You probably know that Google Calendar has tons of great features that help you manage your wild schedule. But did you know that it also offers sharable calendars? These let you import all sorts of events onto your calendar without doing any of the work of setting them up.
Let’s take a look at some of the most useful public (or at least, free) calendars you can add to your Google Calendar. With them, you can keep track of nearly anything.
Google Calendar has built-in support for all sorts of holidays. To access them, click the Gear icon above your calendar and choose Settings. On the left side, expand the Add calendar section and choose Browse calendars of interest.
Here you’ll see holidays broken down by religion, such as Christian Holidays and Muslim Holidays. You can also expand Regional holidays to add calendars for public holidays in a huge list of countries.
Simply check the box for any holiday calendar you’d like to add, and you’ll see it appear in your list of Other calendars. If you’d like to get an idea of what holidays a calendar contains, click the Preview icon (which looks like an eye) to check it out first.
2. Sports Schedules
The next integrated option Google Calendar offers lets you keep track of your favorite sports teams. On the same Browse calendars of interest page as described above, you can browse by sport such as Baseball, Football, and Hockey.
From there, select a league and you can check the boxes for your team. Now you’ll always know when to cheer them on to victory.
3. Phases of the Moon
Our last stop on Google’s calendars of interest is the lunar cycle. If you’re interested in astronomy, or just want a bit more content to flesh out your lonely calendar, adding this will let you know when the moon changes phases.
Like all calendars, you’ll find it at the bottom-right corner of your Google Calendar page. You can click the three-dot Menu button to change the calendar color, hide it from the list, or change other settings.
4. Esports Schedules
Let’s break away from options built into Google Calendar and check out some public calendars from around the web next.
Maybe you’re not interested in sports, but enjoy esports (video game competitions). In that case, you’ll be happy to know you can add esports schedules into Google Calendar too.
You’ll need to find a link for your league of choice. Two popular games to get you started are Rocket League Esports calendar and Overwatch League calendar. Both of these let you add them to your Google Calendar in one click.
Note that these aren’t official, so they may not receive updates for future seasons.
Google Calendar used to offer weather integration by default, but this is no longer the case. But don’t despair; you can still add the weather to your calendar pretty easily.
On your Google Calendar, click the Plus button next to Other calendars and choose From URL. On the resulting page, paste the following Weather Underground URL:
Replace the “12345” with your five-digit ZIP code, then click the Add calendar button. After a moment, you’ll see a new event at the top of every day with the conditions, plus the high and low temperature.
6. TV Shows
If you like to watch new episodes of your favorite shows as soon as they air, it can be tough keeping track of when they all come on. Thankfully, you can use some handy websites to add them all to your calendar.
Head to pogdesign.co.uk/cat/ and you’ll see a calendar with the entire month’s schedule for shows. You’ll need to create an account in order to save your favorites.
Once you’ve made an account, you’ll also want to tweak the Settings to your liking. Make sure you’ve selected the correct time zone; you can adjust preferences like whether to show the episode name as well.
From there, you can browse the schedule or search for your favorite shows using the bar at the top-right. When you find a show you want to track, click the Add to Favorites button on its profile page.
Importing to Google Calendar
Repeat this for all shows you want to track, then hover over the Account button and click the .iCal entry.
This will download a file that provides a “limited 2 week overview” of your chosen shows. Thus it’s not a long-term solution but can help in the season when lots of new shows are starting.
You can add this file to your Google Calendar by clicking the Plus next to Other Calendars and choosing Import. Browse to the file on your computer and select it to import. Instead of adding a new calendar, this will simply add the events to the calendar you select. Thus, you may want to create a dedicated calendar for TV shows if you don’t want to clutter your main one.
To keep track of everything you’ve watched so far, we recommend taking a look at Trakt.
7. Movie Releases
It’s easy to lose track of what’s in theaters at the moment. FirstShowing.net has you covered with a schedule of every movie planned for release this year.
Click the 20XX Schedule tab at the top and you can browse the list of movies for that year. At the top of the current year, you’ll see a Google Calendar button. Clicking this provides a preview of the calendar; hit the Plus button at the bottom-right to add it to your own calendar. Find the 2019 movie calendar here.
You’ll need to repeat the process for next year’s calendar when it becomes available. While the website’s list includes limited-release movies as well as wide-release films, the Google Calendar only shows those showing nationwide.
One of the most popular subreddits on Reddit is /r/AMA, which stands for Ask Me Anything. These are essentially open question-and-answer sessions held with notable figures.
If you’re a huge AMA fan and want an easy way to keep track of what’s coming up, this calendar is for you. Even if you’re not big into them, you might enjoy looking through the calendar to see if anyone you’re interested in is doing an AMA.
No idea how Reddit works? Check out our introduction to Reddit for a primer.
Nothing is worse than realizing one of your favorite bands played a concert in your city… last week. JamBase helps you avoid this plight by helping you track your favorite bands and those who are coming to your area.
Once you’ve signed up for an account, check out shows in your area or look for your favorite bands. After adding upcoming shows to your JamBase calendar, click the My JamBase button in the top-right and choose Calendar.
Here you can click Add to Google Calendar. Now all your planned concerts are easy to track, and you won’t miss the show of a lifetime ever again.
So you have Father’s Day and Christmas on your calendar, but what about Gondorian New Year from Lord of the Rings? Can you recall when Harry Potter’s birthday is? Are you ready for this year’s Festivus celebration?
If you aren’t up on these holidays, this calendar from Atlas Obscura can help. It details over 75 fictional holidays, mostly from movies and TV shows, that you can celebrate alongside real ones.
More Useful Calendars to Choose From
If there’s a calendar you were hoping to find but didn’t see here, there’s a lot more where these came from. Check out the site iCalShare, which is chock-full of public calendars you can add to yours.
There’s a fair amount of garbage on the site, but if you look past that, you’ll find some neat calendars. The Best of iCalShare section includes calendars for Lesser Known Holidays and the NASA Launch Schedule, among others.
Dress Up Your Google Calendar
We’ve looked at some great options to flesh out your Google Calendar a bit. Not everyone will appreciate every option, but there are definitely some useful choices here.
Having all your scheduled events in one place reduces the likelihood of double-scheduling, which is never fun. For even more efficiency, check out some Google Calendar tips for better time management.