How to make friends in Austin, TX


It would be hard not to find a friend (or two) at an ACL Live show. | Photo by @michaelstarrrocks

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It can be challenging to make friends as an adult, especially if you’re new to the city. Don’t fret, we’re here to help you out. 👋

🫂 Go to community events

Our events calendar will help you find opportunities to get out in the city + meet new people — there’s probably more going on than you think.

Plus, there’s the Austin chapter of Texas Young Professionals, a networking organization that hosts mixers throughout the year, and these upcoming networking events.

🎨 Find a hobby

One of the best ways to make friends is to surround yourself with people who have similar interests. Whether that be an artistic hobby like painting or photography — there are classes you can join.

If you’re into fitness, explore unique ways to get active. There’s also the November Project, a workout club that meets downtown on Wednesday and Friday morningsno registration needed + it’s free.

If you like to read, join a book club. The Austin Public Library is hosting a virtual book club meeting on Monday to discuss “Elmet” by Fiona Mozley.

📲 Go mobile

Download the Austin Insider Guide app to learn about more events. If you’re into live music (we are living in the Live Music Capital of the World), download the Bandsintown app + head out to a concert where you can meet new friends.

There’s also the Austin Young & Awesome Couples & Singles meetup page you can join or check out the Austin Rocks! - for All Adults group.

Pro tip: For any of this to work, you’ll most likely need to step out of your comfort zone, but consider us your first new friends

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