Display Facebook page events on website using PHP

Last updated on January 25, 2023 by Mike Dalisay

Welcome to the start of our Social Media API Tutorial Series! We will start with this tutorial about how to display Facebook page events on your website using PHP.

In today’s digital age, social media plays a crucial role in connecting businesses with their customers. As a business owner, you understand the importance of keeping your website up-to-date with the latest information about your company, including upcoming events.

However, manually updating your website with events from your Facebook page can be time-consuming and tedious.

In this tutorial, we will explore a solution to this problem by demonstrating how to use the Facebook API and PHP to automatically display your Facebook page events on your website.

With the code provided, you will be able to seamlessly integrate your Facebook events into your website, ensuring that your audience is always up-to-date with the latest happenings at your business.

Say goodbye to manual updates and hello to a streamlined and efficient way of sharing your events with your fans, audience, and customers.

Overview

This code will get the list of events from your Facebook page. It will show data such as event image, name, time, description, etc. from your Facebook fan page without using any Facebook PHP SDK, just the Facebook Graph API!

We will display these event data on a webpage, assuming it is a website made with PHP. We will use a user interface powered by Bootstrap. If you’re not yet familiar with this awesome front-end framework, see our step-by-step Bootstrap tutorial here.

Don’t want to code?

Before we continue coding, if you later realize you do not want to code and need more features, you can use a website plugin called SociableKIT. It is the best no-code tool for the job.

You can easily customize the look and feel of your Facebook page events feed and embed it on your website in 3 minutes. The events feed on your website will update automatically.

Follow this tutorial: Embed Facebook page events on website. You can also use the Facebook group events solution if you use Facebook groups. There’s a free plan that you can use if you don’t need the premium features of SociableKIT.

But if you like coding, continue with our tutorial below!

Final output

We have to know where we are going. If we completed the tutorial below, we will achieve the following output in the video below.

Create the index page

Create index.php file

This page is what will be loaded on the browser. Create an index.php file. Put the following basic HTML code.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
 
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
 
    <title>Display Facebook page events on website</title>

    <!-- CSS will be here -->
 
</head>
<body>

    <!-- Container will be here -->

</body>
</html>

CSS code

We’re going to use Bootstrap to make our page look good. We’ll also put some custom CSS. Replace <!– CSS will be here –> with the following code.

<!-- CSS -->
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/[email protected]/dist/css/bootstrap.min.css" integrity="sha384-EVSTQN3/azprG1Anm3QDgpJLIm9Nao0Yz1ztcQTwFspd3yD65VohhpuuCOmLASjC" crossorigin="anonymous">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="custom.css" media="screen">

Create custom.css

These are just some additional customization for our user interface. Create a custom.css file. Put the following code.

.page-header{
    margin:30px 0;
}

.nav{
    margin-bottom:30px;
}

.event_item{
    margin-bottom:50px;
}

Container code

These divs have Bootstrap classes. It will contain our Facebook page events. Replace <!– Container will be here –> with the following code.

<div class="container">
    <div class='col-lg-12'>
        <h1 class='page-header'>Display Facebook page events on website</h1>
        
        <!-- PHP code will be here -->

    </div>
</div>

PHP code

The code below gets the parameter from the URL about what to display. By default, it is “upcoming” events. The navigation.php file will help the user to select upcoming or past events.

The fb_page_events.php file will contain our request to the Facebook Graph API. Replace <!– PHP code will be here –> with the following code.

<?php 
$display = isset($_GET["display"]) ? $_GET["display"] : "upcoming";
include "navigation.php";
include "fb_page_events.php";
?>

Create navigation.php file

This file will show two tabs that will allow our users to select upcoming or past events. Create a navigation.php file and put the following code.

<?php 
$upcoming_class_active = $display=="upcoming" ? "active" : "";
$past_class_active = $display=="past" ? "active" : "";

echo "<ul class='nav nav-tabs'>
    <li class='nav-item'>
        <a class='nav-link {$upcoming_class_active}' href='index.php'>Upcoming Events</a>
    </li>
    <li class='nav-item'>
        <a class='nav-link {$past_class_active}' href='index.php?display=past'>Past Events</a>
    </li>
</ul>";
?>

Display Facebook page events

Create fb_page_events.php file

This file will contain the process of building a request to the Facebook Graph API. Create fb_page_events.php file. Put the following code.

<?php 
// specify date range will be here

// unix timestamp format will be here

// request parameters will be here

// build the api request will be here

// sort to display upcoming events will be here

// looping through events will be here
?>

Specify date range

The code below identifies the “since” and “until” dates that will be used for the API request. For upcoming events, the “since” date is the date today and the “until” date is two years from today.

For past events, the “since” date is the date from two years ago and the “until” date is the date yesterday.

Replace <!– specify date range will be here –> with the following code.

// specify date range
$year_range = 2;

if($display=="upcoming"){
	// date range for upcoming events
	$since_date = date('Y-m-d');
	$until_date = date('Y-12-31', strtotime('+' . $year_range . ' years'));
}

else{
	// date range for past events
	$since_date = date('Y-01-01', strtotime('-' . $year_range . ' years'));
	$until_date = date('Y-m-d', strtotime('-1 day'));
}

Convert to unix timestamp

Unix timestamp is required by the Facebook Graph API. We will convert the since and until dates using the code below. Replace <!– unix timestamp format will be here –> with the following code.

