Many lifelong Seattleites prickle when they hear the words “Seattle Freeze.” But the reality is that it is hard to make new friends when you’ve just moved to town or when, y’know, you’re a busy adult.
Fear not, we’ve got you. Here are nine sure ways to meet other Rain City dwellers out in your city every month.
1. We think we’re punny
Wait ’til you meet the fine folks at the monthly Pundamonium Pun Slam. The evening begins with 10 people who’ve spent days thinking up the best turns of phrase based on a prompt. The evening gets more competitive as the night wears on.
Next event: Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Peddler Brewing Company
2. We watch the worst movie ever made
Tommy Wisseau’s The Room is widely considered the worst film ever made…but Seattleites appear to be big fans. The cult classic reportedly sells out almost every month at our favorite dine-in neighborhood cinema.
Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT!) Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.
Location: Central Cinema
3. We read in silence…together
Seattle’s Silent Reading Party—exactly what it sounds like—was started by Seattle culture critic Christopher Frizzelle, former editor-in-chief at The Stranger, to give the reading public a place to come together and bask in their respective worlds of words. And it’s all-ages, to boot.
Next event: Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m.
Location: Hotel Sorrento
4. We party it up at the senior center
The Greenwood Senior Center’s monthly Bingo & Karaoke Night is legendary. Get your tickets ASAP because it will sell out. Can’t make it this month? This page will be updated with events as they’re scheduled.
Next event: Friday, Oct. 27 from 7–10 p.m.
Location: Greenwood Senior Center
5. We work out with strangers
Members of The November Project, a free workout group, are trying their damnedest to unfreeze Seattle and build community through the power of sweating. The group usually meets Wednesdays at Gas Works Park and Fridays in different parks around the city.
Next event: Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 a.m. at Gas Works Park
Location: Gas Works Park and other parks
6. We hike like it’s our job
The Washington Trails Association’s Trailblazer app will tell you the nearest hike to where you are, wherever you are.
Next event: Every day
Location: Your phone!
Cost: Depends on the hike
7. On Thursdays, we look at art
Art nerds, unite! Hoof it to Pioneer Square every 1st Thursday, Capitol Hill or West Seattle every 2nd Thursday, or Queen Anne every 3rd Thursday for Seattle’s neighborhood Art Walks. Once there, wander around neighborhoods to peer curiously at locally made arts and crafts, listen to live music, and drink free—if not very cheap—wine. If you want to see art nearly every day of the week, look no further than here.
Location: Most Seattle neighborhoods
8. We share our life stories with a crowd
Inspired by The Moth storytelling series, local folks gather once a month to tell and/or listen to Fresh Ground Stories, which encourages people to tell personal stories based on prompts.
Next event: Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
Location: Roy Street Coffee & Tea
Cost: Free with café purchase
9. We protest like we mean it
If you want to know where people are getting active and mobilized and for what causes to support, go to Fight the Good Fight, a calendar of local protests and activist resources created by reader Molly Nixon.