The 12 Best Weekend Activities for Introverts


Introverts: we prefer book lights to spotlights, and we're much more likely to be found in a corner of a coffee shop than at the center of attention. We're a bit different, and we enjoy doing different things. Here are 12 of the best weekend activities for people that don't necessarily want to party. Wonderful wallflowers, unite!

1. Reading a Good Book

What could be better than getting lost in the pages of a good book (you know… the sort that you hate to put down and can't wait to pick up again)? Books are a refuge for many introverts. It makes us curiously reflective, notoriously well-read, and (once you get to know us), wonderful conversationalists. Find a good story and immerse yourself in it.

2. Playing Board Games

Introvert or extrovert, a little harmless competition has universal appeal. Skip charades and arrange an evening of great card and board games with a small group of friends.

3. Curating a Collection

Curating a personal collection of something you love can become a wonderful obsession. Over the years, I've collected mid-century Italian pottery, postage stamps, coins, vintage postcards, and (oddly) antique syrup dispensers. A weekend spent researching, hunting, buying, and displaying items in your collection is a great way to meet folks one-on-one who share your interests.

4. Talking Aimlessly Over Coffee

One of my favorite writers, the late Paul Monette, penned the following line in his autobiography: "I felt as if I had been born to talk in restaurants." That quote has always stuck with me, especially when I'm in the company of a dear friend and we're thoroughly unplugged and lost in coffee-fueled conversation. Introvert or extrovert, it's one of life's simplest pleasures.

5. Exploring a New Hobby

I pass countless weekend hours immersed in wood carving, assemblage art, and antique restoration. Each is solitary, alternately challenging and relaxing, and wonderfully rewarding. Indulge a new interest, pursue a free and fun hobby, and go!

6. Watching a Classic Movie

If you're like me, a crowded theater, 40-foot screen, $8.00 popcorn, and texting teenagers hold little appeal. Choose the more intimate (and frugal!) option. Stay in and watch a movie with friends.

7. Going for a Long Walk

There are many reasons to take a walk; long, leisurely walks outdoors can be restorative and energizing — the perfect antidote for a trying week at work. Tune the world out by creating a personal playlist, then (safely) hit the streets.

8. Having a Drink With a Small Circle of Friends

Introverts often get accused of being antisocial, but nothing could be further from the truth. We're just choosy about the context and the company. Pick a local watering hole that's off the beaten path, become a familiar face there, and make it your go-to spot for drinks with friends.

9. Gardening

Gardening is a solitary activity with tremendous rewards. Communing with nature, growing edible garden plants, and enjoying the delicious fruits of your labor all make gardening the perfect solo pursuit.

10. Cooking With Friends

Everybody's gotta eat, right? Invite a couple of your closest friends over, hit the local market, and spend some quality kitchen time together. And if cooking isn't exactly your passion, explore quick dinner ideas for lazy cooks. Just imagine: healthier meals with no parking hassles, no big dinner bills, and no obnoxious birthday songs at the next table.

11. Solving a Crossword Puzzle

Next to a good game of solitaire, crosswords are the cliché activity for introverts, and there's a reason for it. A challenging crossword puzzle can be wonderful, maddening, exhausting and — when you finally finish — exhilarating.

12. Attending a (Small) Yoga Class

Though yoga classes are a group activity, the vibe is decidedly different. People focus on their bodies, on their breathing, and on the experience. It's physical, mental, and entirely independent. Attend a beginner's class one weekend, gently push your physical limits, and practice at home.

There's no need to grit our teeth through dinner parties full of strangers, loud bars, and crowded gyms. Let's celebrate who we are by doing exactly what we love and pursuing activities as individual as we are.

Are you a self-described introvert? What are some of your favorite weekend activities?

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