MaxFun Meetup Day 2023 is Thursday, March 23!
Yes, you read that right—after a few years without doing meetups due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetups are officially back. On Thursday, March 23, MaxFunsters all over the world will gather together to celebrate their favorite shows and friendships, new and old.
(If you’re just looking for the list of meetups, scroll down or go to the map of locations.)
How to Host a Meetup
Meetups aren’t held by MaxFun staff or hosts—they’re held by MaxFunsters who want to hang out with their local community, talk about podcasts, and make new friends. All that it takes to organize a meetup is a willingness to find a local place, spread the word, and answer questions from people who want to attend the meetup. If you’re interested in hosting a meetup, please follow these steps:
- Review the COVID guidelines below. While restrictions have eased in most places, the COVID pandemic is still going on, and it’s important to take a few safety precautions to make sure no one gets sick.
- Pick a location near you. Make sure that there’s enough room for a small group to gather (if you’re unsure how many people will come, estimate about 30-40 in large cities like NYC or London and 10-20 in most other locations). If it’s a private venue like a bar or coffeeshop, we recommend calling ahead and making sure they’ll be able to accommodate a group.
- Pick a time. We recommend holding events at 6:00pm local time, but you can do earlier or later depending on what works for you and your local community.
- Tell us about it. Email email@example.com with your location, venue name, the time your meetup is starting, and any other information you want to include (like “Look for Stacey M. wearing a blue MaxFun sweatshirt”). We’ll add your meetup to the list below so other MaxFunsters can find it! If you’d like to make a Facebook event to organize information, feel free to link us to that, too—just make sure that it’s a public event, not a private one.
- Check out our digital meetup day kit. To help you put on the best meetup possible, we’ve assembled a digital kit containing helpful tips for running a meetup, fun podcast-related activities, sample COVID guidelines, a suggested harassment policy, and other materials that might come in handy. You can view all of those in Google Drive here! (If you have issues accessing that, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send everything straight to you.)
- Host the meetup! After that, all that’s left is to host your meetup and have fun with other people who love podcasts as much as you do.
If you have any questions about running a meetup or about anything contained in the digital meetup day kit, email email@example.com and they’ll be happy to help you out.
COVID-19 Safety Precautions
The COVID-19 pandemic is still going on, and a lot of vulnerable members of our communities can’t go to events that don’t take safety precautions to mitigate the risks of COVID. To keep your event accessible to everyone and to help prevent the spread of the virus, please take the following precautions:
- Require masks at the meetup. Masks are a super effective way to help prevent the spread of COVID (CDC). Remember that people who have been vaxxed and boosted can still spread the virus (CDC), so even if you’ve been fully vaccinated, it’s still important to wear a mask!
- Consider hosting the event outside. If weather permits in your area, holding an event outside or in an open-air venue like a brewery is another great way to stop the spread of the virus. Lots of public parks have open-air shelters that community members can reserve for either a low cost or no cost at all, which makes a great spot for a meetup! If an outdoor meetup isn’t possible in your area, try to find an indoor space with good ventilation.
- Consider bringing hand sanitizer and/or masks. Hand sanitizer is a great way to make sure you’re not spreading germs by touch (especially if you’re at a venue without a place to wash hands), and having some disposable masks handy ensures that you won’t have to turn away people who forgot their masks at home.
- Encourage people to stay home if they get sick. Even if the symptoms they’re having don’t quite match COVID-19 symptoms, nobody wants to go to an event and come away with the flu!
- Have a back-up plan in case you get sick. Stuff happens, and sometimes you get sick unexpectedly. We recommend having a friend on standby who’s willing to run the meetup if you get sick and can’t make it. If you don’t know anyone who can do that, consider making a Facebook event for your meetup and asking the people there if anyone is willing to be on standby!
Scroll down to see a list of all of the cities that meetups are currently planned in, or look at the map below. Don’t see one in your city? Consider signing up to host one following the steps under “How to Host a Meetup” above!
Muse Comics + Games
1338 N Academy Blvd, 80909
Soft drinks and light snacks provided
New York City
TailGate Brewery Headquarters
7300 Charlotte Pike, 37209
Join the MaxFun Nashville Facebook group to access the Facebook event page
(Or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you aren’t on Facebook)
Look for Amy R.!