I am trying to do a meta_query, but not getting expected results. In this particular case, the key in question is "_EventHideFromUpcoming" (see below) with a value of "yes" (stored as a string). Also, if the value is not "yes", the key "_EventHideFromUpcoming" is not present at all.

I have the following query:

$now = date('Y-m-d H:i:s');
$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'tribe_events',
    'posts_per_page' => '-1',
    'orderby' => '_EventStartDate',
    'order' => 'ASC',
    'meta_query' => array(
        'relation' => 'AND',
            'key' => '_EventEndDate',
            'value' => $now,
            'compare' => '>=',
        'relation' => 'OR',
                'key' => '_EventHideFromUpcoming',
                'compare' => 'NOT EXISTS',
                'key' => '_EventHideFromUpcoming',
                'value' => 'yes',
                'compare' => '=',

I've tried reducing my query down to simply getting one result with "_EventHideFromUpcoming" set to "yes" but still not able to. I've tried using essentially the same query with different meta keys and it works. It seems like all "_EventHideFromUpcoming" set to "yes" are being filtered out before I run my query.

  • Down voted since questions about integration with plugins/themes just can not be answered without knowing the fine details of how those plugins work. Preferably questions should be about your code in a "vanilla" enviroment. – Mark Kaplun Oct 16 '17 at 5:19
  • Ok. Thanks. I edited my question to remove the part specific about the plugin. – egauvin Oct 16 '17 at 11:00

It is not working because there is a custom query in the events plugin that adds the posts to be ignored (not returned) when you run WP_Query. See getHideFromUpcomingEvents() method in the-events-calendar/src/Tribe/Query.php. But there is however a filter hook that you can use there to do whatever. See the following sample code:

function wpse283031_hide_ids( $ids )
    $ids = [];
    return $ids;
/* this filter should be added **before** you run WP_Query */
add_filter( 'tribe_events_hide_from_upcoming_ids', 'wpse283031_hide_ids' );

Another thing you can try is add 'suppress_filters' => true to your query args. As in:

$args = [
    'suppress_filters' => true
  • +1 for suppres_filters.... although this obviously might be too much suppression ;) – Mark Kaplun Oct 16 '17 at 5:21
  • Do you mean the wpse283031_hide_ids function? If so, the $ids contains the post IDs that will not be returned in the results. – Paul G Oct 17 '17 at 1:56
  • When I looked at the function in, the-events-calendar/src/Tribe/Query.php, I thought it looked like the function wpse283031_hide_ids you provided shown above applied to the filter tribe_events_hide_from_upcoming_ids was actually removing all the id's from the id's that would be hidden. I kept $ids = []; and it looks like it's keeping all the events flagged as _EventHideFromUpcoming. – egauvin Oct 19 '17 at 0:29

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