Getting comfortable in a new city isn’t easy, but Cincinnati offers several social groups that will help ease the transition. If you’ve just moved to Liberty Township or West Chester, consider joining one of these five groups to make new friends and start settling in.
1. 21BC – Non-Native Cincinnatians Meetup
This group is for adults who moved to Cincinnati after they turned 21, and don’t have high school or college connections in the city. It caters well to recent transplants, offering events that will help you find your way around and start feeling at home. Events are typically casual happy hours in the area.
If you have young children, Moms4Moms offers an easy way to get acquainted with other parents and children in the area. This group organizes events for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as moms’ night out evenings for adults. The group operates several smaller clubs including playgrounds, book clubs, and craft clubs, so you can find events that cater to a variety of age groups and interests. Dues for the group at just $35 a year for the first three years, and $20 annually for each subsequent year.
3. Cincinnati New in Town 20s/30s
This meetup group caters to newcomers in their 20s and 30s, offering a variety of events that take place at least once a week. You’ll find trivia nights, karaoke evenings, festivals, and fundraisers. With almost 3,000 members, this meetup can help you connect with an incredibly diverse group of people. If you fall in this age range, sign up and head to the next event. You’ll make new friends in no time.
4. Cincinnati Library Story Time
If you have children, check the Cincinnati Library’s calendar of events for weekly story times. Library Babies is a program for children age 6 to 18 months, Toddler Storytimes cater to those 18 to 36 months, and Preschool Playtime is for children 1 to 4 years old. Find your favorite branch and be sure to check the calendar for events throughout the week at different locations.
5. I Want To Do That, Just Not Alone
If you want to get out and see more of the city, but you’re not great as a solo artist, just join this group of more than 1,200 people who don’t want to go it alone either. You can attend improv, get together for trivia and cocktails, or gather for a round of Cards Against Humanity. The group is even hosting Thanksgiving for Cincinnati residents who don’t have their own families in the area to share the day with.
What are your favorite social groups in Cincinnati? Share your suggestions in the comments section below to help new residents feel welcome!