Events + get_start_date ()?

We have a custom page of resources, and I would like to pull the Start date of an event, (not the publish date) For posts and custom post types we are using, this is what I am using:
the_date('M Y');

I was wondering if there is a value that I can use that is something like:
the_start_date('D M Y');

Or something like that, that I can use.

Thank you in advance!