The Penn Calendar is organized around four views:
day, week, month, and year. These links are always visible
at the upper left of the screen. The currently active
view is displayed in the red status bar above the event listings.
By default the calendar displays events across all categories for the
week, month, year) you select. The words 'all events' appear at the
right in the red status bar.
If you search by a category, school, student-sponsored events, or
advanced search criterion, the resulting events will be presented
in the same view from which you started (day, week, etc.).
The search criterion (for example, the category Performing Arts)
appears at the right in the status bar.
Once you have selected a search criterion, you may change views
and you will still see only events matching that criterion. If, for
example, you select Performing Arts for today and find no events,
you can check for Performing Arts events for rest of the month by
simply clicking on 'month'.
To release the search criterion and return to a presentation showing
all events for the active view, click on 'All Events' at the
If you are a prospective provider or currently are an authorized
provider and you have questions about the submission process, please
refer to the provider Frequently Asked Questions page.
By default the day view for the current day is shown. To see the
day view for another day, click on that day in the small calendar
array at left. The default day view for the current day shows only
those events which have not yet concluded or are upcoming. To see
completed events, click on "Show events from earlier today" just below
the red status bar. Note that the default day view for days other
than the current day shows all events scheduled for that day.
By default the week view displays the current week. If you select
a specific day from the small calendar and then click on 'week',
you will see the week in which that day appears.
Within the week view, you can see all events for a specific day by
clicking on the listing for that day. To see the events in a specific
category for that day, click on the category name (the appended number
indicates how many events in that category occur on that day). Note
that once you click on the category name, that category will stay active,
regardless of which view you select, until you click on 'All Events'.
The default month view presents an array of dates (in columns) on which
events occur in each category (in rows). The dates are divided into
weeks (gray column backgrounds indicate weekends) for easier scanning.
Clicking on a date in a category row takes you to a day view showing
events on that day for that category only. Click on 'All Events' to
release the category search criterion.
To see all the month's events in list form, click on the name of the month
at the top of the left column. (Note: This may be an extremely long list.)
To see a list of the month's events in a specific
category, click on that category's name in the left column. Remember
to click on 'All Events' to release the category search criterion.
The year view presents dates arranged in small monthly arrays. Those
dates on which events are scheduled appear as blue links. Click on any
date to see the day view for that date. If you choose the 'week' or 'month'
view from the day view, you will see the week or month in which that date
appears. You can specify a search criterion, such as an event category,
from within the year view. If you do, only dates with events in that category
will show as active links. Remember to click on 'All Events' to release the
category search criterion.
Month List View
The month list view (available through the My View feature or at the upper left
of the month view array) presents a listing of all events occurring on the current (or specified)
day and the next 30 days.
Long List View
The long list presents a listing of all events occuring on the current (or specified)
day and all future days for which events have been posted.
Selecting a Month
By default, the current and coming month will be displayed in the small
calendar arrays at the left of the screen. To display a future month,
choose from the 'Change Month' pop-up menu just above the 'Search by' plaque.
Public and private events
All event listings on the Penn Calendar are intended to be
public knowledge, though some may publish restrictions on attendance.
Individual organizations may create and use custom views of the Penn
Calendar that include event listings not intended for general
distribution. Access to these "private" event listings is typically
provided through a link on the listing organization's web site.
Because of the high volume of Athletics and Recreation activities,
the Penn Calendar's default view only shows athletic games and
other major events. To view the full list of these activities, select
the 'Sports/rec' category search.
The arrows on either side of the date at the top of the screen allow you to
move forward or back in time by one unit, according to which view is active.
For instance, if the year view is active, click on the left arrow to see the
previous year's display; if the day view is active, click an arrow to see the
previous or coming day's events.
While the searchable categories are mutually exclusive (that is, an event
can be listed as either Academic or Performing Arts, but not both), the
'Student-sponsored' criterion retrieves events across all categories.
Events specified by their providers as being affiliated with a particular
School are retrieved using the 'School' search criterion.
The Advanced Search query form allows you to search for events using
a term or combination of terms. The search criterion will return matches if
the term or terms appear in any part of the event's entry. For example,
a search on 'Annenberg Center' will return events with these words in the
event's title, description, location, or any other field.
My View: Instructions for creating a custom view of the Penn Calendar
The My View feature lets you assemble your own filtered view of the Calendar
that includes only events from the categories, owners (sponsoring
organizations), and Schools you choose. Any time you log on to the
calendar from the browser and computer you used to create the custom
view, you can launch it by clicking on 'My View' at the lower left of
any Calendar page. Once in your custom view, you can always return to
the default view by clicking on 'All events' in the status bar at the
upper right of any Calendar page.
Begin by selecting one or more entries from the selection boxes.
For example, to create a view that includes both Kelly Writer's House
and Arts House events:
You can mix criteria in creating your custom view. If you select
more than one entry within a selection box, your view will include the
combined events from both entries, as in the example of owners above.
If you select two Schools, you'll see events from both.
- Select 'Arts House' from 'Select Owner(s):'.
- Select 'Kelly Writer's House.'
- Click on the 'Save My View:' button to store your selections.
If you select entries from more than one selection box, your
view will only include the events that meet both criteria. For example, to create a
view that includes only the literary events posted by the English
Department, Kelly Writer's House, or La Casa Latina:
Advanced users may want to further refine their selections by
using a search for specific keywords. Be careful if you employ this
criterion. An event description may include the word even when it
does not reflect the main purpose of the event, so your view may
contain some unexpected events.
- First select 'Literary' from the 'Select Category(s):' box.
- Select 'English Department' from 'Select Owner(s):'.
- Select 'Kelley Writer's House,' and then 'La Casa Latina.'
- Click on the 'Save My View' button.
The 'Keyword(s)' criterion retrieves only those
events containing your specified word that also meet your other selection criteria.
When you have completed selecting your criteria, choose a display
format from the 'Display Format:' options. The most convenient
format will depend on how many events you expect your criteria to
Click on the 'Save My View:' button to store your selections.
Selecting Multiple Fields
- PC users: Hold down the
Control key to select or deselect more than one field.
- Mac users: Hold down the
Command (Apple) key to select more than one field.
- X-term users: Click on the
fields to select or deselect more than one field.
My View Troubleshooting Guide
You must have cookies enabled in your web browser in order to use the My View feature
of the Penn Calendar. Most major web browsers have cookies enabled by default.
If your web browser does not have cookies enabled, follow these instructions.:
I am an event provider My View is not available when I have logged in using my PennNet ID and password.
Click on Advanced
Click 'Accept All Cookies'
Click on 'Cookies'
From 'When receiving cookies:' select 'Never ask'
If following this procedure does not allow you to save your My View selections, you may
have a third party application that is preventing you from receiving cookies.
If you are a Penn affiliate, please contact your Local Support Provider for assistance.
This is normal. My View is not available from the authentication page or the first page that displays after login.
If you want to submit or edit events in your filtered view, click first on 'Add a new event'
and My View will then be available from the resulting page.
My View fails to save my preferences.
Check to make sure that you are clicking on 'Save My View'. Also check that your web browser has cookies "enabled".
Some third party security programs may prevent you from using cookies on the Penn Calendar.
For more information about cookies please view the Unofficial Cookie FAQ.
I can retrieve My View from my home computer, but when I use another computer My View does not work.
My View stores your preferences on the computer that you used to make/edit your My View.
You will be unable to retrieve your preferences unless you are using that computer.
How do I remove My View from the computer I'm using?
From the 'Edit My View' page, click on 'Remove My View.'