Design a Stunning Event Program Online with Canva

Give your guests an overview of your event with a perfectly designed Event Program from Canva.

How to make an event program - Canva

Highlight each segment of your event through a beautiful event program

Greet your guests at the door with an Event Program that not only informs them of what’s to come but can also double as a perfect memorabilia from an unforgettable event. Whether it’s a sports match, a concert, an opera, a press conference — virtually any structured event you can think of, creating and distributing an event program will help your guests navigate through the schedule and inform them of segments they wouldn’t want to miss.

With Canva, creating a custom event program is a breeze. Simply choose from our amazing collection of professional templates, edit with the right details and download once you’re done. It’s that easy!

How to make an event program

  1. Log in or sign up

    Get started with Canva using your Facebook or Google account. If you’re an existing user, simply log in. After a quick search for the “Event program” design type, you’ll see an option to start from scratch with a blank page or choose a template.

  2. Find the perfect template

    If you don’t want to start from scratch, you can browse event program templates for every theme. Use the search tool in the editor to filter by industry, layout, style, color and more. Click on the template you like to add to your page.

  3. Experiment with features

    Discover millions of high-quality stock photos, illustrations, icons and other graphics in Canva’s library. The handy drag-and-drop tool lets you place elements right onto your design in a single move. Use the curved text feature to make your program stand out.

  4. Keep customizing

    Add your personal flair to your event program by swapping the color scheme from one template with another. Change your font style. Add text boxes or rearrange and resize ingredients. Upload your own images or branding elements.

  5. Share or print

    Time to share your program design with the world? Download and save as a PNG or JPG. Or, make high-quality prints of your design with Canva Print.

Open a New Event Program Design

Add beautiful typography to your program

Canva’s text tools make creating typographic art a breeze. From script fonts to sans serif, heavy types to light, there are over a hundred fonts in Canva to choose from and pair together. Plus, you can take advantage of textholders, which are pre-made, well-balanced typography that you can just drag and drop anywhere on your layout then edit to reflect your event details.

Include branding in your design

If you’re holding an event for a company or brand, you’ll want to make sure that all participants know who owns the event. Ensure that even your event program carries your brand by including your official logo, colors and other branding elements. Canva for Work users have the advantage of the “Brand Kit” which stores all your brand’s visual assets so you can apply them across all your designs quickly. It includes your logo, brand palette, and even the ability to upload custom brand fonts.

Collaborate with your entire team

If you’re working with a team or have various stakeholders who need to add their input into your event program, you can easily share your design as an editable file and have them place their edits straight into Canva. It’s as easy as clicking a share button and ticking a box to give them editing permission. Copy and share the generated link and they’ll be able to access your design from any computer, laptop, iPhone or iPad device.

FAQ

Event programs should include:

  • your logo and slogan
  • the event name and tagline
  • the date and time of the event
  • the location and a map of the venue
  • a schedule of what’s happening each day

Extras include a list of featured guests or sponsors and a FAQ section.

Although they come in a wide range of sizes, the most common event program size is 5.5 x 8.5 inches. These dimensions make for a program that’s easy to carry around and to read. It also allows for the font to be big enough to be legible under dim light.

Reserve the front page of the event program for essential information about the event, which includes the event name and logo, date and time, and venue name and location. The inside pages are for diving into more detail, with a full itinerary, guest bios and the history of the event.

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