Social Events in Saint Paul, Minnesota This Week

Let’s explore social events in Saint Paul, MN happening this week. Local events are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Look through this page and consider going out and socializing during one of these social events.

Social events are great and offer a world of possibilities. You can make new friends, learn new skills, see things from different perspectives and it’s fantastic for your mental health. And never before has companionship and being able to spend time with others been as important as it is today.

You probably remember being a kid and going up to another person your age and saying, “Do you want to be friends?” and that was pretty much that. Friend made. Alas, it’s not quite as simple now that we’re grown up, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult or as awkward as we think. There are thousands of people out there who would love to meet up with others, finding them just takes a bit of help and that’s what we’re here for.

On this page, we hope you’ll find some interesting events in Saint Paul where you can make some new friends.

Local Groups’ Events in Saint Paul

Queer Dharma Group

Queer Dharma Group

◦ When: Friday, May 17th

◦ Where: Clouds In Water Zen Center

We are a peer-led group which aims to discuss the Dharma in a queer and trans context. We are open to anyone who is LGBTQIA2S+, regardless of partners, age, and identity, as well as those who feel such a group would benefit them. We’ll meet for a meditation and a loosely guided discussion over tea and snacks. We meet from 6:30 to 8pm on the third Friday of each month.
This event has a suggested do(…)

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IN-PERSON: Reactive Kafka/Windowing in Kafka Streams and Flink SQL/Book signing!

IN-PERSON: Reactive Kafka/Windowing in Kafka Streams and Flink SQL/Book signing!

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: 1 SE Main St

Hello Streamers!

Please join us for an exciting **IN-PERSON** Apache Kafka® meetup and book signing on Wednesday, May 15th from 5:30pm hosted by our friends at SmartThings, with food and beverage sponsored by KineticEdge and books sponsored by Confluent.

First 40 registered attendees *to **arrive*** receive a free copy of Bill Bejeck’s new book, *Kafka Streams in Action, Second Edition*!
Please (…)

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Womens Self Defense workshop

Womens Self Defense workshop

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Marshall Ave Self Defense

Join us for an empowering and interactive self-defense meetup in the heart of the Twin Cities! Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to enhance your existing skills, this event is tailored for everyone.

Highlights:

1. Expert-Led Workshops: Learn practical self-defense techniques from seasoned instructors at Legacy Wing Chun. Gain insights into Wing Chun, a martial art known for its effic(…)

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Pop Culture Trivia at Bent Brewstillery – Roseville

Pop Culture Trivia at Bent Brewstillery - Roseville

◦ When: Thursday, May 16th

◦ Where: Bent Brewstillery

Trivia is 7pm-9pm. I put our start time at 6:30 to get tables, and food and drinks (if desired). FYI, their drink offerings include [no and low alcohol drinks](https://www.bentbrewstillery.com/no-low-alcohol).
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FREE Live Pop Culture Trivia at [Bent Brewstillery](https://www.bentbrewstillery.com/)

* No Limit on Team Sizes
* Every player gets a raffle ticket for a drawing to win a FREE drink (Rail(…)

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Minnesota Songkran Festival @ St. Paul

Minnesota Songkran Festival @ St. Paul

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Minnesota State Capitol

**AAPI Team (from Zoua, Scott, and David):**
We are exited to have you all join us for this event! You would be able to have an opportunity to try different types of food as well as meet up with like minded folks. ***We will be attending at 1PM to 3PM CST.*** In terms of where we will meet, we will provide those updates via Meetup App as the event approaches closer to the scheduled date. Hope to s(…)

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May- “Cover Her Face” by PD James

May- “Cover Her Face” by PD James

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Crooked Pint

Join us for dinner and drinks at Crooked Pint to discuss “Cover her face”. We will be in one of the back rooms.
Please keep your reservation up to date. Last minute cancellations and no shows may be removed from the group.(…)

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Legendary Percolators Band at Market Square Park in Mendota Heights, Wed. May 15

Legendary Percolators Band at Market Square Park in Mendota Heights, Wed. May 15

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Market Square Park

First (or close to it) **free outdoor live music** of the season !

The band’s self-description:
The Legendary Percolators Live Band is a variety band playing in Minneapolis-St. Paul and surrounding metro area. We play rock, country, blues, r&b, lots of pretty ballads, an occasional waltz or a polka, and we sing nice harmonies.
The band’s website:
[https://percolatorsband.com/](https://percolators(…)

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Art a Whirl

Art a Whirl

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Indeed Brewing Co

Hey ya’ll! Art-a-whirl is here!

Here’s the plan:

* Meet at Indeed Brewing at 3:00 pm for a power up drink and to gather our troops
\- 711 NE 15th Ave\, Minneapolis\, MN 55413
* Building 1) the Solar Arts Building
\- This one is literally attached to Indeed Brewing
* Building 2) Then, w’ll walk across the block to tour Northrup King
\- There are a TON of artists in this building\, so this one mig(…)

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Serving at Union Gospel Mission! All are Welcome!

Serving at Union Gospel Mission! All are Welcome!

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities—Men’s Campus

Hi Friend, old and new, we will be serving at the Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul. If you’ve never joined us please consider jumping in! All we do is serve food, cafeteria style, no previous experience is required. Our group just provides opportunities to serve no questions or follow up or forms needed. Just sign up and if you sign up please, please, please show up, these guys are in need of our (…)

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Board Games and Hangout!

Board Games and Hangout!

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: 3746 23rd Ave S

Hey group!

Enjoy good company and a wholesome board game? Come on down to Sisters’ Sludge Coffee Café to talk, hang out, and play.

If you so choose, please bring a simple to teach, simple to play board game to share! I will be bringing a few of my own.

