Suggested Hobbies & Passions Groups near California
Photography Walks & Workshops in San Francisco by Casey
San Francisco, CA
Let's explore San Francisco by taking pictures (and videos) and learn new techniques along the way. Plus get outside for fresh air and exercise too! About me: I have been doing photography for over 35 years and used to shoot weddings, portraits, commercial work for decades. I am an expert in still photography having started with the Nikon F4 film camera plus the Hasselblad 503cx medium format film camera in the 90s, then transitioned to digital with the Nikon D1x and D2x in early 2000, and more recently changed to all Canon gear with the Canon R5 and 90D and M50 digital cameras. I also actively use the Canon XF400 and G60 camcorders for creating online content for my YouTube channel "Casey On Location". Because I enjoy photography and filming, I can also share my knowledge with others who share the same passion. I am a long-time resident of San Francisco since 1980 so I know quite a bit about The City by the bay. So join the group and we can shoot images and videos together at interesting spots in San Francisco, learn a thing or two from each other, and hopefully get in some sunshine and exercise too.
San Jose, CA
Hello and welcome to Protagonistas!
This book club is open to women in the South Bay who are craving literature (and cocktails). Each month, we pick a new book and location. Suggestions and requests for certain titles or meeting spots are always welcome! We meet the last Tuesday of the month as a book club, and usually throw in some fun extra credit events throughout the month as well!
We now have a strong core of regularly attending members and we are real friends. We meet up for drinks, hikes etc. Since we've been asked to specify RE: membership, we'll say here that we are hoping to meet likeminded friends who are in similar stages in life; that is, women in their late 20s to mid 30s who are new-ish to the area.
Let the reading commence!
San Mateo Cars & Coffee
San Mateo, CA
Come grab a cup of coffee, check out amazing cars, and meet super nice car people!
San Mateo Cars & Coffee brings together like-minded automotive enthusiasts. The events are very chill and welcoming to all types of cool cars. We have a gathering every other Saturday from 8:00am to 10:00 am in downtown San Mateo.
We want to meet safely even during the time of COVID-19. Please wear a mask and practice proper social distancing at all times. We also ask all attending to respect the location and to protect surrounding area from excessive noise.
A San Mateo Cars & Coffee dedicated website will be added soon!
Hope to see you soon at San Mateo Cars & Coffee!
Sierra Thunder Chapter Harley Owners Group Rocklin CA
This meetup is for dues paying members of Sierra Thunder Harley Owners Group, Chapter 4058, affiliated with Harley-Davidson of Rocklin, CA.
We love to ride and enjoy socializing together. We are currently meeting at 6:30 PM, the 3rd Thursday of each month, at Mountain Mike's Pizza, 5505 Whitney Blvd #2f, Rocklin, CA 95677, Come early to eat and socialize. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend our meetings.
Having a National HOG membership (https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html) is a pre-requisite for maintaining membership with Sierra Thunder HOG.
This page regroups the two previous Upcycle pages Alameda and Fashionistas into one.
We upcycle sew, build, make new creations from tossed out items and thrift shop finds. We get together and have fun learning new skills, making new friends, rejoicing in creativity, inspiring green thinking and reducing our community landfills. So far we have focused on junk sculpture, apparel and home decor, but the sky's the limit!
Develop your signature style. Rethink how you clothe yourself and your family. Have creative, collaborative, skill-building fun. Resign yourself to starting with something simple and we will help you get going.
We have shared resources like books, scissors, thread, needles, lots of jeans and tee shirts, a couple of community sewing machines, not to mention a roomful of opinions and ideas to inspire you.
East Bay Ladies Book Club
NOW MEETING ON ZOOM DUE TO COVID-19! Please see location of each event for link :)
Thanks for joining a special group of ladies who love to read and discuss books with a glass of wine. This group was initially started quite a few years ago because our fearless leader is a book junkie who was looking to join a book club in the area and found none. We read mostly contemporary lit, but do mix it up every so often with a classic. This is the book club for anyone who has read/watched "The Jane Austin Book Club" and thought it would be great to connect and share my thoughts with fellow readers. If you want to be more than an attendee and build relationships with other women this is the club for you. Believe it or not we love e-mail, so please reach out to us if you have any questions.
