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How to create or duplicate an event on Facebook

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Published onFebruary 29, 2024

Facebook events allow you to organize and participate in real-world gatherings with other users. These events can revolve around virtually any topic, whether online or in-person. Importantly, you can make these events private—ensuring they are visible only to those you’ve invited—without having to set your entire Facebook profile to private. Alternatively, you can make them public, allowing any Facebook user to discover them. Below is a guide on how to create or duplicate an event on Facebook.


To create or duplicate an event on Facebook, navigate to your News Feed, and from the Facebook menu, select Events > Create a new event. Fill in the relevant details, and then click Create event.


Create a private event on Facebook

Creating an event is easy, but getting the details right is key to the event being a success. From your News Feed, click Events on the left-hand menu. You may have to click See More if you don’t see the option immediately.

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You’ll then see a page of top events in your local area. Click Create new event to add your own.

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You’ll have the option of hosting your event Virtual or In person. If virtual, you can meet via Facebook Live or add an External Link such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. If the event is in-person, you must Add location, you can book a venue for people to gather.

You will find four different Who can see it? options on the Event details page, three of which keep your event private. Be aware that you can’t change an event’s privacy after creating the event, so be sure to select the appropriate option for your affair.

What are the privacy options when creating an event on Facebook?

Here’s a breakdown of what each of the privacy options entails:

  • Private: The event is only visible to people who are invited. You can also choose to allow guests to invite their friends. Invited attendees can see the event description, photos, posts, and videos.
  • Public: The event is visible to anyone on or off Facebook.
  • Friends: The event is visible only to your Facebook friends. Your friends can see the event description, photos, posts, and videos.
  • Group: The event is visible only to members of the group.

Depending on your preferred privacy, the Event settings will differ. You can Add co-hosts and show guest lists (except for Group). You have Chat settings if your event is for a specific group. If you event is set to Public, you will have more Additional settings. Now that your privacy settings are in place, all that’s left is to give your event a title, description, image, time, and location.

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Create a public event on Facebook

Follow the same steps outlined above to create a public event on Facebook. Click Events from your News Feed, then click Create new event. Select whether your event is online or in person. In the Event Details section, open the Who can see it? menu and select Public.

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A public event will be visible to anyone with or without a Facebook account. That means anyone can see information such as the event description, photos, posts, and videos. Add an original title, description, image, time, and place to make your event stand out.

How to duplicate a Facebook event

Once your event is created, you can create an exact duplicate should you wish to rerun it. Click on your event, click the three-dot icon (…) beside Edit, and select Duplicate event.

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You can adjust the settings to make necessary changes, such as changing the event from private to public or vice versa. Be sure to update the time and place as well. Once you’ve added all the details, click Create event.

How to cancel/delete a Facebook event

Cancelling or deleting a Facebook event depends on your desired outcome. If cancelling, Facebook will notify guests the event is canceled but remains visible on your profile. If deleting, Facebook will completely removes the event from Facebook, including guest notifications. Here’s how to do both:

  • Go to Events on your Facebook menu,
  • Select Your Events and find the desired event.
  • Click the three dots (…) and choose Cancel Event.
  • Choose:
    • Cancel Event and confirm to notify guests.
    • Delete Event and confirm for complete removal.

Remember, deleting an event removes it from everyone’s calendars, including yours. Choose the option that best suits your situation.


You can create events with your personal profile or your Facebook page. Previously, recurring events were only allowed for pages, but now you can create a recurring event with your personal profile too.

Facebook will advertise your event as free if the Regular price in your Event settings is zero. To remove the word free, either deduct the 0 from the regular price or enter how much a ticket will cost.

Yes, you can boost events on Facebook. To do so, click Promote–>Boost an Event.

To add a poll to your event, open the Event details and select the button that says Say something. Scroll down to choose Poll and enter the questions and answers in your post.

If an event on Facebook is live, you will see the option to click Watch Live or Join Live to start watching. You can then interact with other viewers or streamers using comments and reactions.

No, if you create a duplicate event on Facebook and then decide to delete the original one, the duplicate event will remain unaffected. Deleting the original event won’t automatically remove the duplicate. To delete the duplicate event, you’ll need to do so separately if you no longer want it to be active.

Unfortunately, once you delete an event, it cannot be restored. All event data, including any posts, will be permanently removed. A notification will be sent to all invited guests who have not yet declined or removed themselves from the invitation.

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