It can be hard making friends as an adult — and even more so with how hectic San Jose life can be.
But whether you’re new to the great 408, or have been a local all your life — there are so many ways to meet new people, and we’ve gathered a few places where you can start.
👟 Get active
Looking for bike-minded people? The Silicon Valley Biking Coalition organizes social rides around town and educational workshops.
Wanna go the distance? This South Bay Hiking Meetup is not afraid of a challenge. Have kiddos? No problem — there’s a hiking group for that too.
Feeling young at heart? Join San Jose’s adult dodgeball league, the San Jose Pickleball Club, an ultimate frisbee meetup group, or take out your skates with SJ Roll Call.
🎨 Find a hobby
According to a recent survey, San Jose was ranked the ninth most creative city in the US. If you want to join in the creativity, consider art classes at the School of Visual Philosophy or Art Boutiki’s weekly Drink & Draw.
🎮 Game on
Wanna find your Player Two? We’ve got you covered whether you prefer Super Smash Bros. or board games. There’s also Guildhouse (board + video games) and Miniboss (arcade games).
LGBTQ+ folks should check out Oddizens, and the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center’s various events — which welcome geeks, gamers, and crafters of all identities.
🍽️ Get cooking
Sharpen your knife skills, or get cracking on a new recipe at Sur La Table, Cultivate Culinary Gatherings.
Your littles will also enjoy classes at Cucina Bambini + TasteBuds (who also offer classes for adults).
Learn about sustainability through Veggielution and Garden To Table Silicon Valley.
🎤 Express yourself
Not afraid of the spotlight? O’ Flaherty’s Pub, 7Bamboo + Renegades Bar host regular karaoke nights where you can duet with your future best friend.
Hone your comedy and poetry chops at Nirvana Soul After Dark and San Jose Improv’s Open Mic — and meet other creatives at the San Jose Poetry Slam.
Get groovin’ with the San Jose pod of the Dance Church, which offers a safe space for people to celebrate each other through the medium of movement.
🎶 Rock on
Find like-minded music fans when you rock out to local acts with weekly concerts at Mama Kin, The Caravan Lounge, Art Boutiki, and The Ritz.
Or, if you’re into the more experimental fare, SJZ Breakroom features intimate performances, too (Pssst... The San Jose Jazz Winter Concert series starts this weekend).
For more opportunities to get out + meet new people, head to our events page, with 100+ San Jose events to check out every month.