Diablo Valley Photography
Walnut Creek, CA
This is a group for people who are interested in learning more about digital photography, how to use their cameras, and to make better pictures for travel, portraits, family, wildlife, landscape, etc. People with all levels of expertise are welcome.
Our group members are very interested in holding lots of fun, varied and challenging events that are mostly free. All of our members help to provide content to our site that is informative. We help support and mentor our members to ensure everyone has a good time and continues to learn about photography.
In order to keep most of our events free and to pay for the costs of our meetup site, there is an annual dues charge of $15 for members. We have instituted a trial period of 30 days.
Only members who have paid their dues will be permitted to attend our events. Since our site is semi-private to members, please feel free to join, take a look around the site and decide whether our group is right for you. Our goal is to keep the group small so that everyone gets to know each other. If your plan is to join without participating, then this group will not be a good fit for you. We hope you join and stay!
Peninsula Ladies Book Club (25-40)
San Mateo, CA
This group is for Peninsula women 25-40 years of age interested in reading a variety of books from the NY Times Best Sellers list. Please join if you are looking to read new books and connect to individuals in your area. All meetings, due to COVID-19 concerns, will currently be held for 1.5 hours over Zoom until otherwise advised. Meetings are typically held on weekdays (Monday through Thursdays) at 7 pm via Zoom.
@ Menlo Park Library
Menlo Park, CA
The Menlo Park Library offers a variety of programs, including art events, author talks, info sessions, craft sessions, music events, and more. To make the most of our programming efforts and this meetup page, we’d love for you to get involved. If you come to a program, say hi and let us know you saw it on meetup. If you have an idea for something you’d like to see at the library, send us a message. The library is a great space for community meetups and we’d love to play a role in making those connections!
Books, Happy Hours & More
San Jose, CA
Part book club, part happy hour, part other. We're looking for mid-20s/mid-30s women in the San Jose area to read and make new female friends with us.
We'll do a monthly book club, and sprinkle in other activities like puzzle swaps, game nights, crafts, and more depending what the group wants to do. Expect this to be a laid back way to meet some new people with some of your same interests!
- Members of the group should be active. Try to come to all meet-ups, or one every once in a while...we just ask that you participate in some way!
- If you are no longer able to make a meet-up, please give a minimum of 24 hours notice. Events may have a waitlist, and this will allow others interested to join in your place. Frequent last-minute cancellations or no shows may be asked to leave the group.
- RSVPs for upcoming events are open 30 days before the scheduled event date.
- Come with a willingness to meet new people, have fun, and feel free to suggest new events and books.<br><br>
Harley Owners Group Folsom CA
This Meetup Group is for riders who have MEETUP accounts, and have submitted a request to join, and the request has been approved. We hope you become a dues-paying member of Folsom Harley Owners Group, Chapter 1787, affiliated with Harley-Davidson of Folsom. (See http://www.folsomhog.org).
We love to ride, and enjoy socializing together. Our monthly social meeting is at the Round Table Pizza, 9500-1 Greenback Ln, Folsom, CA 95630, held the 3rd Tuesday of every month except December. Come early to have dinner and socialize. Guests are welcome to attend our monthly meeting. Having a current National H.O.G membership (https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html) is a prerequisite to maintaining a membership with Folsom H.O.G.
MRG ~ Motorcycle Riding Group of Sacramento
Welcome to MRG "relaxed pace" motorcycle riders of Sacramento, California! Our names are Luis Mena and Robert Doyle. We are motorcycle riders located in the Sacramento area who enjoy doing the following:
• One Day Group Rides and Multi-day Rides on paved roads only, anywhere between 125-325 mile per ride round trip (Day Rides) and 125-275 miles on multi-day rides (per leg)
• Relaxed pace (moderately fast, but not "race track" fast).
• Scenic rural roads (minimal freeway riding as possible).
• Occasional multi-day trips from two days to three days.
• Fair weather riding (10% or less chance of rain, winds <15 mph, high of 55-95 degrees).
• Nearly all rides occur during spring, fall and non-wet winter days.
