the interwebs · the Queen City

Meetup Groups

I recently read a blog post about how hard it is to make friends as an adult, and I am sure we can all agree with the sentiment.  For one, it feels awkward and almost like you are hitting on them, right? “Hey, I see you have kiwis in your cart, I like kiwis too. We should totally hang out sometime”.  I mean, sometimes you are lucky enough to have cool coworkers or a neighbor that you jive with, but what if you don’t work or your neighbors suck?

I found several Charlotte groups with activities to attend offline at meetup.com

Last year, I was totally feeling all friendless, and like I didn’t have anything fun to do.  Don’t get me wrong, I love hanging out with my kids and husband.  We do tons of fun stuff together as a family, and my husband and I manage a date night nearly every week. BUT.  Occasionally, I want to do stuff, you know, with other people.  Plus, sometimes I want to do things the three of them aren’t interested in (husband and son) or don’t have time for (teenage daughter).  So, I did what I always do when I want to figure something out, yep, google.  I can’t remember exactly what I searched for now, seriously,  it could have been “I am bored and have no friends”, but I found the meetup site.

I don’t know how I never knew of this before.  Some of you are probably thinking: uh yeah it has literally been around since 2002, but in case you don’t know either: meetup.com is a social networking site where people make groups based on an interest and schedule activities for members in the actual real world.  It is really, really cool.  At first I went a little crazy, and I signed up for like a million different groups, but now I have it narrowed down to just a few with activities I attend (note: some have member dues to help pay for the price of hosting on meetup and other expenses, but a lot are free).  My groups are all Charlotte-based, but with over 200,000 groups in 180 different countries, I am sure you will be able to find something near to your abode.

My favorite group is The Charlotte Geeks, and I attend the monthly book club meetings held at a locally owned bookstore.  This is a great group!  The other members are friendly and nerdy, which of course makes me feel like I fit in, and the book choices have been such good reads. (My favorite book, by far, was Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  If you are a fan of fantasy, magic or the circus, you should check this book out.)  I hope to attend one of the other activities soon, specifically the trivia night!

I found several Charlotte groups with activities to attend offline at meetup.com

I also found a really nice volunteer group called Doing My Part/CLT/A New Kind of Charity.  So far, I have only attended one of the feeding the homeless meetups, but I plan to fit more of these into my schedule because it is very rewarding, and I like to give back.  Also, I am trying to instill a sense of charity in my children, and I am looking forward to more activities that we can do as a family.

The Rogue Dames of Charlotte is an all-female-all-ages hiking group, and while I have not yet found a hike I was able to attend, I did get a chance to go to the Christmas Cookie Exchange and the Banff Film Festival meetup.  This is a super fun group, and every member I have had a chance to chat with was incredibly welcoming.  The group leaders are very encouraging, and they plan hikes and backpacks for all skill levels.  I can’t wait to go on a (beginner) hike with the group.

I took my son to a Charlotte Outdoor Parents event at the Reedy Creek Nature Center, and he had so much fun building a terrarium.  The activity fee was just a few dollars, and they provided all of the supplies.  The turnout was pretty low, but the weather that day was kinda sucky so we are going to give it another shot on a less rainy day.

I found several Charlotte groups with activities to attend offline at meetup.com
He made it all by his little self!

Last month, I joined the Charlotte Bloggers group, and I am anxiously awaiting my first meetup with these guys.  I am really excited to chat and network with other members, 833 of them apparently. Who knew there were so many bloggers in Charlotte!?!

Although I haven’t found a BFF in any of these groups (yet!), I have had a ton of fun attending the functions and chatting with new faces.

Have you tried any meetup groups before? Have any tips for being less awkward and making friends in the adult world?

***This post contains affiliate links, this blog receives a small commission from purchases made through this link***

8 thoughts on “Meetup Groups

  1. I have a hard time believing a place like Greenville, SC doesn’t have a blogging group, but they don’t. I ALMOST started one, but when you start them, you are responsible for all the planning and expenses…no thank you. They do have a WordPress one, but they talk about the technical aspects and it is full of business blogs and developers. So, nah.

    My son is very involved in a guitar players meetup, and it has been great for playing open mics together.

    Too bad you are not a smidge closer. We would hang and buy kiwis together.

    1. You like kiwis too?!? Maybe I can come down to your awesome downtown farmer’s market, and we can shop for them there 🙂 I am sure kiwis are native to SC

      How far are you from Columbia or Charleston? One of them is bound to have a blogging group…Atlanta is further than Charlotte, right? But if you ever decide to attend one of the blogging meetings here, let me know. I would definitely go with you!

  2. I am 1 hour from Charlotte 1.5 hours from Columbia, 3.0 hours from Atlanta, 4 hours from Charleston. Greenville – it was unbelievable that we had no such thing. Want to hear how yours goes!

  3. I did the same thing. I found an Empty Nesters group and I’ve done a couple of things with them. I don’t do more with them because they usually meet smack in the middle of our church time, but I think it’s a great way to meet some new people.

  4. I moved from Australia to Tennessee, and because I had been in the area briefly in the past I knew that it would be harder to make friends if you weren’t a church-goer. I joined some meetup groups before I even got on the plane, Keen to be able to start looking for my people ASAP. It’s worked out very well!

    1. I’m glad you found some cool people in Tenn! I used to live in Cleveland (outside of Chattanooga) when I was a teenager, and I definitely felt out of place as a nonchurch-goer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *