I've just started using Low Events after realizing the hard way why I need it. I'm attempting to format a nice string when the range happens within the same month; instead of August 14, 2013 - August 16, 2013, I'd like to display August 14-16, 2013.

I've attempted to compare formatted output of the month and year only, like this...

 {if '{event_dates:start_date format="%F%Y"}' == '{event_dates:end_date format="%F%Y"}'}    
      {event_dates:start_date format="%F %j"}-{event_dates:end_date format="%j, %Y"}
      {event_dates:start_date format="%F %j, %Y"} - {event_dates:end_date format="%F %j, %Y"}

...yet instead of the expected output EE just complains that it choked on the conditional:

 Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /var/www/vhosts/foo.com/httpdocs/system/expressionengine/libraries/Functions.php(683) : eval()'d code on line 56

Using parse="inward" had no effect, and I've isolated that first {if conditional as the problem. Is there any way to achieve the formatting I'd like without relying on an embedded template?

I also tried swapping the single and double quotes as Robson suggested, but that had no effect.

This is EE 2.5.5 and Low Events 1.1.4, and swapping {exp:channel:entries} for {exp:low_events:entries} makes no difference.

Here's the entire (simplified) template for context:

 {exp:channel:entries channel="events" limit="1" url_title="{segment_2}"}
 {embed="parts/.header" page_title="{title}"}

 <div id="content">
    <h3>{if '{event_dates:all_day}' == 'y'}
            {if '{event_dates:one_day}' == 'y'}
                {event_dates:start_date format="%F %j, %Y"}
                {if '{event_date:start_date format="%F%Y"}' == '{event_date:end_date format="%F%Y"}'}   
                    {event_dates:start_date format="%F %j"}-{event_dates:end_date format="%j, %Y"}
                    {event_dates:start_date format="%F %j, %Y"} - {event_dates:end_date format="%F %j, %Y"}
        {if:elseif '{event_dates:one_day}' == 'y'}
            {event_dates:start_date format="%F %j, %Y"} - {event_dates:start_time format="%g:%i%a"}-{event_dates:end_time format="%g:%i%a"}
            {event_dates:start_date format="%F %d, %Y"} - {event_dates:start_time format="%g:%i%a"} to {event_dates:end_date format="%F %d, %Y"} - {event_dates:end_time format="%g:%i%a"}
        {if event_location}



    {if event_rsvp_link}
        <div class="rsvp"><a href="{exp:extract_url}{event_rsvp_link}{/exp:extract_url}">RSVP Now &raquo;</a></div>     


 {if no_results}{redirect="404"}{/if}{/exp:channel:entries}
  • I couldn't find any way to change the prefix of LOW Events. So, what is "private_event_date"?
    – Sobral
    Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 0:55
  • Variables I neglected to change to event_dates when I simplified my template, sorry. I ended up hacking ft.low_events.php to add {event_dates:same_month} which works just like :all_day and :one_day – this is getting me by for now.
    – Matt Stein
    Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 1:14

2 Answers 2


To be on the safe side, I'd check for numerical values only, like 201308. Something like this:

{if {event_dates:start_date format="%Y%m"} == {event_dates:end_date format="%Y%m"}}
  same month
  not same month

When debugging the advanced conditionals, try to remove them and add them one at a time to see which actual one is causing the trouble.

  • Makes sense and worked like a charm – thanks!
    – Matt Stein
    Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 15:30

I guess you should to use exp:low_events:entries instead of exp:channel:entries.

  • Sadly, I get the same result with {exp:channel:entries} and {exp:low_events:entries}.
    – Matt Stein
    Commented Aug 14, 2013 at 21:28
  • 2
    Not necessary, really. The low_events:entries tag is meant for event listings. If you're displaying only one event (permalink style), then both tags act identically.
    – Low
    Commented Aug 15, 2013 at 6:01

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