When you join your local beard club you'll find a great group of guys who appreciate the finer things in life - like the bearded lifestyle and then typically booze, laughs, and other experiences.
I've been part of Spokane Beard & Mustache and have met many great friends through this awesome network. You don't only get connected to your local community, but by default you get plugged into all the beard clubs around the world.
There are frequent competitions that guys and girls will travel around to and build friendships. If your local city doesn't have a beard club, then you should start your own. Make it easy, consistent, and grow from there. Facebook has been a great platform for a lot of beard clubs.