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Example: Upcoming Events

The default event overview looks like this:

Default Magange Events screen

You can use the Search Kit to create an alternative Manage Event overview screen that might look like this:

upcoming event

This event overview has the following characteristics:

  • one line per upcoming event
  • the event title is clickable and leads to 'Info and Settings' of the event
  • for each event we see the speakers and hosts
  • for each event we see the number of registered/attended participants and the number of cancellations/no-shows
  • the numbers are clickable and shows the list of participants with that status

Let's build this step by step.

Go to Administer > Search > Search Kit and click New Search.

New Search empty screen


  • fill in the name of the search (e.g. Upcoming Events)
  • select 'Events' from the Search for list
  • select only the upcoming events by filling in Where Event Start Date >= Now.

Filled in search screen


Don't forget to Save your work.

Click Search to view the result.

Step 2: Add Event Columns

By default we see the event ID and event title. We also want to display the event start date.

You can do this by selecting that column from the list on the right-hand side.

Add Event Start Date

Step 3: Add Participant Information

So far, we only have event information. We also want to show the host(s) and speaker(s) of the event. This information comes from the participants.

We will add this entity:

Add participants

...with a filter on role in Where:

Add where

We use 'Contains' because a participant can have multiple roles, and these roles are stored in the participant role field. The participant role should be either 'Speaker' or 'Host'.

Lastly, we add the entity 'Participant Contact' to be able to show the name of the speakers and hosts.

The search looks like this now:

Final search

Step 4: Grouping on Event ID

If you click the button at the bottom of the page, you will notice that an event is listed multiple times if you have more than one speaker or host. We can avoid this by grouping on event ID.

Group by event id

The search will display the speakers and hosts in a comma-separated list thanks to a field transformation:


Step 5: Add the Number of Participants

Our next task is to add the number of participants.

To achieve this we need the field transformation Count on the field 'Participant ID'.

But... if we do this right now, we count only the hosts and speakers because of the filter in Where.

The trick is to add 'Event Participants' again as an entity:

Attended participants count

...and even add it one more time to display a count of the no-shows and cancellations:

Attended participants count

Add the columns Participant ID of participant 2 and 3, with the Count transformation and Distinct checked:


Step 6: Change Column Names and Sort Order

To be able to change the column names, we need to create a Display as a Table first:

add display

Give the display a name and add a Sort By:

name and sort order

Scroll down and give the columns a meaningful name in the 'Header' fields.

The preview might look like this now:


Step 7: Make the Values Clickable

To make the number of participants clickable, we will add a Link to their respective overview page.


The link to enter for the registered/attended count is:

  • civicrm/event/search?reset=1&force=1&event=[id]&status=true

The link to enter for the cancelled/no-show count is:

  • civicrm/event/search?reset=1&force=1&event=[id]&status=false

If you want, you can add a Link for the event title as well:

  • civicrm/event/manage/settings?reset=1&action=update&id=[id]

link event

This will lead to the 'Info and Settings' page of the event.

The final result looks like this:

upcoming event

Step 8: Add Optional Filtering

We can add a form on top of the upcoming events list for optional filtering.

In the upper right corder of the search, we find a button to do that:

add form

This will bring us to the form builder. Give the form a name and a page link:

add form name

Click on the tab 'Upcoming Events Table' and drag and drop the form elements to the form layout pane:

add form elements

You probably want to add a Container first in order to nicely layout the other form elements.

add panel

Step 9: Add the Overview in the Navigation Menu

In the previous step, we specified a page link for our form: civicrm/upcoming-events.

We can create a new navigation menu item with this link.

See Administration > Customize Data and Screens > Navigation Menu.

upcoming event

As a result, your users have a convenient way to access the upcoming events:

upcoming event

This will lead to our finalized search form:

upcoming event