Events during the weekend, mostly on Saturday but sometimes also on Sunday, are becoming more and more popular, both for technical and non-technical events.

I don’t have a strong opinion on the matter, but for me, it’s challenging to invest time during the weekend since I should grab it from the family.

Let’s see a list of Pros and Cons:

πŸ‘ You don’t need to take a day off if the event interests only you and not your employer.

πŸ‘Ž You grab time from your family or your interests

πŸ‘ You can go to the event with your family, without losing days at school

πŸ‘Ž If you sponsor an event happening on the weekend, think about the expected attendees

πŸ‘ For the event organizer, it’s easier to find rooms for the event (Universities, Companies, etc.)

πŸ‘Ž Sometimes locations that are usually closed in the weekend, lack additional services (Bars in Universities are closed, etc.)

πŸ‘ Traveling is easier and relatively cheaper unless you choose a peak period

πŸ‘Ž There could be fewer flights or trains, and sometimes public transports don’t serve Universities and other districts in the weekend

πŸ‘ Community-driven events seem more natural in the weekend

πŸ‘Ž Company-driven events seem more natural during weekdays

πŸ‘ Events during the weekend tend to finish early, or people (attendees and speakers) tend to leave early, because of family and other reasons. You should plan for that.

πŸ‘Ž You shouldn’t start a weekend event too early in the morning

And you? What do you think about events during the weekend? Do you see other Pros and Cons?