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Subscribing to Helpful Public Calendars

I’m a planner. I like lists. Calendars. Knowing what’s going on.

That’s why I like subscribing to public Google calendars. With a click of a button I can subscribe to useful calendars like US holidays and my son’s school schedule.

Shared public calendars show up in my iCal program just like any other calendar. If you’re on a PC don’t worry – you can take advantage of public calendars too.

There are a couple ways to get started. Let’s begin with Google.

Google’s Calendar Library

google-public-calendars-01Google sure doesn’t make it easy to find their public calendar library. It didn’t even turn up on a Google search for “Google public calendars”. (Google….?)

To find it, log in to Google Calendars (create a free account if you don’t already have one) and then click the tiny arrow to the right of “Other calendars” in the sidebar. Then choose “Browse Interesting Calendars”.

Here you’ll find a long list of holidays (Christian, Jewish, Voodoo, etc.), major sports schedules, even phases of the moon.

One calendar I subscribe to is the Eagle’s football schedule. Not because I watch football but because I’ve learned that scheduling anything on game day creates conflict with, ahem, other members of the family.

Let’s continue.

Broadcast Your Own Calendar

Google isn’t the only publisher of public calendars. Anyone can create a Google calendar and make it public. My son’s school, for example, maintains a public Google calendar which is available on their website.

This is a great option for clubs, non-profits, and small businesses, as Google calendar is free and it looks good embedded into a website.

All I have to do is click this little button: calendar_plus_en at the bottom right of the calendar and I’m prompted to accept the subscription. In calendar settings assign a color and opt to automatically refresh anywhere from every five minutes to once a week.

Odyssey Charter School Calendar

Something for Everyone at iCalShare

iCalShare is the largest calendar sharing resource on the web. There are over 4,000 calendars available here in categories like local events, news, history, and more – literally something for everyone. iCalShare works with Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS.

Check out helpful and interesting calendars like these:

Delaware Locals – Bellevue Concert Calendar

bellevue-concertsAs I mentioned, anyone can create and share a public calendar. I created a calendar for a local Delaware event, the Bellevue Summer Concert Series.

Locals – one click adds this schedule to your own calendar!

Bellevue Summer Concert Series

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Photo credit: Rhombic Calendar by Philip Chapman-Bell

5 Comments

  1. Craig

    08/12/2014 at 7:39 am

    Searching all day for interesting calendars and this proved helpful and easy to link with Google Calendar:

    http://www.webcal.fi/en-US/manual_subscription.php

    Just click on ‘show url’, then scroll back up to the top and click ‘add to google calendar’, tthen in the automatically opened google calendar (if you are using a signed-in Chrome browser) click ‘yes, add this calendar’.

  2. Samantha

    08/13/2014 at 11:49 am

    Thanks Craig! For those who, like me, use iCal and not Google calendar you can also use this source.

    – Click “Show URL” for the calendar you want
    – Copy it
    – Open iCal and chose “File – New Calendar Subscription”
    – Paste the URL and click OK

    I am now subscribed to the Moon calendar!

    iCal New Calendar Subscription

  3. Samantha

    08/13/2014 at 11:55 am

    By the way, how did you find this blog?

  4. Aapo Puskala

    10/19/2014 at 4:59 pm

    Samantha, there is also a much simpler way of subscribing to calendars from WebCal.fi. Just go to

    http://www.webcal.fi/en-US/calendars.php

    Select the calendar, press Subscribe … and then the calendar is added to iCal (with confirmation). Note that this way of subscribing works only with local calendar applications, i.e. not Google Calendar.

    Btw, I’m the author of the site 🙂

    1. Samantha

      10/19/2014 at 6:49 pm

      Thanks Aapo. I’m now subscribed to the ‘Good to Know’ calendar.

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