Adults – Social Activities and Events

AANE offers social activities and events to give post-high school adults with Asperger/autism profiles the opportunity to connect in a welcoming environment, have fun, pursue special interests, and build relationships.

Click on the links below for more information, and be sure to review the guidelines and code of conduct for adult groups and events on the Adult Support Group and Event FAQ page.

FREE Social Activities & Events

Interest Groups

 Interest Groups have been created so you can explore a shared special interest, such as music, gaming, trivia, creative writing, and more with equally avid peers. Fees vary for interest groups, but financial assistance is available through discounted options on the registration pages.

To keep up with events and social activities at AANE, subscribe to the AANE Newsletter and bookmark the AANE Events Calendar.

Boston Women's Events

The Boston Evening Clinic grant provides funding for a monthly women’s social event, open to women of any age on the spectrum. These in-person events throughout the LOCAL Greater Boston, MA area are on hold until restrictions are lifted. Contact Stephanie Birkdale (stephanie.birkdale@aane.org)  for more details.
 

Book Clubs 

AANE's book clubs now meet online and are open to any post-high school adult with an Asperger/autism or related profile. The groups meet every month to discuss a specific book (fiction or nonfiction) and post-high school adults on the spectrum are welcome to attend the meetings, whether or not they have finished the book selected for the meeting.

LOCAL Boston Book Club

AANE and the Boston Public Library have partnered together to offer this free book club and is intended for those living near the Boston, MA area. Join in the discussion about the current book selection and help pick a book to discuss at the next meeting.  Facilitated by Stephanie Birkdale and Katie Devine. Click below to learn more and register.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Virtual Book Club

This book club began as a partnership between AANE and the Nashua Public Library and has evolved into a virtual book club that is open to those who live anywhere. Facilitated by Stephanie Goodner and Michele Cantara. Click below to learn more and register.
 

Game Nights

This whole quarantine thing has really messed up AANE Pizza & Game Nights everywhere.  We can’t bring you pizza, but we can bring you games, camaraderie, and fun! We hope to see you at the next one! Click the event links below to register.

Virtual Game Night

Join us for an evening of entertainment, see your old friends, and make some new ones. Below is a sample of some games that may be played.

    • Quiplash from Jackbox Games – This game is a cross between Mad Libs and Apples to Apples. Players fill-in-the-blank in a phrase with the craziest answer and then the group votes to choose the best response.
    • Fibbage from Jackbox Games – Bluff your way to victory playing Fibbage. Fill in the blank with your own creative, convincing answer. Everyone tests their skill voting on the real answer.
    • Remote Insensitivity – An online version of Cards Against Humanity where making horrible statements isn’t only allowed it helps you win the game.

Social/Game Nights

These are the MA in-person Pizza & Game Nights that have transitioned online and are now open to adults living anywhere. Socialize and play games! This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome many new AANE members! Click the event links below to register.

LOCAL Massachusetts Social/Game Nights

These are the LOCAL MA Pizza & Game Nights that have transitioned online and are intended for those that are within commuting distance from the locations below. Click the events links below to register.

Holidays and Special Events

We look forward to continuing these beloved seasonal events and traditions as circumstances allow. Check back for up to date information as it becomes available. We hope to see you at the next one!

WINTER

 
  • AANE Holiday Party​ ​- Join your AANE friends in Watertown, MA for holiday cheer and festivities.
  • AANE at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston​ -​ Join us in MA on our trips to the MFA several times a year.  ​ 

SPRING

  • Autism Awareness Day at Citi Field​ ​-​ ​Join us in NY for some family fun celebrating Autism Awareness Day.
  • AANE at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston​ -​ Join us in MA on our trips to the MFA several times a year.  ​ 
  • AANE at the ​Boston Symphony Orchestra -​ Join us in MA on our trips to the BSO several times a year.  ​ 

SUMMER

  • AANE Adult & Family Barbeque​ ​-​ Join us at Arsenal Park in Watertown, MA  in for some summertime fun. 
  • Red Sox Games​ ​-​ Join us in MA for two Red Sox games in early and late summer.
  • AANE at Tanglewood​ ​-​ ​Join us in MA for a trip to Tanglewood during the summer.
  • AANE at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston​ -​ Join us in MA on our trips to the MFA several times a year.  ​ 
  • AANE at the ​Boston Symphony Orchestra -​ Join us in MA on our trips to the BSO several times a year.  

FALL

  • Rodman Ride for Kids - Become a virtual rider and join our team!
  • AANE at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston​ -​ Join us in MA on our trips to the MFA several times a year.  
  • AANE at the ​Boston Symphony Orchestra -​ Join us in MA on our trips to the BSO several times a year.  
  • ROCK 'N' BOWL for Autism​ - ​Join us in NY for some family fun, bowling, raffle prizes, and rock music. 
  • AANE Halloween Party​ - Join us​ for the social event of the year and show off your best cosplay and ghoulish humor.  
 

LifeNet Activities

AANE's LifeNet Independent Living Support Program is offering a great opportunity for adults on the spectrum living anywhere to experience the companionship and camaraderie that LifeNet offers to its clients. For a limited time, the events below are available to non-Life Net clients. Participants must agree to follow AANE Adult Services guidelines. Click on the links below to register for an activity.

Meetup Events

AANE has a Meetup for adults with an Asperger/autism profile to get together socially approximately once a month. Though originally intended to just offer in-person events in the Greater Boston area and still plan to do so at some point, we are currently offering Virtual Events until it is safe to resume. You are welcome to join the group no matter where you live. Learn more, view upcoming events, and join the group here.

Netflix Watch Parties

AANE Netflix Watch Party is a way we can all come together (in an appropriately socially distant manner), celebrate both good movies and bad movies, socialize, and have fun.