Eventbrite Review

In our previous tutorials, we told you a bit about how Eventbrite works, outlined how much Eventbrite costs, and gave you a bit of safety information about Eventbrite.  Now, we'll give you our take on Eventbrite and tell you if we think it's the shining example of what independent event planning should be, or else just a bunch of flashiness with no substance.


  • Easy event creator — Eventbrite makes it easy to create an event.  Just fill in some basic details about the event, create the tickets, and categorize it to make it easier to search for.  Then take it live with a click!

  • Tools for sharing — Eventbrite can help you manage your event and spread the word about it, too.  Whether it's starting an email campaign or posting your event on social media, you'll have all the tools necessary to promote your event while keeping things under control.

  • Lots of local experiences — Eventbrite is one of the most popular websites of its kind, available in numerous countries and languages throughout the world.  That means you're sure to find a live event near you on Eventbrite that you'll like.  It's easy to sign up, too; just click "Tickets"/"Register", select your tickets, and pay.


  • Fees get passed on — In most cases, people who host events on Eventbrite can pass on the fees that make Eventbrite money on to people who attend the event.  This isn't so bad if you're hosting an event, but if you wish to attend an event, just know that the ticket prices will often be more than face value.

The bottom line: 8/10

Eventbrite was one of the first independent event-planning websites of its kind, so it has the popularity factor going for it.  An average of over 2 million events are planned on Eventbrite each year, so it's easy to find something that you'll like to attend near you on Eventbrite.  In fact, Eventbrite makes both registering for an event and planning an event really simple, so you can get your tickets quickly or promote your live experience within just a few minutes.  The one major issue that we have with Eventbrite is that its service and payment processing fees (which are how Eventbrite makes its money) are usually passed on to event attendees, rather than absorbed by the organizer of the event.  It's a plus if you're organizing an event, but if you're attending an event, then it doesn't seem all that fair.


Well, that wraps up our review of Eventbrite.  If you'd like to take a further look at Eventbrite and see for yourself what it can do, our next tutorial will show you how to use Eventbrite to create and host an event!

Eventbrite Pricing

By now, you should know a bit about what Eventbrite is and how it works, as well as a bit about its legitimacy and safety standards.  Now, how much does Eventbrite cost to use?  That will be the focus of this lesson.

Is Eventbrite free?

Eventbrite is free to sign up for and use.  It is also free if you wish to attend an event that has no cost, or to host an event that does not charge an admission fee.  If you wish to host an event and charge for tickets, however, then you will have to pay per-ticket fees in order to use Eventbrite.

Eventbrite cost

Eventbrite charges two fees for paid events.  The first is a service fee, which is $1 plus 2.5% of the ticket price (this fee is capped at $20).  The second is a transaction fee, which is charged when you accept payments for tickets through Eventbrite from major credit cards.  This fee is 3% of the ticket price.

Note that the prices quoted above are the defaults for U.S.-based events.  Prices may vary based on the country where the event is held, or if a different payment processor is used (such as PayPal or Authorize.net).  For a list of fees for the different countries in which Eventbrite is available, see this help article on Eventbrite.

In most cases, you can choose to pass these fees on to event attendees.  However, if you use PayPal to accept payments for tickets, you cannot pass on your PayPal payment processing fees to ticket buyers.  You also cannot pass on your Eventbrite payment processing fees if you use PayPal Organizer to sell your tickets.  However, you will not be charged Eventbrite service fees, so that's a silver lining!


There!  Now you know what will or will not cost you money when you use Eventbrite!  Next, for our final introductory article, we'll review Eventbrite's pros and cons.

Is Eventbrite Safe and Legitimate?

Now that we've explained a bit about what Eventbrite is and how it works, some may be wondering: how legitimate or safe is a website where just about anyone can create an event and sell tickets for it?  Below is some information about the legitimacy and safety standards of Eventbrite.com, which may put your mind at ease.

Is Eventbrite legit?

Eventbrite is indeed legit; they are the oldest and largest online self-serve ticket seller.  People from over 185 countries have used Eventbrite to sell tickets to their events.  Eventbrite is used to host an average of 2 million events every year, with over 4 million tickets processed per month.

Is Eventbrite safe?

Yes, Eventbrite is safe.  They comply with PCI requirements and use industry-standard encryption, so it's safe to use your credit card on Eventbrite.  They also do not sell personal information to third parties, and make sure that all of their employees are knowledgeable about their privacy obligations.

Eventbrite is by-and-large not responsible for issuing refunds to event attendees in the event of a problem, but it may do so if an event host does not meet their obligations under the Eventbrite Attendee Refund Requirements.

If you come across an event on Eventbrite that you believe violates the Eventbrite Community Guidelines, click Report This Event at the bottom of an event's description page, and follow the instructions from there.  Eventbrite will investigate your complaint, and may or may not follow up with you, mark the offending content as private, remove the offending content, remove the entire event, and/or terminate the offending user's Eventbrite account.

How to report an Eventbrite event


That's a bit of information about Eventbrite's legitimacy and safety.  In our next tutorial, we'll talk a little about the costs associated with using Eventbrite.

What is Eventbrite and How Does It Work?

There are lots of things happening around your town, but how do you find out about them when big venue box offices don't have the information that you're looking for?  Or, say that you're planning a local event, but you don't know how to promote it or efficiently sell tickets.  What do you do?  One place where you can go to plan or buy tickets to attend local events is Eventbrite.com.

So what exactly is Eventbrite?

Eventbrite is an independent platform for hosting or joining local events.  You can create an event and sell tickets for it (or just give them away), invite specific people, or share the event among your friends.  You can also search for events to join based on location, topic, or whether you have to pay or not.

How Eventbrite works: 3 major functions of the event hosting platform

1. Create an event!

What will your event be called?  When and where will it be held?  Who is organizing it?  Will tickets be free, paid for, or donation-based?  Eventbrite's event creation wizard will help you answer these questions and easily walk you through the process of creating your very own event.

Creating an Eventbrite event with the Eventbrite wizard

2. Host an event!

After you create an event, you can do all sorts of things to help make it a success.  Expand your event's presence by publishing it to Facebook!  Create custom promotional codes to help attendees save money on tickets!  Send out email invites!  Manually add attendees who have already paid!  Eventbrite has plenty of tools to help you manage and track your event and its attendees, so you'll be able to host your event with as few wrinkles as possible.

3. Join an event!

Over 2 million events are hosted on Eventbrite every year, from concerts to conferences, from rallies to seminars, and everything in between!  Search for an event that's close to you based on its type or topic, whether it's free or not, or your own custom keywords.  Then, select what kind of tickets you want, pay for them (if necessary), and you're in!

Searching for an Eventbrite event to join


Our Eventbrite course will walk you through the process of setting up an event, as well as how to find and purchase tickets for an event on Eventbrite that you'd like to attend.  We'll also have a word on how much the platform costs to use, as well as some safety precautions.  If you want to hold a local event and let lots of people know about it, or find a live experience to take in near your hometown, consider checking out Eventbrite.