Linux has been created through a massive networked effort, mostly by heavy use of the Internet. Still, there is the chance of meeting real people, face to face, in Linux user groups (LUG) that are all over the world. Search the lists that are published regularly, there could be one near you.
Conferences, install fests, creating new user groups and more is regularly announced on Usenet News announcements. Such events are excellent venues for staying on top of events and also for getting help.