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Meeting people is easy: places to make new friends in Orlando


Whether you're new in town and need to make friends, or just want some new ones, these meet-ups are just the place to strike up a convo.

Orlando Conductor Crawl Speed Dating

Monthly, Church Street SunRail Station, $3.25, facebook.com/orlandoconductorcrawl

Starting at the Church Street SunRail station and continuing up and down the track, switch cars at each station for a new crop of partner potentials.

Orlando City Soccer Watch Parties at Harry Buffalo

129 W. Church St., 407-422-6656, harrybuffalo.com

A little less intense (but no less crowded) than the tailgates, the watch parties at OCSC's official bar are full of chicks and dudes who bleed purple.

Food Truck Bazaar

Various locations in Central Florida, schedule available at thedailycity.com

Check the Daily City's website for the schedule, but you can count on a gathering of more than 20 food trucks most Fridays in the month, where you can bond over mutual love of mobile meals.

Painting With a Twist

6700 Conroy Windermere Road, 407-601-7800, paintingwithatwist.com/orlando

You don't have to be Matisse to put a paintbrush on a canvas and drink some wine. Go with a group and let the wine do the work while you chat up the cutie next to you.

Seneff Arts Plaza at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 S. Magnolia Ave., 844-513-2014, drphillipscenter.org/shows-and-events

Another perk of our new performing arts complex: free live music where dancing and mingling is encouraged.

East End Market Classes

3201 Corrine Drive, 321-236-3316, eastendmkt.com/events-classes

What could possibly solidify a friendship better than a shared love of good food, local beer and cold-brew coffee? East End Market's classes and lectures bring together those of similar interests.

Wine & Beer Classes at Total Wine

Colonialtown and Millenia locations, totalwine.com

For a couple of bucks you can learn about beer, wine and spirits – bolster your courage to tell that girl her shoes are super-cute. Maybe coffee sometime?

There Will Be Words

Second Tuesday of each month, 7-8 p.m., 39 S. Magnolia Ave., therewillbewords.com

For the literary set, this live reading series features local writers sharing their poetry, short fiction and nonfiction at the Gallery at Avalon Island.

Wednesday Night Pitcher Show at Enzian Theater

1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, 407-629-0054, enzian.org

Bring your blankies and order a couple of pitchers and flatbreads to share with the people behind you (free food = instant pals) at this free flick on the lawn in Maitland.

Cocktail Classes at the Courtesy Bar

First and third Saturdays of each month, 5:45 p.m., 114 N. Orange Ave., 407-450-2041, thecourtesybar.com

Shake things up in a cocktail shaker and in your social life twice a month for $55, which covers materials for three full-sized DIY cocktails.

1st Thursdays at OMA

First Thursday of each month, 6-9 p.m., 2416 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-4231, omart.org

There's a new theme every month for this mix-and-mingle event at the Orlando Museum of Art, featuring local artists, cash bars, live music and food from local nosheries.

Celebrity Ballroom Super Sunday Dance

4241 L.B. McLeod Road, 407-270-5936, celebrityballroomorlando.com

If your foxtrot needs fixing or tango needs a tune-up, come to the free class before the dance begins, where asking a stranger to mambo isn't at all uncomfortable.

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