Whether you’re looking to meet new friends with similar values, or are looking for people to date, there are a lot of good reasons to want to meet other vegans.
Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to find other vegans, even in cities where veganism is pretty popular.
And dating is even more difficult; most vegan dating apps are terrible right now, and there’s no easy way to filter out non-vegans on apps like Tinder or Bumble.
After a few years of being vegan, and talking to other vegans about this topic, I’ve come up with a list of the 8 best ways to meet other vegans. It’s still not “easy,” but these are the best avenues I’ve come across.
Find the Overlap Between Veganism and Other Activities
I wanted to start with this because it’s something that most don’t consider.
Think about the typical things you associate with vegans:
- Typically younger
- Often in shape
- Typically healthy
Obviously that doesn’t describe all vegans, but it’s a good place to start.
Where do people like this spend their time?
- The gym
- Doing yoga
- At university events
One of the best ways to meet vegans in any city is to wear shirts that say something like “plant-powered” to the gym. It’s an easy way for other vegans to spot you and have something to break the ice with.
Now if you’re not at all interested in working out or doing yoga, this won’t be too useful, so let’s move on.
Go to Animal Rights Events
Just about everyone involved in animal activism is vegan.
It’s pretty easy to find them by searching for “animal rights + [your city]”.
These local groups are small, full of great people, and a great place to meet friends.
Most animal rights groups will go to a protest (or other event), and then hang out afterwards, giving you a chance to get to know them better.
This doesn’t mean that you all of a sudden need to be a hardcore activist, but just going to an event every once in a while can open the doors to new friendships, and then you can plan other activities outside of protests.
Take Vegan Cooking Lessons
I’ve noticed that more and more places are offering vegan cooking nights.
These are a great chance to not only learn to cook better, but meet other vegans in a fairly casual setting.
Join a Meetup
Meetup.com was created to help people find friends interested in the same things that they are.
Most medium and large cities have at least one group dedicated to veganism, whether it’s for potlucks, activism, or other activities.
Look for a Local Facebook Group
Vegan Facebook groups are full of discussions about veganism, and members often meet up for potlucks and other activities.
Some of these groups are full of some strange people, but all the ones around me have been great.
If a group you join doesn’t do a lot of meetups, don’t be afraid to create your own.
Create an event around something that you like to do (e.g. sports, board games, hiking, etc.), and it will attract the people in the group most similar to you.
Go to Vegan Food Festivals and Talk to People
Most cities have yearly vegan food festivals at this point, and they’re a great place to meet other vegans.
If you’re not particularly extroverted, I highly recommend talking to people running tables on local vegan and animal rights groups.
It’s easy to bring up something like, “this is the first time I’ve seen so many vegans,” and mention that you’re interested in meeting new friends. Most people will be happy to get to know you better or introduce you to others at the event.
Vegan Speed Dating Events
If you live near a big city, there’s a good chance you can find a speed dating event for vegans if you’re looking for vegans to date.
The most popular company that runs these is Find Veg Love, which runs events all over North America.
One Last Piece of Advice: Don’t Ignore Vegetarians
Vegans and vegetarians are more similar than we are different.
Many vegetarians even end up becoming vegans later on once they learn more about the dairy industry.
When you’re doing all the things above, don’t just search for “vegan,” also try “vegetarian.” You’ll often get different results and more opportunities to meet people with similar values as you.