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How is the iCal link time zone calulated?

Posted: October 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm


October 22, 2018 at 3:59 pm

I have an event in the Pacific time zone starting at 8:00am Pacific. I have built the event from a site in the Mountain Time zone and specified a venue in the Pacific time zone, but the iCal link on the registration approved email loads the event at 7:00am. The WordPress Settings are set to a Mountain time zone city.
Any ideas if/how to set the time for a venue or is that automatic for the location? Any help appreciated.


  • Support Staff

October 23, 2018 at 4:19 am

Hi there,

We don’t currently have an option to set timezones per event/venue, EE should use the timezone set within Dashboard -> Settings -> General -> Timezone for all date/times.

Is the iCal the only output that is not correct? For example are the datetimes shown on the front end correct?


October 23, 2018 at 9:23 am

Yes, everything is correct except the iCal.


  • Support Staff

October 24, 2018 at 12:12 pm


One day, Event Espresso could have a multiple timezone feature. Until then, work-arounds exist to work around the lack of multiple timezone features. One workaround you could use would be to set a custom field on the event located in the Pacific timezone. e.g. set the key as
event_timezone and value Pacific, like in this screenshot:

Then, you’ll add the following PHP code to your site:

You can add the above to a functions plugin, this documentation shows how to do that.

What that will do is add a one hour offset on ical times for events that set Pacific for that custom field.

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