The new Events section lives at the bottom of the Explore tab, where users can find a variety of things listed depending on what's going on in their location.
Google says Events that appear in the new section can include everything from late night comedy shows to movie screenings in the local park.
Also new in version 4.57, cycling and walking directions now feature a handy elevation chart, offering users an idea of how much physical effort they can expect to exert for the route in question.
Elevation information has been available for some time on the Google Maps website, so having the data in-app should come as a welcome addition.
Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]