Celebrating Fall with Meetup

Get your sweaters out and your hot apple cider ready.

Fall officially began on September 23rd, and Meetups are already celebrating the shifting seasons in style.


Photo from the Portland French Bulldog Meetup group

Check out these autumnal Meetups for inspiration:

Summer Send-off

Having an official end-of-summer Meetup is a great way to recognize the changing seasons, especially if your Meetup group is outdoors-based. Get out there and enjoy the warm temperatures one last time before it starts getting really chilly.


Last year, the Nashville Kayak Lessons Meetup group hosted a Summer Send-off Meetup, complete with a final kayak trip and bonfire.

Apple Picking

Harvesting fresh fruit while making new friends is a fantastic way to usher in the season. Get ’em while they last.


The Fit and Fun and Active Singles Meetup group went apple picking in New York State last year. 

Pumpkin Picking

If you’re looking for a family-friendly Meetup, why not take a trip to the pumpkin patch?

Many pumpkin picking locations offer additional family activities like hayrides, petting zoos, and corn mazes.  


There’s something fun for everyone, even the dapper Frenchies pictured above from the Portland French Bulldog Meetup group.

Haunted Houses

If you’d like to do something a little scarier, visit a haunted house in your area alone, or join a local Ghost Hunting Meetup and learn how to investigate paranormal activity with enthusiasts.  


Photo from last July’s Meek Mansion Meetup with the Bay Area Ghost Hunters

Don’t miss their upcoming Meetup: a guided tour of the Meek Mansion in Hayward, which is known for its paranormal activity. For newbies, they also offer a Paranormal Investigation Class

There are other ways to get in the spirit too. Crafty Girls Night In members made their own haunted houses, and the Poughkeepsie Girls Gettin’ Together found their own Headless Horsemen attraction to follow.

Fall foliage

It goes without saying that the foliage can be spectacular this time of year, which makes for great scenery for outdoor activities.

outdoorafroThe Outdoor Afro Chicago Meetup recently hosted a Fall Foliage Hike plus African American Nature Poetry Reading.

For budding photographers, Photography Meetups offer opportunities to take some well-timed snaps of the colorful reds, yellows, and oranges. The Photografriends – Photography Enthusiasts Meetup is doing just that in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on October 17th


This stunning photo is from the The Boston Asian Professionals Fall Foliage Hike last year.

Pumpkin: all the things

One of my personal favorite parts of fall is, of course, the food.  


The KC Ladies Social Society recently had a pumpkin potluck, where everyone brought something pumpkin-themed to share.

Many local bars also start offering pumpkin-flavored libations. The State College 20s/30s Women’s Bunco & Wine Night Meetup group were all over that, hosting a happy hour of Pumpkin Beers at the Liberty Crafthouse in State College, Pennsylvania the other night.

And last year, the Ladies Craft Beer Society Meetup of Ireland brewed their own Halloween Pumpkin Beer.

Fall Meetups can be some of the most colorful, delicious and outdoorsy activities all year.

Just take your pick.


Photo from the Fit Fun and Active Singles Meetup



Caityln Gillikin
Caitlyn is a Senior Community Specialist who provides support to the Meetup Community and helps members and Organizers make their Meetup experience the best it can be. You can generally find her in Pennsylvania, drinking too much seltzer and trying to show strangers pictures of her cats.