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New in town? Here are 5 awesome ways to get connected in Dallas

New in town? Here are 5 awesome ways to get connected in Dallas

Patio at Mutts Cantina
You and your pup can both make friends at Mutts Cantina. Mutts Canine Cantina/Facebook

According to a recent LawnStarter report, more than 7 million people currently live in the North Texas area — a number that's expected to grow by 3 million in the next 15 years. If you are new to Big D — and even if you're not — it can sometimes be a challenge to find your "crowd."

We've identified five groups and activities in Dallas that may make the transition easier, so jump in and make some new friends.

For foodies: Dallas Eclectic Foodies
Join more than 1,000 adventurous eaters as they forage for the best grub in Dallas. The group visits local markets, chef-driven restaurants, and artisan-based shops throughout the city — no chains. Membership to this social circle is free, but you do need to bring your wallet and appetite to each meal.

For movie buffs: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Talking isn't normally welcome at movie theaters — especially not at Alamo, which has a strict policy against it — but singing, cheering, and shouting out famous lines are more than encouraged during the theater's popular sing- and quote-alongs. And with the new Dallas location officially opening in March, there are now twice as many fun outposts. And who knows? Your new best friend might be yelling, "Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads!" right along with you.

For dancers: Dallas Swing Dance Society
Two-step, swing dance, or do-si-do to Sons of Hermann Hall every Wednesday night with the Dallas Swing Dance Society. The historic landmark hosts the Sing & Swing every Wednesday night, with a beginner lesson downstairs before. Need a little more instruction? On Mondays, head to the Rhythm Room on Greenville Avenue for beginner and intermediate lessons — no partner required.

For everyday Olympians: WAKA Kickball & Social Sports
Nothing sounds more fun than reliving your playground days with a game of kickball. The adult WAKA Sports League hosts an overabundance of "social sports" throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including dodgeball, Ultimate Frisbee, bowling, and volleyball. Running not your thing? There is also an extensive rotating schedule of bar games which you can join.

For dog owners: Mutts Cantina
Grab your four-legged friends and get your paws on $3 margaritas at Mutts Cantina's weekday Yappy Hour from 4 to 6 pm. It's not just a social outing for Spot, as dog owners are encouraged to mingle at communal tables while their pups frolic. (And the menu has treats for both species.) Get a day pass to the park, or sign up for a year-long membership for extra savings.