs. Page Hosting on Facebook

For public events, there are a few differences between events hosted using your personal profile and those using a Facebook page you manage.

Events that are hosted by a Facebook page can add multiple dates to their events.  (You can also make it a recurring event on a daily, weekly, or custom frequency.

You can add a category, keywords, designate it as kid friendly, add a link for tickets, and add cohosts. Cohosts will have to approve your request to be added to the event, and can be other Facebook pages or users. Categories and keywords are important for public events so that your event can be found by Facebook users who have expressed interest in these things in the past.


Do you have any tips and tricks for creating Facebook events? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Stephanie (@Vaycarious)
    December 16, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    This was very helpful! I love the idea of creating an event for a podcast. It's much more engaging than just a Facebook page.