• We prefer to ride during daylight hours.
• Max group size of 5-25 people depending the the ride route.
• Always ride safely and responsibly.
If you share those same preferences, we invite you to join our Meetup group and RSVP for the rides that appeal to you.
To attend any of our rides, you must be a member of our Meetup group, and you must be on the RSVP list for the ride you wish to attend. We only do what is listed in the above bullet list. It is all about having fun, touring the countryside on a motorcycle as we enjoy the scenery along the way, the lunch stops, scenic vista stops, mountain passes, lakeside cruising, etc.
"RELAXED PACE": There are two reasons why the name of our meetup "relaxed pace." One reason is, we don't treat the public street system as if it's a race track. So, if you are one of those "need for speed" types, then you probably won't find happiness in our meetup group. We also don't ride excessively slow either. We'd say we ride at an excellent medium speed. The other reason for the name "relaxed pace" is, it's all about having a relaxed state of mind throughout the day enjoying a "no worries, no need to rush" positive attitude. It's a mental escape from a hectic life, which is all-too-often clock-driven. So, when you are on our rides, it's time to relax and enjoy!
RIDE GROUP SIZE: We set the max ride limit at 5-25 people per ride depending on the route. A larger group gets too challenging to keep a group together and starts to be too much of an impact on the dining establishments.
GENERAL INFO: There is a $20.00 annual membership fee(non-refundable after membership activation). There are no monthly dinner meetings, no bylaws, no elected officers, and no participation in special events, causes, rallies, fundraisers, poker runs, toy runs, chili cook-offs, pancake breakfasts, charities, benefits, or other such events. We are not a riding club. We are a group of folks who enjoy riding our motorcycles, and we invite up to 25 riders to go with us if they want to. That's all there is to it. The only reason we have a website is to provide a way to show other riders where we are planning to ride and to help them decide if they are interested in going. And if they are interested in going, our meetup website provides a way for them to RSVP so we know how many people to expect.
WHO IS WELCOME: Riders of all adult ages and genders are welcome. All motorcycle brands and styles are welcome. Three-wheelers are welcome too. Your motorcycle must have at least a 250cc engine (although we recommend a 500cc engine).
WEATHER REQUIREMENTS: Since we only enjoy fair weather riding (10% or less chance of rain, winds under 15 mph, forecasted low and high temp of 55-95 degrees), we always do weather checks during the week leading up to a ride. We post the results of that and specify whether the ride is still a "go" or not. We also email that info to those who RSVP'd for the ride. We do not hesitate to cancel or reschedule a ride if the weather forecast doesn't meet our requirements. You can expect to see up to multi-day trips getting canceled each year due to weather since the multi-day trips are posted in advance (so be sure to *ALWAYS* select lodging with a convenient cancellation policy). The one-day rides don't get canceled nearly as often because those aren't posted way in advance like the multi-day trips are. Because of our weather requirements for riding, almost all of our rides occur in spring, summer, fall, and non-wet winter days.
NAVIGATION AND FUEL: Road Captain's bike will be equipped with a GPS, and we always have the route programmed in the GPS for navigation. We also ensure we have fuel stops planned no more than about 80-95 miles apart (usually top tiers such as Chevron, Shell, or Union 76). We always post the total mileage for each ride, along with the planned lunch stop. We do not typically list other planned stops even though they are part of the ride. We usually stop every hour or so as needed, just to get off the bike and stretch for a bit.
RIDE AVAILABILITY: We work on weekdays, so most of the one-day rides that we host happen on weekends. We also host various multi-day trips each year when we have time to do so.
JOINING THIS MEETUP: You are welcome to sign up to become a member of this Meetup any time you wish. After we review your profile and approve you as a member, you can then go on rides of your choice if spots are available. (Btw, the only reason we review your profile before approving you as a member is to weed out spam. Believe it or not, we have had people join for the sole purpose of soliciting business, which we prohibit on our meetup site.) There is a $20 annual membership fee for you to become a member of our meetup group, but only after a 30-day free trial period and is NOT refundable after the trial period is up. This membership fee covers the Meetup group admin costs and helps pay for some of our meetup group event costs. There are NO individual ride costs to you. Your only costs are food and gas for the ride, plus any bridge tolls and National or State park entrance fees if applicable and lodging for the multi-day trips. To keep your membership active, you need to log in periodically.