// unix timestamp format
$since_unix_timestamp = strtotime($since_date);
$until_unix_timestamp = strtotime($until_date);

Specify request parameters

The variables below are needed to complete the parameters needed for the Facebook Graph API request. Replace <!– request parameters will be here –> with the following code.

// request parameters
$api_version = "v11.0";
$fb_page_id = "YOUR_FACEBOOK_PAGE_ID";
$access_token="YOUR_PAGE_ACCESS_TOKEN";
$fields="id,name,description,place,timezone,start_time,cover";

Specify your Facebook page ID and access token

You need to replace YOUR_PAGE_ID and YOUR_PAGE_ACCESS_TOKEN with your own.

To get your Facebook page ID, follow this tutorial. To get your Facebook page access token, follow this tutorial.

We can do this process for you but there will be a service fee of $50. Also, you will need to make us an admin of your Facebook page.

If you want to avail of this service, pay using this link. After the payment, you will receive further instructions from [email protected]

Build the API request

The code below completes the API request link and get the response using file_get_contents() function. We will also decode the response so we can easily retrieve the data. Replace <!– build the api request will be here –> with the following code.

// build the api request
$json_link = "https://graph.facebook.com/{$api_version}/{$fb_page_id}/events/attending/?fields={$fields}&access_token={$access_token}&since={$since_unix_timestamp}&until={$until_unix_timestamp}";
$json = file_get_contents($json_link);
$obj = json_decode($json, true, 512, JSON_BIGINT_AS_STRING);

// for those using PHP version older than 5.4, use this instead:
// $obj = json_decode(preg_replace('/("\w+"):(\d+)/', '\\1:"\\2"', $json), true);

Sort to display upcoming events

Sorting is needed to properly display the upcoming events. The code below will let the upcoming events to be displayed from the date nearest to today up to the farthest date. Replace <!– sort to display upcoming events will be here –> with the following code.

// sort to display upcoming events
if($display=="upcoming"){
	function sortFunction($a,$b){
		if ($a['start_time'] == $b['start_time']) return 0;
		return strtotime($a['start_time']) - strtotime($b['start_time']);
	}
	usort($obj['data'],"sortFunction");
}

Loop through events

The code below will loop through each events returned from the Facebook Graph API. Replace <!– looping through events will be here –> with the following code.

// looping through events
foreach($obj['data'] as $event){
	include "extract_values.php";
	include "display_values.php";
}

Extract and display events data

Create extract_values.php file

In this file, we will extract different types of event data. Create extract_values.php file. Put the following code.

<?php 
// start date and time will be here

// basic info will be here

// location will be here
?>

Extract date and time

The code below will let us get the event’s start date and time. Replace <!– start date and time will be here –> with the following code.

// start date and time
$timezone=isset($event['timezone']) ? $event['timezone'] : "America/Los_Angeles";
date_default_timezone_set($timezone);

$start_date = date( 'l, F d, Y', strtotime($event['start_time']));

// in my case, I had to subtract 9 hours to sync the time set in facebook
$start_time = date('g:i a', strtotime($event['start_time']));

Extract basic information

The code below will let us get the event ID, name, description, and thumbnail. Replace <!– basic info will be here –> with the following code.

// basic info
$eid = $event['id'];
$name = $event['name'];
$description = isset($event['description']) ? $event['description'] : "";
$pic_big = isset($event['cover']['source']) ? $event['cover']['source'] : "https://graph.facebook.com/{$api_version}/{$fb_page_id}/picture?type=large";

Extract location

Here we will get the event’s complete address or location. Replace <!– location will be here –> with the following code.

// location
$place_name = isset($event['place']['name']) ? $event['place']['name'] : "";
$city = isset($event['place']['location']['city']) ? $event['place']['location']['city'] : "";
$country = isset($event['place']['location']['country']) ? $event['place']['location']['country'] : "";
$zip = isset($event['place']['location']['zip']) ? $event['place']['location']['zip'] : "";

$location="";

if($place_name){ $location.="{$place_name}"; }
if($city){ $location.= $location ? ", {$city}" : "{$city}"; }
if($country){ $location.= $location ? ", {$country}" : "{$country}"; }
if($zip){ $location.= $location ? ", {$zip}" : "{$zip}"; }

if(empty($location)){
    $location="Location not set.";
}

$complete_event_add="{$location}";

Create display_values.php

The code below will display an event item with data we extracted earlier. Create display_values.php file. Put the following code.

<?php 
echo "<div class='row event_item'>
    <div class='col'>
        <img src='{$pic_big}' class='card-img-top' alt='...'>
    </div>
    <div class='col'>
        <h2 class='card-title'>{$name}</h2>
        <p class='card-text'>
        {$start_date} at {$start_time}
        </p>

        <p class='card-text'>
        {$complete_event_add}
        </p>

        <p class='card-text'>
        {$description}
        </p>
        <a href='https://www.facebook.com/events/{$eid}/' target='_blank' class='btn btn-primary'>More info</a>
    </div>
</div>";
?>

Source code or SociableKIT?

You can choose whether to download our source code or use the SociableKIT Facebook page events widget.

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Link to actual Facebook page event (opens in new tab)
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What’s Next?

Today we have learned how to show your Facebook page events on your website. Did you know that you can also display Facebook photo albums and photos on your website?

Let us go to the next tutorial: How to display Facebook page photo album on website?

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