Fetch and render events from MySQL to FullCalendar.js

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This small tutorial will teach you the basics of fetching events from MySQL and render the data with FullCalendar.js using PHP, Javascript and PDO. Let’s do it in 2 easy steps.

  1. Create an html file which will output the final result:


<div id="calendar"></div>

$(document).ready(function() {
    var calendar = $('#calendar').fullCalendar({
        defaultView: 'agendaWeek',
        events: {
            url: 'json-events-feed.php',
            type: 'POST', // Send post data
            error: function() {
                alert('There was an error while fetching events.');

  1. Create a php file which will echo our events in json format:


try {

    // Connect to database
    $connection = new PDO($url, $username, $password);

    // Prepare and execute query
    $query = "SELECT * FROM events";
    $sth = $connection->prepare($query);

    // Returning array
    $events = array();

    // Fetch results
    while ($row = $sth->fetch(PDO::FETCH_ASSOC) {

        $e = array();
        $e['id'] = $row['id'];
        $e['title'] = "Lorem Ipsum";
        $e['start'] = $row['start'];
        $e['end'] = $row['end'];
        $e['allDay'] = false;

        // Merge the event array into the return array
        array_push($events, $e);


    // Output json for our calendar
    echo json_encode($events);

} catch (PDOException $e){
    echo $e->getMessage();

Of course, there’s room for optimization and further customization. Check out the API for the full feature list.

Have fun!

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