Free Places to Meet People over 50
by Christina Gregoire
Where do you go to make friends with other Baby Boomers and Seniors?
Well, you could sign up for dating sites or take college classes, but most of the time you would end up spending money for those things. So, why not try a couple of cheap or free places for meeting people over 50-ish.
Where to Make Baby Boomer Friends
Many of the following ideas are free. If something is free, what have you got to lose? And, if you smile and act friendly, you're sure to meet some quality people...and a few quirky types. Hey, if you want to make (platonic or romantic) friends, you should find some time to check out fun places like these...and they're a lot safer than those rock concerts that your mother never knew about.
You can meet cool people at any art function and, because I live in Seattle, here are the basics for the Seattle Art Walk.
- Pioneer Square Art Galleries
- 6pm - 9pm on the first Thursday of every month
- Info at FirstThursdaySeattle.com (or just follow the crowds)
The Seattle Art Walk is definitely one of the coolest, hippest, and best places in Seattle to meet people of all ages. Very Fun. Tres Chic. Pioneer Square is great fun; however, chicks might want to bring pals for after dark festivities. (It's light all summer.) And, art gives everyone something to talk about. Most cities have some kind of art walk.
In Everett, just north of Seattle, we have free Rick Steves’ travel classes, where you can find out about different parts of Europe or learn how to say a few words in Italian. For those of you who live in other parts of the country, just google something like:
- Free classes (your city)
- Free classes (your university) extension
- Free (gardening or whatever) seminars
Everyone needs to eat, so why not go to a market where the food is often organic and the people are tons of fun. Just search for farmer’s markets in your area. Larger burgs will have lots of options for all you ex-hippies. Just look at the list of farmer’s markets in San Diego County.
Contra Dancing – The Hip Alternative to Square Dancing
Contra Dancing is a high-energy blast and it’s not for sissies. It’s a bit like French Court Dance, but it is neither stately nor serene. The music is lively and dancers can come alone and partner up there. And, the coolest part is that everyone switches partners continuously, so every man dances with every woman in the line and vice versa. Kinda like "free love" without the sex. Just google contra dancing for your area. (There is often a small fee.)
What’s Volksmarching? It’s a group of people who meet friends and walk scenic trails for fun. Well, they’ve also added swimming, cycling, canoeing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in some areas of the county. You walk at your own pace because it’s not a competition, and most Volksmarchers are over 40. (It costs $25 to join for a year.)
If you are an older Boomer, you may remember being a student during the hippie era. Well, from what I remember, we had a lot of fun and we didn’t spend much money. Look around your town for free or inexpensive things like art walks, free seminars, contra dancing, and Volksmarching. You’re not too old to get back in the loop.
Where do you meet people?
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