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Posted: July 26, 2012 at 7:11 am


July 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

Is there a way to have the [EVENT_LISTS] show just the next event? I’m trying to create a page or code for the sidebar to show just the next event in each of my categories.



  • Support Staff

July 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

I recommend using the upcoming events widget. In the WordPress>Appearance>Widgets menu, drag the Event Espresso upcoming events widget into the the theme’s widget area.

You can set it to display one event, and one specific category. Then use a plugin like widget logic to conditionally load the corresponding widget for each category page.


July 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

That almost works. What I’d really like is something like this in the widget/sidebar (we teach, so our events are classes)

Next Classes (just a header)
Class Category 1
next class
Class Category 2
next class


Chris Reynolds

  • Support Staff

July 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

That can be done either by modifying the code in widget.php to display multiple different categories, or by adding multiple Upcoming Events widgets for each category.


July 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm


Any tips for modifying the widget code? Not my favorite option, but may have to explore it.



  • Support Staff

July 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

If you’re going to go the modification route, copy widget.php over to /wp-content/uploads/espresso/templates so the changes do not get overwritten on updates.

I don’t think you would need to modify the widget code to get this result. Something like this should work:

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From there, you might need to style a few things if it looks broken up, and that could be handled by customizing the WordPress theme. See this guide on how to customize the upcoming events widget:

James Mojonnier

August 28, 2012 at 8:11 am

What if I want to use the Event_List function to display in one list events from two different categories? I tried:

[EVENT_LIST category_identifier=category1,category2]

But it didn’t work.

James Mojonnier

August 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

OK, I just found this thread:

The suggested solution might work, but it’s clumsy. I hope the ability to do this becomes a feature in the future.

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