Christopher Johnson Christopher Johnson - 2 months ago 56x
jQuery Question

DateTimeOffset in FullCalendar using ASP.NET MVC

I'm passing this DateTimeOffset

2016-08-01 09:30:00.0000000 -04:00
from my SQL Server database to FullCalendar. The events seem to be rendering but they are always 4 hours ahead. I want to note that it was doing the exact same thing when I was using datetime2 instead. I checked SQL Server and it's showing the correct current time so I'm not sure what the problem is.

Here's my FullCalendar implementation:

<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function ()
left: 'prev,next today',
center: 'title',
right: 'month,agendaWeek,agendaDay'
editable: false,
events: "/home/loadevents/"



public class CalendarEventsViewModel
//Properties have to conform to the following API standards
//or the FullCalendar.js library will reject all incoming data.

public int id { get; set; }
public string title { get; set; }
public DateTimeOffset start { get; set; }
public DateTimeOffset end { get; set; }


public ActionResult LoadEvents (DateTime start, DateTime end)

IEnumerable<CalendarEventsViewModel> model =
.Select(r => new CalendarEventsViewModel
id = r.EventID,
title = r.EventName,
start = r.EventScheduleDateTime,
end = r.EventScheduleDateTime,

return Json(model, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);


After a closer look with a breakpoint I've noticed that instead of pushing
2016-08-01 09:30:00.0000000 -04:00
to FullCalendar it's pushing
8/1/2016 09:30:00 AM
yet it's still displaying as four hours ahead of my local time. I'm not sure if the offset is getting lost from the db in my linq statement even though I'm using the datetimeoffset in both the db and my viewmodel property. I also added more code above.

Edit 2:

It seems I was wrong and it's sending
{8/1/2016 9:30:00 AM -05:00}
so I'm not sure what the issue is just yet. My guess is that this might not conform to the FullCalendar requirements?

Edit 3:

In my database I have
2016-08-01 09:30:00.0000000 -04:00
stored. When it get's to the linq query it becomes
8/1/2016 9:30:00 AM -04:00
according to a debug. When the date/event is shown in FullCalendar.js it shows as four hours later than that at 1:30pm. I've got to be misunderstanding something about the offset but I don't know what.


Because you're using MVC's JsonResult (returned by the call to the Json method of the controller), the JSON serialization is being handled by the JavaScriptSerializer class. Unfortunately, this particular serializer doesn't handle DateTimeOffset values very well. It normalizes them to UTC, then presents them in an antiquated format.

While moment.js can indeed read that format (and thus can FullCalendar), the normalization process means that all times will appear as UTC, thus appearing to be (in your example case) four hours ahead.

There are two ways you might consider approaching this:

  1. You could tell FullCalendar to adjust all timestamps the the user's local time, by setting the timezone parameter to local. This requires no changes to the back-end, but means that users in different time zones will see events relative to themselves, rather than the local time of the event. (This is often desired anyway, so consider this first.)

  2. You could change the serializer used in your MVC code to use JSON.Net instead of the JavaScriptSerializer. By default, JSON.Net will use the standard ISO8601 format, and will preserve the offset of a DateTimeOffset value. If you want to do this globally throughout your project, see this approach, though you could instead simply change the last line of your LoadEvents method to:

    string json = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(model);
    return Content(json, "application/json");

    Also worth mentioning that ASP.Net WebAPI does not have this problem, as it already uses JSON.Net by default.