So you’re getting ready to move to Nashville? You’re not alone! In 2015, there were about 80 people moving here every day, and many of them moved here without having family members or a job lined up beforehand. Moving to a new city can be intimidating if you don’t know anyone, especially if you’re shy or feel uncomfortable striking up conversations with strangers. Not to worry–we have some suggestions for building your first Nashville friendships, no matter what type of personality you have!
If you’re a music lover, Nashville isn’t called “Music City” for nothing! This town has plenty of well-attended music festivals, writers’ rounds, and venues where you can meet other music enthusiasts. Live on the Green is one of Nashville’s many music festivals, but is unique because it’s free and lasts nearly all summer long. Nashville also offers tons of year-round open mic nights featuring up-and-coming local artists that you can meet, and Nashville Guru offers a list of the best weekly performances to check out. And restaurants all over the city, such as 12th & Porter, pride themselves on providing top-notch music in a casual, standing-room-only setting that is perfect for meeting locals.
If you’re athletic, Nashville has plenty of fitness studios and outdoor groups to offer. Regularly attending a specialized studio, such as Shakti Power Yoga or Climb Nashville, is a great way to make connections with people who share the same interests that you do. Or if you want a guarantee that you’ll be around the same group of members on a regular basis, consider joining a group like Fleet Feet’s running groups. This is a good option for more reserved Nashville newbies who would prefer to see the same people multiple times before introducing themselves!
If you’re a self-employed entrepreneur or a creative, try practicing your networking and friendship-building skills at the same time at one of Nashville’s many local coffee shops. In this town, it’s totally normal to start chatting with the person next to you in line or sitting at the table next to yours… Just be polite and avoid interrupting those wearing headphones or engrossed in their notebook! Some of the most popular local spots are Edgehill and Frothy Monkey.
If you’re a philanthropist, volunteer! Becoming a regular volunteer with a Nashville non-profit almost forces you to build relationships with the other volunteers who come in at the same time that you do, because you’ll most likely be working together on a task. Click here to check out our favorite local non-profits to work with!
If you’re in love with your dog, you definitely moved to the right city. Nashville is a very dog-friendly city, and walking around with your fur baby is the perfect way to get people to walk over and start a conversation as they pet and love on your pooch. If you’re not sure where to go with your dog, start with the nearest dog park! You can also bring Fido out on a lunch or dinner date at one of Nashville’s numerous dog-friendly restaurants.
If you’re a homebody, meet people in your neighborhood by working on an exterior home improvement project, hosting a neighborhood grill-out in your backyard, or attending neighborhood functions. Working in your front yard’s garden or trimming your tree’s extraneous branches allows you to call out a greeting to (and possibly start a conversation with) neighbors who are strolling by. Many neighborhoods also host events, such as East Nashville’s Grassy Knoll Movie Nights, for their residents.
Finally, the Meetup app or website is a great way for every type of Nashvillian to get out of the house and find people with common interests. From improv actors to belly dancers to moms who just need a break, you can find just about every type of group through this easy-to-use database!
No matter how you choose to put yourself out there, you’re sure to meet plenty of new friends in Nashville by being open to meeting new people!
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