NEW MEMBERS: We extend to all new members a one-time RSVP to go on any ride that's already full. This will allow new members to get a feel for the group without having to wait for a ride that still has spots available. After you become a new member, just send us a private message letting us know which "full" ride you want to go on, and we will manually add you to the RSVP list for that ride.
RESTRICTIONS: We do not allow any form of advertising on our Meetup site, nor do we allow people to join in soliciting business of any kind. Our Meetup site is strictly for those who want to go riding. We also do not allow any form of religious or political content on our website, nor do we allow any content that would be considered offensive, crude, vulgar, foul language, fault-finding, or disrespectful to others.
FINE PRINT: By choosing to join our MRG Meetup group, you accept and agree with all of the above. By choosing to ride in our MRG Meetup group, you assume full responsibility and liability for your choices and actions while participating in any of our MRG Meetup events. You accept and agree to hold MRG Organizers harmless for any and all accidents and incidents resulting from your choice to participate in any of our Meetup events.
"Ride your ride"! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Once again, welcome to the group!
Luis Mena, Robert Doyle
SF and Further: A Virtual Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club
San Francisco, CA
Welcome to SF and Further, an online home for friends, fantasy, and fiction. We are an active sci-fi & fantasy book club that meets at least twice a month via Zoom to discuss a wide variety of fiction (SciFi/Fantasy and beyond!). Members are encouraged to suggest books they are excited about and we vote on which books to read each month. We also have an active Discord server, where we discuss the books we read as well as other media. Come hang out, chat about books, the films that are adapted from them, and more with us!
Our book club has existed in multiple forms for over five years now. Books we have chatted about in the past include: The Magicians, The Left Hand of Darkness, a re-read of Lord of the Rings, Black Leopard Red Wolf, The Echo Wife, Incognegro (graphic novel), Demon Slayer (manga), Firekeepers Daughter, The Stormlight Archive, Gideon the Ninth, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and many, many more. We are dedicated to reading widely and diversely!
For new members: We have a Zero Tolerance Policy on Harassment. If you are found to be harassing a member of our meetup, you will be banned immediately. Also, due to harassment issues that have happened in the past, we require all members to have an actual photo of themselves on their account. To increase your chances of being added, please spend some time with our sign up questions. One word answers probably won't get you accepted. Thank you!
Bay Area Ladies' Fantasy Book Club
San Francisco, CA
This is a book club for those who love fantasy and science fiction novels with diverse female protagonists! Each month, we'll read a new book and meet to chat about it over Zoom. (Once the pandemic has slowed down, we look forward to meeting up in real life and having a chat over food and beers again!) Everyone is welcome to join, as long as you're down for female-centric books and respectful discussion.
See book recs, suggest our next book, or find others' Goodreads profiles on our Message Boards! (https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Ladies-Fant...)
Bay Area Sewists
Bay Area Sewists is a sewing community with members from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond — now that we are meeting virtually. We are mostly focused on garment sewing. (See the FAQs below for more info.)
Members share inspiration and techniques, and see what each other is making at our Show & Tell meetups. Our virtual meetups often have guest speakers to talk about fabric, sewing patterns and tools, and techniques. Past guest speakers have included Britex Fabrics, Hello Stitch, Needles Studio, The Sewing Room, Stitch Buzz, and Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.
Before the pandemic, we met in person, sewing and shopping together and swapping patterns and fabric.
Member benefits include:
• 20% off at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics on some of our meetup days
• 20% off at Piedmont Fabrics (must show your active membership via the app or website)
• 20% off store products and 10% off classes at The Sewing Room in Alameda
• 10% off regularly priced fabrics for Britex Fabrics meetup attendees
Chuleenan, Bay Area Sewists Organizer
Can anyone join Bay Area Sewists?
Sure! If you have an interest in sewing - whether you are just learning to sew or you are an expert costumer - you are welcome to join the group. Our members range from people who have been sewing for less than a year to people who teach sewing professionally.
