Where to meet new people in Charlotte: Part 2

Where to meet new people in Charlotte: Part 2

Meeting new people in Charlotte, the transient city of the south, can sometimes be a challenge. But Charlotte’s transience also introduces opportunity: there are many young transplants here looking, just like you, to meet new people. With a little creativity and an open mind, it’s entirely possible to build meaningful connections in the Queen City.

In “Part 1,” we explored some great options for meeting new people, from joining kickball leagues to volunteering with Hands on Charlotte. Here are some additional avenues to meet new people and expand your social circle in Charlotte.

Book Clubs and Reading Groups

If you’re an avid reader, joining a book club can be a fantastic way to meet like-minded individuals. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library hosts various book clubs across the city, catering to diverse genres and interests. Whether you enjoy fiction, non-fiction, or something more niche, there’s likely a group for you. Additionally, Meetup.com often has listings for independent book clubs meeting in local cafes and bookstores.

The Charlotte Social Club

The Charlotte Social Club organizes a wide range of activities and events aimed at bringing people together. From hiking trips and wine tastings to game nights and holiday parties, there’s something for everyone. The club prides itself on fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment, making it easier for newcomers to feel at ease and make friends.

Dance Classes

Have you ever wanted to learn salsa, swing, or ballroom dancing? Dance classes are not only a great way to get moving but also an excellent opportunity to meet new people. Check out venues like Queen City Ballroom or Salsa With Silvia Charlotte for group classes that cater to all skill levels. Dance studios often host social nights where you can practice your moves and mingle with fellow dancers.

Local Art Classes

Charlotte’s vibrant arts scene offers plenty of opportunities to meet people through creativity. The Mint Museum and Charlotte Art League offer various art classes and workshops, from painting and drawing to pottery and sculpture. These classes provide a relaxed, supportive environment where you can connect with others who share your artistic interests.

Meetup Groups

Meetup.com is a goldmine for finding groups of people who share your interests. Whether you’re into hiking, board games, tech, or cooking, there’s a Meetup group for you in Charlotte. Joining these groups can help you meet people organically through shared activities and passions.

Charlotte Sports Leagues

Beyond CLUBWAKA (see Part 1), Charlotte has numerous other sports leagues catering to a variety of interests. Check out SportsLink for adult leagues in soccer, volleyball, softball, and more. Participating in a sports league is a great way to stay active while building camaraderie with your teammates.

Dog Parks and Pet Meetups

If you’re a pet owner, dog parks can be fantastic places to meet other animal lovers. Check out local favorites like Frazier Park and Shuffletown Park. Additionally, there are pet-centric Meetup groups and events where you can socialize with other pet owners while your furry friends play together.

Language Exchange Groups

Are you interested in learning a new language or practicing one you already know? Charlotte’s language exchange groups provide a fun and educational way to meet new people. Organizations like Charlotte Spanish Language Meetup offer events where you can practice speaking different languages with native speakers and fellow learners.

Community Gardens

For those with a green thumb, community gardens offer a peaceful setting to connect with others who enjoy gardening. Places like Renfrow Farms and the Plaza Midwood Community Garden provide opportunities to work together on gardening projects, share tips, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Fitness Classes

Joining fitness classes can be a great way to meet new people while staying healthy. Studios like Orangetheory Fitness, Pure Barre, and Camp Gladiator offer group classes that foster a sense of community. Additionally, many gyms and fitness centers host social events and group outings for their members.


Meeting new people in Charlotte can require stepping out of your comfort zone and exploring new activities. Whether you’re into sports, arts, fitness, or simply looking for social events, Charlotte offers many opportunities to connect with interesting people who share your unique interests. If you’re feeling lonely or need additional support, don’t hesitate to reach out to Modern Era Counseling. You don’t have to navigate this journey alone!

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