Hope to see you there!(…)

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BitDevs Socratic Seminar #15

BitDevs Socratic Seminar #15

◦ When: Tuesday, May 14th

◦ Where: Improving

A socratic seminar discussing recent research and developments on the Bitcoin protocol. Come join us and talk about Bitcoin!

Agenda: https://bitdevsmpls.org/2024-05-14-socratic-seminar-15

Reach out to @m1sterc001guy on Twitter with any questions.(…)

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LGBTQIA2S+ Meditation Group

LGBTQIA2S+ Meditation Group

◦ When: Thursday, May 16th

◦ Where: Shambhala Meditation Center of Minneapolis

Are you interested in meditation and also part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community? Then this group is for you! Whether a seasoned meditator or a complete beginner, come join us the third Wednesday of each month to meditate together in a safe and welcoming space. All you need is a desire to further your spiritual life and meet new people! Post meditation, we can all enjoy a hot cup of tea together while w(…)

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Minneapolis Rust Meetup Happy Hour

Minneapolis Rust Meetup Happy Hour

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

◦ Where: HeadFlyer Brewing

Come hang out with all sorts of Rust folks! From the just-curious to the living-and-breathing-it, everyone is welcome. It’ll be an informal happy hour where we just chat about Rust 🙂

**Experience level:** All levels (interested to expert)(…)

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WCC First Ride of 2024

WCC First Ride of 2024

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: 10000 Brookview Rd

Welcome everyone to the first of the 2024 rides of the Woodbury Casual Cyclists group!

Our first ride will be in the northeast corner of Woodbury on trails around Markgrafs Lake, the Dancing Waters area, Valley Creek Park, and Powers Lake. You can see the route map and suggested parking at Powers Lake Park [here](https://wcc.rnddevelopments.com/home-page/rides/future-wcc-rides/).

This ride will (…)

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Minnesota Quantum Computing Happy Hour!

Minnesota Quantum Computing Happy Hour!

◦ When: Tuesday, May 14th

◦ Where: King Coil Spirits

We had some great sessions in 2023 – let’s all get together for a casual mingle, catch up, and talk about some plans for 2024!

King Coil Spirits – they have appetizers and pizza and a variety of cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Let’s do 5:30pm on Tuesday May 14. King Coil is at Vandalia Tower, 550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul.(…)

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ASTRO/SUB2 REI MEET-UP

ASTRO/SUB2 REI MEET-UP

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: 2855 Anthony Ln S

Join the last meet up at this office before we move to our brand new location. This event is perfect for anybody involved in real estate either if you are a real estate agent or a real estate investor and want to find more ways to scale, your business definitely should attend. This event will have multiple guest speakers. Don’t miss this free opportunity.(…)

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🌳🔥🌳 Spiritual Journey Campfire at Como Park

🌳🔥🌳 Spiritual Journey Campfire at Como Park

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Como Park Fire Pits

Have you recently started on a spiritual journey, or maybe you’ve been on one for a while? Join us as we casually gather around the fire to celebrate and share our experiences. Whether interested in the power of crystals, divination tools, ancient rituals, or manifestation, there’s a wealth of knowledge to be gained.

🌌 **Gathering of Kindred Souls**
Come together with fellow spiritual travelers,(…)

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Go vulnerabilities: Security in Go environments (in-person and virtual)

Go vulnerabilities: Security in Go environments (in-person and virtual)

◦ When: Wednesday, May 15th

Note the new time! Please reference “Public Safety Guidelines” below the agenda for details on attending in-person.

Zoom meeting will start just before 6p.

We had a great group last month! Let’s keep the momentum going! If you’re interested in sharing content for this or a future event, please message Jesse Lang!

Join us for “Go vulnerabilities: Security in Go environments”, presented by Sathya(…)

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Mini golf and Mingle – Potluck BBQ

Mini golf and Mingle - Potluck BBQ

◦ When: Saturday, May 18th

◦ Where: Veterans Park

It’s almost summer, let’s play!!!!!!🌞
Bring an item to share, please choose and post on event chat.

We can have a BBQ/socialize then play a round of mini golf ⛳

We will meet at pavilion next to mini golf bldg. Mini golf is $10/per person.(…)

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Board Games at Bad Weather Brewing Company

Board Games at Bad Weather Brewing Company

◦ When: Tuesday, May 14th

◦ Where: Bad Weather Brewing Company

Come hang out on a Tuesday evening and play board and card games. If you own games feel free to bring them along! If you don’t own games, not to worry, we will get you playing regardless.

We will be at Bad Weather brewery using a room off of the main area. They are letting us use their space at no charge so remember to grab something to drink! (They do have sodas for those who do not drink alcoho(…)

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Tips to meet people at social events

You can make more friends at one party by showing interest in them than in a month by trying to meet people online. Meeting new people and making genuine connections in local events can be fun and easy if you go with the right mindset.

When it comes to meeting new people, nothing beats showing up in the real world. But none of the tips will work if you are not coming from the right place. Keep an open mind when attending social events. Reframe strangers as potential friends, it will make it much easier to approach conversations and fully engage in them.

When choosing an event, keep an eye on interesting themes, something you can relate to. Meeting new people in the context of mutual interest increases your chances of being friends.

Research events with the types of people you want to meet. They could be people in your age group, your field of work, or a specific neighborhood. Do not be too strict though, loosen up a little bit from your expectations.

Go where people are intentionally looking to make friends such as networking events where it feels normal and expected to walk up and introduce yourself.

In this digital era, apps and websites are the most convenient solutions for finding out about local events. If you are not sure where to look for events happening in Saint Paul, you can try out Visitsaintpaul.com, Exploreminnesota.com, or Stpaul.gov.

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