It's fun to have a significant other to lounge around with during summertime, but there's also something indescribably exciting about being single in the summer. Of course, there's never a bad time to be single — flying solo can actually make you healthier — but something about the warm, sticky summer air paired with the general lack of clothing makes everything feel sexier and more relaxed than other times of year. It's also a great time to put yourself out there romantically, whether that's by downloading a few too many new dating apps or checking out singles events to meet people IRL.
"Schedule social events that have to do with meeting singles so you practice in person interaction," Raeeka Yaghmai, Certified Dating and Relationship iCoach and Founder of Dating with Confidence, tells Bustle. "Meetup.com is a great place to start, as well as speed dating. Look for activities that you are interested in like hiking, dancing, wine tasting, meditating, etc. and then find a singles event around it in your area."
If you're single and interested in mingling, grab some friends and head to one of these seven singles events happening this summer. Best cases scenario: you meet someone awesome and hit it off. Worst case scenario: you get to dance and drink with your friends... and then go home to snuggle your pet as usual. Really, it's a win-win.
1Social Concierge's Garden Party In Montauk
When: Saturday, July 29, 2017; 2-7 p.m.
Where: Montauk, NY
What: Social Concierge is a "private dating events club" that's open to residents of London and NYC. Their Summer Party in Montauk is an invite-only event taking place at the Montauk Yacht Club on Saturday, July 29. If you're part of the club and lucky enough to score an invite, you'll be able to sip cocktails and make small talk with over 400 other singles. You can apply for the club and party here.
2The Summer Ball
When: September 3, 2017; 8 p.m.-midnight
Where: San Francisco, CA
What: The Summer Ball is an end-of-summer singles bash held at the Venetian Room at San Francisco's famous Fairmont Hotel. It's the perfect way to end your summer on a fun, flirty note — and the best part is that tickets are only $20 in advance (or $30 at the door, for all you procrastinators).
3The League's Summer Series
When: Wednesday, July, 26 & Thursday, August, 17
Where: 7/26 Seattle, WA; 8/17 Toronto, Canada
What: The League — an exclusive dating app for the well-educated and ambitious — is launching in ten new cities in the US (plus Toronto) this summer. To kick off the app's launch in each city for their Summer Series, they're hosting "exclusive rooftop parties" as a way for singles to meet up IRL and make connections. If you want to go, check The League's website to find out when it's launching in your city, then request an invite!
4Relish's Singles Speed Dating
When: All summer long
Where: Several major US cities
What: Relish Dating — a company that hosts speed dating and other singles events in cities — has fun singles-oriented events planned all summer long (you can check Eventbrite or Relish's website to find out when they're happening in your city). Their philosophy? "The best relationships are forged when we are comfortable, relaxed and free of pressure" — so don't expect the speed dating to resemble something from a bad sitcom. Tickets are around $30 for two hours of speed dating.
5Summer Singles Party
When: Sunday, July 30, 2017; 7-10:30 p.m.
Where: Chicago, IL
What: ChicagoFirstDates.com is hosting this singles event, which includes free appetizers and the potential to win prizes, so it's well worth the ticket price of $25 (the only downside is that it's a cash bar). Over 200 singles are slated to be be at this event — which is being held in the Roanoke Club at the Marriott Residence Inn in the Loop — so you can get your dance and drink on all night.
6The Biggest NYC Singles Happy Hour
When: Saturday, August 12, 2017; 7-11 p.m.
Where: New York, NY (Midtown East)
What: This isn't your average happy hour: Buffs and Brainiacs — a company that organizes social and professional networking events — is hosting what they're calling the "friendliest and biggest singles happy hour in NYC." There will be drink specials until 8 p.m., complimentary appetizers, and icebreaker games throughout the night. For only $15 a ticket, you can mingle and flirt inside (at The World Bar) or outside (at Dag's Patio Bar).
7Singles Scavenger Hunt/Beer Garden Party
When: Thursday, August 3, 2017; 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: New York, NY (South Street Seaport)
What: If you want a more interactive singles mixer experience, this scavenger hunt — organized by Buffs and Brainiacs — is the perfect solution. When you arrive, you'll be grouped into teams of up to six people (you can make your own teams, too) to set out on a fun historical scavenger hunt through South Street Seaport. After that's over, you can mingle over drinks in the beer garden. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 on-site.
If you've never been to a singles event, this summer is the perfect opportunity to broaden your social and romantic horizons! Even if you don't make a romantic connection, it's still a great way to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people IRL.