10 of the Best Local Events Apps for Finding Stuff to Do

Find Fun Events Around You in Your Local Area to Attend

Whether you're traveling to a new city for the first time or bored at home on the weekend, discovering something fun to do in or around your area can be tricky. After all, people usually find out about cool events by word of mouth or by being an extremely loyal online fan/follower/subscriber of whoever's hosting it.

In the digital era where we're always connected via social media, email, and texting, it just makes sense to have some sort of convenient solution for finding out about local events. And that's exactly why there are so many great mobile event apps available today that take the pain and information overwhelm out of having to pay attention to every favorite band, organization, venue, or another type of event host online.

Here are 10 of the best event apps that you really should check out.

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DoStuff currently lists events for 20 of North America's largest cities. Events are selected and listed by real local influencers, which you can browse through by category or what's happening today.

Event recommendations and maps are available to make the discovery process easier, and you can create your own profile to add events to your personal calendar while being able to keep track of everything. It's free for both iOS and Android devices.  More »

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Eventbrite is an event planning platform that helps people create, promote and host their events. The free mobile apps for iOS and Android are meant to serve as discovery tools for people who are looking to attend events they're interested in.

Use it to discover popular events around you, see what your friends are doing, get recommendations, register for events and even securely purchase tickets all through the app. More »

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If you love concerts, Songkick is the app you'll want to have installed on your mobile device. What's particularly great about this one is that it allows you to import artist names from various music libraries like Spotify or Apple Music so you can start tracking your favorites and set up alerts to be instantly notified when they're playing your area.

You'll also be able to get personalized concert recommendations, browse full tour schedules, see venue details, compare ticket prices and even buy tickets directly through the Songkick app. Available for iOS and Android devices. More »

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HeyLets is a community-driven events app for discovering everything from great places to dine, to exciting nightclubs. The app will ask you to select your interests to help personalize your recommendations.

You can even add places you haven't visited yet to your wishlist so you can get alerts about what's going on nearby. And since this one is a very social app, even you can contribute back to the community by snapping photos and leaving short descriptions for the places you visit. Get it for iOS and Android. More »

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Banter claims to be "the Waze for nightlife," giving its users real-time updates about what's going on at local clubs, bars, and parties. Get instant information like photos, how busy the place is, what the general vibe may be and even gender ratio at places you're interested in.

You can create a personalized party feed by adding friends and venues to keep track of them, use it as a discovery tool to find out what's happening nearby and even chat with people who are attending. It's free for iOS and Android devices. More »

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Like Songkick, Bandsintown is another events app with a focus on concerts. Use it to scan your library so that it can automatically identify the artists you like and keep track of when they're playing somewhere near you.

You can set up notifications for your favorites, see complete concert listings for all cities and buy tickets from practically any ticket site right through the app. Bandsintown is available for iOS and Android. More »

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If you want to get a glimpse of everything that's happening in your city right now, browsing the All Events in City app is a good way to do that. See a list of everything or browse by category, select your interests to get personalized event recommendations, RSVP to events you're attending and even see where your friends are going.

The app currently shows trending events for 300,000 cities around the world. Any events you're interested can be seamlessly added to your Google Calendar with a few taps. Get it now for iOS or Android. More »

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Traveling to a new city and looking for a good party to attend? Party with a Local is an app that helps travelers connect with local people who know where all the excitement is. It's a great tool for travelers who wouldn't typically be able to find such a place by just looking at tourist information.

You can chat with locals right through the app to plan to meet up at the hottest bar, club or other venue. You can also use it to see who might already be nearby. You can get this app for free on your iOS or Android device. More »

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Facebook is all about making its events feature better than ever and plans to roll out big changes in the future. Given that so many people use Facebook, it's really one of the best places to find out about what sorts of things are going on in your local area.

All you have to do is navigate to the Events tab when signed in to Facebook on the web or the mobile app and scroll down a bit to the "Popular in Your Network" or "Popular Nearby" sections. Tap either one to see a list of events you may be interested in attending. More »

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This particular events app was designed specifically for college students who want a better way to discover events and activities on campus. Users can create both private and public events to help them meet new people.

Anyone looking for events to attend can use the app to connect with people who share similar interests and follow groups right through the app. Each student gets a Twitter-like profile that shows a profile pic, a brief bio, their connections and the groups they're following. It's available for iOS only at the moment. More »