Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar launches on September 1, but organizations are encouraged to submit their events now

On September 1, Berkeleyside will launch the Berkeleyside Events Calendar. The calendar will, we hope, build to become a wide-ranging, comprehensive one-stop-shop for our readers to find out what’s happening where and when in Berkeley and the surrounding area — be it concerts, theater, classes, community gatherings, or fundraisers.

If this move is overdue, it’s because we have been on the hunt for excellent calendar software — we road-tested a few while we searched for something robust, flexible and easy on the eye. We finally found it in a platform called Helios whose multi-functionality allows readers to look for events in a number of ways. One can see what’s happening around town on a particular day, or across a month; one can search by keyword or by most popular event.

The calendar is self-serve. Organizations and individuals submit their events to the calendar themselves and we routinely approve them. The process is simple, requires a quick registration, after which you can submit as many events as you like. We encourage you to begin now by visiting the Berkeleyside Calendar and clicking “submit event”.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Thank you! Fantastic idea. Berkeleyside is growing stronger and stronger – I am such a proud supporter of this local enterprise!

  2. I think this is great. My only hope is to avoid having the calendar get filled up by recurring events. Sometimes you can not find new events or events at all, because they are lost in a sea of repeating shows, exhibits, etc. It is great to see know what the exhibit is at a museum, I just don’t need to see it repeated every day for two months. 

  3. Very cool. I like the easy buttons for sharing and adding events to my own calendar. I also like that you can see other dates when the event takes place.
    I second Ira that you may want to have some guidelines for submittals. I appreciate that it’s open for the community to add stuff… but maybe we should leave garage sales and open houses out of it 🙂

  4. Great idea!

    Some quick thoughts:

    • I wanted to register but it looks like you might have to submit an event at the same time. Is there a “register only” option?

    • Didn’t notice a “FAQ” or guidelines section to indicate the kinds of events you’d like to see … and just as important, the kinds of events you feel wouldn’t be appropriate for people to post

    • I like the idea of being able to search for past events