Do I need to live in the Bay Area to join?
No, all are welcome. In-person meetups are mainly for people in the Bay Area because those events will be taking place there. BUT during the pandemic, we are meeting virtually so anyone can participate. You just need to be a member of the group.
Can I submit an idea for a meetup?
Yes! We welcome suggestions for activities and venues! Just message Chuleenan, the organizer, via the Meetup page.
You used to charge dues. Will you charge dues again?
It is free to be a member of Bay Area Sewists. Dues had been charged in the past to cover the fees Meetup charges to use this platform. Members are welcome to contribute via Chuleenan's PayPal (@chuleenan) or Venmo (@chuleenan-svetvilas) accounts. Once we start meeting in person, a fee may be charged for a specific meetup to cover the cost of a venue.
Is this a group for quilters?
We are focused on garment sewing but some quilters are also members of this group. If you are looking for a group focused on quilting, you may want to check out other meetups.
When did the Bay Area Sewists get started?
The group was founded by Meghan Hunt of Made by Meg in 2012 who was the organizer until the end of 2013. In January 2014, Chuleenan Svetvilas of C Sews became the group's organizer and has organized more than 80 meeutups since then.
San Francisco Movie Club
San Francisco, CA
Greetings, SF Bay Area Movie Lovers! We are a movie loving meetup group hosting in-person movie watching and discussion events in San Francisco. Typical events involve watching a movie at a theater followed by discussion at a nearby bar, cafe, or restaurant.
My goal is to foster a community of movie lovers that regularly meets to watch and discuss movies of all kinds. I hope that some of the active members will eventually step up and host events so that more people can participate.
Let me know if you have any suggestions/feedback!
SF Book & Social Club (Mid 20s - Mid 30s)
San Francisco, CA
Do you like to read, have fun, and enjoy craft beer, wine, etc.? Welcome!
Here at book club, we read mostly fiction with some nonfiction thrown in now and again. Each month we'll explore some of the great local bars (always close to a BART stop) in San Francisco for a book discussion. Venue suggestions welcome!
But we're more than just a book club. We'll also occasionally do happy hours, movie nights, book swaps, etc.
And if you find this group isn't a good fit for you, no hard feelings! But please leave the group in order to make room for others.
Members that are not active for over 9 months will be automatically removed from the group.
If you RSVP to an event and don't show up (without updating your RSVP) more than once, you will be removed from the group.
Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA
Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA (originally Novel Lovers of Sebastopol) is a book discussion group where we talk in depth about contemporary literary fiction. Yes, we really discuss the book for two hours! We assume that you’ve read the book and are eager to talk about it. We’re friendly and welcoming – not stodgy at all -- but we do take our book discussions seriously!
We read contemporary novels, almost exclusively those that have received critical acclaim and/or won literary awards. We try to schedule a few books ahead so you can get the book and plan your time. To participate in this process, comment on our message board, especially the current Book Recommendations thread.
Please RSVP “yes” when you know for sure that you’ll be there, and please change your RSVP if your plans change. Don’t RSVP “yes” if you mean “maybe,” and please don’t be a no-show. As a courtesy to the wait list, our host, and me, please change your RSVP if you can't attend, even at the last minute.
Each time I announce a book, the RSVP list fills quickly, and we often have large wait lists. Almost everyone does get in (people's plans change, emergencies and illnesses happen, etc.), so if you're on the wait list, read the book. If you get in, even as late as the day of the meeting, you'll be ready.
Bring a snack to share if it's convenient, and a couple of dollars towards the organizer dues.
We look forward to talking books with you!
Questions? Email Joan Price, organizer.
8/16/20: I realize I haven't updated our group description since we moved our meetings online in March 2020. Here's what we're doing now:
* Novels: During the pandemic, we're still reading one novel a month, meeting online for 1.5 hours.
* Short Story Group: Our book club has been reading contemporary novels, and we also created a short story spin-off group that met monthly before the pandemic. After we started taking our meetings online, we switched the short story group from monthly to weekly, one story, one hour. We have a core group that meets each week. We're open to new members who want to discuss short stories in depth.