Join a local church, temple, or mosque. Do volunteer work. Go to events.
Go to church or take classes and be friendly in a not too obnoxious way.
get out and meet people. Anywhere local pub, cafe, shopping centre / mall. local neighbourshood shop etc. Join a group be it gynmnasium, or local photography group or whatever you like. Volunteer to help locally and see who and what is out there.
Be careful - not everyone is nice - but most of them will be. If you like them get to know them.
Learn what kind of activities there are in the area and take part. Depending the norm and culture of the area smile all the time and greet people but not in a creepy way.