The nation's capital is a good place for young singles to be, it seems. Washington, D.C., has a thriving social scene and countless groups to welcome newbies. Some are centered around dating while others have a more professional focus. There are opportunities to volunteer with other single people and to meet with fellow young professionals and talk resumés (or not). There are groups for minority populations and some that are rooted in religion. Whatever you're interested in, there's surely a place for you in the many cliques of Washington, D.C.
Speed dating is, indeed, still a thing, according to Professionals in the City. This group claims to have a network of more than 200,000 professionals around Washington, D.C., and hosts hundreds of events around the city year-round. Aside from speed dating, there's "speed friending," seminars, and even group international trips.
The name of this fun society of 20- and 30-somethings says it all. The group has more than 35,000 members on Meetup, so you're bound to find a bestie if not a potential soulmate. Several times a month, the group goes out to dinner, goes dancing, or hiking, or on a road trip, in addition to their regular nights out.
For folks who love a cultural experience, the International Club of DC hosts everything from Indian cooking classes to tango lessons. According to its website, there are almost 50,000 members representing 90 countries, but the only requirement for this group is to be "internationally minded." Born-and-bred Americans are welcome, too.
More of a resource for fun things to do than a group, events hosted by Things To Do are always inclusive and welcoming. Get-togethers range from black-tie galas and informational seminars to outdoor adventures and exotic weekend getaways. The calendar is almost always full.
There really is something for every niche in Washington, D.C. For Ivy League alums, for instance, there's the Ivy Singles Social Club (ISSC), a coalition of former students of prestigious schools that sponsor social activities such as dinners, book clubs, happy hours, and tours of the city. While all ages are welcome, the bulk of its members are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.
If you're a Catholic who wants to mingle with other Catholics, there's a group for that, too. The Catholic Alumni Club (CAC) hosts up to 30 get-togethers per month, including bowling, potlucks, and church, of course. The group is active in several local charities, too.
Likewise, there's a place for Jewish singles to go to meet singles in Washington, D.C., and that's the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center (DCJCC), which, in addition to fundraising events and fitness classes, hosts social gatherings such as brunches, holiday events, and concerts.
Interracial Dating and Social Connections (IDSocialConnect) has been playing matchmaker for more than a decade. When Tinder fails you, join in on one of this networking group's happy hours, hikes, workshops, or sports outings. Even if you don't make a love connection, you're sure to walk away with a few new friends.