National Make a Friend Day – February 11


Always observed on February 11th, National Make A Friend Day is a fantastic opportunity to meet someone new and make a new friendship. Friends serve a vital role in everyone’s lives. They are one of life’s most valuable assets.

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light”  – Helen Keller

New friends can broaden our horizons by helping us to see new perspectives, challenging us to try something different, or connecting us to opportunities. Meeting new people can help sharpen our social skills and keep us from becoming lonely.

“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer”  – Ed Cunningham

While friends often share common backgrounds or experiences, they certainly don’t have to have everything in common.  One of the simplest ways to make new friends is to explore your interests by taking a class or joining a club.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMakeAFriendDay

    • Make a friend at work, school, in the community, or just about anywhere.
    • Introduce one friend to another.
    • Give a shout-out to a friend who makes your life better.
    • Invite someone you’d like to know better out for coffee or tea.
    • Share your tips on how to make friends.
    • Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for fun friend-making projects.
    • Read Celebration Spotlight where we make a friend with Fay Stout.

  • Use #NationalMakeAFriendDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this friendly day, making new friends along the way.

Make A Friend FAQ

Q. What are some good ways to make new friends?
A. There are many different ways to make friends. Try these ideas:

  • Sign up for a class. You’ll meet people who have the same interests as you do.
  • Volunteer. This is a great way to give back to your community and meet others who are doing the same.
  • Say hello. It may be to someone new at work or school or a stranger in the store.
  • Host a party. Ask your friends to bring people you’ve never met.
  • Introduce yourself to a neighbor. Many of us don’t know our neighbors well, but they sometimes turn out to be the best of friends.

Q. Do friends have to have common interests?
A. No. Friends can have many different interests. Sometimes their interests are completely different from yours. It’s more about enjoying each other’s company.