How to Meet People in Raleigh, NC

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This sprawling “City of Oaks” offers all the conveniences of a metropolis with a Southern feel, laying the ideal landscape for exploring the area and meeting new people. Whether you’re new to Raleigh, North Carolina, and want to hit the tourist destinations, or find yourself a native looking to expand your social network, meeting new people can be tricky. Fortunately, Raleigh is just the city you need to socialize, for work or play, and form new relationships.

Step 1

Explore the city of Raleigh. Becoming familiar with the city will help you know what areas people typically frequent. Downtown Raleigh, which offers locations like the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, 606 Lounge, Capital City BMX, Artspace and the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, offers something new to explore every weekend.

Step 2

Get involved in the community. Raleigh offers a diverse selection of volunteer programs such as the Recycling Block Leaders, Greenway Volunteer Program and Police Volunteer Program. If you’re interested in volunteering with fellow animal lovers, Humane Carolina, AnimalKind and Snowflake Animal Rescue are just a few local organizations to consider. Find a cause you’re passionate about and you will meet new people who share your interests.

Step 3

Break out of your routine and try new places. If you spend most of your weekends dancing the night away at Dual Ultra Nightclub, switch it up and sit back with a beer and wings at Natty Greene’s Pub and Brewing. Or, if you're often at the pub, consider places like Jubala Village Coffee or Sola Coffee, for a cup of java and a new atmosphere.

Step 4

Use social networking sites. Raleigh Meetup groups, such as the Raleigh-Durham Singles Meetup Group, Urban Triangle or the adventurous "I've Always Wanted to Try That!" Group, give you access to others who are also interested in socializing and meeting new people (see Resources). Following Raleigh Now, Raleigh Is Cool or similar tweeters can keep you up-to-date on happenings in Raleigh, providing you opportunities to meet people (see Resources).