Singles Groups and Activities in the DC Area

The Toledo Lounge in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood of DC.
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Washington DC is a great city for singles. Forbes.com ranks DC #5 in its article, “Best Cities For Singles 2009,” noting that the nation’s capital has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and is a good place for ambitious young people to jump start their careers. Whether you are looking to meet someone special or to just expand your social network, Washington DC has so many cultural activities and civic organizations that there are plenty of opportunities to meet other singles that share your interests.

Check out some of the following groups or activities: (note that many of them do not require you to be single and may just be a good way to make new friends)

Single Volunteers of DC
This is an international organization that provides single people to meet other singles through volunteer activities in the Washington, DC area

Professionals in the City
This group organizes hundreds of events in the Washington, DC area each year to bring the local professional community together.

Black Professionals Connection
The organization brings black professionals together in the Washington, DC area for socializing and networking. Events include happy hours, embassy galas, holiday parties, dance classes, trips, outdoor sports, and more.

20s & 30s Going Out Group
This is a social networking group (not a singles or dating group) for young adults in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Activities include dancing, dining, outdoor activities, road trips, and much more.

International Club of DC!
The organization is for internationally-minded professionals who enjoy international cultural experiences as well as social, educational, and outdoor events while helping the community.

Events and Adventures
This group plans a variety of activities like moonlight cruises, hikes, white water rafting, theater, horseback riding, sporting events, wine tasting, world travel, games nights and much more.

Things To Do DC
The organization provides socializing and networking opportunities for young professionals ranging from black tie galas to informational seminars to outdoor adventures to exotic weekend getaways.

Ivy Singles Social Club
ISSC is a coalition of Ivy League, Seven Sister, and other prestigious schools' regional alumni associations that sponsors social activities. Events are open to all single alumni of member schools and their guests.

Catholic Alumni Club of Washington, DC
CAC is an organization that brings together single Catholic professionals so they can meet and get acquainted in a Christian setting. They sponsor 20-30 activities each month, including charity, religious, social and sports events.

Washington Jewish Community Center Social Networks
The JCC has several networks for singles, geared toward Jewish adults divided into age groups.

IDSocialConnect - The Interracial Dating and Social Connections Meetup Group is a dating and social networking group for singles in the Washington DC metro area that are open to interracial dating. Activities include dancing, happy hours, hikes/walks, potlucks, dating seminars/workshops, sports outings, and travel.