Best Meetup Groups In San Francisco

San Francisco © Jeff Gunn/Flickr
San Francisco © Jeff Gunn/Flickr
Photo of Nikita Washington
21 December 2016

Meetups are becoming increasingly popular, as organizers create groups based on common interests. Living in San Francisco is amazing, but it can sometimes be overwhelming. Let us provide you with a few meetup groups in the area.

I Wanted To Do That… Just Not Alone

Interested in exploring San Francisco but don’t have anyone to explore with? Try the friendly Meetup group I Wanted To Do That… Just Not Alone. Founded on February 1st, 2015, this group has already gained 9,392 members! Providing a positive and safe environment, the group welcomes people from all walks of life. Whether you want a new dining experience or wish to attend a live performance, I Wanted To That… Just Not Alone is the perfect Meetup group for you.

20 And 30 Somethings In San Francisco

With over 15,000 awesome members, this group is indeed starting a revolt against all couches! Founded on December 15th, 2009, 20 And 30 Somethings In San Francisco is catered to individuals seeking excitement and new friends. Past Meetups have included the Mission District foodie walking tour, the California Rum festival, and a bunch of paid focus groups! If you’re interested in joining, check out the group page!

California Weekends

Camping, adventures, and international trips are all part of the fun if you decide to join California Weekends. Targeting lovers of camping and hiking, this Meetup creates unique adventures for members to enjoy. Founded on April 2nd, 2010, California Weekends currently has a total of 4,426 weekenders according to the group page. There is an option to pay yearly dues in the amount of $12.00, which helps to provide supplies and improve Meetups. Interested in becoming a member? Hurry and sign up! The group pulls from a waiting list four months in advance for a trip.

Camping | © R.E. Barber Photography/Flickr

Photography Meetup Group

Love photography? The San Francisco Photography Meetup Group provides an outlet for creators of photography to support fellow member exhibitions, speak on the latest gadgets, and exchange tips.

Organic, Natural Health, & Raw Food Meetup

California is well known for healthy eating and living. For most individuals, staying on this path is daunting, but meeting with other health-conscious people is beneficial. Founded on March 28th, 2008, The San Francisco Organic, Natural Health, & Raw Food group centers on living a conscious, organic life. From discussions on recipes, yoga sessions, and spring water collection hikes, this healthy group has something for all prospective members!

Take Back Your Health | © Take Back Your Health Conference/Flickr


San Francisco is the hippest tech scene, so it only makes sense that this list includes a Meetup for all the techies. SFHTLM5 is the largest web development Meetup in the world! With an astonishing 14,510 enthusiasts, this group hosts monthly events on JavaScript, web design, and much more. With superstar guest speakers, don’t miss out on the next two events!

Bay Area Beer Socials

If you love beer, you understand that finding the right beer for every occasion is important. Bay Area Beer Socials plan tours of breweries, allows sampling of beverages, and allows lovers of beer to network at beer festivals. With 764 past Meetups, this group is very active. Bay Area Beer Socials was founded on December 27th, 2007, and currently has 8,761 beer lovers.

Russian River Brewery | © George Ruiz/Flickr

SF Free School

SF Free School offers free classes to anyone in the community. According to the group page, the school has offered classes in the arts, dating, networking, and foreign languages. Upcoming classes include ‘Enhance Your Social Intelligence,’ ‘Mandarin Workshop,’ and ‘Meditation.’ Founded on July 9th, 2011, the SF Free School has nearly 8,000 members.

Get Volunteering

Give back to the community by joining the Get Volunteering Meetup group. Founded on February 23rd, 2010, and with more than 4,000 volunteers, Get Volunteering is making an impact on San Francisco. Past sessions have included Monday dinners at the Next Door Shelter and connecting with the senior citizens at Curry Senior Center. Check out the group page to volunteer for one of the upcoming sessions.

Friday Night Social

It’s finally Friday! Don’t have any plans? Join Friday Night Social, created for professional singles looking to eat, dance, and network. The group thrives on member participation and ideas for events to take place on Fridays. Founded on March 5th, 2009, Friday Night Social has steadily increased its membership, making it one of the most active groups in the San Francisco area.

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