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Making Friends in Minneapolis and St. Paul


Moving to a different place provides many transitions in your life all at once: you might be changing jobs, starting school, or simply looking for a change. And if you're newly single while simultaneously dating in a new city, that's just another adjustment to get used to as well.

New in town, want to make new friends, or looking for a date? People to hang out with. Minneapolis is made for lovers. Its beautiful scenery, ample cultural events, and thriving economy make Minnesota’s largest city a perfect place for finding your soulmate.

If you've heard the expression "Minnesota Nice" you might think that it's very easy to make new friends in Minneapolis. But the Minnesota Nice stereotype is of people who are polite in a reserved way and of Minnesotans not being the most welcoming to outsiders and newcomers. Minnesotans will give you directions anywhere except their own house. They will give you endless lists of where to go, what to see, where to eat and how to make the most of life in Minnesota. They’ll do it with grace and polite smiles. Then, they will walk away.

Lean into being the new kid in town! Join something that interests you and find like-minded people there. If you're a gym rat, get a membership in Minneapolis. Or if you love bar trivia, join a league. If you have a pup, take them to the dog park! While you're out doing your thing, you may meet someone who's into the same hobbies. Join a CrossFit or private gym with an active social arm and participate in events. Go to events you are genuinely interested in:


  • Bakers can join the St. Paul Bread Club.
  • Comic book stores like Outpost 2000 in Coon Rapids have several weekly meetups and competitions for fantasy games fans.
  • Knitters can attend social knitting circles like the monthly one at Needlework Unlimited.
  • Gardening clubs are a great way for newcomers to the Twin Cities to find out what to grow in this climate. The Minneapolis Men's Gardening Club is actually open to those of both genders from anywhere in the Metro Area and has lots of events for meeting other gardeners and horticulturalists.


  • Lots of Minnesotans love their bikes, and there are several cycle clubs to join, for racing, mountain biking, and social rides. Minneapolis Bike Love is the place to go to find people who enjoy drinking beer while cycling, alleycat races, and bike polo.
  • The Minnesota Speleological Survey maps and protects Minnesota caves. And if you develop an interest in caving, it makes an interesting conversation topic for other social activities.
  • Curling is a popular sport in Minnesota, and if you join a curling league at the Dakota Curling Club, you can play year-round.
  • The Sitzmark Ski and Social Club offers members discounts on lift tickets at local ski areas and people to ski with.
  • The St. Paul Hiking Club tackles urban hikes several times a week, the Minnehikers hike at Minneapolis parks, and on trips around the state.


  • Sign up for a volunteer opportunity with a local non-profit and do good and meet other folks who want to help out others. There are plenty of organizations who would appreciate you contributing your time on a regular basis. Volunteer Match is a website full of local volunteer opportunities.
  • Churches often plan social events and offer volunteer opportunities, and employers often recruit employees for volunteer projects in the community.


  • Minnesota has a thriving indie scene, with locals flocking to Doomtree, Jeremy Messersmith, and Trampled by Turtles concerts. Many of these events are hosted at First Avenue, which is widely regarded as Minneapolis' premiere concert venue. Other excellent live venues include the Varsity Theater and the Triple Rock.
  • If you prefer big acts to local indie music, you'll have numerous opportunities to see your favorites perform live. Top 40 artists frequently perform to sold-out crowds at Target Center. Several others show up


  • The Basilica Block Party is an annual event held at the historic Basilica of St. Mary. One of the primary goals of the Basilica Block Party is to raise money for the Basilica's restoration.
  • Residents also gather for the Aquatennial, Pride Week, and Hollidazzle. Several smaller events are held in specific neighborhoods; Northeast residents gather every May for Art-a-Whirl while those living in Lowry Hill prefer to hit up the Lake of the Isles Skating Party. After relocating to Minneapolis, reach out to your new neighbors to find out more about events held near your new home.

Be proactive about connecting with people in your new town. If you have hobbies or interests or would like to try out a new hobby or learn something new, there's probably a group or club in Minneapolis with regular meetings and events for you to meet like-minded people.


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