Festivals, concerts, sports, and other events happen everywhere, all the time. No matter which you prefer or even if you enjoy all of them, how do you know what’s going on and when? One of the best ways to find out is with your mobile device.
Whether you’re sitting on the couch looking for something to do or are already out and deciding where to go after dinner, these are the best free mobile apps for events in your area.
Eventbrite is one of the greatest event apps for finding local happenings of all kinds. Music festivals, craft shows, and even bar crawls are right at your fingertips.
Enable your location to see nearby events, or search by city. The app then gives you dates, times, locations, maps, and similar events. You can also check ticket prices and order those that are available.
You can browse events by category or search for something specific. Plus, you can share happenings with your friends or save your favorites with a free account. Eventbrite has it all. (Even so, some people want Eventbrite alternatives. Keep reading for some great options.)
2. All Events in City
Another terrific app with all sorts of events is All Events in City. From sports and art to workshops and seminars, you can find just the right event for you.
Pop in your city to begin and then browse the events listed by category. You can tap to see all events within a category, like Entertainment or Upcoming. Then, narrow your results by subcategory such as Concerts or Comedy.
All Events in City gives you the dates, times, and locations as well as descriptions, maps, and ticket links. What’s great about this app is that you can mark if you are attending, contact the organizer, add it to your calendar, and share it with friends— all from one spot.
EventsNearMe provides you with local happenings based on your location or city of choice. You can see immediately a count of the events near you and then browse the feed.
You’ll see events like block parties, happy hours, charity events, and comedy nights. And of course, all event details are included with dates, times, locations, descriptions, and available photos.
If you would rather see events by location or by date, the app has map and calendar views as well. Mark your favorites and tap the ticket link where available. EventsNearMe is super easy to use and offers those little extras.
Download: EventsNearMe for Android | iOS (Free) [No longer available]
It may have an odd name, but this app gives you a good helping of events nearby. Gravy provides happenings based on your location or calendar date.
You’ll see holiday parties, music events, dinner dances, and more. You can then filter the results by interest, area, or quantity which offers a quick look or the most coverage. If you are looking for a particular event, you can search by keyword.
Get all event details with dates, times, descriptions, and photos. Add them to your calendar, share them, or mark them as favorites. And for more details, some events have a link directly to the coordinating website which is handy.
5. Go Do
Go Do is an event finder with an interesting concept. When you open the app, you land on a map showing you your location (once enabled). You can then tap the days of the week along the top to see what’s coming up.
On the left is a tab marked Go. Tap it, add a new location if you’re heading out of town, and the map will update with events in that spot. On the right is a tab marked Do. Tap it to narrow down the types of events that interest you like art, dance, sports, or music.
The map highlights events with colorful icons so you know what type they are immediately. Tap one for a quick look and then tap it again to head to the coordinating website for all the details. If you want something unique in an event finder, check out Go Do.
Unation lets you discover events or search for them easily. Set up a free account and then browse by location. You can narrow down your options with filters for staff picks, recently added, interests, location, date, or creator.
So if you are looking only for fashion, family, or fitness events, you can tap to find those quickly. Then, review the dates, times, locations, descriptions, and see who else is attending from the user group. You can mark if you plan to go, which makes getting together with friends who use Unation easy.
If an event requires tickets, you can check prices and proceed with ordering right from the app. Unation is a good tool for planning outings with others.
For fairs, expos, farmers’ markets, and other enjoyable events, 10Times is a solid app. It may not be as fancy as some others, but it gives you the details you need for nearby happenings.
Set up a free account, select your interests, and then see what events are taking place. The tabs let you review upcoming, nearby, or trending options. The app shows all details for dates, times, descriptions, and also the organizer’s information.
You can set up reminders, invite others, and mark if you plan to attend. 10Times offers a bit extra because you can not only find events, but businesses in your area too. This makes the app an all-purpose and helpful option.
Maybe the types of events you like are a bit bigger than local art shows or business workshops. For sporting, theater, and live music events, Ticketmaster is well-known. Find your events, purchase your tickets, and you’re on your way to a fun-filled day or evening.
You can look for events based on your location or enter a city name. Then browse by popular, nearby, this weekend, or upcoming events.
If you use Ticketmaster online, you can log in to your account in the app. Get event details with dates, times, locations, accessibility, parking, and a map. Then check out seating for the venue, ticket prices, and make a purchase if you’re ready to go.
If you like the idea of larger events and ticket purchasing all in one app, but aren’t a Ticketmaster fan, try StubHub. Explore what’s going on by location or category like sports, theater, or music.
Similar to Ticketmaster, you can see all event details, check the seating map, view ticket prices, and make a purchase. If you sign in or sign up for a free account, you can use the price alert feature.
You may not find smaller events like festivals or parades, but if you would rather go big, then take a look at StubHub.
10. Vivid Seats
One more app for finding local events with ticket purchasing is Vivid Seats. Select a city and state from the list, view suggested events nearby, and then buy tickets.
Like Ticketmaster and StubHub, the events you see in Vivid Seats are on a large scale. So for concerts, sports, and theater, it’s a nice option.
You can filter results you see by event type, category, dates, or date range. While Vivid Seats doesn’t have quite as many event details as the others, it’s still worth checking out.
A pair of features that stand out are the Scan Your Music and Connect to Spotify, which provide help in finding events. If you want to see when one of your favorite artists will be in town, this is an awesome way to find out.
Get Ready, Get Set, Go Out!
Whether for business or pleasure, large or small, these mobile apps for events can help you find the right entertainment options nearby.