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<entry-title>h-event</entry-title> h-event is a simple, open format for events on the web. h-event is often used with both event listings and individual event pages. h-event is one of several open microformat draft standards suitable for embedding data in HTML/HTML5.

h-event is the microformats2 update to hCalendar 1.0.

This is a Living Specification yet mature enough to encourage additional implementations and feedback.
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Here is a simple event example:

<div class="h-event">
  <h1 class="p-name">Microformats Meetup</h1>
    <time class="dt-start" datetime="2013-06-30 12:00">30<sup>th</sup> June 2013, 12:00</time>
    to <time class="dt-end" datetime="2013-06-30 18:00">18:00</time>
    at <span class="p-location">Some bar in SF</span></p>
  <p class="p-summary">Get together and discuss all things microformats-related.</p>

Parsed JSON:

  "items": [
      "type": [
      "properties": {
        "name": [
          "Microformats Meetup"
        "start": [
          "2013-06-30 12:00:00"
        "end": [
          "2013-06-30 18:00:00"
        "location": [
          "Some bar in SF"
        "summary": [
          "Get together and discuss all things microformats-related."

Get started

The class h-event is a root class name that indicates the presence of an h-event.

p-name, dt-start, dt-end, p-location, p-summary, and the other h-event property class names listed below define properties of the h-event.

See microformats2 parsing specification to learn more about property class names.


h-event properties, inside an element with class h-event:

  • p-name - event name (or title)
  • p-summary - short summary of the event
  • dt-start - datetime the event starts
  • dt-end - datetime the event ends
  • dt-duration - duration of the event
  • p-description - more detailed description of the event
  • u-url - permalink for the event
  • p-category - event category(ies)/tag(s)
  • p-location - where the event takes place, optionally embedded h-card, h-adr, or h-geo

Experimental properties currently in use in the wild but not (yet) part of the official h-entry spec:

  • p-attendee - a person attending the event, optionally embed h-card
  • This draft has not been updated in almost 2 years. During this period, h-entry p-rsvp has been standardised, thus making it robust and mature enough for the addition. I guess it's about time to unlabel p-attendee as experimental.
  • I would also suggest to extend expected value to h-entry, so that, while the personal info can be preserved, the attendee can also support p-rsvp property of h-entry.

All properties are optional.


h-event is a microformats.org draft specification. Public discussion on h-event takes place on h-event-feedback and the #microformats #microformats on freenode channel on irc.freenode.net.

h-event is ready to use and implemented in the wild, but for backwards compatibility you should also mark h-events up as classic hCalendar 1.0 events.

Property Details

(stub, to be expanded)


p-location is typically a physical address, optionally marked up with h-adr, for example:

<p class="p-location h-adr">
  <span class="p-street-address">17 Austerstræti</span>
  <span class="p-locality">Reykjavík</span>
  <span class="p-country-name">Iceland</span>

Reserved Properties

Reserved properties:

Examples in the wild

Real world in the wild examples:

See microformats2 examples in the wild for more


Main article: microformats validators

Test and validate microformats2 markup in general with:

Backward Compatibility

Publisher Compatibility

For backward compatibility, you may wish to use classic hCalendar 1.0 classnames in addition to the more future-proof h-event properties, for example:

<div class="h-event vevent">
  <h1 class="p-name summary">Some great event</h1>

Parser Compatibility

Microformats parsers SHOULD detect classic properties only if a classic root class name is found and parse them as microformats2 properties.

If an "h-event" is found, don't look for a "vevent" on the same element.

Compat root class name: vevent
Properties: (parsed as p- plain text unless otherwise specified)

  • summary - parse as p-name
  • dtstart - parse as dt-start
  • dtend - parse as dt-end
  • duration - parse as dt-duration
  • description
  • url - parse as u-
  • category
  • location - including compat root vcard in the absence of h-card, and compat root adr in the absence of h-adr
  • geo - parse as p-location h-geo including compat root geo

iCalendar Compatibility

hCalendar-specific implementations that perform custom display or translation to iCalendar .ics SHOULD prefer p-name over p-summary, and use p-summary value(s) as a fallback if there is no p-name.


This work is based on the existing hCalendar 1.0 and iCalendar RFC 2445 specifications.

Design Principles

(stub, expand)

See Also