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15 Local Happenings Apps That Find You Fun Things To Do This Weekend

15 Local Happenings Apps That Find You Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Everybody loves it when weekends arrive. There are plenty of hopes for having a great weekend. All of us want to have a vibrant, joyful and relaxing weekend. But as it happens normally with the plans for most of us, the weekends that arrive with great promises leave us void and with the feeling as if the weekends never arrived in the first place.

The reason for dull weekends in most cases is that we don’t find fun ways to spend them. We don’t have a clue about the possibilities around the corner. Weekend leaves us with empty feeling. But that could change considerably with the 15 local happening apps given below that open you the door full of possibilities. With them, you are but a push of button away from a great weekend.

1. Circle (Hawthorne Labs)

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    ‘Circle’ proclaims itself as being able to find best things to do in town. It suggests free events, concerts, meetups, hiking and other budget-friendly things happening nearby a place. One does not need to login and can start immediately entering into the app. The app can be downloaded for free from Play Store as well as iTunes Store.

    Pros: Login is not required and it shows fun things to do in an area along with the starting time and address.

    Cons: The most recent version of the app has removed the option to select the events according to the mood.

    Download Link: (Android|iOS)

    2. Eventbrite (Eventbrite Inc.)

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      With Eventbrite, you can discover popular local events, get recommendations for events and also see the events to which friends are going. Its main purpose is to create, promote and sell tickets for events. Eventbrite can be used both as an event-goer and an organizer. As a goer, one can discover popular and recommended events nearby while the organizer can create events, monitor attendees and also check out sales. It’s available for free for both iOS and Android.

      Pros: Anyone can use it to promote their events and sell tickets. Payment can be done virtually and QR codes can be used as tickets as well. So there’s no need to print tickets with this.

      Cons: The distance is very limited as the app can only discover events within 100 miles.

      Download Link: (Android|iOS)

      3. Like a Local (Local Guide OU)

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        Like a Local is meant to help travelers find fun spots to hang out in a place, just as a local would do, from restaurants and bars to art galleries and holiday parks. The app works completely offline and features cities like Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Vienna. Both Android and iOS store versions of the app can be downloaded for free. However, one has to pay additional charges to buy guide for every city.

        Pros: The app is assembled by local writers and as such, is the best way to learn the places not to miss in a city.

        Cons: Extra charges are required to buy city guides. There have been several complaints of bugs in the app. And, the places are limited as well.

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        Download Link: (Android|iOS)

        4. Plancast (Active Network)

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          Plancast is a great tool to decide the events one is going to. It syncs a person’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and offers the list of events the friends and those they follow are going to. Their website lists the events according to their locations as well. The app can be downloaded for free in the Apple Store.

          Pros: The app is easy to use and searches throughout the network. The events are displayed in chronological order as well.

          Cons: The app is not available for Android. There is lack of availability to search nearby events. It’s rather limited to our social network.

          Download Link: (iOS)

          5. Goby (GobyGoby)

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            Goby is a great way to find events-based fun. It provides information on new and interesting things happening in an area. Facebook likes can be synced and interests can be input manually too. The app provides with automatic notifications on upcoming events and we can search events based on their dates, localities and types as well.

            Pros: The user interface is great and it doesn’t infuriate with advertising banners.

            Cons: The alarm is not very loud. The app currently finds things to do only in United States.

            Download Link: (Android|iOS)

            6. Now (Ben Cera)

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              Now is the app to use when you’re looking for something to do now. It pulls real-time photos and videos from Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Google+ to create a map display with drop pins indicating trending location alongside the photos and videos. One can simply click the image that interests him/her and know the exact location where the event is happening. It can be downloaded at Apple Store for free.

              Pros: The app constantly updates itself every time we check in. So the experience is really good.

              Cons: The app is useful only in big cities. It doesn’t show much of the things to do in small cities. Sometimes, due to delay in social updates, the event might be already over when we reach the place.

              Download Link: (iOS)

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              7. Thrillist (Thrillist)

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                Thrillist is not actually an event discovery and recommendation application however it can be used that way also. It started originally as a website that provides entertaining description of the newest venues of a city. The apps for Android and iOS are the readers for the website. Thrillist is really rich in terms of its content. It is available for free on both the platforms.

                Pros: The guide is very authentic as the information is created by the Thrillist writers and editors themselves.

                Cons: The information carried on to the apps is significantly less than that contained in the main website.

                Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                8. Time to Enjoy (uTemporis)

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                  Time to Enjoy is a really cool tool which provides us fun things to do at the exact time we can actually do them. This taps into your smartphone’s calendar and shows events in the current city you’re living in, but only during the time you’re free. There’s no need to be overwhelmed with long lists of events, only to realize you don’t have time for them at all. It’s available for free download on iOS.

                  Pros: Fun things to do at exact times of our availability can be discovered.

                  Cons: There’s some issue with personalization. The suggestions cannot be personalized according to personal interests.

