Use Event Espresso to sell tickets to your festival in Virginia from your own WordPress website and receive payments up front as your attendees pay online for their registrations
Create different registration and ticketing options
Whether you have a one day or a multi-day festival, you can create different tickets and passes so your attendees can choose from
Send attendees tickets
Collect an attendee’s information during registration checkout and send them tickets automatically after a successful registration
Register festival vendors
Pre-register vendors so you can review their applications. Then approve festival vendors that are a good fit so they can pay their vendor fees.
“Very happy with how it has worked out”
I have been using Event Espresso to run my festival and have been very happy with how it has worked out. They have provided tremendous support and their iPhone app is amazing and easy to use. I suggest using it for your event. –Alex Grant
A preview of a festival created with Event Espresso
How to set up a festival with WordPress and Event Espresso
Here are just a few organizations that trust Event Espresso for their festivals
Sydney Learning Festival (New South Wales, Australia)
Festival Aangeschoten Wild (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Sawdust Art Festival (California, United States)
Ledbury Poetry Festival (Ledbury, United Kingdom)
Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest (New York, United States)
Jesus Festival (Manila, Philliphines)
Guildford Beer Festival (Surrey, United Kingdom)
Crush Festival Bundaberg (Queensland, Australia)
Chamber Music Connection (Ohio, United States)
The Fizz Festival (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Daschund Derby (Wisconsin, United States)
Prairie Gardens (Alberta, Canada)
Popular questions about festivals and Event Espresso
Do I need to be a computer expert to use Event Espresso?
You don’t need to be an expert with technology to use Event Espresso. If you are comfortable with creating a blog post on your existing WordPress website and browsing your WordPress dashboard (WP-admin), then you’ll find Event Espresso familiar. We also have a quick start guide for Event Espresso which will help you get up and running fast through a series of recommendations and short video tutorials.
Do I need a WordPress website to use Event Espresso?
Yes, a WordPress website is required to run Event Espresso. However, our sister company, Event Smart offers event registration websites for festivals using Event Espresso and WordPress as the backbone, where events, calendars, and pricing option selectors can then be embedded on any website, such as Weebly, Wix, and WordPress.com websites.
I want to allow more than one attendee to register for my festival at a time. Are group registrations available?
Yes, you can allow multiple attendees to register at once by enabling the Personal Information question group for additional registrants through the lower right area of the event editor and saving changes.
My festival takes place across multiple dates. Can Event Espresso help with that?
Yes, you can create a festival that has different dates in Event Espresso by using the multiple date times and pricing options feature. Here is a video tutorial on how to create an event that has various dates that an attendee can choose from.
My festival has a series of smaller events like classes and workshops. How does that work with Event Espresso?
You can create those as separate events so an attendee can register for them. Then add the Multiple Event Registration extension (included in the Everything support license) so they can register for various events and check out at once.
I want to sell different passes or tickets for my festival. Can I create them in Event Espresso?
Yes, with the multiple dates times and pricing options feature, you’ll be able to do that. Here is a video tutorial on how to create an event that has different pricing options.
Can I send attendees tickets after their registration?
Yes, ticketing is available with our Printable Tickets extension which is included in the Everything support license. Once the add-on is running on your WordPress website, then a guest will automatically receive a ticket after a successful registration. Tickets can be scanned using a mobile phone so you can check-in attendees to your festival.
I want to pre-screen vendors for my festival. Does Event Espresso have a way to handle vendor management?
Yes, you can create a separate event with a default registration status of not approved through the top right area of the event editor and save changes. That will allow vendors to pre-register but their vendor registration will be “held for review.” You can then choose who you want to accept and update their registration status to pending payment so they can pay any fees due. Plus, you can send a message to vendors through Event Espresso just in case anything changes with your festival.
Can vendors upload files during their registration?
Allowing vendors to upload files during their registrations is available with a third-party plugin for Event Espresso from the WordPress plugins directory.
How will I receive payments from my attendees that register for my festival?
You’ll receive your funds as your attendees register for your festival by partnering with a secure payment service and adding your API credentials to Event Espresso. Some of our event organizer favorites are Stripe, Authorize.net, Braintree, or PayPal. Or you can choose another supported payment service.
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It is a very, very slick plugin. It’s one of those plugins where you install it, change a couple of settings, and boom you’re selling tickets. –Brad Williams, WebDevStudios
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