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Extract event categories and description

Posted: August 8, 2018 at 11:06 am


August 8, 2018 at 11:06 am

Hi guys,

We want to customise the events page in order to show events grouped by categories in a grid layout and show the category description for each category.

I have seen that Josh shared this useful example to extract events:

I wonder if it’s possible to create a customised query to extract the categories and the use the categories retrieved from the query to get all the events by category.

Thanks so much for you support,


  • Support Staff

August 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Hi Federico,

The example from that gist was intended to do one list. You might look into the Grid template add-on where you can set up multiple shortcodes displaying categories of events on a page. This method allows for displaying the category description too.


August 9, 2018 at 3:27 am

Hi Josh,
Thank you for your message.
We were wondering if there is another method to extract all the categories, that might be useful to customize the view. We’d like to have a page with the name and description of each category and below each category the events related to that category.


  • Support Staff

August 9, 2018 at 5:49 am

EE categories are terms in a custom taxonomy, so you can use get_terms to pull all of the EE categories, for example:

$taxonomy = array('espresso_event_categories');
$args = array('orderby'=>'name','hide_empty'=>true);
$ee_terms = get_terms($taxonomy, $args);

$ee_terms will be an array of WP_Term objects.

Is that what you are looking for?


August 9, 2018 at 6:25 am

Hi Tony,

Yes, your solution will be very helpful.
Thanks very much guys.


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