What we're about

Are you a scientific skeptic? See our main page at www.BackyardSkeptics.com to find out if you are.

We are a group of scientific skeptics (as opposed to 'conspiracy skeptics') with a heavy atheist 'bent'. If you don't believe in any supernatural deity, intercessory prayer or any paranormal ability this group is for you. We meet once a month in Villa Park (next to Orange) in Orange County, CA on the fourth Wednesday and Thursday (alternating). We also have many other events - usually at least once a week such as field trips, movie night and Irish pub nights.

Our meetings are in our backyard (hence the name) and usually has a guest speaker or a topic which is posted on the meetup announcement. We have many field trips and casual get-togethers just to socialize with other non-theists as well, and of course our great pot-luck summer and winter solstice parties.

We have a voluntary semi-annual donation of $20 on Jan 1 and July 1 which includes your first meeting and a dinner. As an alternative we have a $/month subscription you can sign up for at BackyardSkeptics.com.

We serve dinner at our monthly meetings which are on the forth Wednesday or Thursday. Our members arrive around 6:45pm and the meeting starts a little after 7pm. Our meetings are where you can freely talk about your skepticism and non-belief without religious dogma.

Our goal: To support the atheist/agnostic/skeptic/humanist community with local meetings, potluck parties, and other social events. To spread the word that skeptics and non-believers are good and moral people and to promote secular values and the separation of church and state. We cherish humanistic values over any supernatural superstitions and encourage others to look at their worldview with critical thinking skills.

Bruce Gleason, founder

Upcoming events (5+)

Meet and Greet Lunch Social

1138 Austin St

Come join us for lunch. 11am until 4pm. Hot dogs provided. Bring a snack or side dish to share. Sit, chat, and share laughs with fellow free thinkers. Please update your RSVP if you change your mind so someone else can take a seat.

Sunday Morning Discussion Brunch

Marie Callender's

This meetup is held every 1st Sunday of every month. It's a laid back meetup designed to provide a less formal atmosphere and an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics. Enjoy a casual communal breakfast with your fellow free thinkers! We do not tolerate trolls. If the purpose is to simply disrupt the group, they will be asked to leave. This is a recurring meeting that takes place the first Sunday of each month. The location is at Marie Calender's - 307 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867. Please update your RSVP if you're unable to make it. Hope to see you there!

"3D" - DRINKS, DINNER, & DESSERT (#26)

Wahoo's Fish Taco

5-7 PM - DRINKS at Wahoo's (outdoor patio), 234 W. Chapman Ave., Orange 7-9 PM - DINNER at Rutabegorz, 264 N. Glassell St., Orange 9-10 PM - DESSERT at Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Cafe, 106 N. Glassell St., Orange 10-11:00 PM - WALK around Downtown Orange & Chapman University's campus PARKING LOCATIONS (3) Free parking exists downtown, but please read signs to avoid tickets. #1: New parking structure! N. Lemon St. & W. Maple Ave. #2: N. Glassell St. & E. Maple Ave. (behind THE AUSSIE BEAN and THE PIE HOLE) #3: W. Chapman Ave. & S. Olive St. (behind COUNTRY ROADS ANTIQUES and WAHOO'S FISH TACO) DRINKING? Please arrange for a safe ride home. Uber & Lyft are just a call away. QUESTIONS? Text or call Michael on the day of the event: 714 four seven one 6913

Sunday Evening Discussion Dinner

Location visible to members

This meetup is held in the evening on the 3rd Sunday of every month. It's a laid back meet-up designed to provide a less formal atmosphere and an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics. Enjoy a casual communal meal with your fellow free thinkers! We do not tolerate trolls. If the purpose is to simply disrupt the group, they will be asked to leave. The location is at Marie Calender's - 307 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867. Please update your RSVP if you're unable to make it. Hope to see you there!

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Sunday Evening Discussion Dinner

Marie Callender's

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