Activities - VSDC - Veg Society of DC


VSDC offers a wide variety of events and activities. Most of our regular, on-going activities are listed below. For a look at all of our events, see our calendar here.


For close to 50 years, the Veg Society of DC has hosted a Thanksgiving celebration on Thanksgiving Day. The event is usually at a hotel but venues have included a boat and Zoom. We also hold a Thanksgiving food drive benefiting So Others Might Eat and the Humane Rescue Alliance. READ MORE


The VSDC Book Club, started in 1992, reads fiction and nonfiction in alternating months, from classics to contemporary, about a wide range of topics. Since March 2020, the group has been meeting online. To join a discussion, read at least half the book and RSVP on VSDC’s meetup site. More information, including everything the book club has read... READ MORE


We offer monthly hikes, year-round, to national, state and local parks, wilderness areas, as well as urban “sneaker social hikes”, in and around the greater Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. Regardless of your skill or fitness level, these outings are a great way to meet new, like-minded, people, stay fit and commune with nature. This is a safe place to exchange ideas and learn from each other's experiences, with respect and tolerance as our core values.


Come take a bike ride with us on some of the best, and safest, trails in the county. Our pace will be moderate, and the trails paved, so that all may feel comfortable joining.


When public heath conditions are safe for indoor dining VSDC organizes monthly visits to restaurants that are vegan or vegan-friendly.


Each Thursday night, VSDC hosts a virtual game night via Zoom. We feature popular titles such as Codenames, Scattergories, Psych!, Drawasaurus and Fishbowl that you can play on your computer or hand-held device.


The VSDC VegOut Group is a social gathering group for the LGBTQ+ veg community. Our events bring together LGBTQ+ community members to share meals and learn about each other’s life experiences. We also share our collective thoughts on how to promote veganism to the broader DC veg community. The group is open to LGBTQ+ community members and allies. All are welcome!


VSDC’s African American Networking Group (AANG) is open to everyone and focuses on the particular issues faced by African Americans who choose to be vegan. Activities range from potluck dinners to virtual game nights as well as movies, restaurant events, and cultural shows.


VSDC organizes a variety of activities for singles such as museum visits, kayaking on the Anacostia River and ice skating.


Are you passionate about cooking vegan food and want to share that passion with others? Are you looking to improve your vegan cooking skills? Or have you always wanted to learn how to cook your own vegan food? VSDC’s Monthly Virtual Vegan Cooking Club is for you! Come ready to talk about what you’ve made, divulge tips and tricks and/or seek advice and recommendations from fellow Club members. We’ll also discuss other vegan-food related topics such as beloved cookbook authors.


Eating Vegan is the VSDC’s cooking class series where we spotlight local chefs, nutritionists, and advocates who share vegan cooking and baking tips using delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. When virtual, the classes have an interactive zoom component where participants can ask questions during live demos as well as share how their own dishes turned out if they have been following along.


VSDC organizes picnics with settings that include Dupont Circle which is close to several vegan restaurants and Rock Creek Park picnic areas that have ample parking. Attendees bring their own food, beverages, and eating supplies. Activities at picnics range from mingling and discussions to frisbee and games. We hope you will be able to join us for warm weather fun.


The VSDC Vegan Values Investment Network (VVIN) organizes informative sessions to highlight publicly-available, investment-related information – for educational purposes only - that is in-line with vegan values. Information may include highlighting strategies or approaches having a positive impact on animals, people, and the planet, and/or promoting vegan / plant-based ideals; negative screens showing negative impact, such as entities involved in animal exploitation, may also be presented.


The VSDC Speakers Series aims to inform and inspire members and the public-at-large to live and advocate for ethical, environmentally friendly, and healthier lifestyles by understanding the tremendous benefits of a vegan diet and lifestyle. Distinguished speakers from the DC area, across the US, and around the world have and will be featured as presenters with cutting edge and high interest topics. Events are free and open to the public, being held in-person and using zoom.


VSDC tables at many events including the NBC4 Health Fair, animal rights conferences, Pride Festival and Veg Fest. It's a great way for volunteers to get involved.