Eventful 2.0 for iPhone keeps you up to date on local events

Eventful is a useful event discovery app for your iPhone that informs you about concerts, movies, and family and sporting events near you.
Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributor

One of my favorite apps used to be Songkick, because it sent me regular emails about bands performing in my area. But it has been replaced by Eventful, which is like Songkick, but with the addition of other non-music events.

Eventful 2.0 for iPhone keeps you up-to-date - Jason O'Grady
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Eventful 2.0 for iPhone (free, App Store) scans your music library and informs you about when your bands are in the area (like Songkick does), but that's where the similarities end. In addition to music, Eventful allows you to find out about numerous other events in your area, including movies, performing arts, family events, and sports.

Eventful differs from its competitors in a couple of key ways:

  • It scans your iTunes music library, Spotify and Last.fm

  • It allows you to rate any event, venue, and movie trailer with a simple thumbs up or thumbs down

  • The more you interact with the app, the more it learns your preferences

  • It saves your preferences and will notify you when your favorite events are happening nearby, anywhere in the world

  • It provides personal event recommendations generated by a proprietary recommendation engine

  • It boasts over 4 million events and 21 million users

  • Eventful's "Demand it" service lets you request events in your area

  • It includes movie show times, trailers, and details

  • It includes 26 additional categories, including sports, kids & family events, festivals, etc.

Eventful will alert you when your favorite bands are coming to town, and as an Eventful user, you will receive performer and recommended performer alerts (from its recommendation engine) via email. The addition of movies and family events are worth the price of admission. If you're looking for something to do this week (or weekend), I recommend that you give Eventful a spin.

Watch the trailer below.

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