                  Download Link: (iOS)

                  9. Localmind (Localmind)

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                    LocalMind is a unique service which uses location-based social media such as Foursquare to answer queries about a place. With this app, you can ask people who have checked into a place of your interest any question such as price, functionality of Wi-Fi, scenery and just about everything. The questions will be answered by the people and you’ll receive them instantly on your device. It works in any city. Both Android and iOS apps are free.

                    Pros: The queries about the locations will be answered in real-time.

                    Cons: The Android version is significantly below par than the iOS version.

                    Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                    10. Gravy (timeRAZOR)

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                      With Gravy, you can find the best events to do in your area. The suggestions are based on your mood. The app suggests events according to your locations. Whenever you’re in a place, the app populates all the events based on your mood, which are available within walking distance and even wider radius, if you choose it to be that way. The app is available for free on both Android and iOS.

                      Pros: The app is easy to use and since it uses your location, you can travel and still use it.

                      Cons: Users have reported several bugs with the app crashing suddenly. The app also consumes a lot of battery.

                      Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                      11. Eventsions (JRS Inc.)

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                        Eventsions finds you events in your area based on the interests of you and your friends. The events then can be added to your calendar. You can also buy tickets for the event and share information regarding the event with friends living in your destination. The events are categorized into more than 30 categories and so, there’s hardly any trouble finding the event that particularly interests you. Eventsions is available for free for iOS users.

                        Pros: You can even give an app event up or thumbs down, based on whether you liked it or not.

                        Cons: The events are currently limited to US and Canada only.

                        Download Link: (iOS)

                        12. Field Trip (Google)

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                          Field Trip is the product of tech-mogul Google. As such, we expect a lot from it, like we do with their every product. However, it doesn’t leave you awestruck as it used to do at other times. But still, it’s pretty cool and efficient app. It runs in the background of our phone and uses information form publications like Thrillist, TimeOut, Flavorpill and SongKick. The app is for free and works on iOS, Android and even Google Glass.

                          Pros: The app notifies you when you are in the proximity of something that might interest you.

                          Cons: In spite of being a Google product, it comes with too many bugs. The guide is also not very good and users find it very difficult to use at first.

                          Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                          13. Eventful (Eventful Inc.)

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                            Eventful can be used to find local events occurring at theaters and clubs in your town. It eliminates the need for traditional searching for events via newspaper, in the place where you live. It also provides us notifications based on our interests. Both Android and iOS versions of this app are available for free.

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                            Pros: It helps you easily find everything happening in entertainment world in your area.

                            Cons: The events are not listed in chronological order. Specific date wise searching is available on their website but not in the app.

                            Download Link: (Android|iOS)

                            14. Spotsetter (Simple Rules Inc.)

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                              Spotsetter is another must-have app for travelers. The app signs into our social media accounts and discovers whatever our friends have said about bars, restaurants, concert venues and other fun places. The opinion they’ve shared on any platform is considered by the app. This easy-to-se and elegant looking app helps to decide what to do based on the suggestion of our friends. Only iOS version is available and can be downloaded for free.

                              Pros: The app allows us to tag certain friends as experts about specific topics and places.

                              Cons: There’s a bit of trouble while using the app at the beginning. It takes more than an hour to launch the app before recommendations are prepared.

                              Download Link: (iOS)

                              15. Vamos

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                                Vamos is essentially the event section of Facebook. It collects and arranges Facebook event data describing the events your friends will be attending. The app grabs details of the event including photos, time and price, and also shows which one of your friends are attending the event. This one also comes only for iPhone users, as of now and can be downloaded for free.

                                Pros: The app is visually attractive and the format is very much easy-to-use.

                                Cons: The entries are rather limited.

                                Download Link: (iOS)

                                Featured photo credit: A group of friends having fun with smartphones in the street via shutterstock.com

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                                11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity This Year

                                11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity This Year

                                Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                                Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                                A meeting scheduler is awesome if you use it right. Use it wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                                In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduling apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                                1. ScheduleOnce

                                  ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                                  ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                                  ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                                  Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                                  Available on Web

                                  2. Calendly

                                    Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                    You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                    Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                                    3. Assistant.to

                                      For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                      From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                      While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                      Available on Web

                                      4. Acuityscheduling

                                        Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                        It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                        Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                        5. Pick

                                          Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                          At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                          Available on Web

                                          6. X.ai

                                            For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                            This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                            Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                            Available on Web

                                            7. YouCanBook.me

                                              is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                              They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                              Available on Web

                                              8. Doodle

                                                Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                                It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                                You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                                While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                                Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                9. WhenAvailable

                                                  WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                                  Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                                  Available on Web

                                                  10. Rally

                                                    Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                    Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                                    Available on Web

                                                    11. NeedtoMeet

                                                      Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                      NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                      While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                      Available on Web

                                                      Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers!

                                                      In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                      To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                      Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                      A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                      Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                      If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                      Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                      With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                      The Bottom Line

                                                      Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                      Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                      Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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