Scrape event data from Yelp using just Google Chrome

This tutorial will show you how to extract event details from Yelp using Web Scraper Chrome Extension. It helps to gather basic event details in and around a neighborhood, city or state.

What data are we extracting from Yelp?

  1. Event Name
  2. Event Category
  3. Event Location
  4. Location Rating
  5. Number of Reviews
  6. Event Address
  7. Phone Number
  8. Event Start Time
  9. Event End Time
  10. Price
  11. Event Description

The annotated screenshot below shows the data fields we will be scraping:

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Prerequisites

  • Google Chrome Browser – You will need to download the Chrome browser. The extension requires Chrome 49+.
  • Web Scraper Chrome Extension – The Web Scraper extension can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store.  After downloading the extension you will see a spider icon in your browser toolbar.

Import the Yelp Scraper

After installation, right-click anywhere on a page, go to ‘Inspect’ and the developer tools console will pop up. Click on the tab Web Scraper and go on to the ‘Create new sitemap’ button and click on the ‘Import sitemap’ option. Now paste the JSON given below in the Sitemap JSON box. 

You can also copy it from Github – https://gist.github.com/scrapehero/2b5c89665007159f1daa9704963d4a5d

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Obtaining the URL from Yelp

Yelp allows you to search for events that you can filter based on parameters like city, date, and event popularity. This scraper allows you to scrape data from Yelp based on your requirements, you can select the filters for which you need the data scraped and copy the corresponding URL. Here is how to obtain the URL:

  1. Go to the link to search for Yelp events – https://www.yelp.com/events/
  2. Select a preferred date under Popular Events
  3. Then choose a location

Add this URL to the metadata by clicking on the sitemap drop-down and pasting the URL. In the Web Scraper toolbar, click on the Sitemap button and select the “Edit metadata’ option and paste the new URL (based on your filter) as the Start URL.

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Run the Scraper

Go to the Sitemap and click ‘Scrape’ from the drop down. A new instance of Chrome will launch, enabling the extension to scroll and grab the data. Once the scrape is complete, the browser will close automatically and send a notification.

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Download the Data

To download the scraped data as a CSV file that you can open in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, go to the Sitemap drop down > Export as CSV > Download Now.

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