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    Check out our past events

    The SoCal Yelpies

    267 reviews

    Buena Park, CA

    Yelper Party: The Roaring 20's

    166 reviews

    Whittier, CA

    Yelp's Disco Jungle

    209 reviews

    Orlando, FL

    Yelp Spring Break: Superstitious Soiree

    184 reviews

    San Diego, CA

    Community Event: Museum of Ice Cream

    198 reviews

    New York, NY

    Yelper Party: Yelp's Old School Cool

    151 reviews

    Orlando, FL

    Yelp's Noche Tropical

    179 reviews

    Orlando, FL

    Yelp Galactic Giddy Up at StarBase

    151 reviews

    Las Vegas, NV

    Yelp's Monster Mash @ Hawaii Haunts

    149 reviews

    Kapolei, HI

    #YelpQueens Autumn's Up

    137 reviews

    Corona, NY

    Yelp's 2018 Summer Guide Kick Off Party at La Marina

    98 reviews

    New York, NY

    Yelp's Under the Big Top

    130 reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    Yelp's All That Jazz @ Room & Board

    95 reviews

    Atlanta, GA

    Yelp's Holiday Hoopla

    142 reviews

    Newark, NJ

    Yelp Elite Squad Event: 2020 Badge Bash at Color Factory Houston

    113 reviews

    Houston, TX

    Yelper Party: Yelp Goes Gatsby at Westfields Marriott

    88 reviews

    Chantilly, VA

    Yelp's Brunch in the Heart of Texas

    209 reviews

    San Antonio, TX

    Yelp Elite Event: Sneak Peek of Hawkers Asian Street Fare

    69 reviews

    Charlotte, NC

    Yelp's Cocktail of Chicago

    178 reviews

    Chicago, IL

    Yelper Party: Yelp's Flight Club at the Pacific Aviation Museum

    101 reviews

    Honolulu, HI

    Elite stories across U.S. and Canada

    Nini “ster” J. in D.C.

    Nini “ster” J.—Yelp Elite since 2017


    Can you barely go a week before looking for a new adventure? Food is everything, but it’s not everything. YES! is all about discovery, from great bookstores to top bike shops.

    Dominek T. in New York

    Dominek T.—Yelp Elite since 2015

    New York

    Love exploring your city for ice cream? What about pancakes? Joining YES! is more than just reviews—it’s also about sharing your unique story and experiences.

    Eric Joseph “EJ” D. in San Francisco

    Eric Joseph “EJ” D.—Yelp Elite since 2015

    San Francisco

    Sometimes it’s all about snapping photos: whether you’re at your favorite clothing store or on a boat for a Yelp Elite event. If you love capturing every moment, you should definitely join YES!

    Mark S. in San Diego

    Mark S.—Yelp Elite since 2013

    San Diego

    Do you crave adventure? Whether you’re into the latest Japanese dish or practicing martial arts, YES! is all about what’s new and unique. Join the Squad and find even more to do in your community.

    Shelby Z. in Louisville

    Shelby Z.—Yelp Elite since 2016


    All smiles when you discover a new spot for brunch? Coffee? Cocktails? Join YES! and get introduced to even more spots across town!

    Hemang S. in Los Angeles

    Hemang S.—Yelp Elite since 2009

    Los Angeles

    From devouring delicious eats to rocking the karaoke stage, the choices are endless in LA. Cover more ground with YES! while connecting with the rest of the community.

    Krysha M. in Indianapolis

    Krysha M.—Yelp Elite since 2014


    Whether you’re a social butterfly or looking to make new friends, you’ll find that and more when you join YES! Connect with your community and have fun while doing it.

    John H. in Des Moines

    John H.—Yelp Elite since 2016

    Des Moines

    Okay, so you don’t have to be a pilot to join YES! Loving your community will lead you to your own niche when you connect with the rest of the Squad.

    Francesca L. in Los Angeles

    Francesca L.—Yelp Elite since 2009

    Los Angeles

    If you love trying out new cuisines and sharing your experiences, the Yelp Elite Squad is where it’s at! Discover more eats with more food lovers around the city.

    Andre W. in Chicago

    Andre W.—Yelp Elite since 2009


    Love supporting local businesses? From barbershops to bar hopping, see what else makes home sweet home so great. Join YES! and don’t forget to review your next stop!

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